Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Summer Days

Basket full of granny squaresThese hot summer days just leave me feeling drained. At the end of the day I don't have a lot of knitting energy or enthusiasm. I still want to work through my stash, however.

One solution for me is to make afghan squares. Sometimes I like to knit them, sometimes I like to crochet them. This week I'm crocheting granny squares.

I have a lot of colors in my stash, but no black to use for that neutral background that is so traditional in granny square afghans. I do have some very neutral taupe brown though, and that is what I'm using. We'll see how it turns out.

What we do have enthusiasm around here for is barbeque. It doesn't matter what it is, there's probably a way it can be cooked on the barbeque. We have a lot of fun trying to find ways to bbq most anything. Why not? It doesn't heat up the kitchen.

Here's a simple recipe that we enjoy whenever we can get really fresh corn on the cob.

Corn Roasted on the Barbie

6 ears of corn, shucked and cleaned
2 Tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
salt and pepper
aluminum foil
optional: a few teaspoons of minced fresh herbs like parsley, basil, dill or mint.

Pull off 6 squares of aluminum foil to wrap the ears of corn. Lay an ear of corn diagonally across one square of foil. Rub the corn with butter or oil until it is well coated. Sprinkle the corn with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with herbs if desired. Wrap the foil around the corn making sure it's completely covered. Repeat with remaining ears of corn.

Place the foil wrapped corn packets on your barbeque grill over medium coals and close the lid. Turn the packets every 5 minutes or so to prevent scorching. Check them after about 20 minutes for doneness. If you begin to smell cooking corn, it's probably done. The corn usually darkens in color when it's ready.


Carol said...

Looks like the perfect summertime project. Did you make the pretty basket your squares are in? BBQ all the way! We're lucky enough to grill year round, it's one of my fave foods to eat! Love fresh corn...


We seem to be on the same row when it comes to stash knitting and granny squares!
Thanks for the recipe!

Ari said...

No, I didn't make the basket. My mother found it in a small shop about 20 years ago. The couple that owned the shop used to buy shipping containers of mixed basketry at the local port. The contents of the containers were always a surprise, but the quality was always very good. We ended up with many wonderful baskets from that shop, including a great bassinet that is still in use today.

Unknown said...

I too am working through my stash and making little granny squares. I love the little basket. I've been trying to figure out what to put my squares into and a little basket with a lid might be exactly the right solution for me! Thanks for the idea. :)