Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Creativity is the voice of the spirit. One’s art should be the extension of oneself." ~ Martiza Burgos

Back in November, I shared my sister Robin's new Etsy shop, Robino Feltworks. Robin (the same sister who has bee hives) is visiting and brought with her the newest additions to her shop. We shared them at Knit Night, and the agreement was that they are beautiful! These recent ones are all "wet felted" as opposed to using upcycled wool garments. I have included a YouTube video at the end as an example of how "wet felting" is done.






This one is now mine!
Aren't they beautiful! The bottom three are up for sale on Robin's Etsy site!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

“Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn.” ~ Garrison Keillor (Sorry - but this quote was too good to not use!)

 

A lovely summer evening - one of the few that we have had this season - the perfect backdrop to another BITE. As host, I selected sweetcorn as our theme. We have truly delicious sweetcorn here in Central New York, even though it is still a bit early in the season to get the very best. I chose to do a recipe that I have done before, which is a departure from how we usually do things. I have made Charred Sweetcorn Crepes in the past, and just loved them.



A terrifically easy way to cut the corn off of the cob.
~blended into the crepe batter~
~into a non-stick skillet (with a generous amount of melted butter)~
Achieving a thin coating of batter, and then successfully flipping the crepe - the two biggest challenges - numerous failures that I simply had to eat - oh woe is me........

Now on to the remainder of the meal, including what I intended to do with the crepes! Tierney arrived with our appetizer - Mexican Street Corn Salad with a few modifications - including the addition of shrimp! This was served with chips and was scrumptious!


Chris brought side-dishes  - also Mexican Street Corn Salad, which was a spicier variation of Tierney's dish, and Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread - sweet and moist!
To accompany the crepes, I had grilled shrimp and flank steak earlier in the day (I served everything cold). I also grilled asparagus (which Bruce had hunted down for me) and forgot to put it out! In addition to the shrimp and steak, I had sliced vidalia onions, chopped parsley, and a sauce made from plain Greek yogurt mixed with lime juice and cumin - very tart and tasty.


Lastly was Ellen's Sweetcorn Pound Cake with Honey Whipped Cream! So delicious, and honey in whipped cream is wonderful!
Such a lovely evening. I mentioned that it seems to have been the rare night when we could dine outside. We have had a really weird summer - torrential rains, hot temperatures, very humid - not great outside dining weather. I'm so glad that we were able to sit out and enjoy the evening. Next month, at Chris's, we will be crafting dishes that are "sweet and spicy"! I'm delighted to be tasked with dessert - I think that there are endless possibilities!