Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Cauliflower and potato soup.


1 onion, chopped
3 small potatos
1/4 to 1/2 cauliflower (florets and stalk!)
Vegetable or chicken stock
Grated cheese (a tasty, or mature one is good. Can use blue cheese for a stronger flavour.)

Lightly fry onion, using a little olive oil.
Peel and dice potato, add to the pan, and add stock to cover. Bring to the boil.
Chop the cauliflower and add that to the pan. Add more stock if needed.
When the veggies are cooked, puree the soup. This will make a thick veggie puree, just add more stock to get it to the consistancy you want.
Put back on the heat, add about 1 cup of cheese, salt, pepper and a little parsley to taste. When the cheese is melted and incorporated into the soup it is ready. Serve with crusty bread or toast, yummy!

School holidays

Hello from me.
The weather here has been really miserable! It has been cold and damp, washing not drying outside,  heating put on and soup made! Recipe for todays will be on my recipe page very soon!

My knitting and crochet projects have suffered a bit, not through the cold but through tired eyes. One of my hobbies is cycling. Not taking part but following  the men in lycra. We are now in the second week of the Tour de France, and how brilliant it has been! I am not a fan of Cadel Evans and really hope he doesnt get the yellow jersey, but the lads from Team Sky are lovely. We met them here when they took part in the Tour Downunder, got signatures and they were really nice and pleasant. The downside of living in Australia is that the coverage of the Tour de France is on in the late evening/night time! Last night I was awake till 1.00 watching it! Too late! Today I have had to have my hair cut and do other jobs, but oh my! I have been so tired!

Crochet project: I have resurected my small square blanket. It is in muted colours, blue, green, and deep rose and will have a cream border. The squares are made not in true granny square tradition, but in a variation. Looks good so far, just got to make enough squares and then put them together! xx

Sunday, 26 June 2011

What a weekend!

Firstly, hello to my follower!!! Welcome to my world! 
Now, my weekend! What a time I have had! Friday night I went out for a meal with my girl friends. There are eight of us that dine out every four weeks, just having a chat and a catch up. We go by the name of BWC (Better Wives Club!) as we all got to know eachother through our other halves. They are now my lovely friends. A few of us socialise with our hubbys too. Wouldnt swap our friendships with them for anything, they are true mates who pick you up when you are down and celebrate with you when you are celebrating! So, we had a lovely Asian meal in a local retaurant, and will be going out again in four weeks time. 
Saturday was busy, my children (I have two, a girl aged 18 and a boy aged 13) go to dance school and it was their mid year concert tech rehersal at the theatre. Luckily it was only down the road! Anyhow, the girls have the use of their change rooms for the occasion but the boys use the foyer and the loos! In the evening hubby and I went out for a meal and then to a show that was part of the Adelaide Cabaret Fesival: we saw an Australian country singer in a show called Melinda Schnieder does Doris Day. It was awesome! She was fantastic! Supported by two lovely looking guys who helped her sing, dance and narrate the story of Doris Day. Well worth the money!
Today (Sunday) was concert day. So after a bad nights sleep, getting into bed at gone midnight then waking due to my cough it felt all through the night (voice still bad now developed a nasty tickley cough). I got brekky made, helped with hair and makeup and got them off to the theatre. Thankfully daughter can drive son! They did the first show at 11.00, including the little ones from Fairy Ballet, then the later show was at 4.00. We saw the later one! I love to see the little ones but they are so time consuming! Well, daughter did a lovely pointe dance with her class, then later we saw son and his class doing the tap routine to Greased Lightning! They were great! Daughter also did her contemporary and jazz dances, and son did hip hop and the drama kids did a version of Annie, with the younger jazz classes being the orphans. Son was Daddy Warbucks! Great show! Well, now after having dinner from the slowpot we are resting and watching tv. Going back to work tomorrow, probably will be knackered! However, no work = no pay, so I will be coughing my way round class! Take care! Laters!! x

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Still home..

Hi, still not at work, my voice is so croaky and squeeky! Instead I have linked my patterns here to Ravelry, enjoy!

Monday, 20 June 2011



Today I am not very well, I have a sore throat and no voice! Not good for my job in a school as a classroom assistant! So I have spent the day at home, playing on Facebook and Ravelry, and now here! I have uploaded my phone and ereader cosy patterns, also the recipe for some lovely soup I have made!

I am currently knitting a condom critter. How about that? I was given a pattern book from a friend as a belated birthday gift, the book is called Naughty Needles, and it is a bit naughty! Now, this friend will have a laugh...I am making the condom critter for her! He is owl like, with a front pocket (for the condoms) and a hidden compartment for something else to go in! Will let you know more when it is finished and how my friend likes it!

Saturday, 11 June 2011


Recently I have picked up my knitting needles again and started knitting. I have learnt how to use a circular needle with the help of You Tube, and how to do a magic cast on method, also with the help from You Tube! It did make me wonder how my grandmother learnt to knit and new techniques. Well, they were taught by their elders, be it sisters, mothers, aunts and grans. Me, I was taught the basics by my lovely mum and nanna, but techy stuff they have not sat beside me and I have had to be self taught. I am lucky, I can read a pattern easily and can work out that something is right or not. My failure is that I never do a tension square! However in my hobby knitting this is not too much of a problem for me, I like knitting small things: phone covers, e-reader cosys, tea cosys and little toys. I crochet granny square knee blankets, using different combinations to get different patterns. I have knitted cardies and jumpers, but I get bored with them! I do have a crochet square blanket half made, it is lovely colours but made from small squares and I am bored with the 'smallness' of the squares! So, I may alter my design and link them together earlier than planned. It was started with the intention of it being a half blanket for our bed. That is the thing, I see the wool and think "ooooh! that will make a lovely ***** "and buy the wool to have it sitting for ages half done!

How to knit in the round - knitpicks.

Magic cast on!


I am again having a go at blogging! This is my second go, I first tried about 5 or 6 years ago but blogspot must have had a clear out and removed it due to bot being used! I will try and do better this time!

This blog I want to try and publish any knitting patterns, crochet patterns, recipes and books I have made, enjoyed, eaten and loved! I might even just ramble. It will be a learning curve for me and I hope to enjoy the process this time.