Keeping Warm

ETA link to cookbook.

Frieda, Frieda, how do I love thee…

Let me count the ways…

Is it for your polka-dots?

The way you take your medicine so well?

Is it because you look like George Washington

and Worf?

No… I love you best for the .6 ounces of cashmere I combed off of you this week!

Yee-ha! I’m spinning it on my Tabachek Tibetan spindle and it’s gorgeous. Good girl!


Jeff made up a fantastic recipe and I had to share it with you.

Chef Jeff’s Cinnamon Shrimp

1 Tbs ghee
1 tsp black mustard seeds
½ of a 3” stick cinnamon (simply split lengthwise)
7 cloves
5 green cardamom pods (crack pod shells gently, but keep intact, for flavor)
3 cloves garlic sliced
1 Tbs ginger chopped
½ tsp turmeric
1 bunch scallions cut into 1” pieces
1-2 serrano peppers sliced (we prefer 2 – use 1 if afraid of heat)
salt to taste
¾ lb medium shrimp
¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat the ghee over medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom pods to the ghee until the mustard seeds turn gray and begin to “pop.” Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the garlic barely begins to brown. Add the peppers, scallions, turmeric and salt and stir for about 15 seconds. Immediately add the shrimp and sauté until just cooked through. Serve over fragrant rice (recipe below) and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Fragrant Rice

1 c basmati rice
1½ c water
5 green cardamom pods
1 3” stick cinnamon (or use the other half of the split stick from above)
5 cloves
1 Indian bay leaf

Rinse the rice well, add water and soak for 20 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, turn down to very low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes covered. Fluff with a fork and serve.

The above recipes go very well with Bean Poriyal (excellent recipe in Dakshin Vegetarian Cuisine from South India – Chandra Padmanabhan – Periplus, 1992).

Chef Jeff recommends a King Estate 2006 Pinot Gris (Oregon) with this dish.


In fiberarts… I’ve been on hold with Jeff’s sweater. (Argh! No more non-seamless items!!! No more man sweaters!) I had to do a test swatch for my steek because I wanted to see if I could crochet it, rather than machine-sew it.

Nope. Stinky steek. In doing further research, it seems you can only crochet steeks in very sticky, very fine, Fair Isle-patterned garments. Poo.

So I got out my machine, sewed the steeks, promptly had a renewed urge to quilt, and avoided any additional progress on the sweater by shopping for fabric online and perusing blogs of talented quilters. Sigh.

I really must get past this project and on to some fun (read: colorful) knitting. However, I have developed a sad condition known as “trigger finger” whereby the ring finger of my left hand gets stuck in a bent position hundreds of times a day. I have to wear a metal brace on it at night to keep it from getting stuck while I sleep. Very inconvenient for crafting, not to mention blogging. 😦


At the farm… we have had a bit of snow:

One day we found that we were missing some sheep. They were in the road. Jeff called them back in to the paddock and dug a trench to prevent any further escapes (they just stepped over the wire!) Hobby farm mistake number 732: calculate snow and/or bedding build-up in your fence plans… Pippin (seen above, next to Frieda) has been escaping from the goat paddock due to a mound of hay that grew beneath the goats’ feeders. When he sees me come out the front door, he nonchalantly jumps back in to avoid scolding.

The whitetail does, now pregnant, are getting very hungry and venturing closer and closer to the pastures every day:

I can’t blame them – it’s been very, very cold. But we seem to be collecting quite a few!

The donks had their bi-monthly pedicure and did very well. We, however, froze while the farrier was here. Thank goodness he works quickly (and gently… he’s an advocate of the natural hoof care method and does a great job.)


Mr. Boris is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed now that he’s cured of Lyme disease and the other problems he had when we found him.

And I think Molly has finally stopped growing – she’s almost as big as Dobie Emma.


Hope you are well and warm! Please say hi if you’ve stopped in today!

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13 Comments

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13 responses to “Keeping Warm

  1. quiltparalegal

    Glad to see you’re all back and everyone is doing well! Chef Jeff sure looks like he’s cooked up a winner recipe! I’m so sick of the dirty snow mounds in Eau Claire as well! Monday, we are putting in the Invisible Fence so that Tasha can run free in our own yard.

  2. Jenny

    I’ve been checking back often to see how Boris is doing. He sure looks happy!! The shrimp looks like something my middle son would love…(I’m allergic). I love to read about your animals. My daughter and I spent alot of our vacation last year visiting animal farms and parks….we can’t get enough!Wonderful photos!Hi to you and hugs to all of your furry kids!

  3. Beth

    Emma is looking regal as ever. 🙂 And Yay! for cashmere!

  4. Pamela

    Ooh, Frieda really does look exactly like George Washington!

  5. Denise in Kent, WA

    I’d forgotten about your being able to brush cashmere fiber from Frieda. How neat!You certainly have quite a collection of deer hanging around. Such a different vista than I have here in the suburbs! I am jealous. 🙂I have to go make supper now — that shrimp recipe has gotten me quite hungry all of a sudden…

  6. Dixie

    Hold on I have to wipe the drool off my keyboard. . . oh, between the shrimp and the cashmere I couldn’t help myself!!

  7. Patty

    Everyone looks so happy!

  8. Nancy in Oregon

    Great to hear from you again, and glad to hear that all the critters are doing so well. It never occurred to me that you could brush the cashmere off the goat – way cool! This reminds me, the canine kids need a good brushing as well.

  9. Jennifer

    You have the cleanest and happiest looking animals that I have ever seen! I came across your blog not too long ago and have really enjoyed reading about all your farm and fibre adventures. Jennifer

  10. moiraeknittoo

    HI! 😀 I love all the info about the animals, and am glad you’re able to see over the top of the snow. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Kary

    Bonjour Stas!I am tickled, tickled, tickled that you are BloGGing again!Mr. Boris is a GEM and the ladies … so photogenic!Thx for making me giggle today … and thankfully, we don’t have any snow on the ground today!Hearts!Kary

  12. claudia

    Dude, that is a whole lotta snow you’ve got there. I can totally see why higher fences might’ve been a great plan.

  13. Lia

    Wow, that is a bit of snow. A bit jealous of the fiber-on-the-hoof. Maybe when the kids are grown we’ll retire to the country.

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