|Made 16 August 2010.|
It’s been hot, until Christmas and now it’s cool but humid. I’ve been wanting to make up this fabric all year because the cream lace is sewn onto the fabric. When I saw it at The Remant Warehouse I just saw it as a lovely piece that could possibly be anything. It’s soft, drapes well, provides the opportunity to use just the base and it’s a strong red base. I also liked the fact that a rolled hem on the overlocker was the best hem finish idea.
Last year I bought some red lace on ebay and it’s a perfect match for this fabric. Believe me there was no planning regarding either the lace or fabric purchase.
I’ve used french seam finishes on the side seams. The sleeve hems are overlocked as are the sleeve and neckline hems. I’ve used the wider swimwear elastic because it’s clear but strong. The red lace has been used on the sleeve and waist elastic casing on the rightside of the top.
I did have to loosen the elastic gathering all over the top so that it didn’t look too much like a clown top. The neckline has some depth to it without looking too frumpy. I’ve also used a rolled hem on my overlocker (remove the left needle thread).
I’m not sure when I’ll wear this. I do have plenty more of this so I might try a soft skirt/top or try a ’40’s style dress.
My foodie SIL and Bro bought use feed me now! by Bill Granger so I decided to use the cherries, lychees and strawberries for breakfast this morning. I’m strictly a savoury breakfast eater but I thought this would be a special post Christmas breakfast, that we could use up the fresh stone fruit in a ‘healthy’ way. PS I have to lose 5.5 kg, so that was kind of motivation to look for a ‘healthy’ option.
The picture above gives you an idea of how the resulting breakfast turned out. I used untoasted muesli in the crumble topping and I was easy on the butter.
Here’s the real recipe:
350g rhubarb chopped into 5cm lengths
500g strawberries, hulled and halved
1T plain flour
50g caster sugar
120g untoasted muesli
25g plain flour
55g caster sugar
100g cold butter, cut into small pieces
Serve with thick greek yoghurt
We didn’t have any yoghurt, so that’ probably why this was more like a dessert than a breakfast treat.
I used loads of fresh cherries, fresh lychees and fresh strawberries that we had on Christmas day.
Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the chopped fruit into a baking dish. I used my blue pyrex pie dish. I just love the blue colour – such a greek. Sprinkle with the flour and sugar and toss to combine. Bake for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle the topping over the fruit mixture and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Serve with thick Greek yoghurt. Today this recipe took 20 minutes to cook and we relished it without yoghurt. Mmmm.
Preparing the fruit took 20 minutes and I wore disposable gloves, so I would have cherry stains on my hands. DH made me a latte while cooking, so I have lots of energy to keep cooking and not deviate and eat other stuff while cooking.
At any greek gathering, we always have platters of food and Pastichio is one of those must haves. If you plan large gatherings, this can be made ahead of time and heated up on the day. Some people eat this cold, but that’s up to your preference.
The beauty of this dish is that it’s something that kids will eat and the grandparents will eat even if they are sensitive to spicy foods.
If you’re health conscious, omit the cheese sauce and just use a thick tomato sauce.
- mince sauce
- cheese sauce
- Assemble and then either store in the freezer or bake and then serve.
Preheat oven to moderate 180C.
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons dry white wine (optional)
1 can tomato puree or 400 grams home made tomato puree
1 Tablespoon parsely chopped finely
2 Tablespoons mint chopped finely
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat oil in pan
- Add onions and mince. Stir over high heat for 10 minutes or until well browned and all liquid has evapourated.
- Add wine, tomatoe puree, herbs, cinnamon, pepper and bring to boil.
- Reduce heat, simmer, covered for 20 minutes and stir occasionally.
- Remove lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
90 grams butter
1/3 cup plain flour 2 cups milk (skim is ok as is soy)
2 eggs lightly beaten (omit this if you’re watching your cholesterol)
2/3 cup grated cheese (any cheese is ok, from ricotta to kaseri)
- Heat butter in small pan, then add flour.
- Stir over low heat for 2 minutes.
- Add milk gradually and stir until smooth. Use a whisk or if you have sore hands, get out the electrical beater – or your husband (he he).
- Stir the cheese sauce over medium heat 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens.
- Cook for 1 minute, remove from heat. That’s it if you are not adding eggs and cheese.
- Add eggs and cheese.
- Beat until smooth.
- Place half the pasta on the bottom of the baking dish.
- Then add mince layer.
- Place remaining pasta in the baking dish but leave room for the sauce. If you haven’t added cheese and eggs, the sauce will filter into the pasta layer, but this is still as tasty option.
- Place final layer – cheese sauce. Try to leave some room in the dish for the sauce and mince to bubble away as it cooks. Hungry yet?