Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Another Splash of Colour

Some more colour for this first week of January and some newly finished socks... knitted in the bright blues of summer skies and seas (well, with a bit of imagination)

These were Stewart's Christmas present, although they were only finished this morning. In his Christmas stocking he had one sock with a note...

Which was rather reminiscent of last year...

Perhaps I should start knitting his Christmas 2011 socks now instead of the week before Christmas?

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There were a few requests after my last post for the recipe for the orange & ginger soup so this is it:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
100g orange lentils
Approx 3 cm fresh ginger root, grated
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
Juice and zest of 2 large oranges
1 litre vegetable stock
Chopped parsley

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute the onion with the fennel seeds until soft. Add the lentils and the ginger, stir for a minute or two and then add all the other ingedients except the parsley. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes until the lentils are tender. Season with salt and pepper if required. You can liquidize at this stage but I quite like it chunky. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley. Eat and feel virtuous... although not if you follow it with Christmas cake like me!

24 comments:

  1. I'm imagining that Stewart must be rather an expert at hopping during the weeks that follow Christmas...

    Great socks.

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  2. gorgeous socks and such a beautiful colour, certainly brightened up my day!

    xx

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  3. Loving those socks! Have been hankering to knit some recently......

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  4. Lovely socks, two years running! I'll bet the lucky recipient doesn't mind the wait :)

    Thanks for posting your soup recipe - it's very cold and very raw and rather grim here lately, so a new soup recipe is like a ray of sunshine!

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  5. The socks look great I want to learn how to knit socks I think they are a great present that I would love to be able to make. I think I will also try and make the soup, thanks for an inspiring post.

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  6. Stripey socks and lovely soup - now that's a great way to keep warm!

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  7. I love the socks. I am thinking that if you made the socks now, you would put them away and then perhaps forget where they were. I always do that.
    Thanks for the recipe. I have forwarded it to my family - some of whom are vegetarians.

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  8. Lovely socks - very cheering! And great soup recipe - I shall try that tomorrow. Thanks!

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  9. Well done Gina, I've yet to complete a pair of socks! I get so bored after the first one!!
    Vivienne x

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  10. Lovely lovely socks. I have one of a pair waiting for its friend too ...

    I'm very into soups with red lentils at the moment - it's raw and damp here today so I invented my own spicy lentilly veggie soup and it's all I can do not to eat tomorrow's lunch today!

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  11. thank you for making me giggle on a very miserable and cold day in Putneyx lynda

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  12. I love the socks. My knitting and crocheting isn't ever as successful as that!

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  13. ooooohhhhh cosy socks and warming soup. That gives me an idea for the weekend. :)

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  14. thanks for another recipe - love the sea socks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Gina, you have got me off to this new year with a laugh.

    I love the striped socks, last year and this year, and most of all your sock promise.

    Your recipe also looks delicious, and hope that I do remember to try it! xo

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  16. Oh I love the blue socks! What a wonderful color. What yarn did you use? G has requested a pair for next Christmas, and I too am thinking I better start now!

    K x

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  17. At least you TRIED to knit him a pair - you know I have real trouble doing the second sock of any pair and have only managed to do 3 pairs amidst about a dozen singletons! L x

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  18. Beautiful blue socks! At least you manage to knit him some, my poor husband doesn't get any!

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  19. I did exactly the same for my son last year. He was very baffled when he unwrapped a solitary sock but as I was staying with him and didn't have to do all the catering I was able to finish the second sock before leaving to go home, much to his relief!

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  20. those socks are delicious! thanks for the recipe :)

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  21. Hilarious! I'm almost tempted to share a picture of my 7" long scarf that I intended as a Christmas gift! Those socks will be great when they're finished.

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  22. Yay, soup! Thank you Gina, I'll get the man onto it! As for socks, I had to finish those for my daughter's birthday (1st Dec poor lamb, what an inconsiderate mother) on the train on the way up to visit her in York last month. Having discovered the delights of hand knitted socks, you just keep wanting to make another pair don't you!

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  23. I love the blue socks! And whats the hurry when its an understanding member of the family?! :)

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  24. Catching up on your blog. Love the colour of the socks - definitely sea! I've bookmarked your soup recipe, I'm forever making soup in my slow cooker and low fat ones like yours just fit the bill.

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