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Monday, 24 November 2014

OwlPrintPanda Blog - Guest Post: Don't Be Afraid of Bold Colour Mixes by Sara Millis.


You may remember my Yarn Giveaway over on the OwlPrintPanda Blog (which is still OPEN!), well while Amanda and myself where in the planning for this I decided I would like to write a piece to go with the giveaway.
 
You see most of my colourways historically have been variegated yarns and I often find that people are afraid to try these for the first time; thinking that bold colours make for a high-noise fabric. I've set about writing a post that I hope will dispel this... at least to a certain degree.
 
 
This is the introduction to a new 2015 e-Series and e-Book I will be writing on Working with Indie Dyed Yarns.
eSeries starts March 2015 and eBook follows!
I can't wait to share this series with you... I am furiously knitting as you read this!
 
Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Working Bites: Simple Pasta Bake... the perfect base for food on the go.

This is my go-to recipe for bulk making pasta meals. I use it to freeze for evenings when I am working late and to take as a packed lunch to shows. It is a versatile base on which you can add many accompaniments like; lovely cheeses, meats, fish... or just to eat with warm crusted bread dipped in olive oil.
 
Recipe: Simple Pasta Bake (bulk)
 
Serves: as 6-8 packed lunch bases, or 4-6 accompaniments to evening meals.
 

 
Ingredients:
  • 6 handfuls of pasta
  • 1 large courgette
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 500g mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons tomatoe puree
  • 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
  • 3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
 
Method:
  • Preheat oven to gas mark 6.
  • Roughly chop vegetables and add to a deep tray/dish.
  • Add the pasta, tomatoe puree, herbs and seasoning.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and use one of the tins to fill with water and add to the tray bake.
  • Mix these items together so there is good sauce coverage over the mix of vegetables and pasta.
  • Cover the tray with foil.
  • Cook for 60 minutes at mid oven level.
  • After this take out the tray, remove the foil and stir the pasta bake.
  • Return to the oven without foil for a further 20-30 minutes until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables have softened (they should still have a crunch).
  • Serve.
 
Serving accompaniment suggestions:
  • A door stop of bread smeared with olive oil and a soft cheese.
  • With chunks of Mozerella.
  • With a breast of chicken, pork meatballs, a herb sausage, or slices of Chorizo.
Enjoy!

Have a wonderful day... Sara x

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