Let’s Make Pasta

January 27th, 2014

I mentioned in a previous post that Little Bee chose a pasta maker for my Christmas present. I’ve always wanted one but was always worried about how difficult it is to make fresh pasta. I needn’t have worried. It’s not difficult at all.

OK… I have to admit that I have the help of my Kenwood Chef to do the kneading and if I had to do the kneading myself, I might be complaining ;)

All you need to make pasta (apart from the Kenwood Chef to help you knead and pasta machine) is 275g flour and 3 eggs. That is it… oh and clothes drying rack as I wasn’t prepared to buy a pasta drying rack. Just have to make sure that the clothes drying rack is cleaned before and after use ;)

Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Wrap it in cling film and let it rest for 30 minutes… and it is ready to go through the pasta making machine.

pasta machine

I tend to sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on the kitchen table to make sure in case the dough is a bit soft for the machine… plus I find that the extra flour just helps to unstick any sticky situation.

Once the pasta is hung to dry for about an hour, it’s ready for cooking.

Or leave it over night and then just put the dried pasta in a bag or container for late use. That’s what I did yesterday and this morning I just put the pasta in a food bag. The only thing is, I made it really thin and it seemed to be very brittle that some of it broke and was all over the floor. Ahhh well… I still have enough to cook maybe tomorrow or the day after :)

Trying to Make Gyoza

January 25th, 2014

A few weeks ago when we went to Hoo Hing, I decided to get some dumplings. Little Bee wanted prawn dumplings and every seafood dumpling I picked up from the frozen section had pork fat in it. I couldn’t find anything with a halal sign on it. In the end I bought a bag of vegetarian dumplings… and we’re not sure about it.

I also decided to get some gyoza pancake thinking that maybe I could try to make some myself.

A couple of weeks ago, Little Bee and I went for sushi with Alice and Little Bee really liked the vegetable gyoza.

On Friday, on the way back from Wimbledon, Little Bee and I stopped at a little sushi place by the train station and Little Bee pointed at the gyoza. 50p each! Mind you it was £2.50 for three pieces at Yo Sushi!

I saw some pictures of home made dumplings in the community that I’m in on G+ so today, I decided to get that gyoza pancake out and try to make some prawn gyoza and chicken gyoza… as hubby doesn’t like seafood.

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn filling for gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

prawn gyoza

Just to remind myself for when I perfect the dumpling filling, I used 6 chinese cabbage leaves (thinly sliced, in salt for 15 minutes, rinsed and squeeze the moisture out), 2 spring onions, grated ginger, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil… I think that is it and of course the prawns and chicken.

Little Bee liked them. I like them. I think hubby likes them… I sent some to him in what he calls his shed as he’s has to do some work this weekend.

Hyacinth and Amaryllis

January 23rd, 2014

I bought Little Bee some bulbs a month or so back so these are her flowers.

Last weekend, the hyacinths bloomed.


And yesterday it was the turn of her amaryllis.


Little Bee is a happy Bee indeed.

Wrist Warmers to Choose From

January 22nd, 2014

Scott saw the wrist warmers I made for Mummy G on the kitchen windowsill at work. He really liked the pattern and asked if I could crochet a pair for his mom.

I crocheted his mom a baker boy hat for his Christmas present to her but I can’t use the same yarn as it is very chunky but I had a green yarn lying around somewhere and over the weekend… crocheted these:

green shell wrist warmers

Then I remembered I had a coral colour yarn from the same brand and crocheted these:

coral and green shell wrist warmers

Then I thought… hmmmmm… how does it look like if I mix the colour like these:

coral with green trim shells wrist warmers

So Scott now has three wrist warmers that he could choose for his mom. He might not like any of them and choose a different yarn for me to crochet for his mom but at least I’m building up stock for when I finally decide to sell my stuff at the craft market :)

I used Sirdar Supersoft Aran shades 0897 (coral) and 0899 (green), 4.5mm hook and the pattern is from Drop Design.

A Bit of Green, A Bit of Beige Baby Hat

January 21st, 2014

Mummy Jue saw the jumper that I crocheted for Nero and she likes the colours… and she asked me to crochet Baby K another hat :)

Here it is :)

baby hat

Should fit 4-6 months old baby :)

I used 4.5mm hook and Red Heart Niki yarn – beige and moss. Pattern… it was trial and error ;)

Pug Jumper

January 15th, 2014

Yes, it has been awhile since I picked up the hook and crocheted something. But at last I’ve finished the jumper for Nero.

I made it quite big when I first started as Nero is quiet…hmmmmm… how do I put it nicely… chunky dog. More than half way through I felt that maybe it’s a bit big so I unstitched it and started again, making it slightly smaller.

When I got back to work, I passed the half finished jumper to Scott to try it on Nero for size… it turned out to be the right size but a bit long. Scott also wanted a little pocket to put a plastic bag in.

So here it is… with a toy pug from Little Bee to Scott.

pug jumper - front


pug jumper - back

Can’t wait to see Nero in the jumper! Scott… pictures please!

I adapted the pattern from Dog Gone Knit site and used 6.5mm hook and Red Heart Niki yarn – beige and moss.

Tulips of Tatooine

January 3rd, 2014

The past couple of days Little Bee has been painting. When she woke up this morning she insisted she wanted to paint again and this is what she painted.

Tulips in Tatooine

Hubby said it looks like tulips in Holland… I think as there are two suns in the painting, it has to be Tatooine.

Time to save up and take her to Keukenhof this spring.

End of 2013

January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year all!

We ended 2013 by trying out my Christmas present that Little Bee chose for me :)

hanging fresh pasta


Lovely fresh pasta to end the year…