Friday, 25 November 2011

Creamy Prawn Curry

It looks better in the flesh

The numbers in brackets represent the amoun that I used, as mostof my cooking is not a exact science use any amount thats suits you in order to get the texture, spice, and look you want.

Oil (veg or sunflower)
Onions, sliced (2)
Mushrooms, sliced (150g)
Broccoli (half a medium size)
Chillies (2 scotch bonnet)
Prawns (600g)
curry powder (enough to coat all the ingredients)
creamed coconut (2.5 pack), use more or less depending on quantity and thickness desired.

1. Place all the ingredients, except the creamed coconut, into a bowl and mix together.

2. Heat the oil in a pan the add the ingredients.

3. Fry for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Cut the creamed coconut into chunks and add to the pan, Mix until the creamed coconut has melted.

5. Add enough water/stock to achieve the desired consistency.

6. Add seasoning to taste.

Can be served with rice. This also goes well with chunks of chicken if you don't want to use prawns. Also try adding to or substituting the vegetables with strips of bell peppers, baby corn or mange tout.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Onika - Cowl

For a PDF version of this pattern, click on the PDF's tab at the top of the page.

 Made for and modelled by my niece of the same name

6mm needles
Tapestry needle

Stylecraft Special Chunky.
Shade - Fondant (1241)

Finished size
Width – approx 10’’, Length - approx 14’’ (when laid flat).

K = knit
P = purl
St = stitch

Cast on 46 stitches

Row 1-4: K each st to the end
Row 5: K3, P7, *K4, P7 Repeat from * twice more, K last 3 st.
Row 6: K
Row 7-12: Repeat rows 5 & 6
Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: K3, P until last 3 st, K3.
Row 15: K
Row 16: Repeat row 14

Row 17-26: Repeat rows 5 & 6 five more times

Row 27: K
Row 28: Repeat row 14
Row 29: K

Row 30-159: Repeat rows 4-29 five times

Row 160-169: Repeat rows 4-13

Row 171: Repeat row 14
Row 172: K

Cast off, leaving enough yarn to join the ends together

I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces.

You are free to make this pattern for personal use. If you are selling this item, please credit the design to Mrs U Makes... and post a link to the pattern if selling online. Please do not reproduce this pattern in whole or part anywhere; you may add a link to the original pattern.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Spicy Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup

This has been adapted from a recipe a colleague gave me. It's so easy to make that I always have the ingredients to hand for when I get a hankering for soup.
The quantity of basil can be adjusted to suit individual taste, but I love basil and sometimes add more, likewise with the garlic.

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tin (400g) of chopped tomatoes
  • 7-9 basil leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 850ml of stock
  • 2 handfuls of red lentils
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper (to taste)

1. Heat the oil in a pan and sweat the onions until soft.
2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, basil, cayenne pepper and stock. Bring to the boil then simmer over a low to medium heat for 15-20 mins.
3. Add the lentils and continue to cook until the lentils become soft.
4. Take off the heat and allow to cool
5. Pour the soup into a blender and blend until the soup reaches your desired consistency.
6. Return the soup back onto the cooker and cook over a low heat for a further 2-3mins. Add salt, pepper and/ or basil to taste

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

First knitted garment

I am attempting to make my first knitted garment. Its a baby hat featured in Let's Knit magazine. I tried to make this a few months ago but made a mistake when it came to the k1 p1 stitches, I didn't do a tension square either. I later realised what I was doing wrong, so hopefully this time round I'll be able to make it and I will do a tension square.