Ooooooh! This soup is so good - garnished with lots of cilantro, sesame seeds, and lime. If you want the recipe you'll have to pick up a copy of Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery, which is the featured cookbook over on 101 Cookbooks. I'll be returning my copy to the library just as soon as I make the sugar free granola and then convince myself that I need to just own the cookbook anyway. My cookbook collection is looking a bit sorry these days and could use a new addition.
Also, can I talk about how spices have totally changed my life lately? I suddenly put like a tablespoon of cumin in everything. And, cardamom! Don't even get me started.
A few weeks back I spotted the most beautiful pinstripe linen at bookhou (a super lovely shop/blog) that she made into coasters and napkins. I've had a thrifted linen dress lying around that I didn't really want to wear (it gets way too wrinkly and drives me nuts) so I decided to use it to make the top of my coasters. I created my own striped look using brown thread and the grid on my sewing machine and then backed the coasters with the brown and blue geometric decorators print. I like how sturdy it makes them. I haven't worked with linen much and was a bit frustrated when my thread kept getting knotted underneath, but after a google search I realized my tension was all wrong. This project was a giant sigh of relief compared to my last one. I made a quilted cushion using a zig zag pattern. It took way too long and cost far too much. It turned out well, but I haven't been able to keep my studio clean long enough to snap a decent photo. Hopefully soon!