Knitcircus Greatest of Ease, Come What May
The pink is shading ever so gently, getting paler and paler. Heading into cream (why does this look like dessert?); the gray will come later. Pink and white roses, gray rain clouds? Whatever, it’s gorgeous.
This is waiting in the wings. Black Trillium Fibres Lilt, in Periwinkle.
In the meantime, there’s been a lot of pretty food! I hosted my annual Pinot & Piano fun-raiser a couple weeks ago. I provide piano and dessert. My co-hosts provide wine and music. It all comes together in a lovely evening for 16 guests. This year’s desserts:
Flourless Chocolate Torte
Puff Pastry Pear Tart, served with Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Pomegranate Panna Cotta
These aren’t as big as they look; they’re served in mini wine glasses.
Love these glasses for presentation!
Last week Sue (Tango Mango) taught us how to make bagels.
We had them for lunch!
And panna cotta with raspberry sauce for dessert.
What pretty things are you making? Knitting? Food? Other?
The blueberry crop is still going strong, despite the best efforts of the birds and squirrels to make me share. The new raspberry plants have given me almost a dozen berries. I wasn’t expecting any this year, so it’s all bonus.
I ate the first raspberries immediately, and then I saw Sue’s raspberry post. Wish I’d seen it earlier. What a great way to make a tiny harvest special! I had to try it. Click the link for her gorgeous photo.
No, they’re not giant raspberries, but isn’t it cool how close my iPad can get without zooming?
Monday we went for a short hike from the Hoyt Arboretum up to Pittock Mansion. I always think of hiking as something you do elsewhere; it’s so nice to have very local options. This is inside Portland’s city limits.
Why hello there! (What kind of flower is this?)
And of course, any outing with Sue, Mimi, and Kelly means food! We had lunch at Pho Tango in Hillsboro. Fabulous!
Bun bo Hue
I always thought the vegetables were garnish, just eye candy, but Mimi says you eat them wrapped around the spring roll. That makes a spring roll way more interesting.
Mimi made dessert. Yucca and shredded coconut tossed with toasted sesame seeds and a bit of sugar and salt. Sounds odd, tastes great!
Summer is in full swing here. It’s supposed to be 100 degrees (fahrenheit) this weekend. Time to water…again.
Oh, beautiful food. I met Sue, author of the Tango Mango blog, through our mutual friend Mimi earlier this year. Her photography and recipes are outstanding.
Last week, Mimi and I went to Sue’s house to make stonefruit galettes. Her camera pictures are way more beautiful than my iPhone pictures, but you get the idea.
Sue made the short crust ahead of time, so our task was to roll it out, prep the fruit, and form the galettes. (Recipe is on the Tango Mango blog.)
I love how these look, even before baking. (Hey, Sue, we forgot to dot with butter! It was delicious, anyway.)
While they were baking, we had this pretty and tasty salad. The cucumber is shaved with a “vegetable sharpener” which looks like a giant pencil sharpener. Fun tools!
This was not the first cooking party we’ve had with Sue. Last June, we made enchiladas, a new dish for me.
Here’s Sue, finding the best light for photo styling…
Check out the Tango Mango blog. Pretty and delicious!
What’s new on the knitting front? I’m almost done with a new shawlette design, wondering if it’s going to block out the way I want it to. I guess I’ll find out soon…