At SPA a bunch of us went to dinner at a fabulous restaurant called the Azure Cafe. The decor was funky, the food fabulous and the company even better. :)
Some of us ordered the Inhalator Mescolare as our salad and let me tell you it was scrumptious. The grrls were trying to figure out the dressing when I told them I thought it might be an apple balsamic vinaigrette, as I have a recipe that is very similar in taste. Guess what, I was pretty darn close :).
I found my dressing recipe on the internet a while back and recognized the flavors in the restaurant dressing, as this is my new favorite dressing here. I told the grrls I would post the recipe for the salad and the dressing I make, so here it is. :)
Salad: (amounts vary for number of people, so use your best judgment)
Mescalin lettuce mix
red onions sliced ultra thin
thinly sliced grilled chicken
Dressing: serves 3
2T apple juice concentrate
1T cider vinegar
1T white balsamic vinegar
1tsp Dijon mustard
garlic salt to taste
1/3 cup Olive Oil
Place all ingredients except for the olive oil in your small food processor or blender. Drizzle Olive oil in as you blend.
Acer is just about finished now, so I have been letting myself knit a few rows of Maplewing, and I have to tell you this pattern is wonderful to knit. With a cast on of 522 stitches, I wasn't sure how it would go, but I have been pleasantly surprised.
My first cast on attempt was a mess, but second time around I used the cast on that I knew Vanessa had used and this time....bingo........perfection. It is a knit cast on that will give some stretchiness when blocking.
By the 3rd row, I picked up the rhythm in the pattern and it is nice. Easy to pick out errors which sure beats having to tink back rows when you are working with this many stitches. I am finding that each row takes me a good 20 minutes.
Nan, one of the test knitters for this pattern has finished her shawl. Go take a peek...I will wait.
It is so beeutiful! Nan used Oakmoss for her shawl and I have to admit I was sorely tempted to use that for mine after seeing hers, as all know that those golds have my heart.
This time however, I really wanted to try something a bit off of my usual color radar so I am staying with my first choice, Mama Mia. I am not quite sure how this will turn out as it may be a wee bit busy for this shawl, but I am trusting my instincts here. (we will see where that gets me.....LOL).
The funny thing.......the more I knit, the more gold I am seeing in this colorway...haha! I guess even when I try to move away, I end right back at that beautiful honey gold I love.