Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comfort Continued

So, in the midst of this freakishly warm weather I am still in comfort mode. I am a realist and know that by the end of the week I will be back to mad layering. Last year Marissa made fabulous leg warmers from Noro Silk Garden in a handful of colorways. I coveted those leg warmers and settled for making my own. I am using Noro Kureyon for mine in two colorways, 188 and 207. I am doing mine in a k2p2 rib and knitting two rows of each color ala Jared Flood.

I knit them long enough to pull flat over my knees or pushed down slouchy below. They are knitting up fast and that is a good thing...I may need them this weekend.

Comfort part deux has come in the form of food. I am not sure what has come over me, but I have been cooking. First I made a killer batch of chili in my slow cooker. Next came two dishes of pumpkin chocolate bread pudding. I took one to my first attendance at Anjeanette's Fiber Night. Anj and her wife Sue are fantastic hostesses. I was really impressed with the bread pudding if I do say so myself. I found the recipe on Epicurious.com, it was from the October 2007 issue of Gourmet magazine.

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 generous handful of chocolate morsels (this is my twist...everything is better with chocolate, right?)
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Whisk together cream, pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, and spices in a bowl.
Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Mix in chocolate morsels. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.

4 comments:

Regina said...

Mmmmmm.... pumpkin, chocolate bread pudding. Can I have some?

purlewe said...

that bread pudding was by far the fanciest and yummiest thing we have had at fiber nite. Thanks for posting the recipe!

The leg warmers look cheerful AND warm. I am very jealous.

it was a pleasure to have you come to our little soiree. I do hope you come again.

Mariss said...

I LOOOOOOVE them! Jared's way of doing the alternate colors really highlights the beauty and randomness of the Noro. Your legwarmers are making mine slightly jealous ;) We'll have to have a playdate while wearing said legwarmers!! Ha ha ha.

I'm glad you had so much fun at your friend's house! Good for you! Cooking that is, and hanging with nice people :) xo

shamroxknits said...

love, love LOVEbread pudding and and always looking for new recipes, i will have to try this out. i have wanted to knit leg warmers for a loooong time, but there always seems to be somethin g else to knit, i'll have to get around to that one of these days, maybe in time for *next* winter, he-he!