Sunday, January 27, 2008
The great ketchup adventure
I've had a recipe for ketchup for several years now, and I've always *meant* to try it. I ran across the ketchup recipe again the other day, and since today was supposed to be terribly cold and snowy here, I thought I'd give it a go. It's basically tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices, simmered for several hours and then blended smooth. The recipe I have takes *a lot* of spices - cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cumin, and just about every thing else in the spice rack. It also takes a quarter cup of hot sauce. The ketchup turned out well - it's a nice consistency, and it's reasonably tasty - except that the quarter cup of hot sauce packs quite a punch! I've now got a great vat of ketchup with a definite kick to it.
In other news, I finished a page of Watergarden this weekend - I was getting a bit sore working on Pyra, and decided to switch back to cross stitch for a bit. The challenge with beading is that the beads have to be on a flat surface, meaning that most of the time you're crouched over them, which tends to give back and neck pains fairly quickly. I thought working on cross stitch again would give me a bit of a break from that.