Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Gluten-free Flour Tortillas on my day off

A friend on Ravelry was asking about gluten-free flour tortillas.  Someone posted a recipe that her friend uses.  As it is my day off, I decided to play in the kitchen, and I am so glad I did!  

The ingredients given in the recipe are:

    2 c. Gluten-free all purpose flour (or 2 c. White rice flour)
    2 tsp. Xanthan gum or Guar gum
    1 tsp. Gluten-free baking powder
    2 tsp. Brown sugar 
    1 tsp. Salt
    1 c. Warm water

    and this produced 8 tortillas.  I made a half-recipe to test it out, and used Dove Farm Gluten-Free Self Raising flour instead of the all purpose flour and baking powder.  This was because I used the last of the baking powder last week and haven't bought a replacement yet.  

    Whilst making one of the tortillas, I noted it was puffing up in the middle, and used a weight to bring it back down in contact with the griddle.  This produced a harder tortilla, more suited to folding in half rather than rolling.  Following the instructions as started gave a soft, roll-able, tasty tortilla.

    My griddle is not terribly large, and my tortillas came out a bit thick.  Next time, I will make 5 tortillas rather than 4.  It is definitely a recipe I will be using again!  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

More socks

A second pair of socks to add to the 2013 total.

These are plain 'vanilla' socks.  I had meant them to be worn with the purl bumps on the outside, but whilst weaving in the ends I did it on the wrong side!  

The socks are actually teal through to cream, but the photograph was taken in poor light levels and so the colours are not as they should be.

But, this is the fourth completed project of 2013.  (4 in 2013)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hereford Helices

Last week, my daughter and I flew to England to enable her to attend two interviews for art college.  On the first day, we were going to be travelling at least six hours by train, as well as the flight over to England.  I anticipated that there  would have rather a lot of time to read and knit.

Reading didn't really happen, but a sock was designed and knitted during those couple of English days.  'Hereford Helix' was my first thought of a name for the design as we were travelling through Hereford, and the socks have a helical pattern.  My inclination when it comes to socks is an identical pair, but in this case, it made sense for the socks to be mirror images.  Therefore, instead of Hereford Helix, the pattern is now Hereford Helices.  

This is the third completed project in 2012: 3 in 52.  There's  pair of vanilla socks just waiting to have the toes grafted.  

This is the first time since starting the "52 in 52" that I have counted socks as one project, but it is also the first time I have included non-knitted and non-crocheted projects in the count.