Friday, January 01, 2010

Ends and Beginnings

Happy 2010!

I stayed in last night (I go out way more than my fair share, so any quiet evening is a bit of a gift...) My mom had brought my old sewing machine over, and so I finished up what is the last sewing project of 2009, which I'm naming "The quilt top that killed my machine"

Can I just pause here and tell you guys how much I miss my sewing machine? It worked. It wouldn't skip stitches. It sewed fast. Ah, is it only when you lose something that you realize how much it meant to you?

(I'm going to take it in tomorrow/next week to a sewing repair guy and see what he thinks.)

This quilt top was made entirely of stash fabrics, which makes me happy. However, stash fabrics show no sign of depletion. *MUST* *WORK* *HARDER*

It could be a bit wider, honestly, but I'm pretty sick of it right now. I might add a couple of rows to it at some point in the next month, but in any case, I'm calling it done.

Later on in the evening, I got hungry. I hadn't really cooked since my return from Myrtle Beach (scrambled eggs do not count), so I pulled out the cookbook and made Spiced buttermilk with coconut and shallots. (I rather miraculously happened to have all the ingredients on hand.)

Middle of night cooking - Dec 31, 2009/Jan 1, 2010: Spiced buttermilk with coconut and shallots

At midnight, I was stir-frying the shallots.

Which makes this, therefore, the first thing I cooked in 2010.

It was very tasty. However, I swapped dessicated coconut for fresh coconut (c'mon - there's NO WAY I'll have fresh grated coconut on hand...) and this is one recipe (one of the very few, actually) where that particular substitution should not be made. It would have definitely been better with fresh coconut.

But it was easy! 20 minutes, start to finish, and I was eating.

Amusingly, I was slicing shallots and tearing up a few minutes before midnight. But I made sure I finished before the magic hour. One does not want to start the new year by tearing up - even if tears are caused by shallots.

And, this is how Biscuit ushered in the new year. Awwwww.....


Gwen said...

Hi Reethi!
Happy New Year! I hope that 2010 has good things in store for you and yours! :)
So, this is a little embarrassing, but I have FINALLY gotten around to making up little craft goodies for the Pay it Forward game I joined last year. It's been over a year, but I didn't forget! If you'll send your mailing address to me,, I'll drop yours in the mail. I'm sorry it's so late!
Happy New Year!

anuradha said...

BISKY looks absolutely ADORABLE!!Hope you get LUCKY with your sewing machine.The quilt top looks beautiful!Looking forward to other projects from you!