Comfort Food

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

- James Beard -

I’m an ABC, American-born Chinese. I grew up on the standard fare from pork chops to spaghetti to meatloaf. Once in a while, my mum made Pai Gwut Fan, spareribs in a black bean sauce.

Because I’m so Americanized, usually at banquets or luncheons I skip the Chow Fan, fried rice. I have always viewed that as a touristy dish.

However over winter break, my seven-year-old inspired me to make it because there was shrimp in the recipe, a shellfish she loves to gobble up. Oh boy did my snobby attitude toward fried rice change! Can I tell you homemade is so much betta?

The first, four photos are of two, Chow Fan recipes by Damn Delicious: Pancetta Fried Rice and Shrimp Fried Rice. They are very similar to one another.

Nonchalance of throwing the pancetta recipe together + the sauce of the shrimp recipe = add pancetta and grated carrots to the shrimp recipe.

The amount of each sauce ingredient doesn’t seem like much, but let me tell you, it goes a long way by covering and flavoring everything.

During a visit to the south bay one weekend, the 10-year-old slurped up her Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup. She let her sister and me try it as well. We were impressed at how good it was so I searched Pinterest and found Hip2Save’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Copycat Panera Recipe)W-i-n-n-e-r. I buy Trader Giotto’s Garlic and Cheddar Bread Sticks for us to dip.

What recipe(s) has been revisiting your table lately?

Organic

Your showering of post commentaries are like sprinkles of warm sun upon my face and shoulders. Thank you.

This has been a productive week of sorts that has put me in a good mood, so I’d like to start your weekend with a little bit of Grasshopper Pie:

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Organically created baby human.

Organic cotton baby cocoon and hat.

Our family was thrilled to finally meet this baby boy in December. I’m happy my nephew will carry on our family name.

My brother likes the Grasshopper Pie ice cream at Mitchell’s. Having bought this pattern long ago for his first child – my niece – who ended up getting a ripple blanket, I dug the pattern out and got to work on it. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton in Aloe & Stone.

Crochet hurts my hands so I had to do a little at a time. The pattern’s hat is part cherry. My SIL doesn’t like red so I keep the hat all in Aloe/ice cream. I was embroidering those chocolate chips the night before Christmas Eve. I used leftover Cascade 220 Superwash as I didn’t have any embroidery thread.

Have a terrific weekend.

Two Birds with One Stone

This three-day weekend, Knitspiring Odyssey has a guest, partner blogger.

Hello! I’m Princess Jellybean.

Today I modeled Mommy’s scarf and hat:

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This scarf is my great aunt’s Christmas present.

It tickled me when Mommy wrapped it around my neck. It’s very cozy and warm.

Logistics:

Project Name: R-r-ruffles

Pattern: Marc Jacobs Inspired Ruffle Scarf by Alice Schnebly

Yarn Used: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 660 yards

Colorway: Marble Heather

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I like the white dots on this hat:

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I <3 my teddies and kissing them.

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Logistics:

Project Name: Speckled

Pattern: From my noggin’

Yarn Used: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran + Berroco Comfort Solids & Heathers

Colorways: (DB) Black & (BCSH) Chalk

21st Century Vintage

You know how much I love my mama. She is an amazing woman: Classy, refined, down-to-earth, generous, helpful, and a damn good cook. Do you understand now how blessed I am?

It’s no brainer that I knitted her Christmas gift – Vintage Modern Shale:

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My mum snapped this pic, BTW.

You should have seen it all blocked out on the mats. What a sight! This may look like the Feather and Fan stitch pattern, but it’s actually Old Shale, “a four row pattern used as the border for most hap shawls (the working shawl of all Shetland women until World War II)” [source].

This Little House Shawl by Joanna Johnson was originally designed for her daughter, using light fingering or DK weight yarn. I used worsted weight because I had a bigger stash in that.

I was inspired by this FO in the pattern’s project gallery. I knitted with two shades of grey – Debbie Bliss Cashermerino & FibraNatura Heaven. And that bright, pop of melon is Lang Yarns Merino 120 Superwash.

One day I’ll make one for myself. It’s an undertaking to start out with 396 sts. Yep, you read that correctly. It starts from the border and decreases down to five sts. However, I kind of liked knitting that way a bit more.

Oh boy, daring to dream now of the possibilities! Wouldn’t it be yarnilicious in something like Madelinetosh Vintage or Pashmina? What about a solid or a variegated yarn? Pop of color or neutral?

Dream along with me in your two cents.

Cash of the Vanilla Variety

Anneyeong haseyo. What music are ya bumpin’ right now? Whenever I’m on the laptop I always start with my K-Pop playlist. I like how some English is thrown into the songs and these cute groups have rappin’ females. This is my favorite by far:

Kamsa hamnida for your sweet comments about my SIL’s Eyelet Cash. I sent her the link to the post and she was very touched by it. M told me she actually took those photos with her iPhone 6, using the timer! Surprising, yeah?

Here is the other pair of mitts I knitted for M’s younger sister for Christmas.

Meet Commuters:

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I used Purl Soho’s Colorblock Hand Warmers pattern. The yarn is Sock Dream by Periwinkle Sheep. I had picked up this skein of fingering weight years ago in San Mateo. It’s 80% merino, 10% nylon, and 10% cashmere.

A was impressed by these mitts. She wondered how I was able to knit such a small tube.

I used size 1 DPN’s, each 2.25 mm wide.

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I like how this Ember colorway is neutral. A works in a law office so they’ll go with anything. She also rides Joe MUNI to work which makes these helpful during the waits in the cold morning.

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I really liked this pattern as I learned how to knit fingerless mitts painlessly and the thumb is easy to make.

Do you own a pair of fingerless mitts? If so, what color are they? What’s their fiber content?

What fingerless mitts pattern have you used more than once? What’s the thumb gusset like?

Holiday Cash

I’ve started crafting again after giving my hands a rest during winter break. I feel more content which has put me in the mood to post an FO today.

I have an awesome SIL. Not only is she married to my brother, she gave birth to my niece and nephew naturally. Hear that woman roaring? One of the reasons I love my SIL is she consistently there if I need anything whether if it’s by phone, email, or even text, and she aalways remembers Princess Cupcake and Princess Jellybean.

 So this past Christmas, I knitted her some fingerless mitts.

Meet Eyelet Cash:

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My SIL commutes via BART so I thought some handwarmers in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino would be a toasty and luxurious treat.

The pattern is Diagonal Eyelet Hand Warmers by creativeyarn. It was originally designed to be knitted flat but I found a helpful Raveler who knitted them in the round. My project notes are here. These mitts knit up fast, BTW, and the fabric relaxes after blocking.

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She took these photos herself as she has a tripod (something I really need). Aren’t they fresh and modern? I emailed her some examples to give her an idea of what I had wanted. This purse styling is a pose I have wanted for ages!

Kamsa hamnida, M. You’re the best. <3 u.