Things i love: Tomato avocado toast

How’s this for a non-knitting related blog post?

Last week in my newsletter when I released the Athenaeum Cowl, I talked about some of my goals for 2019. One of those goals was to share more about me in my personal life by sharing my monthly Loves. And this month one thing I am loving is my Tomato Avocado Toast recipe. This is inspired by a breakfast I hat at a lovely little bakery / cafe in Rhinebeck when I attended the Sheep and Wool festival last fall. Maybe it will become something you love, too!

Recipe: Tomato Avocado Toast

Ingredients

  • 6-10 cherry tomatoes, quartered (halved if they’re quite small)

  • half of one ripe avocado

  • 1 piece of bread, toasted so it’s no longer soft (I use a whole wheat Flaxseed bread but whatever you prefer will be fine)

  • 1/8 tsp salt (plus more for sprinkling, optional)

  • 1/8 tsp pepper

  • pinch of red chili flakes (optional)

  • 2-3 tbsp basil-infused olive oil (if you don’t have an infused oil, just standard EVOO will be totally fine)

Instructions

In a bowl, combine the quartered tomatoes, salt, pepper, chili flakes and oil. Use just enough oil to generously coat the tomatoes. Toss and set aside to marinate.

Toast your bread. As your bread toasts, scoop the fruit of the avocado into another bowl and mash with a fork. Or, to save on dishes, if the fruit is soft enough, mash in the skin.

Once the toast pops, place it on a plate and spread the avocado mash over the toast. I like to sprinkle the mashed avocado with a bit of coarse salt - you can do this to your taste.

Spoon the marinated tomatoes and excess oil on top of the mashed avocado.

Enjoy!

Nom nom! 

Nom nom! 

NEW PATTERN: VELVET WREATH SOCKS

Well folks - the holiday season is well and truly upon us here. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m finding more and more homes decorated with wilder and wilder Christmas decorations. Every shop I walk into is playing Christmas music (yep, even the LYSs) and all I can think about is watching holiday movies while I knit myself into oblivion. I’m not 100% sure if it’s my favorite time of year but it’s definitely up there!

So, to celebrate the coming of another holiday season, I’ve partnered with Ewe Ewe Yarns and PostStitch to bring you a fabulous holiday sock pattern to keep your fingers working throughout the season!

VELVET WREATH SOCKS


These socks take a page from the mosaic colorwork book. Each row of colorwork is only worked once (which modifies the standard 2-row pattern) and, my favorite part of mosaic colorwork: each rnd only uses 1 color so you’re not having to carry two colors around.

And if these socks happen to make your “gotta make ‘em” list, now through this Sunday, December 9th at 11:59 pm PST, you can save $1 at checkout, no coupon code needed.

HERE'S THE DETAILS ABOUT THE SOCKS TO GET YOU GOING:

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, I hope you’ll do one thing: MAKE! Make these socks. Make good food. Make time to celebrate your friends and family. Just make!

THE STORY

Modified mosaic knitting and lacework to match put me in mind of the holiday wreaths that adorn so many doors during the holiday season. And the rippled toes mimic the mounds of snow on a winters eve... the quintessential holiday socks!

MATERIALS

  • Ewe Ewe Yarns Fluffy Fingering (fingering weight; 100% superwash merino; 200 yds/ 183 m per 50g / 1.7 oz), 3 skeins:

    • MC: 2 skeins (23, Red Velvet)

    • CC: 1 skein (90, Vanilla)

  • US 1.5 (2.5mm) 32” / 80 cm circular needle

  • Ring stitch markers (2)

  • Row counter (optional, recommended)

  • Tapestry needle

FINISHED SIZES

1 (2, 3): 7 (8, 9)” / 18 (20, 23) cm circumference at the widest part of the foot.

Recommended Fit: 1” / 2.5 cm negative ease in circumference, measured at widest part of the foot (while standing), and 10% negative ease in length when measured from the tip of the longest toe to the back of the heel.

PROJECT GAUGE

32 sts and 46 rnds = 4” in stockinette stitch knit in the round, taken after blocking

NOTES

  • These socks are written for the Magic Loop technique and are worked from the cuff-down. These socks are mirrors of one another; please be sure to follow charts and written instructions for the Left and Right sock.

  • Instructions are given for smallest size with additional sizes in parentheses. When only one set of instructions is given, it applies to all sizes.

  • Adjust needle size as necessary to match gauge.

  • In the Colorwork portions of the socks, carry the colors loosely up the inside of the sock to avoid multiple ends to weave in and to save on yardage.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my latest design. I hope you’ll find some time to make a pair for yourself or a loved one during this holiday season. Happiest of holidays to you!