Friday, February 26, 2010

A stir-fry for dinner ?

We've all been very busy today and when time comes for dinner and we have nothing planned, we just open the fridge and see what's inside. Most of the time, there's enough for a stir-fry. We always have some fresh ginger, lots of fresh vegetables in the fridge and as we had three chicken breasts, I chose to do a chicken and ginger stir-fry. And now that I have open the blog I always keep my camera around to illustrate my future posts...
I cannot share the smells and food with you but I can share the recipe!
For this stir-fry, you need :
  • chicken breasts (sliced)
  • fresh ginger (finely sliced)
  • spring onions (finely sliced)
  • fennel (finely sliced)
  • cilantro leaves ( called coriander in British English I think!) roughly chopped
  • grilled sesame seeds
  • soy sauce (I use Kikkoman)
  • fish sauce
  • 1 spicy red chilly (chopped)

The fish sauce and red chilly are put on the table and you help yourself with chilly and/or fish sauce if you like!



In a wok (stir-fry pan), pour two spoons of sunflower oil and heat. When it's really hot, add the ginger and cook for 1 minute, then add the pieces of chicken. Give it a stir. When the chicken is almost cooked add some soy sauce (3 or 4 tablespoons), cook for 1 minute. Add the spring onions and the fennel and give it a stir and let on high heat for 1 minute.


It's done!!! Serve with steamed Basmati rice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro leaves and sesame seeds.

If, like me, you like it very spicy, add some chopped chilly and you can also pour some fish sauce on the chicken if you like it (I do!!)

We enjoyed it tonight! My daughters without chilly and fish sauce but my wife and I with both!


Meals are of great importance in France! Besides food, it's a time when we stop what we do and sit together around the table and talk and this time is very important for us and our family.
I do hope that you will try this recipe, and if you do, please let me know how you liked it!
Until later,


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mystery Quilt 2 from Born To Quilt

Thanks to different blogs, I have discovered very talented quilt designers. One blog was particularly inspiring. It was L'Atelier Perdu fromNataliejo. This is how I discovered the quilt shop Born To Quilt.
The shop is owned by Veronique Requena and she has now designed her second mystery quilt. I think it is great to have a new block each month. Month 4 of this mystery quilt is the block you can see as my banner. We receive the block pattern and the lovely wooden buttons that go with it and we choose our own fabrics and colors which is great for this project. So let me show you the 3 blocks that came before the one in the banner.Let's go backwards from block 3 to 1. Block 2 has two identical blocks with a reverse image (there is only one in the photo). I have chosen the Moda fabric line Madeira by Blackbird Designs for this project.



So, as you can see, I love country quilts and everything FolkArt. I like Blackbird Designs creations and Maggie Bonanomi projects very much.
Besides country and FolkArt quilts, I also like antique and reproduction quilts. But there are other types of quilts I also love : the quilts of the Japanese quilters Yoko Saito and Reiko Kato. These are for another post... as well as my passion for stitching.
Until later,

Edit : There is a new banner, so here is the photo of block 4.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Welcome



A good way to start this blog is to post a collage of photos of my world and travels. It took me quite a long time before deciding to jump into blogland but here I am! Welcome to my quilting and stitching world. I will share with you my past and current projects. Along the way, I will talk about the designers I admire. I will show you pictures of shops, quilt shows and classes I attended. And I may also share some recipes.
Though I'm French, I will write in English as it is a language I practice everyday and above all I love speaking English!
Until later,
David