Beer and knitting

I decided I need some regular posts to get this blogging thing to work out. So I just came up with “knitting and beer”. I usually buy I nice beer to enjoy Friday night while I knit and watch TV. It will be a  “work in progress” kind of thing, in the sense that the knitting will be whatever I have on my needles.

I am playing around with the the idea of selling socks online. Socks are probably my favorite thing to knit. I am always working on a pair. So why not sell some of them. Of course I would need to create another website to do this, so it is not happening right away. But that doesn’t mean I can’t knit the socks! I thought about using etsy.com for a while, but it seems like that would just be an expenditure with all of the fees. I am not kidding myself, I do not expect to make any real money, it would purely be for fun, and if I make a few bucks I would not mind. All proceeds would go toward buying more yarn 🙂

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I have become infatuated with red heels, so almost all of the socks I have knitted for my fantasy store have red heels. Maybe it could be my trademark for a while? I have also knitted about five pairs with a zig zag pattern, but I soon got tired of that.

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Anyway, I am knitting yet another pair of socks, if you hadn’t guessed yet. They will be dark purple with pink stripes. 6 rows purple and 6 rows pink. With a red heel of course. I am following the pattern I posted earlier.

The beer was delicious, an IPA made with rye malt. It made it deliciously dark and bitter at the same time. Often darker beers will be kind of sweet, and I am rarely in the mood for that, so this beer really has the best of two worlds. IPA is my favorite kind of beer by the way.

Happy weekend knitting.

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Returning to blogging after a long break and masala coffee

Soooooo, this blog thing did not turn out as I had hoped, at least initially. Well, doesn’t matter, I’ll just try again. To make up for my initial failure I decided to post the recipe for one of my favorite types of coffee, that is masala coffee. For those late night knitting sessions, or early morning.

I was introduced to this by a friend at university, she’s from Sri Lanka and her mother made it. It is basically ground coffee mixed with masala spice mix. I am not sure how to best describe the taste. It’s coffee, but it is spicy. I love it! I My recipe is based on the masala that my husband usually makes, but with a few adjustments to better suite my personal tastes. Feel free to do the same. I am sure more cinnamon would make it sweeter, and I have been wondering how it would taste with cacao beans.

Masala coffee recipe: 

4 bay leaves

10 green cardamoms or 7 black

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 piece of cinnamon bark, ca 5 cm

5 cloves

Ground coffee

Roast spices on a dry pan until a lovely smell starts to spread.

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I use a coffee grinder to grind the spices to a fine powder, but a regular spice mortar and pestle will probably also work.

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I like my coffee spicy, so I mix it 1 tsp masala to 2 tbsp of ground coffee. But you can mix it to your taste, with more or less coffee. You should get aprox. 10-11 tsp spice mix, which would require 20-22 tbsp coffee, or more.IMG_4695

To brew pour one tbsp of coffee into a cup, pour warm water over, stir and enjoy.IMG_4701IMG_4706

I know it sounds as if the coffee grounds will float around and get into your mouth, but I promise they don’t. The grounds collect at the bottom of the cup. I know Germans who make their regular coffee like this all of the time, so feel free to try that out if you ever feel too lazy to brew it regularly. For easy to print recipe I  made a pdf for you 🙂

Masala coffee recipe