OK, another foodie blog tonight. I was planning to spend Saturday morning reading in luxury… ahh… Saturdays are heaven. But before I got started on the reading, I checked my email and saw that some new people had found my blog after I posted the last one about the “Caprese Broil”… So I had to go check out their blogs, and someone mentioned their local farmer’s market. Hmmmm… got me thinking.
I had bought some more tomatoes the night before, to try out some more versions of my tomato basil concoction; but they weren’t really ripe enough yet. So when I read about the Farmer’s Market, I thought, maybe I could find some really fun and unusual tomatoes… stuff I never see at the grocery store here.
So, I threw some clothes on and brushed my hair into a clip, and off I went on a little adventure to Murray Park. It’s such a nice park, and I hadn’t been there in years. It’s really green, and Little Cottonwood Creek runs through it. I’ll have to get my family to have a picnic there sometime soon. It was so great to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors!
The Farmer’s Market is in the south east parking lot. To the south there are big grassy hills, and to the east you can see the Wasatch Mountains in the distance. There were probably about 30 or 40 booths. The selection is pretty basic—tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, peaches, pears, grapes, berries, etc. Ooo, and a booth with amazing tamales. I stood in line for 20 minutes for those! But I didn’t find the exotic heirlooms I was looking for. However, there were some baby grape-sized yellow tomatoes, and some small golf ball-sized orange ones. So I went home with those and some baby romas.
Here are the pictures I took at the Market:
So, I didn’t ever get my reading in, but Saturday night I made a tasty “Caprese Bake” with the tiny round yellow tomatoes. It turned out sooooo yummy. (I failed to get pictures of my tomatoes before cooking them! Ack! Blog Fail. But… keep reading. I did get pictures of the after-baked version.)
Here’s the “recipe” (quotes, because I don’t have amounts, sorry… I was just drizzling here and throwing in there…):
I cut the tiny tomatoes in half, and covered the bottom of a small casserole dish. Then I generously drizzled olive oil, white balsamic vinegar (my favorite Alessi brand), chopped up mozzarella, and chopped basil. I stirred it all up then baked it for almost an hour at 375 F. Then I toasted some yummy walnut bread that I bought at the Farmers Market, and drizzled it with olive oil, and rubbed garlic on it. Then, even though it was so pretty right out of the pan (see the first picture below), I stirred it up, which made the cheesy juice and the cooked-down white balsamic all come together and made a baked bruschetta-like pasty mixture. Once I got the stirred mixture just right, I spooned it onto the toast, and topped with some grated parmesan. THEN, the thing that puts it over the top, is drizzling it with reduced balsamic vinegar (regular dark balsamic this time.) Oh my gosh, it was perfect.
(To make the reduced dark balsamic vinegar, I put almost a cup of regular balsamic vinegar in a pan, and boiled/simmered it until it was about 1/4-1/3 cup. It only took about 10 minutes) I just drizzled a little over the toast and tomatoes. Mmmmm, mmmmmm. Heaven on toast.
Let me know if you try making this, and how it turned out. I made it again tonight at my Sister’s house, with the golf ball-sized orange tomatoes. It was just as yummy!
I’ll have to go perusing my new blog-friends’ sites to find new food combos to get obsessed about. Well, once all my tomatoes and basil are gone.
I saw a photograph somewhere online the other day, with a pan full of roasted tomatoes with basil on top. It reminded me of my favorite salads, the Caprese. So I went to the store and bought all the fixins last night, and made the most yummy “Caprese Broil” you’ve ever tasted, served on whole wheat toast.
Next time I’m going to try a Caprese Bake… Torn up toasted bread, rough-chopped tomatoes, torn fresh mozzarella, lots of chopped fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and parmigiana cheese. Then I’ll bake it. And drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top. Mmmm, can’t wait.
- Chopped Caprese Salad (judethefoodie.com)
- Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad (spontaneoustomato.com)
- Grilled Peach Caprese – a Sweet Twist! (chewoutloud.com)
My nephew, Holden, is at BYU now, so I get to spend more time with him! He’s 18, and it’s his first time away from home. He suggested that for Labor Day we have a Dr. Who marathon, and make a Dr. Who cake.
I drove down to Provo to pick him up from his apartment, then we met my sister Sue and went to a very yummy Thai food restaurant in Lehi. It’s in a big old house, re-purposed into a restaurant. They have the absolute BEST pumpkin curry I’ve ever tasted. After some tom ka soup, spring roll, pumpkin curry and sticky rice with mango, we left with tummies full and satisfied. Holden said he liked his first foray into Thai food. He got satay with his dish, and that looked mighty tasty!
So, back to the Dr. Who marathon… I looked at lots of ideas online, and decided Dalek cookies would be easier than a 3-D Tardis cake! I found some pictures online that looked cute, and a picture of the real thing for reference:
Before we got our cookie dough done, my niece (she and Holden are cousins), Hye Soo, and her family, Eric and Lennon stopped by to partake in the Dr. Who marathon for a little while. We ended up doing more talking and goofing off than watching TV while they were there. Lennon, the little almost-2-year-old that he is, is always a blast to play with. He pre-empted Dr. Who for awhile and watched Yo Gabba Gabba, his favorite show. (Yeay for Netflix!)
We also took a gander at Hye Soo’s new very cute teapot set. We must have a tea party soon. We’re green tea fans:
Well, back to the cookies… they were a bit of a fail… the dough had not chilled long enough, and plus I despise shortening, so I used all butter in the recipe. Annnd… since butter has water in it, I think that added a little too much moisture… so as you can see below, just getting the cookies cut out into the right shape was a bit of a challenge, since the dough was soooo sticky and loose. You’ll see below how they turned into great big blobs. But we did a little after-oven shaping with a pizza cutter, and decorated a few up. They turned out cute enough. And they were still tasty. It was a lot of fun.
OK, here’s my second stab at free-form roses. I like these better. When I get it down just like I like, I’ll make a pattern up. But for now I’ve just been winging it. I sort of decide what to do as I go.
As always, I welcome comments… any pointers or ideas?
Thanks! Happy Crocheting.
I’m really excited about this project. For the longest time, I’ve been collecting yarn in all shades of red and pink, with the idea of eventually making a rose afghan for my mom. I’ve looked and looked for rose motif patterns in crochet, but have never really found what I wanted. I realized that it’s because what I want is more of a free-form look,. rather than an “equilateral” design (is there a better word than equilateral? Mirror-image? You get the drift). I actually found one pattern that I liked a lot… and made this motif:
While I really love the way this looks, and will definitely use it for a different project (Maybe a handbag or purse? Any other ideas?) it is still not the free-form look of a rose that I really wanted. So… I decided to try out my skills on making up my own design. I had tried this awhile back after I first learned to crochet, but it was a bit disastrous. Too bad I frogged the result, or I’d show you here. Anyway, I guess I’ve gotten better, because I really like what I’ve come up with so far:
Drawstrings improve the functionality AND look pretty cute!
Earlier I posted about the mesh reusable grocery bags I was making. There was one problem with them, which was that when you filled them all up, then sat them down in the back of your car or on you kitchen sink, the opening would just flop down and everything in it would go spilling out. I tried tying the handles, but they wouldn’t stay tied very well.
So I just made 2 foundation chains slightly longer than the circumference of the bag. To show you how I installed the drawstrings, I have to resort to this crude little sketch—since I forgot to take pictures while I was doing it! But I think the sketch gets the job done.
And then, voila! ( I noticed I’m using that word a lot. I’ll have to think of some alternatives…)
Let me know if you try adding these nice little drawstrings to your mesh bags, and if you come across any pointers along the way, please share.
Happy grocery shopping!
P.S. FYI, the purple and “mango” bag is Caron Simply Soft (I tell you, I have a ton of the stuff, left over from my hexagon afghan.) and the other two are Red Heart Super Saver. You really can’t beat the cheap price, and the acrylic is super strong. Not to mention a great selection of colors. I like the look of cotton, but it is not as strong, and more expensive. Hemp is supposed to be the strongest… but a bit too pricey for my budget. (-:
I usually use my US K / 6.5 mm crochet hook.
Well, I just moved my office space into my living room. (Desks are IKEA Vika Amon with Adils legs in red.) So now my tiny living room duals as my office as well. I just wanted my office OUT of my bedroom. I’ll post complete pictures of the office space later when I’m done setting it up/decorating, etc. But for now, I want to re-finish my old blue filing cabinet. Here she is: (you can see a sneak peek of the room she sits in, which I’m still working on)
I’ve been looking for ideas on the Internet—there is not as much as I thought there would be. Here’s what I found out there:
I looked at a bunch of stencils, and I’m leaning towards spraying the file cabinet green, and using some sort of floral, damask, or paisley stencil on the front. Something large, that will not be just on the drawers, but maybe overlap beyond the doors, and maybe even have it go around a corner to the side… Here are a few quick sketches that I’ve done so far for ideas:
What do you think? Any ideas?
I found this picture on Pinterest, and I love, love, love, this color palette. (You can find it in my Color palettes board.) I’m planning to make some jewelry based on the colors you see here. For now I’m collecting beads, which you’ll see if you keep scrolling…
I already have all of these:
… and I just bought these tonight and I can’t wait to get them:
And… I’m thinking about buying some of these; they are glass floral cabochons, with antique brass settings:
Of course, I won’t use ALL of these things in one piece of jewelry… but I like to have a lot to choose from when I’m creating…
What do you think about mixing the glass floral cabs in the brass settings, with the blue and aqua butterflies? Let me know!
I found this on Ravelry, called Shell Pouch and Gift Bag by Carola Wijma. (Her website is Carola Mania (you’ll have to use Google translate.) I made it with DMC perle cotton/#5, and an E/3.5mm hook. It’s a little tiny thing! The finished size is 2 5/8″ wide x 5″ tall. It’ll make a nice little gift bag for some earrings or some such.
Crocheting with sore ol’ hands
When I first started crocheting, I had real trouble crocheting with tiny yarn and small hooks. Ugh. I have big hands and felt oh so clumsy. And trying to hold the tiny thread’s tension with my little pinky was killing me. I had a little bit more luck this time around; I wrapped the thread around my pinky an extra time, and that seemed to give me more control without having to squeeze the thread—which is what hurts my joints. (Even with fat yarn I re-taught myself to keep my pinky and ring finger held out straight instead of curling them around the yarn… I was getting to where I couldn’t OPEN my fingers back up, after just a little while of crocheting! But keeping my fingers straight and just squeezing the thread between my pinky and ring finger, held out straight, seems to work—for the fatter yarn, like sport weight through bulky.)
Anyway, here is my little pouch. I really love it.