I have been trying to post these “after” photos of Donatello and my living room forever. You know how it is- even though we love our space, it’s never quite perfect enough to post photos. I admit, I took these photos for Airbnb! I always planned to take some more, but now it will never happen. We are currently in the middle of a renovation and the apartment you see here no longer exists! It has been completely gutted and is a dusty mess right now. The “before” photos are here. So why don’t we start the tour?
Galaktoboureko is a Greek dessert; basically, it’s a pastry-covered custard drenched in flavoured syrup. Best served warm when the pastry is still crisp and the custard just set, galaktoboureko is a great dessert for a large crowd. The baking dish full of rich dessert can easily serve 12-15 people. Although it is tastiest when fresh and warm, you can make galaktoboureko a day in advance and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Try warming it in a low oven before serving, though.
The Emma Lace Scarf is from the book Simply Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs for Everyday by Interweave Press. I chose this scarf pattern because I loved the scalloped edges and the lacework, and I was intrigued by the lengthwise construction. Since I have a rather tight gauge, I used a 4.5 mm hook for this project. The book categorizes this crochet pattern under the One Skein Projects, so I was happy to use up my one skein of Artfil Mericana DK in the slate colourway that I got from Espace Tricot in Montreal. The pattern in the book calls for 300 yards (274 m) of yarn, and my skein was 244 m. Knowing that I had slightly less yarn than called for, I omitted row 7 from the centre stitch pattern to conserve yarn. However, I should have checked Ravelry for reviews before I started!
The Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf is from the book Celtic Cable Crochet by Bonnie Barker. The pattern in the book uses 2 skeins of SweetGeorgia Cashluxe Fine, a soft fingering (#1) weight yarn, and a 4 mm hook. I adapted the pattern by using eight skeins of golden Madil Yarns Eden Solid yarn, a worsted weight yarn made from bamboo. Because this fibre is heavier than wool, the scarf itself is quite heavy but not too warm, making it perfect for spring or fall (or a cool summer night). The beautiful drape that bamboo has adds to the luxe factor of this Celtic Weave Infinity Scarf.
Fried eggs with za’atar, like some of my favourite recipes, was invented from leftovers. While making breakfast one Sunday morning, I found some extra za’atar spice mixed with some olive oil and a chunk of mozzarella in our fridge. I had already started frying some eggs, so I sprinkled the spice and chopped cheese right into the hot pan.
I received the greatest compliment from Donatello – he told me it was his favourite style of eggs I’ve ever cooked. Considering he eats eggs every day, I was very flattered.