Green Stockings Craft & Design

April 18, 2010

Amazing Fattoush and Sorta-Caesar Salads

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 11:18 PM

So far I’ve been doing pretty well with the exciting salads we’ve been making for dinner lately. (Healthy! Low-carb! Uses inexpensive ingredients – fruits and veggies!) Bear’s felt kinda so-so about so much salad, but that’s mostly because he just doesn’t enjoy vegetables. We make up for it with croutons, chicken or some other meat either in the salad or beside.

Tonight, we present Fattoush! Fattoush is a Lebanese salad, which I have adapted for the very selective taste buds in this house (and even so, Keiran didn’t like it, *sigh*).

1 red bell pepper, chopped finely
1 large handful spinach, chopped finely
4 or 5 lettuce leaves
1 zucchini, quartered and chopped
1 can black beans, drained, rinsed, and allowed to dry a little
2 large handfuls of grapes, halved
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 large handful of parsley, very finely chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, very finely chopped
2 extra large stale pita breads, cooked to a golden brown in the oven, and crunched up into little bits

Toss all ingredients in a salad bowl, and dress with salad dressing:

All to taste:
Canola oil
Lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Garlic, minced or grated

Toss again with dressing. Sprinkle lightly with ground coriander, and liberally with sumac, toss again.

Refrigerate to let flavours combine.

Enjoy!

Things this recipe could have included: tomatoes, cooked asparagus tips, honey in the dressing, red onion, chopped apple, artichoke hearts.

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Saturday night’s salad was a sorta-caesar:

Lettuce & spinach ripped up
1 Tomato, chopped
BBQ chicken, chunked up
1 orange, peeled, sectioned, and cut up
Most of a quart of blackberries
1 zucchini, quartered and chopped
1 onion, sliced fine

Tossed with caesar salad dressing (Rene’s – the good stuff!)

Dressed with home-made croutons! and fake bacon bits.

Yum!!

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April 11, 2010

24hr Make-Along, Day 2

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 4:08 AM

I made my archery bracer today! (Go-go-gadget, archery gear!!)

It’s purdy. One of the stitching lines is very crooked 😦 So now, I have a quiver, a bracer, and still no glove… notice that I’ve not yet done the hardest, most fail-able task on my list for this weekend?

2.5hours for the quiver yesterday, 3hours this evening on the bracer = 5.5hours total, 6.5hours remaining that I am to put in tomorrow on the glove. I spent a lot of time today on my first bike ride of the year! I went to the sewing notions store for leatherworking tools and thread, and the wind on the way back was arresting – the whole trip took longer than it should have, ah well.

April 10, 2010

24 Make-Along

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 4:37 AM

The lovely and leethal Lee Meredith is holding a 24 Hour Make-Along this weekend. The idea is to spend some quality time with your crafting/making life, stay up all night, or commit to some sort of time span, where you can really devote your time and attention to your work.

I am not good without sleep. I never ever pulled a true all-nighter in university. I become a heinous bitch. Really, ask the hubby.

So I set myself the challenge to do 12 hours of crafting over the course of the weekend. I’m forever going on about the things I could make, should make, or whatever, and I really really really need to just do them. So!

This evening, I made my quiver!! Bear has gotten me really into archery, and so I’ve got to start making my own gear. I made a hip quiver that hangs from a belt or belt loop – it’s even reversible, and lined with green plaid. I’ve found the materials to make my bracer, and I should have pulled out the necessary bits for the fingers of my archery gloves at the same time. Oh well.

I figure those 3 projects should cover me for the weekend, and outfit me a little better for next Tuesday.

Night!

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