- October 24, 2014
- tags: chez violence
And, lest you think yesterday’s herb salts were the only things we made ahead and packed along with us, allow me to remind you of the hot chocolate paste.
As with the herb salts, this was all explained last year. This hot chocolate paste has become such a staple part of our pantry that I didn’t want to be without it, even on a trip (why yes, I did also pack a teapot and several kinds of loose tea, why do you ask). If you missed it last year, you really should give it a shot, it’s awfully good stuff to have on hand. This time I put a layer of nutmeg and another of ancho on top (because packing along a nutmeg grater would just be one step too far, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere).
- October 23, 2014
- tags: chez violence
Yes, we are off on our annual fall excursion. And yes, I will doubtless be detailing it all at alarming length over the next few weeks. But before we left, we had the traditional herb massacre and making of herb salts.
I wrote all about making herb salts last year (here and here). We followed much the same procedure this year. Just for my own records, we used three bowls full of herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and marjoram), 4.5 pounds of coarse salt, and four full heads of garlic, and the results look to be just as delicious of last time. If you’ve got a few herb plants that won’t make it through the winter, this is a perfect way to enjoy them all year round. Oh, and on the off chance herb salts don’t use up all of your herbs (or if your mint plant went as bonkers as ours did), you can also make herb syrups for use in all manner of delicious drinks.
- October 22, 2014
- tags: mitts
All I can say is that it is damn cute, and I’m not really sure how much apologizing can be done for that level of cuteness. And now that I see how little yarn it takes (and how much of my second ball I have left over), I find myself wondering if a little cowl might round out this set nicely…
I know that this was supposed to be road knitting. And I know that this is a finished hat perched on my back fence.
All I can say is that it’s an easy pattern, it’s a pretty yarn, and sometimes I fall prey to knitting spurts and need to bang these things out quickly. In my defense, I will take the mitts on the road. And perhaps this way I can get pattern pics while I’m away and re-release this pattern this season.
When last we left the hat, I was wrestling with the perpetual brimmed hat question…will my laziness win out? Or will I conquer the deep folded brim. Four full inches of 1 by 1 twisted ribbing later, I can proudly say I was victorious.