Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Warm kale & pine nut salad

Hello, friends. I have a new favorite lunch recipe that I'd like to share with you today. My physician has advised me (well, actually STRONGLY ADVISED) to increase my consumption of iron-rich foods. So I bought a big bag of kale at the market and have had my way with it. Here is a quick and easy iron-rich side dish for two or lunch for one:




Warm Kale & Pine Nut Salad
Ingredients
2 Tbsp. pine nuts
1 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2-3 cups kale, washed & chopped
1 navel orange, peeled & cut into bit-sized pieces
1/4 cup cheese (optional)
olive oil & balsamic vinegar for dressing

Get out your cast iron pan (more iron for you!) and toast the pine nuts. (This won't take long in a hot pan - keep an eye on your pine nuts or they will burn). When pine nuts are golden & toasted (about 2-3 minutes), remove from pan and set aside.

Put 1 T. olive oil into your cast iron pan. Saute the garlic. Then add the kale and stir fry it until it begins to wilt. (It cooks down quickly but doesn't disappear as much as, for example, spinach). Remove from heat.

Put the kale/garlic mixture on a plate and toss with pine nuts and navel orange pieces. Drizzle mixture with additional olive oil, balsamic, and salt and pepper. Add some crumbled cheese if you'd like. (I used some pieces of gouda goat cheese - YUM!).

Serve with some crusty bread.

You could probably use just about any sort of nut in the recipe - I think that almonds would be nice. If you follow a vegan diet or are lactose intolerant, you could omit the cheese. The vitamin C in the orange is supposed to help with iron absorption. And oranges just taste yummy and they pair well with kale.

Tonight I will be experimenting with a turkey sausage and kale soup. I'll let you know if it is kid-approved.
Be well,
Kate


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Icy blue plaid towels

Hello, friends. I just finished my penance with our snowblower. New Hampshire is getting snow! It is very pretty, though, and I am hopeful that this new round of flakes will afford my husband and I a few more outings on our cross-country skis this weekend.

In the meantime, I have been quite busy weaving towels. Nutfield Weaver has experienced an uptick in shop activity since the publication of the latest issue of "Design New England," and this has kept the loom humming. Here are a few items that I've been working on recently:





And last but not least, the latest towel with a lovely new color combination in icy blue & white. Here she is while still on the loom:


The blue and white seems to be quite appropriate today, especially given our wintery weather, don't you agree?

Be well,
Kate

Monday, January 7, 2013

"Design New England" feature

Hello, friends.

I have exciting news! Nutfield Weaver's tea towels are currently being featured in a lovely magazine, "Design New England." The January/February 2013 has a "local wares" section that highlights kitchen items crafted by New England artisans, and yours truly is among them! The print version is in shops throughout the region, but those of you who reside outside of the northeast and are interested in taking a peek, there is an online version available here. It is a really nice publication; I hope you'll have a look!

I am working on several weaving projects right now, including custom orders for housewares (something that is always fun to do). I also got out the power tools recently and constructed a backdrop for my shop photographs. The Man and I were at Home Depot and I found a reasonably priced package of pine bead board. I cut some of the pieces into appropriate lengths, glued them together with carpenter's blue, and ran a coating of white paint over the top. Now I am beginning the rather tedious process of taking photographs of existing pieces. Here is a handwoven lace Valentine: What do you think?


I am hoping that having a simple backdrop like this will save some time during the photography process and offer a sense of cohesiveness for my online shop. I guess time will tell!

Be well,
Kate