Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sewing and eating today

Hello. I was lucky with the two avocados I bought last week on a yellow sticker for 18p. I love them but I don't pay full price for them, only buying when they are reduced. You don't get any indication as to what they will be like inside till you open them up. If they are a bit squishy they might have gone a bit past it and it's a big disappointment when they are discoloured. But as you can see this is perfect, even though it is seven days out of date. 
I thought I would tackle the curly kale today, also seven days out of date. I don't usually buy this, but at 15p I decided to give it a go. In the past I have not been impressed, it's too hard and needs lots of cooking, and I can't be bothered to wait for it. I thought I could make some soup and mush it up with the stick blender, thus making it easier to eat. I can't be doing with chewing mouthfuls of green stuff for hours. For a start I cut off the hard stalks, they are as tough as old boots, and look pretty manky as well.

So, the whole packet in the pan with a chopped onion, a stock cube and some packet sauce mix. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Quick taste test, yuk, bland, add pepper and tomato sauce and yogurt. Try again, ok but not great. I ate it anyway with a slice of seeded bread, because it's good for me and I don't throw food away.

This very nice piece of fabric is a window blind, I got it from the Hull Scrapstore when I was there a couple of months ago. I thought I could get two of bags out of it, so I unpicked the folds and the side seams and ironed out the creases, this gave me an extra few inches. It is not quite enough for two full size shopping bags, so I used every part of it and managed to squeeze two slightly smaller bags out of it. It is also fully lined so the bags are double thickness. 
There is just enough to make the handles.

Each bag measures 13 inches by 19 inches. Big enough to hold a few items of shopping. I will sell these at the Scrapstore Christmas Fair on Saturday.

Someone asked what a Scrapstore is. Take a look at this post I wrote in January 2010. I was a volunteer at the Scunthorpe branch which has now closed. This is the Facebook site for the Hull Scrapstore. This is the web site for Hull Scrapstore. And this site gives a list of  Scrapstores in the UK.  
Tonights dinner was pasta on a bed of salad leaves, topped with mushrooms cooked in oil and lemon juice with garlic powder, grated cheese, and yogurt. It was so so tasty. I think I've had my quota of greens today, ha ha. 
Thanks for looking in, Toodle pip.

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