Fancy going to Edinburgh? (Ep 17, Along The Lanes)

I make a big ol’ stew to weather the cold stormy weather we’ve been having, share my knitting and foodie projects, and take you to Knit Night at the pub with me. Excitement abounds as Along The Lanes nears 2000 subscribers, and I make plans to go to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Join me there? 😀

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Peace, love and cozy toes,
Vero

Show notes

Reasons to be Cheerful socks
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reasons-to-be-cheerful

Nikka Vord by Gudrun Johnson
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nikka-vord

Edinburgh Yarn Festival (18-20th March)
http://www.edinyarnfest.com

Music by Jeff Kaale on Soundcloud.com

Vero’s storm-weathering bean and ham stew

I used the following ingredients, but change them based on what you have, or what you fancy!

– Cooked ham, cubed
– Pumpkin, cubed
– 2 red onions, chopped
– 4 cloves of chopped garlic
– 1 tin of Pinto beans, rinsed
– 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
– Vegetable stock, if needed to add a bit of liquid

Spices & herbs (to your own taste): Ground coriander, cumin, paprika, chilli powder, smoked salt, pepper, cinnamon and a squeeze of my favourite BBQ sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Sweat the onions for a few minutes. If you need to cook the meat, do this before adding everything else in. Otherwise, throw all ingredients in on medium heat, stir in your spices and add the vegetable stock.

Cook it on medium heat for at least half an hour, ideally an hour, until everything’s softened and the sauce has become nice and thick. Add fresh chopped coriander if you like.

Serve with white or brown rice and, if you’ve made yours spicy, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream to balance out the spice. Perfect with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

Enjoy!

Spinning, Sushi and a Giveaway (Episode 16)

Welcome to my craft room once again. Today, some spinning, sushi and a sweet, sweet giveaway winner announced.

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Peace, love and fuzzy stuff,
Vero

Show Notes

KnitPicks Hawthorne Sport
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-hawthorne-sport-multi

Gemini by Jane Richmond
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gemini-3

Holland Handmade
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hollandhandmadeco
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08Z6appRg1ojf009qRVmQw

Lina Knits
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb54mo7ImX6P_6xXBeWxaqg

Music by Jeff Kaale on Soundcloud.com

Face Full of Gingerbread! (Ep 15)

I’m back with loads of awesome projects to bust your stash, make you laugh and inspire.

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Peace, love and gingerbread,
Vero

Show Notes

Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats

Fish Lips Kiss Heel sock heel technique
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel

KnitPicks Felici self-striping yarn
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/knit-picks-felici

Yarns by Old Maiden Aunt
http://oldmaidenaunt.com

Music by Jeff Kaale http://soundcloud.com/jeff-kaale http://instagram.com/jeffkaale

Beaches, Brioche, Beer – and a giveaway! (Episode 14)

December flew by; I’ve acquired a whole box of new yarn stash, started some fabulous new projects (including my Exploration Station!) and went for a wander on a beach and to an amazing beer shop, just before jumping into Christmas celebrations.

I’m also announcing a new Craft-along for 2016 – the Battle Against Boring – which includes a fun first prize for those who share their goals for the craft-along!

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Peace, love and happy Christmas,
Vero

Full show notes coming after I’ve had a few more Christmas drinks!

Stephen West on colour, creativity and crazy knitting bikes! (Episode 13)

Knitwear designer and colour lover Stephen West came by Cambridge on his tour of European cities. We had a chat about knitting inspiration, finding beauty in the ugly and mad inventions.

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http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west

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Peace, love and brioche,
Vero

Show notes

Stephen West:
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-west

The Sheep Shop, Cambridge:
http://sheepshopcambridge.co.uk

Along The Lanes episode 3, where I shared the Exploration Station colour options.

Along The Lanes episode 4, where I show the winner of the Exploration Station colour options.

Nancy Marchant:
http://www.briochestitch.com

Sparkleduck yarns:
http://www.sparkleduck.com/shop/

Music by preppeller 🙂

Fancy Some Chilli? Ep 12 of Along The Lanes

Vero’s Warming winter chilli recipes for meat-eaters and veggies

This is a very loose recipe, so use your creativity and use the veggies and meats or meat-alternatives you enjoy the most.

Today’s chillies both contained:

  • Onions and garlic with olive oil to get started
  • A mix of courgette (zucchini to the American-speaking viewers), mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, roasted butternut squash… but you could add green beans or any fresh veg you have at hand
  • Beans; Butter beans, canellini beans, red kidney beans and one tin of Heinz baked beans
  • Tomato paste and a tin of chopped tomatoes (unless you have tons of fresh ones at hand, of course!)
  • A good glug of red wine (and another for the cook!)
  • A splash of Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of ketchup

In the veggie one, I used 100g of soya mince. In the meaty one, I went all out with a mix of pork sausage meat, turkey mince and ground beef mince. Choose a combination that makes you happy – we’ve been known to throw in leftover pulled pork or ribs meat!

Start by frying off the onions and garlic, then add the meat and cook it until it catches just a bit and starts browning nicely. Add a glug of wine and let it mostly evaporate. Add in the veggies from the hardest to the softest, and let them cook down a bit.

Once the veggies are partially cooked, add the beans, tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, spices – and the soya mince if usnig the dry version – and mix it all together.

Give it plenty of time; An hour or two will allow the flavours to merge together. Leave to cool, if you can help it, or grab a nice big bowl to enjoy!

We love to serve it with steamed rice or tortilla chips. Even small amounts of leftovers are great in a burrito wrap with rice, guacamole and cheese. So tasty! 😀