Monday, December 8, 2008

broccoflower & cauliflower soup

i love to make soup. normally sunday is soup day but i was so tired yesterday i decided to do the heavenly task today instead. it was going to be a basic roasted cauliflower soup because our local supermarket had two heads of cauliflower for $2 this weekend but i was in trader joe's earlier & simply could not resist the bright green broccoflower they had. so, this weeks soup is roasted broccoflower & cauliflower.

this is a really simple soup. not only is it cheap to make but it is also vegan & delicious.


1 head of cauliflower
1 head of broccoflower
6 garlic cloves
2 shallots
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups of vegetable stock or fake chicken stock
1 cup water
1 small bunch of fresh thyme
2 cups of soy milk
salt and pepper (to taste)

preheat your oven to 400 degrees. chop the broccoflower & cauliflower into small florets. slice the shallots & peel the garlic cloves. put in a large roasting dish & add the olive oil. if you would like to skip the olive oil add 4 tablespoons of vegetable stock instead.

i cook this for 35 to 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to prevent burning. a nice bit of heavy browning is nice but cauliflower stuck to your tray is not good, so keep turning during this cooking process.

pour the water & the vegetable stock into a large pot. add the roasted vegetables but remove the thyme bunch. bring to a boil then partially cover & simmer on low for 30 minutes until the vegetables are very soft. i let this mixture cool uncovered for around 15 minutes then in a blender puree the mixture in batches until smooth. return the pot & stir in 2 cups of soy milk, or less depending on how you like the consistency of your soup. heat on low until nice & hot then add salt & pepper to taste.

this soup is filling & so perfect for cold the one we are experiencing right now in the city!. this soup can be frozen but it is better if you refrigerate & use within 3 days.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


meet baron the bat boy. i made a few of these last fall & decided to create another one today. i think he is rather special & his wing span is much larger than the last battys i made.

i have already listed him in the shop. i am busy today!.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


it is starting to feel fall(ish) here in the city. to celebrate this i am introducing some new little ones for the season....zombies!. meet derek, he is currently for sale in my etsy shop.

i am currently stuck at home fighting off a bad cold so expect more from me over the next few days. sniff.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


i am enjoying the end of summer & the vegetables it has to offer. so tonight we are dining on ratatouille, which is one of my favourite dishes to eat & to prepare.

i like to salt the aubergine first before cooking. you don't have to but i like to as it draws the moisture out of it.

i like to cook ratatouille slowly & for a long time. actually, this afternoon i drank a pumpkin ale & did some sewing for a halloween project i am working on for my etsy shop (more on that at a later date!).

Saturday, June 21, 2008


i have started, a little late i know, the annual "grow something in the apartment' fest. i have started with dwarf leaf basil, garlic chives & corriander. i do not have any outdoor space at all so everything that i grow must fit on my windowsills. the dwarf leaf basil has sprouted but everything else has not but is doing a good job of trying to. well done, but must try harder little edible plants!.

if i manage to grow these without killing them then maybe i will become a little more adventurous, but it's baby steps for now. i am great at growing things in actual gardens but plants in pots are not my forte.

Friday, May 2, 2008

may already?!

i am pleased to announce that i have some yetis for sale over at the shiny squirrel. it is so humbling to have my work nestled in with such amazing artists & designers. the yetis you will find there can not be found anywhere else as i made a whole new pattern for these ones.

you should take some time out to visit the shiny squirrel & i promise you will see some lovely things!.

i am hoping to do a shop update very soon with some great new things. look out for an update here very soon.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

a little break of sorts

oh my goodness it has been a long time since i have written here. not much has been going on but some new yetis have been made & are up for sale in the shop. todays yeti is pandora, who like to sleep a lot.

it does not feel like spring here in the city yet. actually, it is absolutely freezing today in my opinion. the one thing that is keeping me warm & sane is planning a little break for my birthday. we want to go upstate to unwind for a while so i have been trying to find the perfect cottage to spend a week or so in.

now it's time to walk the dogs & hope it is a few degrees warmer outside than it was earlier h morning!.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


so, it arrived a little late this year but the city has finally experienced snowfall of some significance!. it made a change from all the recent rainy days we have had where i quietly wished that it had been snow instead.

i think i have been in winter limbo. i have been waiting for the snow for so long. now i can begin the tasks that i have been pondering since january 1st, finally organise the craft space & update the store.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


i took a little break from writing over the holidays, it was nice to have some time off & spend it quietly at home with my husband & the dogs. i have been working hard on the shop or more to the point preparing for a wonderful update in the next week or two. i have been working with some amazing vintage wool felt i purchased & i must say it is a dream to sew with!.

today is being spent sewing & waiting for a parcel to arrive. inside that parcel is my new desk lamp with daylight bulb so i can sew in the evenings with more ease & without my eyes hurting. i can't wait for it to arrive!. i am also drinking a lot of coconut chai tea with soy milk which is rather delicious.