22 November 2011

Spinach Quiche

Baked a Quiche the other day with some salad on the side...ideal for a cold winter day...

I used this recipe for the base.....I use this basic short crust pastry for most of my pies, quiches, tarts, etc.
So roll out the pastry and line a 9" pie tin or dish  and lightly brush the pastry with butter. [This will stop the pastry from becoming soggy when the mixture is poured into it].

For the spinach mix:
- 1           onion chopped,
- 1-2        garlic cloves chopped fine,
- 1 cup    blanched and chopped spinach, ( it must be a cup after blanching so you might need about 1/2 kg raw spinach)
- 1 cup     milk,
- 3           eggs,
- 3/4 cup  cheddar cheese, grated
- 50 gm    cottage cheese/paneer, crumbled (optional)
- 2 tbsp    oil,
- 1/2 tsp   mustard powder,
- salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat your oven to about 180-200 degrees celsius.
Beat the milk with the eggs, mustard powder and the grated cheese . 
In a skillet add the oil and lightly fry the onions and garlic till onions are softened but not brown.
Add the blanched spinach and cottage cheese , if using. Lightly sautee' for a minute or until any liquid has dried. Let cool a little and add to the milk mixture. Pour into the shell and bake for about 45 minutes or till the custard sets. To check push a knife in the centre of the pie. If it comes out clean it is done otherwise allow 5 minutes more of baking and check again. When done, let rest for about 5 minutes. Slice up and serve hot with a fresh green salad.

Note: an easier way to add the mixture to the shell without spilling while placing in the oven is to do this: first place the empty shell in the oven, then pour in the milk-eggs-cheese mixture into the shell and gently push back in the oven.

02 November 2011

Wood Block Printing - The Mixing (part 4)

ps: this method works only for printing with dark colours on a lighter shade of fabric.
This final post gives you the process of mixing your colours. A simple process though a little messy...:)
You can read the entire process in these posts:
Part 1 - an introduction,
Part 2 -  list of supplies,
Part 3 - the actual process.

Happy Printing!!!!!!

Supplies required:
- For every  1 kg (kilogram) or 24 tbsp of binder you need -
- 3-4 tbsp fixer,
- dye quantity as needed ( about 1 tsp for a smallish project)
- a plastic box with an air-tight lid so you can mix your colours in and later on, store any leftovers for a fortnight or so (the boxes you get your take-away foods in work well for this purpose)
- a discard spoon to mix everything up,
- a discard steel/ plastic/ glass plate,
- a thin piece of 2-3mm foam - on an average it should be big enough to cover the plate - if it is a large plate, then a piece that is three-four times the size of the block.

For the project here I used about 6 tbsp binder for which I used just about 1/2 a tsp of fixer and less than 1/2 a tsp of the dye.
This was a regular sized (1.75 m x 0.80 m) cotton stole/dupatta that I had been using plain. Decided to print it for some change. 

So measure out your binder, add the fixer and mix well. 
Add 4-5 drops of the dye and mix it up well so no white streaks are visible. 
Check the intensity of  colour on a scrap of cloth and add more dye if not happy with the shade.
Put the lid on and let the mix sit for 15 minutes.
You are done now. Use as required.


Yarn Genie - a FREE app!!!

I just downloaded the 'Yarn Genie' - a FREE app from the 'Yarnmarket' - for my iphone.....and is it fantastic or what!!!

Here's a list of all the stuff it does....yipee!!!!
Publisher's description from their site :
"Yarnmarket's Yarn Genie Knitters will appreciate this quick and easy tool to help manage their yarn stash. Yarnmarket's Yarn Genie conveniently calculates how much yarn you need for the projects you'd like to make. It also includes handy information and links to several Yarnmarket sites. Yarn Genie includes: Yarn Estimator - Select the project you want to make, answer a few questions about the yarn and the size, and Yarn Genie will calculate the yardage you'll require. This handy tool will help you avoid buying too much or too little yarn. Hooks/Needles Size Converter -- Use the converter to determine U.S., Metric and English sizes for needles and crochet hooks. Stash Basher -- Instantly determine what you can create from the yarns you already have in your stash. Enter the gauge and quantity of the yarn you own and Stash Basher will provide a list of items to consider. Save money by using what you've already got! With Yarn Genie you can select either Imperial or Metric measurements, so you can use it whenever you travel. You also get convenient links to Yarndex.com, the online yarn directory with specs for over 5000 yarns, KnitchMagazine.com, the online fashion magazine for knitters, and WhatToKnit.com, the online resource that includes thousands of projects for knitters and crocheters. Yarn Genie is free, compliments ofYarnmarket.comFabulous fashions. Fast. And friendly."

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