a little nutty….

Well howdy! Thanks for the cro-bot love, he was well received. There’s been crafting, I’m knitting a Bainbridge as a gift out of some yummy Tilli Thomas. I’ll show you once it’s been gifted early next week. I’ve been itching to Gocco, just looking for an excuse really and then I found that Cloth Paper String is hosting another swap, this time the art of the note. Get on over to sign up. Link.


I’ve just finished this crochet acorn. Man I had me some trouble with the lid. I’ve frogged it about 4 flammin’ times and can’t quite get it right…so it’s going to have to stay that way. I’ve lined it with some of the fabric I received from my Amitie club, see previous post. So who’d like it? First to comment "nuts about you" nabs it. I’ll email you after you’ve commented to work out the details.

For those of you interested, I’m micro-blogging most days via Plurk. There’s a widget on my blog that show’s what I’m talking about. Would be good to see some of you crafters on there….if you do, come find me!

Looking forward to the recommencement of Gastro Guru’s this weekend! I was looking through the blog trying to find out when we last did it, it was over 4 years ago! Man a lot has changed since then, would never have thought it possible to be as happy as I am with The Son. She’s up first, looking forward to it. Looking back at the old blog posts I can’t believe how small I used to post pictures!

And finally, a fairly new-to-me blog that I have a sorta blog crush on (as mentioned at whipup), Resurrection Fern. Lovely blog, awesome photography and ideas and lots of sharing. Just seen she’s posted this sweet little fabric snail tutorial. Worth having a dig around her posts, lost of yummy crochet projects as well.

Happy crafting!

Farty Bourguignon

Wez was up this month. Beef Bourguignon with steamed stringless green beans and potato mash (I think he used Royal Blue, yellow flesh and excellent for mashing). Finished off with Peach and Vanilla Panna Cotta topped with homemade peach sauce. All was delicious. The panna cotta was stunning. Kudos to you Wezdude. Topped off with a viewing of "The Stepford Wives" (the new version not the original).

Overall the film was dull and silly. Not particularly funny. Makes me want to see the original. I recently read the book and it’s quite sinister. The new film’s website is more interesting than the film itself. Check our Claire’s Craftorium and her instructions for a "Plenty O’ Pine Cone-Copia Winter Wonderland Sparkle Wreath" 😉

Jet was in fine form. Being a Labrador and compulsively attracted to food, he managed to get a lick of dessert from Wez’s plate. In case you didn’t figure out from the picture, Alison loves her Jetty (picture has "the Dooce Effect").

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Not for the squeamish (or vegetarian….)

Meet Herbert. He’s the whole snapper that was baked in salt last Saturday night. He was delicious. Not at all salty, quite buttery and juicy.

As tasty as Herbert was, his teeth were freaking me out during dinner. I had to put foil over his face so I could eat him 🙂

The dessert was even better. Pear and chocolate pie (with a little Kahlua), with home made pastry of course. Hmmmm. As usual lots of fun.

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GG’s October

This month it is Chris’ turn to cook. We’re having…whole fish baked in sea salt (whole fish covered in sea salt), accommpanied with roast potatoes, warm chickpea fennel and parsley salad, a green salad and tartare sauce (home made of course by Christopher). Dessert is pear and chocolate tart with whipped cream (of course Chris is making his own pastry, the base is baking as I write this and he’s using his own ceramic pie weights that I bought him). Tho’ I won’t be having the dessert and other items it shall still be fun. We’re also planning on playing Balderdash. If you’ve never played it you’re missing out.

If the house is Moroccan….

We have GG’s this Saturday night. Following is Alison’s email…made me chuckle!

“Good afternoon to my fellow Gastro Guru Goons

Here is my me ‘n’ you for Saturday night

Tagine of Chicken with Chickpeas and Apricots Almond Pastry Snake (in preference to a trouser snake!!)

There you go, and remember…..


See you 7ish Saturday night


GG’s August

Menu for this Saturday night’s GG’s (Gastro Guru’s) is…..beef carbonnade with carrot stoemp (and some green vegetable) followed by lemon-lime satin creams. All selected from issue 30 of “Delicious” magazine. Hmmmmm. Good cold weather food.

Gastro Guru’s

Next Saturday night is my turn to cook for Gastro Guru’s (GG’s). I need to plan a menu and let everyone know what they’re having so they can decide what to drink. GG’s is FuzzEman, myself, Al and Wez. We meet once a month and take turns cooking. You have to cook something that you haven’t cooked before and you can’t test it beforehand. You can decide to do three courses or two.

One consideration is Nigella’s ham in Coca Cola . It’s a little frightening, but could be fun. I made her Coca Cola cake and I must have done something wrong, it didn’t rise a whole lot and had the consistency of rubber and looked like chocolate brown rubber.

I’ll have to trawl through my recipe books and magazines this weekend and figure something out. Maybe something from Stephanie (“The Cook’s Companion” is a MUST have), Donna, Nigella, Jamie or Delicious…any suggestions?