Saturday, July 09, 2011

It's Hot!

There is nothing that inhibits my creativity more than the heat. I don't mean 90 degrees with low humidity, which is sometimes possible during the summer where I live in Central California. We were gone for the last half of June, and that was basically the kind of weather that they had while we were gone, but the day after we got home from vacation, the temperatures starting climbing. I'm talking about stifling heat. For the last week, it's been well into  the 100s. To add to my discontent, I've been doing my two-week stint of high school summer school from 7:00 A.M. until 1:00 everyday. It's not a bad gig at all, and the kids are cute, for the most part, but it's still work. I'm  dreading the upcoming week even more because I'll teach the last three weeks of the college class I split with my friend, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday too. Whine, whine, whine! It won't be that bad. Still, I much prefer having absolutely nothing to do!

I have manged to muster enough energy in the afternoons, after a two-hour nap each day, of course, to work on some socks that I started while we were in Nebraska. I've knit these socks before. They're Friday Harbor Socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road.
The pattern is pretty easy although I do remember having had a little trouble with the top part of the socks the last time I knit them. When I got on Ravelry, I found that other people had had a little trouble too. There a link to the errata for it at Interweave Press, which people rightfully complained was nothing more than a highlighted version of the original pattern. Basically, the problem is that the chart  doesn't reflect the changes at the beginning of the rows because of the yarn overs. It's still very doable, but you have to be careful.

Another thing that bums me out about heat waves is that I can't bake bread or anything else really. The house just heats up too much. I can cook on the stove though. We're very happy to have found a nice, little farmer's market in Bakersfield with tons of produce. It's not the coast, but it's also only 30 minutes away instead of two hours! Last week we bought some wonderful vegetables, including a nice head of cauliflower, which I promptly turned into "Chilled Marinated Cauliflower," a recipe from my favorite, old, ratty Enchanted Broccoli Forest, cookbook. Everyone devours this as soon as it's finished, but I'll bet it would be even better after a day or so.

Chilled Marinated Cauliflower

Add together:

3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 red wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2  cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 medium cauliflower, broken into bite-sized flowettes

Bring these ingredients to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 15 minutes (until cauliflower is tender) Transfer to a serving bowl and chill.

Just before serving add:

1/2 cup onion, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced (I sometimes use basil or cilantro.)
2-3 basil leaves, minced
1 carrot, coursely-grated

It got really hot--108-- right after we left Nebraska last month, so I won't wish that we could have extended our visit there, but I can't help thinking about the nice, cool weather we had, with lots of rain..too much rain for many areas. Paige and I went for a run at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln the night before we left, and she couldn't resist wading out to sit on a bench in one of many flooded areas of the lake. Oh well, I'm sure we'll get rain here by....November!


Prairie Rose said...

The socks are stunning!
I havnt gotten "fancy" yet in my sock making,keeping it basic for now:)
I am sorry about the heat, but thank you for trying on your socks for us even though that probably the last thing you wanted to do was put more clothes on:)

Caffeine Girl said...

I've checked that book out from the library and it scares me! The patterns look hard and they require so many stitches per round. Your sock is gorgeous, I have to admit!

It's been hot here, too. I went to an art fair today in 95 degree heat. I even rode my bike! I was so happy to get home and take a shower!

TheBlackSheep said...

You still knit in that heat? You deserve a medal. Beautiful result though!

Remind me not to complain to you about how hot and miserable it is anymore. Actually, I'll still probably complain, but I will be thinking of you with sympathy while I'm doing it...

Anonymous said...

If only I could send you some of our cool wet weather, in return for a little of your heat!!

Tracy said...

Those socks are WONDERFUL! Love the purple color too. That pattern is very pretty. I'm amazed you can knit in that heat there. Your salad is beautiful... I must try this. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I'm launching a new blog today--very excited about it. I will be closing Pink Purl in a few weeks. Thanks for stopping by. :o) ((HUGS))

Rani said...

I've got some catching up to do on my bloggy friends. We just drove through the Dakotas and Montana and I don't think I've ever seen the water so high! At one point, we had to drive through about a foot of water and that was on the interstate.

Welcome home and happy knitting. I haven't touched my needles in about 2 months. What's wrong with me!? Gah. I feel the mojo returning.

Z of ZKNITZ said...

The socks look great. Hopefully once I get the hang of making some, mine will turn out as nice as yours.