Archive for July, 2011

2 tried & tested quinoa recipes for Deirdre

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I don’t stick exactly to the recipes and just use what I have.  Lemon zest (or lime zest) is essential for flavour though

Quinoa Pilaf – Patrick Holford
1 tsp olive oil
Med onion chopped
2 small sticks celery, chopped
2 small leeks chopped
125g (4 oz) canned chickpeas (drained weight)
4 cardamom pods
100g quinoa
9 fl oz veg stock or water
25g (1 oz) sunflower seeds
25g (1 oz) raisins
6 prunes
Grated zest of ½ lemon
Chopped parsley

Put onion, celery, leeks on pan & cook for 3 mins, keeping moving. Add chickpeas, spices, quinoa, stock & bring to boil & cook on low heat for 10 mins.

Add sunflower seeds, raisins, prunes & lemon. Cook for another 10 mins & liquid absorbed & quinoa cooked.


Another Quinoa Recipe
1 cup quinoa (really very important to rinse well before cooking)
1 cup water
Vegetarian stock cube
1 tsp turmeric (more if you want)
½ tsp ground coriander (or lightly toast and then grind the seeds)
½ tsp ground cumin (or lightly toast and then grind the seeds)
50g raisins
2 tablespoons pine nuts
3 cloves garlic, crushed (crush them 10 minutes before using)
Juice and zest one lemon or a lime
100g frozen peas, lightly cooked
100g pomegranate seeds or  a fresh pomegranate
Good bunch of coriander, chopped
Small glug of extra virgin olive oil

Put quinoa, stock cube and spices in a pot & cook in its own volume again of water for 10 mins. Remove from heat & leave to stand with lid on for a further 10 mins or until water is absorbed. Add raisins.

When it has cooled a little, add rest of dry ingredients, season with freshly ground pepper and sea salt. Garnish with coriander leaves, lemon or lime zest

Drops laceweight arrived today

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Drops lace arrived today in five colours with more to come.

Lots more Blocking Wires just arrived

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
Blocking Wires

Blocking Wires

Consists of rust-proof rigid wires, flexible wires, steel T pins, yardstick, strong storage tube, instructions


DROPS Bikinis. Yes really.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
DROPS Bikini

DROPS Bikini

Have a look at them here: