Recipe: Cauliflower gratin

I had a huge head of Cauliflower, so I wanted to make a gratin and decided to try this one:
http://www.arla.dk/opskrifter/blomkalsgratin/

It is in Danish, but I can give you a rough idea of what to do. (I don’t eat meat, so I left out the smoked ham and used a bit more Cauliflower instead).

500 g Cauliflower
Water for cooking the cauliflower
Salt

90 g flour
300 ml milk
10 g butter
4 egg yolks
1 tsp salt
Pepper
4 egg whites

Butter and bread crumbs for the tray

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Set the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Grease a tray with butter and line it with bread crumbs.

Divide the Cauliflower into pieces and cook in lightly salted water for 4 min.
Drain water.

Melt butter with milk in casserole and stir in flour while boiling.
Set aside to cool a bit.
Stir in egg yolkes one at a time.
Add salt and pepper.

Whip the egg whites stiff.

Add half of the whipped egg whites to the filling together with the drained Cauliflower and stir.

Fold in the rest of the whipped egg whites.

Spread filling evenly in the tray/form and place in oven to cook for approximately 1 hour.

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So, life has been busy…

… and I haven’t blogged anything for a veeeery long time. My excuse is that life has kept me busy and that I haven’t had much time to do anything creative and interesting enough to blog about. But now Christmas is creeping up on us by slowly showing its “face” at the stores, even though it’s only early October, and his makes be think of all the Christmas related creative stuff I can do, because Christmas is the best season for being creative – you can bake, sew and do paper crafts which are all things I love to do.

To get me even more inspired I have been looking a bit around Pinterest and Oh My! the inspiration is enough to make my head explode with ideas.

But since Christmas is still a 2 months away I will start being creative with my favourite season The Fall. I just love the way everything around you changes colour and you can feel the weather changing from day to day.

I will begin by seing if I can find some of my old fall inspired decorations and then se I  can make some new ones too. 🙂

Sewing: The mouse is finished!

It is actually quite a while ago that I finished sewing it, but I haven’t found the time to blog about it. I take that many photos of the process of sewing the mouse, but I’ll show you the few I did take.

Last time I blogged about making a stuffed toy, I had cut out the fabric. The next step was to sew all the pieces together and I made a quick plan in my head of the process – I decided by starting with the head and working my way down; so first of all I needed to sew on some eyes.

Stuffed toy

Here’s the mouse half finished…

Stuffed toy

I made the bottom heavy by filling it with plastic pellets and stuffed the rest of the mouse with light fluff.

Stuffed toy

And voila! A finished mouse…

Stuffed toy

The tricky parts of sewing this was to remember to fill the paws and ears with stuffing before sewing them on and then also attaching the ears turning the right way around (for some reason this was difficult for me and had to do it over twice!).

We haven’t named him yet, so far is just known as ‘musen’ (the mouse).

Stuffed toy

Sewing: The beginnings of a stuffed toy

It seams like I’ve taking a detour from my learning-how-to-sew by book and went head over heels to making-it-up-as-I-go-along. Hmm… I wonder if this will end well.

So this time I wanted to try to make a stuffed toy for my lovely and adorable baby girl. I have always had lots and lots of stuffed toys and just some years ago my husband gave me a stuffed toy that I love and probably will not let my daughter play with: the rat from the Pixar movie ‘Ratatouille’. So I thought ‘how difficult can it be to sew a look-a-like rat?’

I used some paper napkins to drape and sketch a pattern based on my beloved rat.

Sewing a rat

After cutting the pieces out I pinned them to the rat to make sure they fitted reasonably well.

Sewing a rat

I then figured out which way the pattern pieces should go on my choice of fabric and used a highlighter to sketch a rough  seam allowance around the pieces.

Sewing a rat

Sewing a rat

Sewing a rat

And I’m almost ready to start sewing!

Sewing a rat

I haven’t bought the filling yet, and I also need to find some matching threads. I think the biggest challenge is to figure out a sequence of actually sewing everything together.

I see this as a learning experience and am not expecting a great result. I am sure my daughter will find a use for the stuffed toy no matter how it ends up looking.

I hope to post more on my progress on the rat soon.Just need to find the time to get buy the material and do some sewing in between playing with the cutest girl who wants to run around even though she can’t quite walk yet

🙂