Miso Soup – After a summer of gluttonous fun it’s time to get back to healthier living. I often think that when the school year starts it’s almost like New Year’s, when people make resolutions to get fit and healthier… well, that’s the way it always seems to work for me anyway. So, back to it!
One way I force myself to eat better is by packing my lunch everyday for work. I know many people go out for lunch but if you can pack your own lunch, you’re more able to control the food you consume. I have a variety of foods that I take for lunch but one of my favourites is soup, especially chicken noodle (I have the best recipe which I’ll share in an upcoming post). Recently I tried a new soup that I think is great and my husband loves. It’s a very light and healthy Miso soup and takes about 20 minutes to make. You may have to shop around to find a few of the ingredients but its worth it. I found all of my ingredients in a local Japanese specialty store but I know there are local grocery stores that carry these ingredients too.
The original recipe is here but I modified it based on all the reviews I read for the recipe.
5 cups water
2 tsp dashi granules (3 tsp if you like a saltier, stronger fish flavour)
3 tbsp miso paste
1 package of medium firm tofu, diced
4 green onions sliced into pieces
2 tsp wakame seaweed (feel free to omit if you’re not into seaweed – you’ll notice there isn’t any in my photo – my husband loves it but me, not so much)
In a large saucepan heat water and dashi granules on high until it comes to a boil, then turn down to medium heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Put the miso paste into a cup or small mixing bowl and add a few spoon fulls of the hot broth from the saucepan and mix in with the miso paste until it becomes almost liquid in nature. Add this mixture to the saucepan and whisk in.
Add the diced tofu, green onions, and wakame seaweed. Simmer for about 5 more minutes.
Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook). At this time of year it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design. It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.
Thick yarn (I used Bernat Roving) in 1 or 2 colors
Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
Button of your choice
Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)
This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
ch = chain
Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.
Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.
Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight. Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly. If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches.
Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of you phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover). Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn colour the same or add your second colour. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch. When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button. Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over. Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.
You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.
5 Minute Mediterranean Hummus – Growing up in rural Ontario, my opportunities to sample a variety of culinary options were incredibly limited – I was a meat and potatoes country girl all the way. The first time I tried hummus was when I went away to University. I think I almost died and went to heaven at my first experience with hummus – so rich, creamy and flavourful. I’m pretty sure that’s all I ate for that entire summer. Then I went to Greece about 10 years ago and had the fortune to sample the real authentic stuff. Oh how I love Mediterranean food!
Tonight I was thinking about my love for hummus when it occurred to me… why not add some of my other favourite flavours to make the ultimate tasty dish. I ran to my kitchen and whipped out whatever ingredients I could find in the fridge and got to work. When I was done and had my first taste, I knew this recipe was a keeper.