This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

~Progress on Quilt and Cook Up With Vicki No 9~

Before getting into the Cook Up here is the surprise quilt for Mr Armchair that I'm working on...coming along now and have slowly begun to quilt with my machine...It's all trial and error with it as I learn to master In The Ditch!!!Hopefully it will be all done by next week!!!




This cook up with Vicki is from Donna Hay magazine October/November 2010 issue...

Tonight's menu...Herb Crumbed Schnapper
and Honey Custard Meringue Tarts...

Schnapper served atop Mashed Potato...
Steamed Cabbage with Honey Glazed Garlic Carrots...
Herbs used are Flat Leaf Parsley...
Dill and Baby Rocket (Arugula) leaves...
all from our first little herb garden here YAY!!!

Sweet shortcrust gluten free pastry by Rick Grant...

Cutting into rounds...

with filling in...

Meringue on top...

All done!!!
Am loving this pastry and experimenting with it...


Start of the little herb patch 20th October...

8th November...

and 5th December!!!
It's so handy having it not too far from the back door and I try and pick something each night from it!!!

This weekend with JoJo I plan to make a Steamed Pudding and a Boiled Fruit Cake...recipe for the Fruit Cake I got from Fee...
Thanks so much Fee!!!

Now it's back to wrapping...card writing...making lists...etc, etc etc!!!
Happy Baking...and Bon Appetit...Dzintra 

11 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Dzintra! Oh I have been sick to my stomach and I am still not all well, but your preparations look so lovely and delicious! I wish you happiness as you enter into a new season and we do as well; thinking of all my sweet and shining stars all over the world that give me such joy!

Anita

Simone de Klerk said...

The quilt for your DH looks very pretty, Dzintra! WOW!
Now, you are not fair. I am hungry and trying to loose some weight and you show us these yummy yummy goodies...my stomach ...
The pastries look great and don't seem that difficult to make if I look at how you did it.

Terry said...

Your new sewing machine has been working. Quilt will be loved I'm sure.

Yumm Yumm
Have a good weekend with Jojo. All sounds festive at your house.

Jeni said...

Morning my Friend...
love the quilt....
and I am going to look for the pastry.... do you purchase from supermarket
hugs

Margaret said...

Dinner at your place, sounds exciting and delicious. I planted a herb garden once and they grew bigger and better than weeds. I now have a few in pots.

Nezzy said...

Oh my goodness glory, where do I start??? The quilt is just gorgeous..I adore the brilliant colors. Your pastry is makin' me drool and the fish dish is givin' me a rumbely tummy.

Everything looks great!!!

God bless ya and have a most amazing day sweetie!!!!

Fer said...

Loving the Mr's quilt, so nicely random and lively!

I'm drooling over all your cooking loveliness!

Serena said...

WOW. Look at that quilt!!

you go girl.

your pastry looks fantastic too.

Notjustnat said...

The quilt looks gorgeous Dzintra. Mr Queen will love it, what's a lucky man. Your cooking looks yummy again I'm hungry looking at everything. I have little herbs garden too and a bit of salad garden as well. Enjoy Christmas cooking with JoJo - Hugs Nat

Sandrine said...

Oh Thank you so much for sharing this pastry find!I will be looking around for sure.Your little "tarte aux citron" look so delicious!
Have a great day x

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

Oh I wish I could share one of those pastries with you they look divine.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

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