Tastes and Toes

I’ve recently discovered the most amazing website.  I don’t know if you’ve heard the term “Food Porn”, but this site is definitely full of it.  It’s called TasteSpotting and collects photos and descriptions of food sent in by people (and edited by humans), which you can then click on to get the recipe via a blog or something.  It’s so delicious.  I haven’t been able to stop looking at it for the last two days, but luckily this turned out to be productive, because last night’s dinner (and today’s lunch – can’t wait!) came out of it!  This is my first ever risotto (I won’t count being the designated stirrer of my friend’s lovely mushroom risotto).  It’s not a hard recipe, but not one you’d want to cook in summertime, as it involves a lot of standing at the stove and stirring.

 

Lemon Risotto with Peas and Leeks from Kitchen Grrrls.

It’s also the first time I’ve cooked leeks.  I think they are nice because they give bulk and nutrition, and feel like onions, but don’t have a super distinct flavour, so they let the lemon flavour of the risotto come through.

 

Here is the finished product:

I have to say, risotto doesn’t photograph very well…  But it tastes delicious!  I can’t wait for my lunch!

Now for the toes part:

If you’re a sock knitter, you may know what that is.  That is a sock being knitted from the toe up.  I’m pretty darn excited about this, as my boyfriend the Pilot will attest to – I keep interrupting whatever he is doing to point and say “It’s a toe!  It’s a toe!”.  I’m pretty sure he understands how exciting it is… Hmm..

 

Anyway, after numerous failed attempts at various ways of casting on, I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On, which is indeed magic.  I tried two other ways, the Short Row Cast-On and the “Easy” Toe (not so easy for me), and the Magic Cast-On was definitely the easiest way to do it for me.

 

I decided to knit these socks toe up because Alice told me that the wool knits quite tightly, and also I want to use all of it!  I love the idea of toe up socks because of that – when I was knitting my last pair I just kept stressing out that I would run out of wool just before my toes or something!  So this method, because it starts right at the end of the toe means that I can keep increasing until the sock seems big enough around for me.

 

Right, back to work.

 

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4 thoughts on “Tastes and Toes

  1. Your Risotto looks totally yummy. I will try it and see how I go. I have never done a risotto before. You do great research for your knitting projects. I have decided to knit the Stockholm Cowl. Have bought some Touch Yarn wool ( the loveliest wool I have ever knitted with ) in a Pearl grey colour and will do it on 6mm circular needle.Don’t really know how to post a photo when I complete it , but will let you know how I get on.I really enjoy your blog . Kind Regards Shirley

    • Thanks so much! Do let me know how you’re getting on with the Stockholm Scarf – I’m interested to see what it looks like with a bigger needle. I might have to buy some more yarn, because mine isn’t going very far on my 4mms!

  2. It is so strange that you are knitting socks – without seams it seems. When you were little you were very fussy about your socks and hated the seams in socks. I can remember several mornings when no pair of socks had a flat enough seam and we would have to turn them inside out! You will be well prepared, should you have a similarly sensitive child in the future!

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