Mar. 13th, 2017

rebeccmeister: (bikegirl)
Cooked: lemon curd cakes with poppy seeds:

Lemon curd cakes with poppyseed creme fraiche

Saturday morning after rowing, I visited Berkeley Bowl for a couple of items. Green beans were on sale. After some discussion with my friend S, I determined that my preferred method to cook green beans is to start by sauteeing an onion and garlic in some butter, then add the green beans and cook for a minute or two until they turn bright green, then add in stock or water and cover and steam/cook until tender. I added a bit of smoked paprika towards the end.

I also made pancakes and baked bread, roasted two bunches of broccoli, and made a baked pesto pasta dish with the broccoli.

Meanwhile, [ profile] sytharin got something like 20 different varieties of tomatoes planted. She's going full-bore on the tomato experiment this year to determine what varieties work best for the Bay Area's weird climate.

I didn't quite reach the point of purchasing the sewing machine I'm looking at (Janome HD1000) because based on the reviews, there's a chance with every machine that the machine has a certain type of manufacturing defect, and it's hard to get it dealt with if you order the machine online. In contrast, if you obtain it from a recommended seller, there's a 25-year warrantee. The closest seller is in Alameda, so it's going to take some logistics to get down there. But given that I've waited this long to obtain a sewing machine, those are minor hitches.

Instead, I watched some videos about how to use your favorite pair of pants to make a new pattern for new pants. This guy seems to have a really good idea of what he's talking about. If I have reasonably good success with this, I will branch out into other articles of clothing.

I also paid a visit to the closest local yarn shop, which is pretty conveniently nearby on Solano Ave. I just wanted some cotton yarn so I could knit up dishrags because I am getting tired of dealing with disintegrating "natural" sponges. But it was a good excuse to visit and ogle all the pretty yarns, and I'll go back if I wind up wanting more yarn for some reason.

I don't want to get too many projects going at the same time, but on the other hand it's nice to work on something that I can start and finish quickly.


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