Sunday, July 31, 2011

Seasonal flowers

Added one more seasonal flower called Kavthi Chapha (कवठी चाफा ) in मराठी

One more seasonal flower.
This flower is so beautiful that one has to see it. The petals are soft and shiny. The shape is beautiful. The fragrance heavenly BUT it has such a short life. It blooms by 10 at night and by early morning it has closed its beauty and withered away. It is called Brhamakamal in Marathi, I think it is a type of cactus / succulent called Nopalxochia as it is a night flower and the day flower is called Epiphyllum which also comes in a very beautiful shade of red. I wish I can get it from somewhere to add to my collection of seasonal flowers.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Winemaking ---- Day 1 pictures

All the ingredients collected and the clean jar. Wheat, yeast, pineapple, sugar and water.

All mixed, squashed by hand, closed and kept in a cool place.
Today is Day 4. Stirring again. Pictures taken on Day 1.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wine making

Finally I am trying to make wine tomorrow. I have had books on winemaking  for many years. Have read a lot on the internet but was always a bit wary of all the technical talk and the virus/bacteria thing mentioned. Did not want any upset tummies so never actually tried. But now I have a recipe from a local person who made it sound so easy that I am finally going to try. Read about it all here. Tomorrow pictures of Day 1 of Sandhya's winemaking. :)

shawl # 5 of 11 in 2011

Here is my shawl number 5 of 11 shawls in 2011. It is made from a pattern by Lily Go. It is on at Ravelry and also her blog.
the body of the shawl was a bit confusing but once I got the hang of it it went very fast. I did most of the shawl while travelling to and fro to New Delhi by train and my 3 day stay there.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pineapple Salsa Indian Style

Here is a quick recipe using fresh pineapple.
1 cup pineapple pieces
1/2 cup fresh coconut grated
2-3 red chillies dried will do too
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 cloves of garlic ( optional )
Salt to taste
Grind the mustard, grated coconut and red chilies and garlic (if using) to a very fine paste. Add this to the pineapple pieces. Add salt and mix well. Chill for 3 to 4 hours before serving. Tastes delicious with the sweet/sour taste of pineapple, bite of red chilly and tang of mustard. 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Bedcover/afghan done in 2010

Here is the one I did following the Ravelry Block A Month in 2010. I did all the 3 squares, two 12" squares and one 6" each month. I did four 6" ones to get a 12" square. Joined them all and made this bedcover/afghan. I used the yarn that I had ( leftover yarn from other projects)  so it has very interesting texture with many types of yarn. It made a big dent in my stash of yarn so now I am free to buy more yarn. :)