Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Just keep knitting...just keep knitting...

When I got an email this morning letting me know that my dress is ready, it really hit me - I am getting married in 19 days (and we leave in 11 days)! Holy crap! We still have a few details yet to nail down, but I'm sure it will work out. In the meantime, I just keep knitting away at my shawl. In my haste, I misread part of the instructions for the nupps section, so despite the progress shot last time, I had to rip out and re-knit the last 2 charts over. Which set me back a little, but now I'm back on track. I'm on to the first of 2 border charts. Getting close!

So yeah- this is pretty much what I've been doing in my free time. Shawl knitting. Fast and furious. Well that, and cooking veggies like they're going out of style. I've been on this kick for a couple months now. Cooking up a huge batch of veggies on Sunday (or Monday, as the case may be) and feeding off of it for as long as it lasts. (It usually carries me well into mid-late week). I've been steaming, braising, oven-roasting, sauteing. I try to vary the veggies every week, although there are some staples. And I always make some brown rice with lentils and/or black beans to go alongside. I've been pleasantly surprised at how filling these meals are, and how much healthier I feel. And most pleasing of all - I haven't tired of eating this way at all (yet)!

This week I also made a batch of Grandma's Grain, from the fabulous 101 Cookbooks. (Sorry, no picture this time.) These grains can be eaten with savory or sweet, for breakfast or substituted for rice in other meals. This morning I had some for breakfast with a little bit of brown sugar and rice milk. It was quite tasty! I look forward to experimenting with it more and incorporating this recipe into my repertoire.

I am far from what I would consider to be a healthy eater, but I do try, and I've been trying extra hard lately, for various reasons. As with most everything else I try, instead of making sweeping statements that I'm committing to something (which invariably provokes failure), I like to say that I will try to keep with it for as long as possible and see how it goes. So far, so good!

Are there any dishes/recipes you've been hooked on lately?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to shawl knitting!

10 comments:

jillian said...

Funny how things can sneak up on you :)

Good for you with all the veggies! What a perfect way to enjoy seasonal food and farmer's market offerings.

winnie said...

That shawl looks amazing. I can't suggest anything healthy at the moment.. because I've been on a junk food binge lately.

Jennifer said...

You can do it! Go, go, go with that shawl.

mle said...

Wow, only 19 days!! you are in the home stretch! The shawl is looking fantastic...you will finish it!
Those veggies look delicious too! I wish I was better at finding new ways to cook veggies like that. Feel free to share any of your combinations and methods. :)

Nasus said...

The shawl is looking beautiful! mmmm...I've been hooked lately on anything with goat cheese. On my cruise, I had a few helpings of goat cheese-shiitake mushroom pizza...

Anonymous said...

Yum, veggies! I like:

a) Briefly cooked or steamed broccoli tossed in a little walnut oil, lemon, and s+p.
b) Grilled vegetable ratatouille.

Go go, shawl knitter! Your nupps look perfect!

- MJ

Lolly said...

Oh, so soon! I am so excited for you! :)

...and I have a million veggie recipes to share! I blogged about eggplant recipes, but I have plenty for other veggies too. let me know and I can point you to some!

Disentangled said...

You are in the home stretch...both for the shawl and the wedding! Hawaii here we come!

Madge said...

Mmm...those nupps look TASTY. Heh.

Latest fave food? Lemme think. Okay, I have it. The grilled fish tacos with homemade coleslaw and corn/red pepper/avocado salad* we made this past Sunday. They were yummy.

*Recipe may be found under "Corn-Avocado Relish" at myrecipes.com.

tentenknits said...

keep up the good knit!!

and for veggies... i'm ashamed to tell you that i hardly eat them... terrible!! you're inspiring me though!! :-)