Chicken Curry Stew

It’s been a month of Sundays since I posted anything that wasn’t directly related to the podcast, and I apologize for that. I’ve been struggling with stress and depression for the last few months, and I’m trying to dig myself out of it.

One thing I’m trying to start doing is eating healthier. So this weekend, I did a grocery trip in anticipation of some meal planning. Last night, I made this AMAZING chicken stew with curry notes that will serve as my lunch for the rest of the week. I have to tell you guys, I was drooling over this as I was cooking it – and I thank the plethora of cooking videos on my facebook feed for improving my technique somewhat. I had to hold myself back from eating any last night! I had some for lunch today, and felt I had to share, because it was just THAT good. It’s also a good way to sneak some vegetables onto your family’s plates!

I thought about doing this stew in the Instant Pot, but I don’t think it would have attained the depth of flavor it got in the enamelled cast-iron pot. I think this would also make excellent filling for a pot pie, if you like that sort of thing! If I have any left at the end of the week, I may attempt that with some refrigerator crescent roll dough. Without further ado, here’s the recipe! (Note: You don’t have to thaw the frozen vegetables before tossing them in, and while I used fresh turmeric root, you could just use 1 tsp of powdered instead.)

Chicken Curry Stew

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp salt
1 large onion, chopped coarsely
1 Tbsp ginger paste, or 1″ knob, peeled and diced finely
1 Tbsp garlic paste (or 1 Tbsp chopped garlic, or 2 cloves garlic)
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 pkg frozen spinach
1 pkg frozen okra, chopped (or 3 cups fresh okra, chopped)
1 3-inch piece turmeric root, peeled and thinly sliced (or 1 tsp dried turmeric)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 quart vegetable cocktail
1 can coconut cream or coconut milk

In large enamelled cast-iron pot, or your favourite stock pot, heat oil. Add chopped chicken and salt, and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add chopped onion, stir until translucent, another 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and sweet potatoes. Stir frequently, and cook until potatoes begin to soften, about 15 minutes. Add spinach, okra, turmeric, cumin and cayenne. Continue cooking approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are soft and frozen vegetables have thawed.

Add vegetable cocktail and simmer uncovered 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil, then stir in coconut cream. Serve over rice or quinoa as soon as the coconut cream is completely incorporated.

This stew will serve 6-8 people.

A note about fresh turmeric: It may look a little off-putting in the store (it looks like big, juicy worms, to be honest), the difference in flavor between fresh and powdered is unbelievable. If you can get fresh, then buy it, and put it in EVERYTHING. (Turmeric has numerous proven health benefits, and the flavor is pleasant and goes with just about anything.)

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I’ll add a picture of the stew tonight when I get home – I didn’t photograph anything while I was cooking, and I ate my lunch too quickly to think of taking pictures 😉

Episode 32

I don’t usually do episode titles, but given that my friend Brandi had been posting since last night about today being “2319”, I kind of felt like I had to add it in 🙂

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Knitting Content

Rob’s 2019 socks, based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knit out of Gnomespun Yarn Phouka Base in the Brave colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. Knit out of Night Owl Fibers Sock in Rusty Hook, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Leather Boots, on size 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

Tea: Tonight’s tea is David’s Tea Green Maitcha – it’s a steamed Japanese green tea with toasted and popped rice. I find it a very relaxing flavor, very similar to what you’re usually given in sushi restaurants! It’s one of my “calm, centre, and focus” teas slightly_smiling_face

On Screen

I finished watching Marvel’s The Runaways – I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it. It doesn’t seem to have anything remotely to do with the Marvel universe, and was a very strange show. It almost made me feel like I was watching a David Lynch series at times.

I’ve now started watching Season five of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the premise just keeps getting weirder and weirder every season. I’ve heard in various places that the series really jumped the shark before season five, and I’m kind of feeling compelled to agree. I think it jumped the shark at the end of season three to the beginning of season four. I’m kind of looking forward to being done with it so I can move on. I’m only ONE more series away from Infinity War! It’s so close, I can TASTE it.

Pods Cast around the Internet

So this week in podcasts…

TrueCanuckGirl released three new videos on her Steeped in Books Booktube channel, including her January 2019 used book haul, the February To Be Read list as well as the Weekly Reading Vlog. MinaPhilipp released her Vogue Knitting Live recap and haul on The Knitting Expat Podcastfiberific has put out a new Live CraftNChat (sort of like a VKN) this week. Selmasknits has released episode 32 of her podcast in both Englishand French this week. udontcallmeles and LaLa put out episode 425 of The Knit Girllls podcast. jrbirdkid and KellySpins released episode 120 of the Must Love Yarn podcast, and TheCATTLady released episode 90 of The CATT Lady podcast!

I don’t have much else to talk about this week, and I didn’t want to tempt fate with the new recording software. It didn’t quite work out the way I had hoped, but I will be getting a better laptop in the next few weeks, so hopefully that will end my recording woes (and then I can concentrate on lighting!).

Be kind to one another! 🙂 Have a great week, everybody.

Podcast Episode 30

 

No tea this week, sorry!

Knitting Content

Knitting goals were nearly accomplished. I got Row 8 started on my blanket, finished Rob’s first sock, and NEARLY finished the chart on the 2nd mitten.

Scrappy blanket, based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis. Met my goal of starting row 8. No goals for this one this week.

Knotty Mittens by Tessa Rexroat (heavily based on Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller). Knit out of Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Masham in the Squall colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles. Goal for this week is to finish the 2nd mitten.

Rob’s Red Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit from Gnomespun Yarn Phouka Base in the Brave colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

On Screen

I started watching Marvel: The Punisher, and I’m finding it very difficult to watch. More graphic (if that’s even possible) than the previous Marvel series, and quite a bit more violent than I like. I had a lot of difficulty with the first episode. I ended up watching a couple of episodes of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up, and liked that a lot better!

Podcast-wise, I’ve been enjoying new episodes from The Knit Girllls, Must Love Yarn, Espace Tricot, Knitterific, and The CATT Lady podcasts.

Knitalongs

I’m excited to start my sweater for the Garments Galore KAL that is being jointly hosted by Little Big Knits podcast (selmaknits) and Hawthorn Cottage Craft podcast (ARunnerBean). I’ll be knitting the Heart On Your Sleeve Cardigan by Fiona Ellis. My goal is to cast this on before January 31.

We’re also in the home stretch for the Pigskin Party knit-along in BostonJen’s Down Cellar Studio Podcast group. If you’ve been participating, it’s time to finish up those languishing projects, and get your points in!

That’s about it for this week! Be kind to one another 🙂

Episode 27!

The holidays kind of got away from me, but I have a brand spanking new episode for you guys!!

BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS

Happy birthday to all our December babies!!! Hope you had an excellent birthday month, and I hope nobody tried to scrooge out of giving y’all TWO presents 😉

Happiest of birthdays to MargGerthcookier293hmcteerAsterideSheThatKnitscamphillpeachesdelainey33FalllittlestarannummyidestinyGaleWinds1Jencitaaauntvalbarbn77craftsneverceasehungryforyarnquiltladycrochetsKnitnOneKris26dkibblesworthkrysknitsmacaroniducksophiechihuahuaKnittingJoalip, and RabbitRibbit!!! (Happy birthday to Rob too, but he’s not on Ravelry!)

Tea – today’s tea is David’s Tea Apple Cider! It’s a smooth, fruity, delicious tea, and I now have to go out and buy some, because that was my first time trying it!

Works in Progress

Knotty Mittens by Tessa Rexroat (heavily based on the Knotty Gloves by Julia Mueller). Knit out of Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Masham in the Squall colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Rob’s Red Socks (based on Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee). Knit out of Gnomespun Yarn Phouka in the Brave colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Scrappy blanket, based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis. Knit on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

On Screen – In the last two weeks, I’ve finished the last few episodes of Season 3 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I then FINALLY got to watch Black Panther, and it was every bit as excellent as I remembered ❤ Then I blitzed through Season one of Luke Cage. It’s time for Doctor Strange now, but I haven’t had the chance to sit down and watch it. Very much looking forward to it!

Podcast-wise, I have religiously watched all of ARunnerBean’s Vlogmas episodes of the Hawthorn Cottage Craft Podcast, and caught up with selmaknits on the Little Big Knits podcastLaLa and udontcallmeles kept me company the other day during the most recent episode of the Knit Girllls podcast.

Between the Pages

I have been reading The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Very much enjoying this YA novel that won several awards. A thirteen-year-old girl is left behind in England to finish school while her family returns to America. This is the story of her journey across the Atlantic Ocean to join them.

I also picked up a copy of Elevation by Stephen King this week. I can’t wait to dig into this book!!! I also picked up the Instant Loss Cookbook by Brittany Williams. The book contains 125 recipes that Brittany used to lose over 100 lbs in less than a year, using her Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Life has been a bit crazy during the last few weeks/months. I want to thank every last one of you who has stuck with me through it! You all mean so much to me! ❤

Episode 24

Knitting content!

FO: Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colorway, specially dyed by ModeKnit Yarn. Knit on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

WIPS: Casting on Rob’s 2019 socks out of Gnomespun Yarn Phouka Base in the Brave colourway, on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Knotty Mittens by Tessa Rexroat. Knit out of Bear in Sheep’s Clothing Bear Masham base in the Squall colourway on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Stash

I received an absolutely beautiful skein of Manos del Uruguay Marina in the Appalachian colourway from my friends RabbitRibbit and Sylvie for my birthday!!!

tollbaby’s Manos del Uruguay Marina

Manos del Uruguay Marina

Screen time

I finished season one of Jessica Jones, and now I’ve started season three of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While I was in Chicago, Rob and I went out to see Bohemian Rhapsody, which was amazing, although I’m still annoyed at a few things in the film (like glossing over the wild behavior of the other band members and making them look like bloody choir boys). SO MANY podcasters have new episodes out, among them selmaknitsARunnerBeanKnit Night with Mekamika Podcast, and so many others!

Not much else going on, trying to concentrate on school and work, and organizing my living space as much as possible. I hope you’re all having a productive beginning to your hibernation season! see you next week 🙂

Episode 23

Tea: Today’s tea is one of my absolute favorites! London Fruit & Herb Company’s Strawberry & Vanilla Fool tea, provided by my lovely friend StormCoast. This tea is very smooth and decadent, and tastes like the memory of a dish of strawberries and cream.

Knitting Content: I’ve made some progress on my Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. I have added an extra eyelet section to the pattern, as I wanted to use up the remainder of my yarn. It’s knit in Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway, specially dyed by ModeKnit Yarn, on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles. There was a bit of a knitting mishap, which you’ll be able to see more clearly in a photo at the end of the episode.

I picked up my Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller and noticed something a bit odd… tune in to find out why they’re being frogged AGAIN for the 4th or 5th time sigh

Bijou Basin KAL – don’t forget to join in. Post your progress pictures in the chatter thread, I’d love to see what you’re working on!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Annie Modesitt giveaway. Rosewin ‘s prize package has been mailed off!

Recipes that I talked about during the episode will be shared at some point this week on the blog. I tried to take more pictures during the process this time, and all recipes are my own creations.

Have a great week, everybody!

Episode 22

Tea: I’m drinking Twinings of London’s Orange & Cinnamon Spice herbal tea. This is a subtle rooibos with Vietnamese cinnamon and orange peels that is warming and delicate without overpowering or being too sweet. Thanks to mandypinecone for this one!

Knitting Content:

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Tibetan Dreams in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway, hand-dyed by modeknit on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Mina Capelet by Emily Walton (for Expression Fiber Arts). Knit out of Bernat Softee Chunky in the Fern colourway on size 6mm (US 10) needles.

Bijou Basin KAL

Please head over to the KAL finished objects thread to save your spot. There is one (grand) prize that will be drawn from all finished objects, but there’s also a smaller prize that will be drawn from among all participants, whether they finish or not!

Annie Modesitt Fund giveaway

Thank you to all who participated and generously donated to help Annie deal with funeral expenses while she undergoes her fourth (and final) round of chemotherapy this week! A winner has been chosen, so tune in to see if you won 🙂 The winner has to PM me their address so I can get the prize package in the mail while I’m in the US (since Canada Post is currently on strike).

On Screen:

I blew through season 2 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., then watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Last weekend, I binged all of season 1 of Daredevil, and I watched Ant Man this morning.

So many podcasts have been putting up episodes in the last couple of weeks. There are two from TheCATTLady on The CATT Lady Podcast, two from KellySpins and jrbirdkid on the Must Love Yarn podcast, and episodes from justrunknit and jknitma of Stockinette ZombiesLaLa and udontcallmeles of The Knit GirlllsFiberificChanti of the Fiberific PodcastEspace TricotTrueCanuckGirl has several new videos out on the Steeped in Books channel, bryonybear and ObiwanKnitter have a new episode of The Bakery Bears out, MinaPhilipp has a new episode of The Knitting Expat Podcast out, AND a new sock club that’s just been released, CherryHeart has a new episode of the Cherry Heart podcast out, NinjaChickens has a new episode of Ninja Chickens Podcast out, and dunkelgrun has put out a FANTASTIC new episode of the Dunkelgrun podcast!

Have a fantastic week, everybody! See you next week from Chicago!

Recipe Files: Simple Cabbage Soup

raw ingredients

On Sundays, I generally go to my mom’s house for dinner. When I was a kid, we used to buy this canned cabbage soup we all loved (Habitant brand, in case anyone is curious). Sadly, they stopped making it when I was a teenager. A few years ago, I decided I needed to reverse-engineer the recipe, because we loved it SO MUCH. This recipe is the result.

Every year, Mom has me make a big batch so that she can freeze it and enjoy it all year long. This year, we got a bit ambitious and did three whole cabbages. That yielded somewhere between fourteen and sixteen quarts of soup, which was insane and took ALL AFTERNOON. I’m not going to share those quantities with you here.

shredded cabbage

Now the most dangerous part of all this is shredding the cabbage. I tend to prep it the same way I would for coleslaw or sauerkraut. Take a sharp paring knife and cut out the core, using medium diagonal cuts all the way around the stem. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can cut out any extra bits of core after. Then place your cabbage on the cut end, and take a large knife (I prefer a santoku knife for stability,  but you could also use a chef knife) and cut into quarters. Slice each quarter thinly, no more than 1/8″ thick. Prep your onions the same way. (although without the coring, obviously).

This soup is more about ratios than specific measurements – as long as you keep your 1 cabbage – 1 onion – 1 quart stock ratio relatively similar, you can scale this recipe up as high as your stock pot will let you. We had to dig out the big 20-quart pot this year for the three heads of cabbage 🙂 You can also add a 28-oz can of diced tomatoes to the mix if you prefer. I do this at home, but not when making the soup for my mom’s stockpile 😉 The seasonings are simple, but they work very well with this soup. Let me know if you try this recipe! I hope you enjoy it.

Simple Cabbage Soup

Ingredients

1 head green cabbage, quartered and thinly sliced
1 large white or sweet onion, quartered and thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 quart beef stock (if using unsalted stock, add 1 tsp sea salt – OR use 1 heaping Tbsp Better than Bouillon, beef flavor, and 1 quart water)

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add onions and cabbage, and sauté over low heat until browned and soft, approximately 10-12 minutes. Place in stock pot with remaining ingredients. If stock does not cover cabbage, add enough stock to cover all vegetables. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat, and simmer for one hour. Serve, or freeze for later use. Serves 4-6.

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Episode 21

Knitting Content

Test knit: Mina Capelet by Emily Walton, for Expression Fiber Arts. This is likely the last time it will be shown before the pattern is released, so I don’t give away details of it! slightly_smiling_face

Celestial Socks by Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Socks hand-dyed by my friend Krystal on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by ModeKnit Yarn on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Tea Review

Today’s tea is David’s Tea Cream of Earl Grey. It’s a luxuriously smooth black tea that just feels like a nice warm hug. There’s a bit of a sweet note to it, as well as a minor bite from the black tea. It tastes full and rich, and almost custardy… and now that I say that, I TOTALLY want to steep this in some heavy whipping cream to make crème brulée!!!

BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS

I am so sorry I forgot to do this last week, but happy birthday to all the October babies!!! Happiest of birthdays to patchaCelestya22CrochetingWhovianKnitPurlandRepeatnmarchngeigerkounterLMcraftingalisonwonderlandchumstickmaryreadsalotocdknitcasesandyknits88LDSVenusdeepcovegrlEllisknitstooTalesOfYarnKnitincrazeeLylaCraftShhhLuluHaylsknitsPinDollliviejRobina1911blackjax21nzfriendgfgislasonknit1baketooTheCATTLadyJansHandspacasinmaineCraftyYarnaholicFirstMateJulesCatlynInWonderladcalicokitty6k10, and Marlene31. I hope you all had a fabulous birthday month!

Annie Modesitt Fund

There’s still time to get in on the draw for these fantastic prizes by donating to Annie Modesitt’s lymphoma fund before November 10th! Please see details in the thread here. Annie is a fantastic teacher, knitwear designer and indie dyer. She was recently diagnosed with a rather nasty form of Lymphoma that has attacked her spine, and has been undergoing chemotherapy… but while she’s been battling cancer, her husband Gerry, who has been battling Multiple Myeloma for ten years, passed away suddenly. Helping her defray the costs of a funeral and keeping afloat while she works out the rest of her treatment and recovery is a super generous thing for you all to be doing, and I’m so proud of our little group here for pushing their sleeves up and getting it done RoMillet!

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Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

Hop on over into the BBR KAL threads to show us what you’re working onand to save your spot in the FO thread 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the last few episodes of season one of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and onto Guardians of the Galaxy. I completely forgot to mention all the new podcasts that came out this week – there’s a new one from ARunnerBean on Hawthorn Cottage Crafts, some new non-knitty stuff from TrueCanuckGirl on Steeped in Books, some Must Love Yarn goodness from jrbirdkid and KellySpins, ANOTHER new episode from TheCATTLady, some new content from NinjaChickens (go see her new studio! Exciting stuff!!), a little bit of pumpkin carving fun and a Knit Crate review from MinaPhilipp on The Knitting Expat podcast, and a brand new episode from handmemyknitting!!!

Stash

My lovely friend krysknits thinks about you guys too!!! She gave me an absolutely stunning sock blank and a pretty skein of Tanis Fiber Arts, and suggested I use one for a giveaway. Now, as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sock blank, I also know I would never take it apart to knit with it, and why be selfish and keep it if one of you could enjoy it? So the lovely skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label sock in the Lilac colourway will join my stash, and this gorgeous sock blank by CACTUS Yarn Studio, aptly called “Spring Crocus” will be used for a future giveaway on the podcast.

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The Wayward Skein: Episode 20

I FORGOT TO DO BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUTS!!!! They will be included in next weekend’s episode!!! I’m so sorry!

Tea

Drinking the New York Sheep & Wool 2018 tea, which was Apple Almond Harvest. It’s subtle, and robust, and delicious… and it completely reminded me of the cabin in the woods and hanging out with everyone ❤

Knitting Content

Flirt Shawlette by Heidi Sharp Designs. Knit out of Bijou Basin Ranch Tibetan Dream in the Green-to-Black Fade colourway (dyed by modeknit) on size 3.75mm (US 5) needles.

Celestial Socks test knit for Brandi Miller. Knit out of Fleece Artist Trail Sock by krysknits on size 2.5mm (US 1.5) needles.

Scrappy sock blanket (based on Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis) on size 2.75mm (US 2) needles.

Annie Modesitt Donations and giveaway

Please visit the thread over here to donate, and post about it, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win this lovely bag, made by MinaPhilipp and a skein of Lydia Squishy DK in the Harliquen colourway. Draw will take place on the weekend of November 10.

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Bijou Basin Ranch KAL

If you’re participating in the KAL, please visit the Finished Objects thread to save your spot 🙂 Prizes up for grabs include a set of mini skeins from Bijou Basin Ranch, Knitted Wraps & Cover-Ups by Annie Modesitt, and a bunch of little goodies, as well as a participation prize, generously provided by Heidi Sharp, of the Flirt Shawlette pattern!

Reading

I finally finished An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle, and it was quite good when I finally got into it, although I had a lot of difficulty with the power dynamics in the relationships the main character got into. I very much enjoyed the entire series, and I’m very much looking forward to watching A Wrinkle in Time now 🙂

On Screen

I made it through the first seven episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Thor’s Dark World. Then watched the next eight episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and then Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Thoroughly enjoyed all of it, and I’m enjoying revisiting the earlier episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – before some of the characters showed their darker sides.

In podcasting land, several people have new episodes out, including selmaknits of the Little Big Knits podcast, thecattlady of the CATT Lady podcast Serenova of the Serenova Crafts podcast, mandypinecone of the MandyPinecone Crafts podcast, TrueCanuckGirl of the Steeped in Books booktube channel, MinaPhilipp of the Knitting Expat podcast, and jrbirdkid and KellySpins of the Must Love Yarn podcast 🙂

Everyone have a fantastic week!