Great food, Great company, and some knitting

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Hello peeps, what an amazing couple of days of gastronomic delight I have had. 

Last night I cooked a huge Asian style meal for seven (five of whom are my direct family, and the other two are sort of my kids’ local adopted grandparents). A range of dishes, including tofu coconut curry, lo mein, steamed buns, summer rolls, soup and rice were served on our new brightly coloured (dollar store) dishes. As soon as I walked into the dollar store, I knew all that colourful stuff had to come home with me. 

Dessert was a last minute blast in the Vitamix, a sorbet made with coconut milk, frozen berries and maple syrup. Plus some homemade chocolate almond bark.

  

Today we carpooled with some friends an hour south to join a vegan cooking class at someone’s home. There were probably about 25 people there, all armed with kitchen knives and aprons, and we chopped, diced, sautéed and stirred up a veritable feast.

  

Kale salad, sweet and sour taro, tofu Turkey with mushroom gravy, crispy fried mushrooms, quinoa salad, stir fried noodles and vegetables, and a raw lime pie and almond cookies for dessert. 

And people ask me how I can survive on a vegan diet! It’s more like, how can I lose weight on my vegan diet? I think I’ve put on a couple of pounds in the last two days alone! 

As I wasn’t driving today, I took the Unforgettable scarf and knitted in the car both ways. Surprisingly it grew about 7″, but whilst it is a pretty yarn I am definitely going to turn it into a cowl. The bonus of this is the shorter knitting time and the fact that I can now mark my progress on the Ravelry project page as 50% done. 

  

I thought I was done buying yarn for now,  but I’ve been receiving newsletters from places like Willow, Deramores, Red Heart and Lion Brand. And I had an idea in the back of my mind that if the right deal came up, I would probably add some yarn to my small collection. I still have Christmas money from my mum, which is my personal fund to spend as I wish, no questions asked! 

And whaddya know, Deramores have a sale on all their Aran weight (worsted) yarn. I’ve heard so many good reviews from bloggers and people on Ravelry of the British Stylecraft yarn that I have invested a large chunk of cash into their Stylecraft Special Aran. It’s 100% acrylic and comes in 30 colours and would be perfect for some more afghan making, or whatever. 

What I like about Deramores is that their shipping rate is a flat $7.95, unless you spend over $75 in which case it’s free. Guess which option I chose <ahem> #enormousboxofyarn

Well, I have only enough energy left after all that good eating to move my fingers over the iPad’s keypad and hit “Publish.” Happy Sunday!

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