I took this photo a few minutes ago, the first time I’ve stepped outside since much earlier in the day. The concrete is scorching, everything is wilting but inside we are behind closed curtains, keeping up the fluids and watching TV. Today, we finished Series 2 of The Wire. That’s kind of growing one me but really, today I’d watch anything as long as I could stay inside.
I’ve been knitting but it’s been one of those knitting days where you have to chalk the whole thing up to GaaK. What’s GaaK? If you read RoseRed, you might recall a few months ago she coined the phrase GaaK. It means Growth as a Knitter. And there are days when it’s quite apt. Here you will see all that is left of several hours of attempting to start Eunny Jang’s Anemoi Mittens. Two balls of Knit Picks Palette in Lipstick and Cream. Honestly, should it be so hard?
I set out to learn the tubular cast on, as per the pattern, and that was fine. I mastered that quite nicely over the FOUR TIMES I began the mittens and got almost an inch into the cuff. It seems nearly everyone on Ravelry has had the same problem with these mittens. Starting on 2mm (size 0) needles on 56 stitches makes for some tiny, teeny cuffs. Four attempts at upsizing and I put it aside for the day in favour of something easier. GaaK indeed. At least I got a new cast on technique out of it. Let us not discuss this further.
So, to something cooler than mittens, how about a great summer dessert? This is a dessert that Sean and I have used numerous times over the years and we dragged it out again as a ‘bring along’ dessert to George’s house last week.
If you don’t like yoghurt or berries (yes, RoseRed, I’m looking at you) then this Jamie Oliver recipe will be a bit of a turn off for you. If you do like those things, then perhaps you’ll love this. It’s a quick assembly dessert and always looks so pretty.
It’s Yoghurt with Blueberry Jam and Elderflower Cordial and I’ve always served it in these blue glass goblets. Perfect don’t you think? When we served this at George’s house, we replaced the Greek yoghurt with a good quality vanilla yoghurt since we’d be serving it to little people and it worked a treat.
The way you see it here, layered with the yoghurt, then jam, then cordial and blueberries is only for presentation. Once you have it in front of you, stir it all up and it’s delicious! Elderflower cordial isn’t hard to find but it was a few years ago when I first started making this. Back then it was only in speciality shops, but we found some, albeit an English product, in the supermarket. The additional blueberries on top are my modification. They’re so cheap at the moment that I couldn’t resist!
I actually employed George’s 4 year old PJ to help me assemble these when I made them, so it was both entertaining and tasty and everyone scarfed them down. We came home and made them for ourselves the following night, using the left over ingredients, which is how I came to have these photos.
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Sean has just cracked open some beers. Time to go sit in front of the fan.