On a brighter note . . . I made cinnamon swirl raisin bread. My baby boy helped me knead and roll out the dough. He was looking forward to the bread when he took his nap and when he woke up, that was the first thing he asked for. He is eating a warm slice right now and he is LOVING it. I think I'll wait till it cools down some more.
In other cooking adventures, I made the Jamaican Yuca Shepherd's Pie from Veganomican. My oven is quite old and the broiler just kind of charred the top--but it was actually good that way. We are still eating it as it was a pretty big dish I used to make it. Can I just say it is a fabulous dish? I love curries and this particular dish gave me so many ideas of other curries I can put together. The dish was quite starchy (only about 2 cups of beans) for the whole casserole so it's not going to be a staple dish but in terms of comforting foods, this one ranks very high. I am so excited to make another dish from this cookbook (which, if you didn't notice has 143 customer reviews on Amazon.com, all 5 stars!!).
On another note, at the library in my town they've started a needlework circle. There are precious few activities I can attend with a baby in tow and so I really hope the library decides to keep the group going. There have been plenty of groups and activities at the library that were just discontinued I suppose because they didn't have the greatest turnout. It was a small group yesterday . . . only 4 ladies so I'm going to put an add on Craig's list and at the local supermarket when I go to see if we can get more folks. Anyway, it was there at the needlework circle that I got my first chance to knit all week. And so, I'm finally making some progress on the cotton crown (hat) I'm making my hubby for summertime. I started a few weeks ago using Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria in Spice 215. It is a luscious yarn that has beautiful texture. It's knitting up quite nicely on Size 5 circulars. This is my first top-down hat and I'm using the instructions in Knitting from the Top, one of Barbara Walker's classic books. I'd say I'm about 65% done.
Even better than all of that . . . Have you ever heard a song on the radio that you just loved but you didn't know who the artist was? You search everywhere and ask everyone to no avail and then one day . . . you stumble across it. Pure joy!!! So I heard a reggae tune on the radio and for weeks, I've been wanting to know who the artist was and where I could get the song . . . I found it on YouTube after doing a search on google. I've been playing it non-stop ever since. It's "Below the Waist" by Queen Ifrica.
You know me nah go box you down, baby
Now, me just wan hold you down, baby
Him say gwan go put on your thong, baby
And before you know it, it's another, baby!!
Makes me wan wine up mi waist! :)