Monday, June 29, 2009
Here's another delicious recipe with the red currants from our garden
First I made some red currant compote ,
( Simply boiled some currants with a little sugar ,
and let it simmer for 10 minutes )
when cold , I put the compote in a 'fancy' glass,
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Today, whilst looking through the photo's on my computer,
my eyes caught this little cutie that I made a few years ago.
I don't remember ever showing her on my Blog.
My youngest daughter loves piglets so I made it for her.
And making up the pattern while crochetting,
she turned out a cheerful ballerina .
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Here is one thing I made from the Red currant I showed you yesterday.
It's a fruit-compote from the Javanese kitchen called ' Roedjak Rode Bes ' .
These are the ingredients I used :
500 grams red currants (rode bessen)
2 spoons of ketjap manis
2 spoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of sambal trassi
I put in the currants first with the sugar , brought it to the boil ,
added the ketjap and the sambal and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
I have to say it was delicious with the meat we ate.
Luckely we have some compote left .........:)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
I have a real passion for herbs ,
so as you can imagine we have lots of different herbs in our garden.
For me there is nothing more relaxing than a glass of home made 'tea',
with herbs freshly picked from the garden.
Herbal tea can be made with fresh flowers and leaves,
by simply pouring boiling water over the plant parts
and letting them rest for a few minutes.
This time I used, lady's mantle, lemon balm, and mint,
these herbs will produce a delicious cup of tea, and they're good for you too.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
One of the spare rooms upstairs is undergoing a makeover.
It's a small room ,
but still a lot to do to make it a real 'wow factor' room.
Here's a sneak preview of the colors and materials I am using.
When it's all finished I'll show you the whole room.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
As long as I can remember I love working with color pencils.
The reason I like to work with pencil is several-fold:
the freedom to work from a table or easy-chair
without the mess of liquids,
the freedom to render pieces outdoors,
like sitting in my garden.
Another reason for my passion are the details,
and the way you can blend the colors together to form new colors.
I love the soft pastel look that can be achieved .
This little piece I made yesterday, and I had a lot of fun making it.
The original is for sale in my Etsy Shop , right here
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I have been given 'the Lemonade Stand award' by the lovely Shirley of Nannieflash
Thank you so much Shirley !
Shirley makes really adorable cards, the one below is one of hers.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
When I feel like buying some new kitchen goodies without spending too much money,
I pop into 'de Zeeman' .
Today I couldn't resist these colorful and cheerful cousions, papernapkins , dish cloths and pegs.
Thank you Zeeman , you brightened up my day :)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Crochet has given me a lot of pleasure and relaxation over the years.
I have had a lot of happy moments, creating handmade items for myself and others.
When I give a crocheted gift, a part of me goes into it,
selecting the yarn, the pleasure of creating,
the thoughts and feelings I have as I work, it's all part of the fun.
Crocheting granny squares is one of my favourite crochetting jobs.
I like the history behind these squares,
they were the "scrap-craft" of our ancestors.
In years gone by, there was no such thing as throwaways,
yarn scraps became granny squares.
These days , it's all about creating the little squares,
the nostalgic feeling the squares represent
and the cosy feeling that goes with it.