Friday, 26 February 2016

Carrot Pudding

We were introduced to the idea of carrot pudding as a dessert when we asked a friend about what spices he would add to carrot soup.   I explained that we were about to leave on a vacation and we had two bags of carrots that we didn't want to waste. 

With a playful smile he asked if I had ever considered making carrot pudding.  He said if we liked rice pudding we would also like carrot pudding.   So we went on a search for Carrot Pudding recipes .  What we found was that carrot pudding is a common sweet dessert served in many area of India and it was also a 16th century dessert served in the wealthy homes of Europe. 

Both traditional recipes called for rich sweet milk and sugar.  Our recipe uses Almond and coconut milk with Maple Syrup as the sweetener.  The taste is a rich flavourful pudding, a little goes a long way.

This definitely is a pudding we will make again!

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 cups of carrots
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • One can coconut milk with his higher fat content as possible
  • 2/3 of a cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup slivered almonds

  1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and add the shredded carrots, stir on medium high heat for five minutes
  2. Add the almond and coconut milk to the carrots and simmer until the milk has reduced to almost 90% this will take approximately an hour.  If you are prepared to stand at the stove, you can increase the heat and stir through out the reducing period in this way you will reduce the time by about 15 minutes.
  3. Once the liquid has reduced add the vanilla, raisins, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon, stirring until all the spices have been incorporated into the pudding.
  4. The last step is to add the almonds.
  5. This pudding can be serves either warm or cold.

From Our Table to Yours
Grandma Snyder

©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Crochet The Weather

January 2016
Conceptualizing the weather has now become a habit and in 2016 we will be creating a crochet block for each day this year. 

The centre of the block is the temperature
the outer block is the sky.

In 2016 we will also be featuring the poetry of

Dawna Proudman

January breeds gratitude

blowing snow
black ice
frozen windshield wipers

then dry pavement
for the drive home
beneath clear benevolent skies

screeching winds
dance the dance of seventeen veils
night after night

then perfect stillness
diamond studded snowbanks
swathed in moonlight

sinus infections, colds, flues,
carpets littered with crumpled kleenex
every task an uphill odyssey

then an entire week when nobody
not even the cat
coughs, sneezes or pukes

monochrome day after monochrome day
everything turns old potato gray
even the cat stays indoors and sleeps

then one unblemished blue sky
cracks smiles open on every face

every tongue sings hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

~ Dawna Proudman

Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Fancy Pants Crochet Pattern 5" Doll

This is our first crochet pattern and as full retirement approaches we hope to have more for both 5 inch dolls and 18 inch dolls.

Fancy Pants

Using size 10 cotton and a 1.75 crochet hook chain 40 stitches and join the chain into a circle with a slip stitch.

Round #1 single crochet in each stitch join round with a slip stitch
Round #2 single crochet in each stitch join round with a slip stitch
Round #3 single crochet in the first three stitches and then for the next 14 stitches single crochet into the back loop only and return to crocheting through both loops and join round with a slip stitch
Round #4 repeat round #1
Round #5 repeat round #3
Round #6 repeat round #1
Round #7 repeat round #1
Row #8 single crochet for 20 stitches turn
Row #9 chain 1 decrease one stitch and single crochet to last two stitches and decrease across these two stitches turn
Row #10 through #11 repeat round #9
Row #12 chain 1 decrease two stitches, single crochet to last three stitches and decrease two stitches turn (10 stitches)
Row #13 through #15 repeat round 12 (2 stitches)
Row #16 single crochet in each stitch turn
Row #17 single crochet in each stitch and cut the thread lock stitch.
Pick up stitch 21 of round and repeat rows 8 through 17
Join the two row 17s together for form the underpants.
Back Lace:
Return to the first row of 14 stitches crocheted into the back loop.  Pick up the front loop and chain three then double crochet twice in the same loop, single crochet in the next loop, three double crochet in the loop and repeat this across, cut the thread and repeat this for the second line of available front loops.
Pick up 20 single crochet around each the pant leg and repeat the three double crochet followed by a single stitch.


Grandma Snyder
©2013-2016 twosnydergirls

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