28.4.20

Bean pyramid


Another mysterious arrival appeared on the doorstep several days ago - or was it longer? I am honestly sinking into an even bigger time sink than normal, which is saying something. Again, I have no idea of who the sender is, but if they are reading this, we are both very touched and send many thanks. Joe looked a little worried as he counted twenty four cans of beans, until I told him that at the moment we are getting through five or six cans a week. I've even put them in a lasagna. 


Talking of pasta, we were also gifted a very generous box of it by a kind friend (whom I won't embarrass by naming, but they know who they are). I celebrated by making one of my favourite comfort foods - spaghetti and cheese. This can be as posh or not-posh as you like, depending on what you have available, which in this case was cheddar cheese, the last drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and ground black pepper, with a sprinkling of Worcestershire sauce. It's also nice with butter, but olive oil is my preference. In the distant past I've had it with just  standard margarine and soy sauce, which I ate nearly every day (and with pasta as well as spaghetti) when I've been hard up.  Things aren't that bad, by the way, but I still love this plain and comforting dish. (Don't tell any Italian food purists, but I have been known to put brown sauce on it too).

 

Since my last post, I have had a good hard think about how I am going to move my tiny business forward without access to the postal service, and the only credible option is to create PDF patterns. They are quite labour intensive, if done properly, however they have the advantage of being available to everyone, worldwide and without postal charges too. My photo area is pretty basic, but it's worked for me for many years. As you may be able to see, I've been designing a little cat. After a week of photographing the steps, I'm about to ensconce myself in front the computer and plod through the task of making the PDF. Fueled with beans, pasta and of course, rice; thank you kind friends!


6 comments:

Granny Sue said...

I should try a photo setup like that! I am always unhappy with the photos I take for ebay--always tweaking them to make them look right.

And please tell me, what is brown sauce? I see it mentioned other places but I have no idea what it is.

Lilbitbrit said...

I just put baked beans in the bottom of a cheese quiche, they are quite versatile. Good in soups, added to stews. They will not go amiss. I'm a great one in using up what one has at hand. The other day I used up a four year old pack of fajita spices, a little solid but OK when water was added and tossed with the sliced pork. Everyone liked them. Take care.

Gretel said...

Hi Suzannah, you may know it as HP sauce? I believe, after a little research, that steak sauce is the American equivalent - over here it gets used on chips (fries), bacon butties, and I use it for cooking too, as a cheap flavouring in gravy and casseroles. It’s a cupboard staple, along with the eve popular tomato sauce of course!

Unknown said...

Dear Gretel,have you ever thought about patreon for financing yourself a little bit? Susan Crawford is doing it for example. You could publish special pdf patterns there, write little stories of your creative journey like your blogposts etc.

rossichka said...

Dear Gretel, everything shall be fine - the most important thing is to continue creating. For many of us it's obviously time of rearranging priorities and "inventing" - on the writing desk, on the creative plot, in the kitchen, but before all - in our minds. It's quite difficult...
I like your photo spot and the creative atmosphere in the room. Warm hugs!

Jess said...

That looks like a very sophisticated set up to me. I'm very lazy and take he phot wherever I happen to be. I need to up my game!x