So yesterday was a wonderful holiday and we got to eat some really great food. Now, what to do with a whole spiral-sliced ham and a glut of roasted potatoes? Easy!
The ham lends itself well to sandwiches because it’s already sliced, so that’s a no-brainer. The potatoes were a little trickier. I’m a little pleased with myself for dreaming this up, though. They were roasted with a bit of olive oil and some rosemary, garlic, and thyme, then topped with freshly grated parmesan for a nice crispy crust on top. When putting them in the storage container, I got the bright idea to add some whole grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, and dill/paprika/salt/pepper. Shook it until it was thoroughly combined, then into the fridge it went for the night. Today I have a lovely German-style potato salad to eat with the ham sammys. Try it the next time you have leftover potatoes and let me know what you think.
Best of all: am meeting a friend for lunch, and we’re going to eat all these lovelies as a picnic while the weather is still [barely] nice! Yay! :)
Blast. I had to rip back quite a bit of Shetland lace…can’t get my work to match my chart and don’t want the pattern to be wrong. After taking it off the needles to snap the photo posted below, it looks like I didn’t have enough stitches around the outside anyway, so it’s a good thing to find that out now instead of later. Thankfully, no adult beverages were harmed in the frogging of this shawl. (And I didn’t have to frog the whole thing, so it’s not a total reset.)
Oh well, my hat is going much better than the shawl. It is knit crown-down from the inside out (i.e. knit side facing) so that it works more quickly, and has lovely little ribs of brioche stitches. The idea was to mimic a sea urchin’s “test” (i.e. the shell that remains after the fleshy parts and spines of the urchin are gone). The yarn shown is Caress Luxury Yarns two-ply worsted-spun laceweight in a hue of softest, buttery sunlight.
So many designs crawling anaerobically off the needles. So many patterns lazing around the pool inside my computer. Time to get going and get this stuff out the door!
Am reprising my Woodsy Kale dish from this post for dinner tonight. Side of polenta and broiled asparagus that I found in the fridge at a friend’s house (am petsitting for them). I hate to snatch it, but they won’t be home until Tuesday, and asparagus doesn’t keep all that long. They will probably learn of my little theft via my blog before they get home, so: sorry, D, will replace it when you get back! :)
Haven’t made polenta before, but am thinking some parmesan cheese, garlic, veggie stock, and butter should do quite nicely to round out its flavor.
First time I’ve been this excited about dinner in a while. Am going to put the new fry pan to the test, for sure.
Feeling a little empowered by my loooong walk around the neighborhood today—and, to a much greater extent, the margarita I had at happy hour—I have grooveshark cranked to some super sing-along friendly tunes. Just what I need to make muffins with my clone and stay awake late enough to watch the episode of Grimm that I missed on Friday and Worst Cooks in America at the witching-to-me-hour of 9pm. Goodness. (I crapped out fell asleep last night at about 7:30pm. Oh, the weaksauceness of it all.) I’m also swearing to post photos of some WIPs tomorrow when I have better lighting.