Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rose buds as identifiers

"...What’s in a name? that which we call a rose 
By any other name would smell as sweet…"

Hello, I'm very proud to show you the very first rose I have crocheted ever.

I must confess that I haven't ever crocheted anything like this before, yet I have always wanted to. It's just that I didn't have any pattern at hand...until  I saw these rosebuds and roses as luggage blossoms in Fiber Flux.

I like the idea of rose blossoms for luggage. When I was a young student, my mother used to tie folded or crumpled thin colored plastic bags on the handle of my luggage. The idea is for me to see my luggage sliding down the conveyor from a distance. What a very nice and unique luggage identifier eh?
Photos from Fiber Flux

Unfortunately, the pattern featured was for knitting. So I had to search for crochet patterns for roses. The search led me to the following blog sites:


Photos from Free Craft Project
Handmade by Jolanda (I like the fuchsia pink rose featured in this blog.  The picture tutorial was clear enough but Jolanda acknowledged that she wasn't able to get the source of the pattern she used.

 Photos from Handmade by Jolanda

 Here is another easy-to-follow pattern from Pompom Emporium. Oh how I love the white roses featured in this site!
Photo from Pompom Emporium
  I will definitely make different sizes of these! The pattern used here came from The Dark Knit.
It's also the same pattern I used. Click here to view pattern. Now, for my finished (errr... almost-finished is a more accurate word) product... 

 I couldn't wait to finish the leaves so with only the tie on, I already fastened off and hurriedly anchored the pink rose on my suitcase as I have been occasionally going out-of-town lately. 

  There, a little bigger than the luggage blossoms of Fiber Flux, so I plan to make more of this in different sizes  and colors. Here, I already started with blue. The pattern I used here would yield a smaller blossom--- a rose bud, that is.

I still have to do some sewing to complete the process. Meantime, enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Corned Tuna - Banana Blossom Sisig

Happy Sunday to all!  With another carpentry job to supervise at home, I wasn't able to attend the Sunday Service today. :( So,  what do you expect?  More time in the kitchen, yes, and another experiment!

I bought a piece of white banana heart from the market yesterday, with a grandiose plan of cooking Tuna Sisig for lunch today, but without the fresh tuna, I realized there wasn't much choice for me but to make another stint of trial and error in my culinary arts laboratory.

Here it is--- the recipe for my very own Corned Tuna - Banana Blossom Sisig, one of my husband's likes among my usual menus.

1 pc (1/2 kg.) banana heart, cut into chunks, hard middle portion removed
3 cloves garlic , minced
1 medium onion, chopped thinly
1 tbsp ginger strips
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 can San Marino corned tuna (substituted to fresh tuna chunks)
1 pc green finger chili pepper (siling haba)
Pinch of salt, ground pepper and sugar to taste
1/2 small red bell pepper
1/2 small green bell pepper

  1. Boil banana heart in 2 cups water with 1 tsp salt for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and squeeze off   excess water. Set aside.
  2. Sautee garlic, onion, ginger and tomato.
  3. Add banana heart chunks and tomato sauce. Simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the corned tuna and green finger chili. Season with salt, ground pepper and sugar to taste. Simmer for another minute.
  5. Add red and green bell pepper. Serve hot with rice. 
Sisig is a Filipino 'beer-snack' dish originally cooked using chopped parts of pig's head seasoned with vinegar, calamansi juice, onions, chicken liver and chili pepper, and commonly served during drinking sprees. I made a modification in the usual Del Monte Kitchenomics Tuna Sisig (featured in one of my July blog posts this year. Click here to view post) recipe which I usually cook for my family. Instead of using fresh tuna which, as I mentioned earlier in this post, was not available in the market yesterday, take note that my recipe made  use of San Marino Corned Tuna.

I also gave this recipe another twist by adding ginger strips and sugar.  It went well as toppings to the 3/4 cup of brown rice and dowry fillet with Thousand Island dressing that I served to my husband for lunch.

Wait, there's more! Please visit and take a look at this recipe. I would really appreciate that!

 Have a great week ahead! :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Solomon's Knots--- Lovers' Chain?

"Though winds are wild,
And the gale unleashed,
My trusting heart still sings:
I know that they mean
No harm to me,
He rideth on their wings."

This post was inspired by the torrential rains that brought my country once more to the headlines last August 6, 2012.

I woke up to hear the TV newscaster announcing the suspension of work among government offices due to the unceasing downpour of heavy rains. Many areas were already flooded! There was no news of typhoon but the rains just came pouring so hard like there was no chance for it to stop at all! Not very long after I came back from the nearest grocery store to buy candles, the lights went off. Whew! And it didn't take long also before my PC's battery went off. So aside from cooking the day's meal, there wasn't anything left for me to do but grab my crochet needle to start a new project--- my first shrug ever.

I was so enamored by the Lover's Knot Shrug pattern by Microgirl.  

Pattern by Microgirl

 It must have been the color that struck my attention and inspired me to make one. Other than single crochet stitches, the pattern, as you can see, used only one other kind of stitch--- the Lovers' Knots or Solomon's Knots. 

Solomon's Knots... Solomon... Well, the only Solomon that I know is King Solomon, son of King David in the Bible. This King Solomon is known for his wisdom, that made him different from the other sages of ancient times. He taught many proverbs and wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes and the Songs of Solomon, as well. While he was greatly sought by many people from distant lands to hear his godly wisdom, he made a grave mistake of disobeying God by taking many wives and marrying daughters of foreign kings. I wonder if the fact that Solomon loved many women, as he had  700 wives, 300 concubines, and that he allowed the building of altars in honor of the fertility goddess, got to do with Solomon's knots being also referred to as Lovers' Knots? 

I've never done any crochet project using this kind of stitch before. However, reading the instructions and watching the following video tutorials seemed very inspiring because the knots were very easy to do!

As I watched the video tutorials repeatedly, the excitement just welled up to a level high enough for me not to get started.  Embarking on the decision to start with a black thread  was not very difficult at all. Microgirl's pattern was easy to follow. Here it goes...

1. Take one of your t-shirts that you like the fit of for a gauge. 
2. Chain enough so that you reach the length across, using the tip of t-shirt sleeve to tip of t-shirt sleeve, plus a few more chains.  This will determine the width of the shrug, allowing for sleeves approximately equal to that of the model t-shirt. 
3. Turn, single crochet in second chain from hook.  Single crochet across. 
4. Turn, *do two lover's knots (refer to earlier link for more on lover's knot), single crochet in 4th single crochet of previous row from hook*.  Repeat across.  When you reach the end, do two more lover's knots and turn. 
5. Next row:  single crochet in end of first lover's knot from last row (you'll need to reference to the earlier link to probably see what I mean here). 
6. *Make two lover's knots, single crochet in the end of the first lover's knot of the second group of two lover's knots*.  Repeat across. 
7. Continue in this manner until you have reached a rectangle of sufficient size so that the rectangle can be folded in half lengthwise (this is going in accordance with vysews drop-stitch knit shrug pattern) and sew up sides of rectangles enough to make arm holes.  I estimate that my shrug was 15 inches in height, then folded over, and I sewed up the sleeves two inches.

Now take a look at the finished product minus the edging which I still plan to make.

 In the coming post, I'll be featuring my second shrug project using my favorite color--- green!

A blessed week ahead!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gardenchef at

Hello everyone! Been quite busy with office works the past few weeks and that has kept me from posting my articles. I have several unfinished in my files. My last post was about the Gisinggising recipe I posted in Just-a-Pinch Recipe Club (click here to view post). 

I just couldn't let this day (errr...night) or week pass without posting anything. So I suddenly decided to share that Garden Chef has been added in
More than a week ago, my Gisinggising blog post got a comment saying: 

"We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,

enjoy your recipes."
Petichef is a French-based cooking recipes portal where several hundred blogs are already members. 

  Well, who wouldn't be elated to get such an invitation? A newbie blogger like me wouldn't pass up the opportunity! So, Petitchef, here I come... featuring the same recipe they commented on--- click here to view my featured recipe.

So there... have a great week ahead! :)
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