I was lucky enough to have a Monday off after a long weekend of Yoga Teacher Training (next post!)… here is what I did on my “off” Monday…
Brussel sprouts are one of those vegetables that really suffer from overcooking. The bad reputation that they have received over the years is undoubtedly from the mushy bitterness that comes from keeping them on the stovetop far too long.
Miniature cabbages and such a pretty green! I picked these up at the market and found a recipe that sounded like a delicious way to use them. I didn’t really grow up eating Brussel sprouts, but in recent years, I gained an appreciation for the little cruciferous veggies!
- Brussel Sprouts Risotto
3 c Brussel sprouts halved
1 T oil (olive or canola)
1 c chopped apple (peeled)
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c chestnuts or walnuts
1/2 c vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the Brussel sprouts in boiling water until desired softness (better al dente than over done!) In a large skillet, combine oil with apples and onions and cook over medium-high heat until soft , about 3 minutes. Add Brussel sprouts, nuts, broth, and seasonings. Cook, stirring frequently, until broth has soaked in, about 5 minutes.
- Risotto made with oil and veggie broth on the stovetop (followed the arborio rice instructions from the package subbing oil for butter to make it vegan) and added some onions, some crushed garlic and a dash of seasalt and ground white pepper.
Kris often prefers his food with a bit more salt than I do, so he also added a few sprinkles of soy sauce to the top and reported that it tasted good… you can easily experiement with some different seasonings!
I cast on for my sister’s birthday present late last week, and I was looking forward to a day of knitting progress yesterday. I can happily report that it went as planned:
This is the Honeycomb Vest pattern from Knitty, and I am using Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool in the “Cedar” colorway. The original pattern uses a small cable stitch, and after I swatched a few repeats, I wasn’t feeling the love. I thought it was very pretty but it was too tedious… so I pulled out some of my stitch dictionaries and found a textured stitch that wouldn’t make me dread knitting this vest. That is way too much bad juju to put into a vest for my little sister! I found a simple broken rib pattern that slightly resembles the honeycomb stitches, and I am zipping right along with it. Since I changed it up a bit, I am now calling it the Cedar Vest – that seemed fitting.
I love this yarn – one of my favorites, for sure. I made the Glee Tee with it in 2007, and when I saw this yarn last year at The Mannings, I picked it up immediately. The color was too amazing to pass over… and I think it will be a great color for my sister too!
…I am planning several other gift knits this year – mom is next (her birthday AND Mother’s Day), and she has already chosen a pattern, and then I have some great ideas for my other sister’s birthday this summer… and lots of baby knits on the horizon… I love to think about all of the possibilities, but now I need to get those fingers flying!