The last month or so, there have been loads of sweet limes at the market. I'm not sure if they were always around and I just didn't notice, or if there's a new importer in town (if that's how the fruit business works...). I had never tried these before, they sort of taste like sweet water with a slight essence of kaffir lime leaves. This salad, with soft baby spinach, fried tofu, fresh basil and pistachios was really good. Sort of mellow and juicy. It is also nice with curried almonds or seeds instead of pistachios.
Hmm, I made this little hat (another one from pickles) from their kindergarten set. On the one hand it is great: easy and you can use up lots of scraps of dk. I really like pickles. On the other hand, it's a snug fit and the auggles is not a fan of a snug hat. It's not tight, but it's not a loose fit like the soft grey cotton cap. And another hand (a third hand) it does keep his ears warm in the wind. I don't know. This is all merino and alpaca, it's really warm and soft. We save it for the days with an icy wind.
Somehow or other, these have survived in a little boy's room for more than 3 months. I am not sure where the nuts went. I was thinking maybe we could save them and make some ornaments...but I feel more like appreciating them as they are. I am feeling a little craft overload — maybe too much pinterest.
I've found two cottons that I really like. One is blue sky cotton which is fluffy and thick and the other is Rowan pima cotton, which is smooth and comes in a beautiful palette. This hat is pima cotton in millet. I used one and a half skeins.
Cotton is light — it's nice nice to knit with in the summer, when I have the most free time to knit. I did most of this hat last year on summer vacation. The pattern is for babies: it's the pom-pom cap by Hadley Fierlinger. I thought I had lost the chance to make it in time last year, but I thought I may as well finish it it and maybe give it to another baby. However, I had a nice surprise — it fits my three and a half year old well. I was going to do a big fluffy yellow and orange pom pom that he was excited about. But in the end, he likes it plain and we didn't need the ties either. It keeps his ears warm, but it's very light and not too warm for running around in.
This was a satisfying project — quick little fingerless gloves with a cabled owl pattern. Auggie has never been too crazy about having his hands in mittens, but he is fine with these since his fingers are free. (Top image is from my friend Lori Kiessling). My pattern notes and source below.
The pattern is from craftsy, and it's a good, clear pattern with lots of options and sizes. I used the smallest size and switched down 1 needle size and used a dk weight yarn to achieve a toddler size (not included in the pattern). These are in louet gems yarn, a machine washable merino yarn. The wight is sport.
In my ongoing search for very quick recipes which don't really require me to look at a recipe: Pumpkin ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce (^ these are leftovers for lunch). This would be good with any squash pasta.
Recipe: Chop up handful of fresh sage. Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a heavy pan — melt. When the butter is just turning golden drop in sage (+ 1 thinly slice clove garlic, optional) and let it crisp for a minute. Toss in cooked, drained pasta.
Serve with green salad with lemon & olive oil (I added in candied nuts and goat cheese to the salad and it was pretty good). Season generously with course salt and fresh pepper. Top with parmesan or goat cheese if you like.
Time: about 5 minutes prep, 2 minutes for sauce + pasta cooking time.
Theere was a party being photographed near the fountain — the lady had a magenta and red sari and the man a deep red turban. It looked so amazingly electric in the cold Pacific light, with the white fountain and fall leaves behind them. I really had to hold myself back from running over and taking pictures. Only extreme canadian politeness prevented it.
A colouring sheet, in French and English:
We like to go on scavenger hunts for leaves at this time of year and identify the leaves — this printable colouring sheet is part of the fun of that!
Auggie has just brought me a piece of green felt, 2 shells, 3 coins, a plastic wheel a dump truck and a plastic moose. I have to go!
I am in love with this smoky, spicy apple & squash soup recipe from Jeanette Ordas of everybody likes sandwiches at poppytalk. It's really easy and really good, and I don't usually like squash soup.
(I put up modifications at the windy blog if you have a small child or baby in the house, because it has some spice to it.)
This morning, Auggie told us that yellow is magic. I think he's right.
Some notes on thanksgiving menus to my future self:
I am still on the hunt for the right Thanksgiving tradition for our family — it's too warm on the west coast at this time of year for a heavy turkey dinner. I like the idea of a Harvest Festival sort of supper, fresh produce, mushrooms, chestnuts, corn and that sort of thing. Ideally, a mostly vegetarian menu. These are some ideas I've collected this year: chestnut & pear and/or pumpkin & goat cheese ravioli with a basil cream sauce and a fennel orange salad; homemade pirogues; dim sum at a restaurant.
I tried a vegetarian shepherd's pie this year, but despite putting a bottle and a half of wine in it, I found it only medium good. Try, try again.
Also: pickled beetroot is really good with turkey in a bread and butter sandwich. Maybe better than cranberry sauce or at least a nice change.
More ideas for thanksgiving: thanksgiving brunch since there are loads of berries and fruits at this time of year. Pumpkin waffles, whipped cream, warm berry syrup. Humm.