Sunday, November 26, 2006


Hiya all I'm feeling quite smug with myself at the moment. I have recently finished knitting my first ever pair of socks. And they have come out rather well. See photo.

They were knitted from a 1940's pattern i borrowed from my mum, that she picked up in a charity shop. As you can see they are quite long and have quite a deep rib to the ankle, with calf shaping. And i have to say they were quite a challenge to start with. I just couldn't visulaize how the heal turn worked. So on to the internet and a quick google to ask, 'how to knit socks?' and up came the most fantastic site full of colour photographs. So mu
ch thanks to Socks 101 without whom i would never have figured it out. These are to be a gift for someone. Having tried them on, just to make sure they fit, they are so toasty warm and soft and lovely i just had to have some of my own.

So having finished these i am now hooked on sock knitting. They're so fab! You can have a project finished quickly, they dont cost to much to knit, sock yarn comes in such fab self patterning varieties and colours, they're a small-take-anywhere-project. So i have already started on the next pair. Well I've nearly finished them actually. And i just love how the yarn turns into the pattern as you knit, it gives you a reall sense of a satifaction as you watch each different coloured stripe appear.

And i have purchased the yarn for the third pair too.

Soup Er.

Hello there

I hope that i have caught you in time.

A friend had pointed out an error in my soup recipe,(and my bad spelling too!)it seems i forgot to tell you when to add the olives to the soup. Which would be kinda handy in a soup called 'courgette and green olive' wouldn't it.

So if you add them in at step 3. when you add the herbs and stock then you can't go far wrong.

I have now edited the recipe so that its correct.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Soupa Doupa

Hiya all

I'm Back!!

I know.... some of you have been telling me off for my lack of regular blogging. Bad Scarlet.

I will do my best to make this a more regular occurance, honest.

Anyway for those of you that are experiencing wintery type weather. Here is a a lovely warming soup recepie. Given to me years ago by a neighbour. And for those of you that don't like olives much, trust me, i have given this to olive haters, and they cant taste them. It just makes for a very rich tasty flavour.

Courgette & Green Olive Soup – Serves 4-6


1 onion chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

1.5 lb of courgettes chopped

2tsp olive oil

0.5 tsp thyme

0.5 tsp oregano

1 bay leaf

2 oz pitted green olives

1.25 pts of veg stock

2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil and fry onion and garlic until soft.
  2. add courgettes and sweat for 10 mins
  3. add herbs, olives and stock, bring to the boil
  4. simmer for 25-30 mins ( 7 mins in a pressure cooker, once up to pressure)
  5. Blend and season, then add lemon juice.

Devour with hearty abandon! And wonder why something so simple tastes so good. I hope you enjoy? Let me know how you got on. Clare

P.S. It will freeze very well too, so worth making in bulk and having as a quick microwave stand by.