I was eating lunch with a friend earlier this week and I told her I was having a group of knitting friends come over on Wednesday and we were going to sit around and swear under our breath while we dropped stitches make beautiful works of handmade art that would bless our families for generations to come. She looked at me as though I had grown a third head and said she just didn’t understand the whole knitting thing, and wasn’t I just a wee bit young to be sitting in a rocking chair knitting sweaters made from the hair of my forty-seven cats?
I tried to explain to her that knitting is the perfect hobby for a non-crafty person such as myself because there are only two stitches to learn (knit, purl) and there are these things called patterns that, if you follow their very precise instructions, you end up with something that approximates creativity without really having to have it innately.
Though I’ve come a long way from my early knitting days, I’ve stayed pretty safe making wash cloths, hats and scarves, and it has been way past time to branch out, so yesterday Rachel, Kellie, Amy and I got together to learn about socks and crocheted flowers.
Try not to be jealous of my glamorous life.
Actually, the three truly crafty people tackled socks and crocheted flowers. I just stood around taking pictures and eating the sweet rolls that Kellie brought over and generally being non-productive and flighty.
Well, I take that back. I DID make Tuscan Chicken Soup which Kel enjoyed and asked for the recipe, and I cringed because the recipe lives only in my head and I rarely make it the same way twice, but for the sake of posterity(and because Kel ate the leftovers for breakfast AND lunch and wants to make her own batch), here’s the general concept of what goes in it.
Tuscan Chicken Soup
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 cans canellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
2 quarts chicken stock (homemade makes it so much better, but I use Swanson’s more times than not)
1 cup tomato sauce/crushed tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
Lightly drizzle bottom of sauce pot with olive oil and saute celery, onion and carrot until soft. Add in minced garlic and saute until fragrant. Add in chicken stock, herbs, spices, tomato sauce, beans and shredded chicken, bring to a boil, then simmer for least half an hour.
It’s very important to taste the soup at this point and fiddle with the spicing.
This is where the recipe changes from batch to batch because sometimes I feel it needs more rosemary, and other days I want it spicier so I add more cayenne. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of wine or some parmesan, other times I leave it out.
Anyway, that’s my crafty cooking contribution for the day, and just in case you were curious about what I was knitting (when I wasn’t stuffing my face), here’s a picture of the monkey toy pattern I’m trying to follow:
Don’t you feel better about yourself now?
Have a nice day.
Now with ears and looking less like a voodoo doll and more like….a bear?