Friday, June 19, 2009

Stir-fry on the stove and a fun day at the Black Sheep Gathering!

Hey! I just put together a stir-fry, using some of the veggies from the CSA that we now belong to (our friends, Sheila and Andre...Growing Wild Farm... run it) and my own beautiful Red Lights Swiss Chard! I used their bok choy, broccoli and green onions. Yum!

Last night I was so inspired that I had Roth's cut up some lamb stew pieces for me and I made a lamb stew. Looked at an online recipe, but mostly did it intuitively. I've never cooked with lamb before!! It turned out wonderfully....everyone loved it!! I used the turnips and the turnip greens, green onions, my swiss chard, some sherry, carrots, garlic, chicken broth and a bay leaf from my own backyard. :) I also made corn fritters that had green onions in them and some diced yellow bell-pepper. We ate those with sour cream. Yum! Had fresh "Batard" bread, like a rustic french bread, from Red Fox Bakery (local) that I bought at the Farmer's Market and green salad, made mostly from all those great local veggies!!

My friend, Jana, and I went down to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene. It's a fiber festival....lots of roving (for needle-felting or spinning your own yarn) and beautiful yarns to see, touch, smell, rub against your cheek, etc.... Jana bought some roving, for needle-felting/fairy-making projects with her boys. I only bought one skein of yarn. But, it's beautiful yarn and there was enough on there for me to knit myself a pair of socks. Maybe if I count my rows this time, my socks will turn out the same!! I have no doubt that they will. Other than that, they turned out beautifully last time. So, I'm excited! I didn't, however, find any nice yarn to use for the Booga Bag that I want to make, so I guess I have to go to the local knit shop. Well, I have a gift certificate for them, anyway; maybe I'll get some of that gorgeous Noro yarn!

I'm determined to learn how to spin now... just with a drop-spindle. Jana said that she bought one and I can borrow it. I'm thinking that's more of an Autumn activity, but, then, after a long day in the garden/yard, I've been known to have a shower and watch a little tellie... so, I'll need an activity for that. I have a hard time just sitting and watching TV... I bite my nails if I don't have something to do with my hands!!

We played at a Solstice Party last night... in a barn, with bales of hay all around us! It was a lot of fun. Not many people there, but the people who did hear us were appreciative, so that's nice. We're playing at Cornerstone Coffee (on Third St.) on Friday, July 17th. 8:00, I think, but we might start at 7:00. If you're local, please come and join us! OH! We have a name, so we are now on My Space!! Go to and you'll find us. We'll have our schedule there... please drop by and say, "hey!" Yep, Urvaan is the name. It's a Zoroastrian term... look it up. (We aren't Zoroastrian.... we just like the term.)

Enjoy the day!



Lisa said...

That stew sounds really good. Sorry to have missed the solstice party! My mom just got in on Friday and we decided to skip this year. You should make sure and get a Facebook page up. Facebook is where it's at! Myspace is okay, but I think you'll get lots more exposure on FB.

Teri said...

Hi, Lisa! Oh, were you invited to the Murphy's Solstice Party?? I didn't know who was invited so I was afraid to mention it to anyone, so as not to have any hurt feelings. :) It was fun. Do you mean a Facebook page for the band? Yeah, I like Facebook a lot better.... I should do that! Thanks for the suggestion, Lisa!