Friday, November 26, 2010

Recipe Requests

I've had a few requests for the salmon recipe so here it is:

Salmon & Mushroom Rice Savoury Pastry Roll
Prep Time: 30mins

Cook Time: 55-60mins

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp each chopped fresh dill and Italian parsley

1 tsp grated lemon rind

1 clove garlic minced (I used about 3)

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

1 piece centre cut fresh Atlantic salmon fillet, skin removed (about 1.5 pds)

Rice Filling:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 onion chopped

1 pkg (227g)Cremini mushrooms sliced

2 cloves garlic minced

3/4 cup long grain rice

1.25 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup 10% half and half cream

2 tbsp each chopped fresh dill and Italian parsley

1 pkg (500g) frozen puff pastry

In a small bowl, combine oil, dill, parsley, lemon rind, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread mixture on both sides of salmon. Cover salmon in saran wrap and refrigerate.

Rice Filling: In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium high heat and cook onion, mushrooms and garlic for about 8 minutes or until no liquid from mushrooms remains. Add rice, broth and cream; bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes or until no liquid remains. Stir in dill and parsley; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Let cool completely.

Roll out the puff pastry to a 17 by 13 inch rectangle. Spread rice mixture along centre of pastry leaving about 4 inches of pastry on the long sides and 2 inches on short sides. Place refrigerated salmon on top (remove saran). Fold over short ends of pastry and then longer sides to cover and pinch seam. Place seam down on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and puffed slightly.

Makes 8 servings....enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cigarette Anyone?

Aha! Got ya - bet you thought I'd started smoking again - nope! 11 mos coming up! But I do have a photo of the best men's sweater I have ever seen - Linda dropped it off yesterday and my dad stopped in offering to buy it. It's Smokin by Jared Flood - just realized who the designer was, I should have known because it's so great!
Yarn: Blackstone Tweed Chunky in 6607 - a deep gorgeous charcoal grey that didn't photograph as well as it could have.

Linda also dropped off the Karen Shawl from Amy Swenson - don't you just love the scallopy detail at the top of the shawl. This took less than one skein of Dream in Color Everlasting in Tidewater. Feels wonderful knit up and the colors - well, you should just come by and see for yourself!

And I've been cooking - Longo's (my fav place to grocery shop) has come out with it's holiday magazine of recipes and it's just loaded with things I had to try. First up was salmon, mushrooms and rice in puff pastry. Yum! Yum! I've made it twice now and it's going to be a family dinner regular because it's so delicious and so easy! I've also made seafood pasta and an artichoke and mushroom casserole.....seriously, if you are near a Longo's go get the magazine. Tonight is sauteed scallops with spinach and rice. I KNOW....I sound like I might know what I'm doing.......
And I'm knitting...madly on the Fifth Avenue Infinity Scarf! Pictures tomorrow!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

To The Royal We Will Go

Tomorrow we're off to the Royal Winter Fair first thing - four girls and their ponies made it to the Royal. It's quite a big deal so we are taking Emma and Celine to watch their friends compete in the big leagues.

Megan and Melvin the pony are going to the Royal - they are on the right. It's Melvin's first season showing and he got to the Royal.

Emma and Gidget are on the left and Celine is in the middle with her new pony, Titan.

Could it be possible the Gidget and Emma will get to the Royal next year? I'd probably just pee my pants I'd be so excited. Gidgey needs a haircut....I just love this pony - she's so cute!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Now I'm All Messed Up

I thought I had things all figured out - at least in terms of my knitting - I was finishing the last clue of my Mystery Socks (both socks complete in Dye Hard Serendipitous Sock - yay me!), working away on the Effortless Cardigan and planning to do that pinwheel sweater out of Tanis (here's the colorway I want) BUT then I got to looking at the new Dream in Color Everlasting Sock Yarn - the colors are fantastic - truly so unique. There should be a shawl out of this - or maybe I could just open up the skeins and drape a bunch of them around my neck and call it a new trend? And if that's not enough to confuse me....then more arrives.

Dream in Color November Yarn arrives and it's like the colorway was designed specifically for me....

Oh right, and then Tanis blogged about this today - now if that is not enough to make you want to scream with joy at the very thought of knitting it then I don't know what it is.

And the very icing on the cake - you all know how much I love Through the Loops Mystery Socks while cruising around yesterday had me finding one from 2008 - I've 09 and I just finished 10 - don't you think I should have 08 too?

And completely on a random note - here's why we were very proud parents this weekend. It was the banquet for Emma's riding - she finished in second place in the Central East Division. Here she is with her dad and his parents.
Emma and her riding coach.

My kids and grandkids!