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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cardamom Rice Pilaf and Other News

Question - What do you get when you combine a pregnant daughter and a sewing machine.

Answer - No blog no emails read and lots of sewing.

As shown in this photo Miss Le Coiffure and I are making a lot of things for her not here yet baby.

The happy event will be in September and she just found out last week she is expecting a


So there has been lots of sewing going on, we have made enough bibs to last till Christmas and now we are onto what is called "New Modern Cloth Nappies" which are like little pants that you slip a folded insert into to absorb all the moisture. 

Now these are made with special microfibre fleece on the inside very soft for the little bottom and the insert is from cotton/bamboo fabric which is all the rage at the moment.

After a quick search on the Internet there are plenty of online shops selling all the items required to make them.

So yesterday was spent cutting out all the various pieces. Also a trip to Spotlight and Lincraft was on the cards and by happy chance last Friday both shops got in new orders of polar fleece perfect for a girl. so there are more blanket making on the horizon.

Cardamom Rice Pilaf

This is my all time easy pilaf that is cooked in the oven and always comes out lovely and fluffy.

300 gms jasmine rice, 800 mls boiling water, 5 cardamom pods using a rolling pin or pestle break pods, 2 cloves , 1 cinnamon stick

Preheat oven 180.c

Heat 2 tbsps of oil in an ovenproof dish approx 25 cm wide and 5 cm deep with a lid. Add spices cook until 30 seconds.

Add water the stir in the rice. Bring to the boil, cover with tin foil or baking paper then put on the lid.

Cook for 25 minutes. Remove lid and paper/foil and check rice should be cooked and fluffy.

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