Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Salmon Recipe #1

You people have been harassing me requesting for years for me to share some of my salmon recipes with you. Well, I’m going to give you my top five. This is the kids’ all-time winner for number one place. I think I’m doing this backwards though; I should be giving you number five. Dammit. Anyway. Salmon, rice, and green tea salmon is super simple to make and definitely their favorite. I should tell you right now too, I’m no chef and anything I make is without the bells and whistles and garnish. There’s no fancy-schmancy crap. I don’t have time and I’m not talented enough. It’s just good, healthy food that is pretty easy to make.  Without further ado . . . .



I’m using Sockeye half fillets here, but you can do this with any amount or kind of fillet. This is just what we typically use for one dinner.

Cooked rice
I use a rice cooker for this and just make it while I’m making the rest of dinner. I use white or brown rice depending on what I have.

Dried Seaweed
I use Hijiki, Fueru Wakame, and Nori. If nothing else, you can just use the “sushi roll” seaweed (sheets of Nori) and chop it into small squares (3/4” x 3/4”)

Green Tea
I just boil water in my tea pot and then add two decaf Green Tea teabags. I use decaf so the kids don’t get caffeine before bed.

Soy Sauce, Wasabi
Optional, but yummy.


Cookin’ Yer Meal

  1. About an hour before you cook, put your fillets on a cutting board/pan/tin foil and cover them with salt. Yes, really. This draws the water out and makes them firm. salmon_2
  2. Start your rice cooker. For our family of six, I use three cups of rice, but you can make more or less to your liking.
  3. Scrape off all the salt you can from the fillets. I scrape mine into the sink. Try to get as much off as possible without mutilating your fillet. I don’t spend a ton of time on this. I use the dull side of a butter knife and go toward the tail. It rips up the flesh less.
  4. Turn your broiler on low and put your fish on the second to the top rack. You want it close, but not too close. Set a timer for 8 minutes.
  5. Turn on your tea kettle and get that water boiling. When it boils, take it off the heat and add your tea bags.
  6. At 8 minutes, start checking your fish. When your fillets have a thin, uniform glaze on top, they are done. The thin sections will cook first, so watch the thicker sections. They will look juicy and wet. When that starts to look dryer, it’s time to take them out. This is highly variable depending on your thickness of fillet. These are tail sections so they are pretty thin. If you aren’t sure, you can try to pull the thicker sections apart with a fork, it should easily separate into layers. salmon_3
  7. In bowls, add rice, then fish, then seaweed. Add the green tea last. If you put the rice in the green tea, the rice will start soaking up the green tea. The fish and seaweed are deliciously salty and the rice and tea are bland. They make for a heavenly combination. I don’t add any other seasoning other than just a tiny splash of soy sauce, and a big dab of wasabe. salmon_4salmon_8
  8. Add soy sauce and wasabi to your liking. Voila, tasty salmon dish and happy children.
  9. I was hoping to have some leftovers, but sadly . . .

Sometimes I add edamame to this too.

I was able to re-install Disqus for comments. This means I can now reply directly to your questions, YAY!!!!. It also means that the comments that were made during my non-Disqus time (a few months) are gone, DAMN! Oh well, I would rather be able to comment and answer your questions!

Hope you like the recipe. I’ve got a few more good ones coming at you!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ottobre 05-2014 #6 - Leggings

Okay, okay. I know my Burda Challenge is late for September. I figured since it was late anyway, I might as well make a few things before I do that. I still haven’t settled on what I want to make for September. That’s pretty bad since I’ve had the magazine since mid-August. Aw well, fickle woman-mind. I’m allowed.


While I’m deciding, I had to make these cute Ottobre tights. They fit well, but not as well as Jalie. I’m wondering if they are still too big, I made the size 34, but I took another 1/4” off the inside seam when I was done. So that’s another 1/2” total I took off. The crotch curve also seems long. Although that would all make sense, this magazine is drafted for longer women than me. I still like the tights though. Maybe next pattern I’ll size down to a 32? My waist is several cm smaller and my hips are 1-2cm smaller than the 34. The overall length was long on these too. I cut off about 1.5” when I was done.


I would like them slightly tighter in the ankle, but that’s an easy fix. I have the world’s smallest ankles. It’s like the foundation of my whole body is built on pencils.


See? I think the wrinkles under the butt and above the knee are due to too long (for me) drafting. What do you guys think? I should compare these to Jalie. They always fit with no alterations.





They are made out of a gifted wicking knit. Really nice stuff. I wore them running yesterday. Yes, I’m back to running. No hand numbness and very little back/neck pain. Man, I need to do some squats, perk up that butt a bit. Part of it is these tights. How do I fix this ladies?



I know I always appreciate the Butt Shot on blogs. (By the way, I know there is talk of "The Blog is Dead” and all that. I love your blogs, please don’t stop. Instagram is nice for insta-pics, but bad for details. I’ll keep reading yours and you keep reading mine, k?)


Oh, and have you seen this Jalie Hoodie Sew-A-Long?? My jacket is part way done. I’m loving it already!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ottobre 05-2015 #8 Knit Raglan Top

I told you I was crushing on Ottobre lately. I just made this raglan top. The fit is very loose but it’s just like it shows in the magazine. The sleeves are called saddle sleeves. I’m not sure if that’s a different kind of raglan variation, or if that’s what the term translates to.


This is definitely a tuck-in shirt for me. The sleeves are very long. Most Finnish people are taller than me so that makes sense. I’m average height for an American woman. I could probably take a whole inch off the sleeves and it would be better. Although, I do like long sleeves.


You can see how long and unfitted this is. I used the size 34. I did make my standard 1” above the bust alteration. There are some wrinkles there so maybe I don’t need that Ottobre? More tests are needed. Oh darn.


I really like the curve of the raglan, excuse me, saddle sleeve.


This raglan t-shirt is the same basic pattern as these three patterns. Two are cardigans, and one is the cute sweatshirt. I’m totally making that. Did you see Kathy’s version? I love it! See how Ottobre releases things and repeats elements? I like this cute pocket. I’m not sure what to call it.


Eek, I still need to make my September Burda. I am so behind!!! And I want to start my Jalie hoodie too!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to Sew French Seams

This Challenge #3 of the FabricMart Challenge I’m in right now. Each participant was given a topic and we had to create a little tutorial for it. Here’s mine.


A French seam is just a fancy way of sewing a regular seam. Using this technique, you are enclosing the raw edge of the fabric so both sides of the garment look nice. This is a really great technique for light or sheer fabric where you may see the raw seam allowance edges through the fabric. It’s also great for things where you may see the inside of the garment, like an unfinished jacket or the join in a scarf. This also works with thicker fabrics, but the seam allowances may get bulky.
Put your fabric together WRONG sides together. Yes, really. I know normally you put things the other way. Trust me, this time put your fabric WRONG sides together. Instead of doing your typical 5/8” seam allowance, do a 3/8” seam allowance. When I’m making something with French seams, I like to do all the wrong-sides-together stitches first. For example, on a top, I’ll sew the shoulder seams and side seams all wrong sides together and then go on to the other steps. I find things move faster that way.

Iron your seam allowance open.

Trim your seam allowance to 1/8”

Now, fold the RIGHT sides together and press the seam with your iron.

Go back to the sewing machine and sew 1/4” from the seam edge. You are still getting a 5/8” seam allowance, you are just doing it in two steps!

Go to the wrong side and iron down that beautiful inside seam.

Enjoy your beautiful seams on the inside and the outside!

And voila, you have a garment that is beautiful inside and out!!

Here's a link to the other contestants. And here's a link to vote!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ottobre 05-2015 #1 “Twig” Knit Dress

These Ottobre names crack me up sometimes. Maybe they just don’t translate well? Anyway, odd name, cute dress.


This is a very simple knit dress with v-neck and interesting bound pockets. The fabric is a double knit ponte from Fabric Mart. It’s black with light purple polka dots. I used a green knit binding for the pockets and the neckband. I think it turned out rather cute. 


The fit is loose and comfortable. I’ll wear this with tights and boots to work. It’s a tad on the short side. I added my standard 1” above the bust for my long torso too. On my next version, I may actually add an inch to the length.


I made a size 34, their smallest size. I mostly fit in that size range when you measure everything out. After the dress was done, I ended up taking a good two inches out of the back. My waist measurement is a couple inches less than their size 34.


I swear it’s going to snow today. It just smells like it. My camera was being weird today. The lighting wasn’t all that great.


The pockets are my favorite part. I love how Ottobre releases a collection with similar elements. This pocket detail is also on another dress (#5 and #20) and also on the sleeveless sweatshirt (#16).



Since I don’t have a binder attachment, I sewed the binding on RST at 3/8”, flipped it to the inside and stitched in the ditch from the right side. You can barely see my stitches here.


See? You can tell it’s a little short here.


Overall, another Ottobre win. I still need to do my Burda Challenge for September! I also just received a bunch of zippers from ZipperStop. I’m going to make a few Jalie 2795 hoodies. It’s getting chilly here and I need some cozy clothes!!!