Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Reveal - Eco Printed Vest with Teeswater long locks

I had such fun creating this short nuno felted vest which is stylishly shorter in front and longer in back. I made it on a resist using Opulent Fiber's luscious fine white Merino roving and white silk 4mm gauze.  I sandwiched one layer of roving between the two layers of silk.  I added Teeswater long locks that I purchased from beautiful Natalie Redding from Namaste Farms.  Look for her on Shear Madness on the National Geographic Channel.  Before I put it in the eucalyptus dye pot for 5 days, I sewed on felted balls as buttons and used yarn to do a blanket stitch around the buttons holes.  And while making this, Robbin Firth's Heartfelt Silks jumbo palm roller was a joy to use and saved so much rolling time.  Thanks Robbin.

The vest before going into the dye pot.

 The front of the vest.

 The back of the vest.

 Preparing my eucalyptus dye pot. 

 Creating a bundle from the vest.

Securing the bundle with rubber bands and twine.

Here's the bundle afer 4 or 5 days in the dye pot.  Ahhhh...the reveal is so exciting.

First look and I'm so pleased.  I love the color, the eucalyptus print and how the Teeswater locks took the dye. Very organic, earthy and so, so many ways to wear this.  Inside out, upside down, buttoned (also so many ways) or left open.  Wear it with a tee shirt or with just a cami or tank underneath.  Wear it with jeans or to make a statement with a dressy outfit.  I love it!  

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lentil Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Lentil Stuffed Poblano Peppers with a side of Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

There's a middle eastern market called Super King, not too far from my house that makes for some interesting treasures.  My creative juices start flowing when I'm in a market like this and I get excited to go home and start creating without a recipe.  I spotted some beautiful poblano peppers that looked like they were calling out to be stuffed and decided to base my culinary experimenting around them.  Bought some squash, zucchini, an eggplant and some fresh peeled garlic gloves in jar (make it easy on yourself). I Already had the tomatoes and yellow pepper in the frig.

Come join me as I create my very own Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian stuffed poblano peppers.  They're stuffed with a mixture of lentils and veggies and topped with a tomato, onion, garlic mixture.  They are absolutely delicious plus they're heart healthy and loaded with nutrients and fiber.  Enjoy.

Slit the peppers down one side, while still keeping them whole, and remove the seeds.  Drizzle some olive oil on them and roast them on a cookie sheet for about 35 minutes at 450 degrees.

On a separate cookie sheet place the tomato halves with the cut side down, sliced onions and garlic and roast them in the same oven as the peppers.  This will be the sauce for the stuffed peppers.

Use a food processor to slice all of the other veggies and toss them in a dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper.  I used the beet and horseradish mustard and the pomegranate balsamic vinegar from We Olive in Belmont Shore. All of the products there are deliciously unique.  Roast the mixture for 35 minutes at 450 degrees.  Some of these veggies will go into the stuffing for the peppers and the rest can be used for a side dish for this or another meal.

More goodies from Super King and cooked lentils from Trader's Joe's refrigerator case.

I thought these Brown Rice Breadcrumbs from Whole Foods looked interesting and are a good healthy and gluten free choice.  I added them to the food processor along with the lentils, a few red peppers from the jar, one egg, salt and pepper and some of the new spices from Super King, which I had never used before, called Aleppo Zaatar and Lemon Comand.  I also added some of the balsamic roasted veggies and for good measure, I threw in some crumbled feta cheese.

Process the roasted tomatoes, onions and garlic in the food processor with 1/4 tsp cinnamon, salt and pepper. Put half of the mixture in the bottom on a roasting pan.

Stuff the peppers with the lentil mixture and then top with the remaining tomato mixture.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.