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.

7 comments:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I hope you enjoy the ketchup! i be it does have a kick! your stitching looks great!

cathymk said...

Watergarden looks fabulous!!

Lelia said...

Wow, your cross stitch [water garden?] is delightful.

Mel said...

absolutely amazing! looks great Karin!

Stitchingranny said...

Oh I just love this one. I have Taj out at the moment and will be glad when i have made as much progress as you have on your Watergarden.

Michelle said...

Water Garden is gorgeous! Your ketchup sounds really interesting too!

tkdchick said...

Wow! There's a project I haven't seen on the net in ages! I keep forgetting how pretty watergarden is!