Thursday, July 12, 2012

More Macrame


Saturday, June 18, 2011


I have been learning to print on fabric. Its a bit fiddly, but the results can be great.

My latest projects have been a bit chaotic as I go from one project to another. We've not had many swaps on KCAA either, and things are very quiet because its (supposed to be) summer. Ha! that seems a bit of  a joke being as it never stops raining, is chilly and grey all the time. 

Later this month I'll be posting pictures of all the wonderful ATC's some on the members of the forum have made...for now here is my latest piece

Black cotton heart with unique home printed calico topper


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Vegetable and Lentil Cottage pie

Vegetable and Lentil Cottage Pie


8 oz Brown Lentils
2 Bay leaves
2 tsp sunflower oil
1 onion finely chopped
4 oz carrots finely chopped
3 sticks of celery diced
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp chopped fresh marjoram (I use dried 1 ¼ tsp)
1 tsp chopped fresh sage (I use dried 1 ¼ tsp)
1 ½ tsp yeast extract
1tbsp tomatoe puree
½ pint lentil stock or water
1 1b potatoes if they are old or fluffy peel and boil more as they tend to boil away
½ oz Margarine
2 tbsp skimmed milk

Soak lentils for 3 hours minimum
Drain and wash and then cover with water in a large sauce pan. Add Bay leaves and bring to the boil then cover pan and simmer for 25 minutes. Leave to cool in there own stock water.

Heat oil in a large sauce pan and add carrots, celery and onion and fry gently for about 5 minutes.

Add the cooked lentils and stock, the paprika, yeast extract, marjoram, sage and tomatoe puree and then cover and simmer for 15 20 minutes or until stock is nice and thick. Taste and if necessary add more yeast extract although not to make it too strong or salty.  When cooked poor into a large casserole dish

Cook enough potatoes to mash with milk and margarine and cover the lentil mixture in the large casserole dish.

Some people like to sprinkle the top of the mash with sesame seeds I leave them

This dish takes about 20 mins on a high oven setting and is ready when potatoes are brown and crispy.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Beautiful Things

Most people appreciate beautiful things. But as they say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." If you appreciate beautiful things and want to grab this award for your blog, you need to copy and past the award below, link your post header to the last blog you looked at (KCAA has linked to Paulashomemadelife) and then name 5 beautiful yet natural (not man made) things.

1: The moon
2: The stars
3: Gentle rain
4: Bird song
5: Grasses swaying in the breeze

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