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Garlic Scapes from my little plot. I only grew garlic this year as an experiment. I planted eight plants, but a squirrel took four of the bulbs and one died probably because of the spearmint (which you can see in the background). I picked the scapes a bit late because most people recommend that you harvest them before they loop like I have. Oh well, they still tasted great! This recipe is a good template…

Even though I started Girasole before this, I wanted to participate in a Veera KAL in the Sweater Odyssey group on Ravelry. I have wanted to make this ever since I saw it on Veera's projects, but I did not know it would be so big and use so much yarn. I ran out of yarn so the sleeves are shorter and tighter, but more notably, the right panel is over 4" shorter than the…

On BTT this week: Who taught you to read? I can't remember the exact teacher. Also, English is not my first language. When I did begin to learn English, a number of elementary teachers probably contributed. I had to take an ESL course though and for a long time, I took that class and post-ESL course with a woman named Mrs. Ritzel (I can't remember if that is how to spell her name). We did…

It has been awhile since I did a survey meme. I really like them. I've been seen this one going around. Feel free to suggest more questions. Do you snack while you read? If so, favourite reading snack: I don't really eat while reading. I like to concentrate on food when I am eating it and same with books. I find it a bit distracting if I do them together. I can only do it…

While this novel's protagonist is a young Doctor in the post-conflict Balkans, most of the book is not exactly about her so much as it is about her grandfather. The novel does have themes of war and being a physician. The focus of it is the folklore and mythology. I've never been to the Balkans, but I read a nonfiction piece a few months ago about it. That piece and this book have such a…

Hello, Sunday! I am a bit exhausted because I went on a day trip yesterday, but walked a lot. So I am looking forward to taking it easy with a book today. I read three books this week: The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (great), The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (wonderful), and April Lady by Georgetter (meh). You can find the reviews for the first two, but I think I will put…

After being bored with Friday's Child, I adored this Heyer novel. I think The Grand Sophy is one of my favourite Heyer novels. Sophy is, in modern vocabulary, a badass. If only there was a sequel to this novel. I adored most of the characters and the ones I didn't like, I enjoyed when Sophy put them to their place. She is such a fun and over the top character, but great to read. The…

This was my first time making gnocchi and it was delicious! They don't look neat and tidy, but man, did they taste good. They were also was very easy. I had only 200g of ricotta so I basically multiplied all the ingredients by 80% and used a small egg yolk instead of a standard large. It was seriously rich, but oh so good. I messed up on the browned butter sauce, but it was still…

On BTT this week: Do you have a favorite quote from a book? I have many favourite quotations! I like books for their prose and poetry. I even have a little book of quotations that I collect. Most of my favourite books and series have a few quotations (Shakespeare, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, works of Jane Austen, and so on). Here are a couple I have from my booklet at random: "Sometimes you wake.…

This may not be a surprise to anyone, but I like to buy books! I like book fairs, book sales and of course, book stores. I've been very good and didn't go to any book fair or buy any used books in 2011. Though, I did buy three discounted new cookbooks on Boxing Day. Now that I'm book blogging again, it is even harder to avoid the allure of book sales. I went to two…

My first George Eliot novel. There has been one main reason why I haven't read The Mill on the Floss yet. I saw most of the 1998 film adaptation starring Emily Watson some years ago. That was how I discovered this book; I had heard of Middlemarch, but not of this work until I saw the film. The plot stayed with me because I was perplexed by the ending so much I had to read…