Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rag Doll Brittle


I decided to try my hand at making a rag doll; there are so many reasons for this and yet no reason at all. It just is what it is. I got some old clothes and cut them up, stuffing the legs and body with the leftovers; there wasn't really enough stuffing, I think I'll need to find some more rags.

Not being known for my seamstress skills, I had to go over every stitch at least twice but it was almost therapeutic, sewing whilst watching Hustle on BBC!

Lucy fell in love with her, even before her face was put on and Fraser and Kelly want one too. I'm thinking of going to the rag doll makers store...if there was such a store....idiot...and buying proper stuffing and material...maybe make for the kids and one as a gift for a special wee laddie who has a birthday coming up.

Breakfast was a solitary affair; with the roads being so bad with snow and ice, Brian and the kids left for school early after wolfing down a large bowl of cereal and some toast each so, as I had made some nut brittle last night, I made some coffee and put out a plate of the golden treat for my breakfast. I left some for Brian......Brian: what? There was only coffee when I got home! You greedy witch....

It was a lovely breakfast treat.

I made a quick caramel by boiling sugar and water until it turned golden must watch this, it can change very quickly...and then adding some chopped nuts, some broken walnuts and some whole pecan nuts. I love nuts but would rather not have them on their own; add some sea salt and chilli or caramel and mmm mmm!

For lunch, I made the goats cheese salad I had been planning for dinner; I love goats cheese, pine nuts and spinach together. It's one of my favourite meals. I had opened the spinach to make soup and decided soup and salad would be a nice combination. My sis arrived and the phone went, hence no photograph.

Goats Cheese Salad
A handful of spinach, watercress and any other leaves of choice, mixed with cucumber and chopped spring onion; I usually use this dressing but since I had my lovely Nudo olive oil...I am not getting paid to tell you how wonderful this is, I promise...I just freaking love it....I mixed it with sapa, salt, a squeeze of lemon, black pepper and a little mint. Dress the salad just before serving. Top with toasted pine nuts and goats cheese, heated under a grill or oven. I topped the goats cheese with some of the onion confit I still had left; this keeps so well because of the sugar and alcohol! I've never combined these before....they were so delicious together.

Spinach and Potato Soup
Chicken or vegetable stock
1 onion, chopped
1 peeled potato, chopped
1 inch ginger, finely grated
Good grating nutmeg
Spinach to taste; I used four large handfuls.
A few sprigs of mint (optional)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black or white pepper

Boil the stock and add in the onions and potato. After 5-10 minutes, add ginger. Bring to a simmer and once the potato is soft, add in the spinach. Simmer for a scant minute and then blend. I use a hand whisk for this soup. Grate in the nutmeg and the mint leaves, chopped. Add extra salt if required and a good sprinkling of white pepper to freshly ground black pepper. Butter bread, if not having with salad like I did and dunk!


5thsister said...

I adore Florence! She's a cheeky little thing isn't she?!

Now pass the brittle, please!

When Did I Become said...

She looks adorable. My son has been behind me to crochet him a sock monkey. Maybe I should get to it, and see what happens....

Here from SITS!

♥ Katinka said...

Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a Happy Thursday!!! :)

Protege said...

Love the doll, she is soooo cute, looks as if she is a madam completely in charge, judging from her pose and facial expression.;)
Ah and yes, loved your comment about the aliens, made me laugh!;)

Grannymar said...

Lovely little doll! Do you give them names as you go along?

Jan McIntyre said...

It looks to me like what Florence might lack in stuffing she makes up for in personality! Very cute.

Jan McIntyre said...

It looks to me like what Florence might lack in stuffing she makes up for in personality! Very cute.

Helen McGinn said...

5th sister, she is indeed. She has a sister now!

When did I become; I love sock monkeys. Please post a pic when you do!

Katinka, thanks for stopping by!

Protege, she is; Lucy loves her and now her sis has one too so they're having lots of fun with them.

Grannymar, that was my first ever; Lucy named her and Kelly named the second one I finished yesterday. She so looks like a Flo though, don't you think?

Jan, I agree...poor wee thing, we're going to give her a minor operation to stuff her properly.

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

Great ragdoll! Not bad for someone claiming such poor sewing skills. Well done!

love lives in the kitchen said...

florence is just lovely! the recipe too :)
happy new year dear friend! hope to hear from you soon!

Young at Heart said...

So much to eat so little time........loving the blog, what a top idea. Just 2 words: butternut squash.....roast it, soup it, risotto it, there is nothing this gift from the gods can't do!!

Luschka said...

Those ragdolls are lovely! You should sell them!

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