Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ordinary Sunday

Different week, different activity, not as muddy as last week.

We went to the National Museum:

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for the Cheongsam exhibition

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Last ballet class before the exam

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Being silly on the parents’ bed… still enjoying it at their age.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

What’s cooking ?

This is what I bought yesterday:  Donna Hay - April/May issue and I’m licking my fingers just thinking of what I’m going to cook.

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In the mean time, I’ve been trying to regain my kitchen, I’ve been cooking a bit more recently.  Having a helper at home tends to make me rely on her for some of the cooking and the kids have not been entirely happy about this.  Actually, we have this game at the dinning table whereas they guess who’s been preparing dinner (I’m pleased to say that they still recognise my cooking, and that most of the time it wins their hearts).

Back to DH magazine, I had my eyes on a Vietnamese sandwich from this year Summer issue, I knew I had to try it. This sandwich is full of memories for me: when I started my professional life in Paris, my best friend used to take me to Chinatown.  She would show me what to buy and where, and after a couple hours of shopping, giggling, we would stop for one of these sandwiches.  In my souvenir, there were made with pork meat, but DH’s version is with chicken and it actually suits me better. 

There’s plenty of savours: coriander, lemon grass, ginger, garlic (must be from the French heritage); the carrots and the white radish have marinated a bit in vinegar, and the chicken after marinated in the spices mixture for a couple of hours, is just cooked under the grill.  A bit of mayonnaise on a baguette (Jacques Cousteau – special reference for my kids), add the grilled chicken, the vegs, some coriander, chilli and that’s it.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Here is the THING…

… before I came to S’pore, I thought I could knit.  I had done a few things for myself, some cables, some laces.  I was able to read instructions and I thought that was it.  Everything that needed to be known about knitting was covered.

How wrong was I!  Since then I learnt the importance of swatching, blocking.  I learnt different methods of casting on and casting off.  I learnt a new language. My last discovery is grafting, thanks to YouTube, you can learn anything.  But most of it, I learnt that you need a very methodical, abstract brain to create some of the projects I’ve knitted.

My latest project is on its own a bit of history, designed by a very clever lady, Elizabeth Zimmerman. in the late 60’s.

So here is the THING:

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Have you recognised it yet?  It is the Surprise Baby Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmerman.  The construction is so ingenious and simple.  This is one project I could not stop knitting, I had to see the end result.  It was done in 2 days, and I’m already planning on knitting another one.  I tend to do that with a project I really enjoyed; the first one is the ‘learning’ one, the second, third… are for experimenting or just plainly having some fun.

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This Surprise Jacket has been knitted in Baby Speckle (12 rows) and Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (2 rows) both from Sirdar.  Have you noticed how the bottom is darker than the top?  I don’t understand why; both balls were from the same batch.  I guess I have been lucky to change just after the contrasting rows.

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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Almost wordless post

Yes, I’m still around, not that anybody might have missed me here!

I can’t say anything about this project! So for the moment, just enjoy the colours, so ‘Springy”.

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