On the Go-veralls

After figuring out how to knit and purl my first project was a pair of On the go-veralls. Noah was 2 or 3 at the time. It was a bit ambitious but I wanted to knit something besides a scarf. Why not jump in with both feet!

100_1223 100_1224Luckily for me they turned out well. Now, I think the yarn drapes  a bit too much. They are super comfy!

Ever since, the On the go-veralls have been on my mental make again list. So when my Grandmother sent me a lovely knit baby blanket plus a skein of yarn I knew just what to do with it.

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Even though I made the 0-6 month size these are pretty big on Molly right now. I thought they might be as the leg was looking more like a sleeve for me! However, my gauge was spot on so I went with it. During the hip section I had an ominous feeling that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish. Luckily I had a little wool left over from one of the Liza Rose scarflettes. So I added it in as stripes. Together they were exactly enough. Funny how that works out sometimes!

I expect Molly will fit into these in another 2-3 months (around 6 months).

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Macaroni with Tomato Sauce, Baked Eggs and Ricotta

Man have our new chickens been laying! Up until this past week they had been laying 8-10 eggs a day (out of the 10 chickens we have left now that a pig decided to have one as a snack). I find myself adding eggs to anything I can think of. This book: The Good Egg by Marie Simmons is solely egg recipes. I made Macaroni with Tomato Sauce, Baked Eggs and Ricotta one day a while back for lunch. It’s basically lasagna using macaroni. I made mine gluten-free by simply using gluten-free noodles. I like the brand Heartland cause they hold up and come the closest to “real” pasta. The eggs cook up with a soft yolk and creamy whites – actually quite good and adding protein.

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DSCN7899Adding the eggs. One just happened to be a double yolk. The recipe only calls for 4 eggs but this definitely serves more than 4 so you could either add a couple of eggs or perhaps someone might want the sans egg option.

DSCN7894Top with cheese and bake.

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DSCN7904This dish goes together quickly; even faster if you could use leftover pasta. I’ll definitely remember this for a last-minute dinner – especially if there are unexpected guests. The eggs really do make it a meal and it’s vegetarian. Add a salad and maybe a baguette and some wine and your set.

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Salmon Salmon Salmon

Salmon are huge fish! While I love baking one whole- stuffed with lemon (either fresh or dehydrated slices or chopped preserved lemons) and dill (either fresh or dried)- there is always PLENTY of leftover salmon. What to do with all that fish?

Here are a  few of my go to ideas:

Salmon Eggs Benedict- Top some salmon on a bed of spinach with an egg and Hollandaise or Bearnaise sauce.

Salmon Rice Casserole- I tried this recipe.

Salmon Pattie/Burgers

Salmon burgers are pretty versatile. To keep it gluten free I use toasted gluten free bread slices for the sandwich and rice or breadcrumbs from a slice of gluten free bread for the filling. The burger above I mixed up with rice that was sauteed with onions, peas, an egg for binding, a touch of hot sauce, a little finely minced preserved lemon, salt and pepper, and curry powder.

I also mixed up a large batch based off of this recipe which incorporated cheddar cheese. I added minced preserved lemon, Dijon mustard, dill and sauteed some minced onion and garlic. It falls apart more easily than I like but, as several reviewers comment, you can bake them in the oven and avoid both breaking them while flipping and the frying mess. I preformed patties, froze them on a baking sheet then bagged them. Now all we have to do is pull a few out and bake them when we want an easy lunch. I always top mine with mayo. Sometimes I mix in a little herbs or lemon- adds great flavor and a little moisture.

Here are the uncooked preformed salmon patties ready to go into the freezer. They are about a third of a cup each.

So that’s what I usually do with leftover salmon. Any other ideas?

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