KERGUNYAH

Kergunyah is a locality in north eastern Victoria. The locality is on the Kiewa Valley Highway, 353 kilometres (219 mi) north east of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2016 census Kergunyah had a population of 215

The town is a centre for (mainly) dairy farms and includes a post office agent, caravan park and general store, community hall and Uniting Church. The Kergunyah Streamside Reserve is a popular swimming area on a bend in the Kiewa River.

The town was home to the Kergunyah Football Club which was established in 1923.

OUR HOME FOR THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS 🤩

The caravan we are staying in
Serenity Now 😍

STUFFED PARATAS

Parathas are one of the most popular unleavenedflatbreads in the Indian Subcontinent, made by baking or cooking whole wheat dough on a tava, and finishing off with shallow frying.[7] Parathas are thicker and more substantial than chapatis/rotis and this is either because, in the case of a plain paratha, they have been layered by coating with ghee or oil and folding repeatedly (much like the method used for puff pastry or some types of Turkish börek) using a laminated dough technique; or else because food ingredients such as mixed vegetables have been mixed in with the dough, such as potato or cauliflower, green beans, and carrots. A Rajasthani mung bean paratha uses both the layering technique together with mung dal mixed into the dough. Some so-called stuffed parathas resemble a filled pie squashed flat and shallow fried, using two discs of dough sealed around the edges. Then by alternatively using a single disc of dough to encase a ball of filling and sealed with a series of pleats pinched into the dough around the top, gently flattened with the palm against the working surface before being rolled into a circle. Most stuffed parathas are not layered.

Parathas can be eaten as a breakfast dish or as a tea-time (tiffin) snack. The flour used is finely ground wholemeal (atta) and the dough is shallow fried.

Perhaps the most common stuffing for parathas is mashed, spiced potatoes (aloo ka parantha) followed perhaps by dal (lentils). Many other alternatives exist such as leaf vegetablesradishescauliflower or paneer. A paratha (especially a stuffed one) can be eaten simply with a pat of butter spread on top or with chutney, pickles, ketchup, dahi or a raita or with meat or vegetable curries. Some roll the paratha into a tube and eat it with tea, often dipping the paratha.

To achieve the layered dough for plain parathas, a number of different traditional techniques exist. These include covering the thinly rolled out pastry with oil, folding back and forth like a paper fan and coiling the resulting strip into a round shape before rolling flat, baking on the tava and shallow frying. Another method is to cut a circle of dough from the centre to its circumference along its radius, oiling the dough and starting at the cut edge rolling so as to form a cone which is then squashed into a disc shape and rolled out. The method of oiling and repeatedly folding the dough as in western puff pastry also exists, and this is combined with folding patterns that give traditional geometrical shapes to the finished parathas. Plain parathas can be round, heptagonal, square, or triangular.

My paratas have been stuffed with spring onion, green chillies & fresh coriander..

Filled & rolled out
Dry fried on a Tava

BHEL PURI

Food … glorious food !

Bhelpuri is a savoury snack originating from India, and is also a type of chaat. It is made of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce, and has a crunchy texture.

How to make bhel puri

1. I usually cut open a fresh pack of puffed rice when I make chaat recipes bhel puri, churumuri or jhaal muri. If the puffed rice is not crispy then dry roast them until crisp. Cool and then add them to a mixing bowl.

2. Add the boiled potatoes. I cube the potato and boil in 2 cups of water until just cooked. Drained the water and cooled completely. Potatoes must be dry and not moist. Then add half a Chopped onion, one chopped tomato, and a few green chilies chopped according to taste. Then add them to the puffed rice.

Toss them well. Then add tamarind chutney. I begin with a small quantity of chutneys as you cannot undo if it becomes too sour or sweet. I also feel too much chutneys or too thin chutneys will make the bhel too soggy very quickly. So add them as needed after tasting.

You can buy both chutneys at the Indian grocery store. Will blog separately on how to make them ..

Good Friends are Like Quilts II

They age with you but never lose their warmth…

After a week of block making during my spare time ,mainly trying out new blocks as I went along ,I finished both the dining table runner and the coffee table runner.

The colours are bright and beautiful.. I don’t usually use much black but this combination seems to pop . I’m loving the look of it.

I was going to follow a traditional pattern but you know me … I created as I went along… and the results not too bad in my book.

I sent a picture to the friend who is getting this and she absolutely loves them … I’m so happy 🤩

And now without much further ado … I present … Stardust

Dining table runner
Twinning … coffee table runner

Good Friends Are Like Quilts

They age with you but never lose their warmth 💝

My next project has begun. This time two table runners … one for a dining table and the other for a coffee table. It’s a matching set.

This beautiful person I have known since my days living in India. We lost contact when I moved here and just like that we were back in each other’s lives when she moved here a few years ago.

She loves all my work and is totally biased coz I’m her friend 😘

She asked me to make her a runner for her dining table and I said I’d make her a set .

Here’s a preview of the colours I’m using as her table is black and her favorite colour is pink …

I’m still making blocks and haven’t decided how I’m going to assemble them but I know I’ll get there.

Here’s the layout at the moment…

My Soul is Fed….

With Needles & Thread 🪡

Each new day brings fresh ideas and stars in my eyes with what my next quilting project is going to be…

Last year in isolation I stitched & stitched & stitched….

This year so far has been no different …. the love for quilting is still there….however the pace seems to have slowed down. Now it’s not a frenzy to complete in a week or a day… I’m savouring the process so much more !

I needed another quilt to cover my bed… I love bright colours and what better than Kaffe Fassett. I made pinwheels matching the reds & blues and then bordered each with a plain red & blue.

As my hands can’t take large free motion quilting I decided to quilt each block separately. Then joined each together with Ragging. I absolutely love the softness of Rag quilting and this has given a new dimension to this beautiful quilt 😍

And so I present my new quilt 🤩

The back

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ScrapHappy January 2021

Well it’s time again and as I missed last month I simply could not miss this month …

The runner that I have made is called my 2020 WRAP… coz it has all the scraps from all my 2020 projects.

As I’ve made a fair few quilts and gifts over the year I don’t have them here with me to look at or feel. This runner will be a reminder of all things made last year.

I haven’t actually set it out making sure colours match … I’ve just pulled them out of the stacks of scraps I have now and free motion quilted them on the batting. It’s turned out bright and has a stained glass look to it which I love.

Here’s to more ScrapHappiness next month 🤩

Kate , Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera (Me!) Nanette, Ann and Kym

And so it starts ….

2021 … new year … new project!

Surprise surprise… I have had a bit of a break from quilting as it’s been Christmas baking … Christmas entertainment… daughter moving to her own house and then getting engaged…

Suffice it to say it’s been hectic but oh so joyful.

I’ve looked at my table and touched my machine and felt the inevitable pull but seriously have had to walk away 😃

I’ve cut and stitched four blocks and got lots more to go but as usual I don’t have a complete plan in mind … it’s definitely a quilt and will have some ragging involved too… As much as I want to work out a plan of action I always go back to making and then deciding what I want it to be.

So here goes … progress reports will definitely follow 😍