Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cooking Shirataki Noodles

I finally had the opportunity to cook Shirataki Noodles, an alternative to regular pasta.  My local Harris Teeter store only  carries this small 8 oz bags.  I have seen the white and the green noodles.  A co-worker had shared with me she liked the green ones better because the noodles did not smell as strong.  I just kept wondering what sort of smell she was talking about.  Then I found out. These noodles are packed in liquid and the best way I can describe the smell is -- FISHY.  So make sure you rinse real well by placing them on a colander.

Bring water to a boil, then add the noodles and cook according to the package directions.  I think they just have to boil for about 2 minutes.  The noodles are somewhat chewy.

I had on hand Sun Dried tomatoes in oil which are good in anything you cook.  Chop at least 1 cup of the tomatoes and add some of the oil.  Take two cloves of garlic and mince or chop finely.  That is all you need.  I guarantee you will not smell the original fishy smell.

Cook the sun dried tomatoes and the garlic together for a few seconds.  Add the drained Shirataki noodles and combine well.
Season with salt, pepper and add Parmesan Cheese.

Shirataki noodles are an alternative to cooking regular spaghetti noodles.  They claim  to be guilt free so really just good if you are trying to eat less carbohydrates that cause weight gain.  Next time I will try the green Shirataki noodles.  I bet they would be delicious with some fresh spinach and garlic.

This small bag will yield two small servings.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fetching Fingerless Gloves

These fingerless gloves are just too much fun to knit. This pair was made using Cascade 220 wool. When I saw this color I fell in love with it. The yarn itself does not feel too soft but it's ok for these gloves.

I did change the pattern since my hands are small and my wrist is very thin. My husband is always talking about my huesos ( bones)

The pattern for Fetchings is here:

Bird on the Branch

Bird on the Branch
Originally uploaded by DulceKnits
I was really surprised to see this bird perch itself immediately above where I was standing.

The first thought that came to mind was: "Please don't poop on my head." They do that a lot, you know.

I selected this picture for Project 365 (One Picture a Day).

I'm finding out you can never go wrong taking pictures of trees.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Unfelted Hearts

Unfelted Hearts
Originally uploaded by DulceKnits
I present to you my 2011 Knitted hearts. I really enjoyed knitting these two heart Milagros and hope I will be able to make some more. I always seem to run out of time to give them away on Valentine's Day. The pattern is the book Gifted Lovely Little Things to Knit + Crochet by Mags Kandis.

The pattern is super easy and the heart is knitted flat (using two needles) size U.S. 6 (4mm)

This will be my first time doing the felting process on something that has been stuffed with polyester fiberfill. I will probably used the washing machine to do the shrinking (felting) process since it is less time consuming.

The neat cool picture effect was created using Picnik.