Monday, February 20, 2012

Of Sandwiches and Shawls

"O, wind, if winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" - Shelley

This has been a very mild winter for the U.S., but we've had some chilly moments now and then. One cold day when snow was being dumped on us and the roads weren't plowed, my mother and I raided the fridge and the pantry and came up with these tasty sandwiches for lunch.

Toasted Ham, Apple, and Cheddar Sandwich
Makes: 12 or more
 You will need:
  • thin-sliced ham
  • 2 apples, washed and cut into thin, vertical slices
  • thin-sliced cheddar cheese
  • 1 french baguette, cut into slices
  • a good-quality stone ground mustard
  • butter
Wash and cut the apple, slice the bread and prepare the ingredients. Turn on the broiler of your oven (if you don't have a broiler, set it to 350 degrees F).
Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter. Then spread them with a decent amount of mustard (as much, or as little, as you prefer). Pile 1 slice of ham, 1 slice of apple and 1/2 slice of cheddar cheese on each piece of bread. Arrange on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven/under the broiler for 1-2 minutes. Cheese should be melted and covering the sandwich, and should be golden brown in places. If they're not done after 1-2 minutes, keep them in the oven for one minute at a time, staying nearby and ready to check that they don't burn. Serve immediately.

Knitting-wise, the Wine and Roses shawl is coming along nicely, and I have yarn for both the Tahoe and Evenstar shawls (and beads for the Tahoe). Then my mother pointed out that I haven't made her a nice, big lace shawl yet. So, out came the lace pattern book, and she promptly chose this one:

image credit: Mauri

This is the Feather and Fan shawl. After the Wine and Roses shawl is done, this project should prove a nice little reprieve from really challenging lace knitting (Two years ago, I would've gone pale at the thought of undertaking this kind of pattern, let along the Wine and Roses one. Amazing how jumping head-first into a pattern marked "experienced" and not utterly failing can change your perspective).


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