Tonight’s success

Tonight I made pork chops.

Is it possible to eat pork chops with no gallbladder? Yes and no. I take regular medication now before I eat. It’s the only way I can eat an almost normal diet. Truth be told I doubt I will ever be able to tolerate stuff like kfc or McDonald’s again. Unless they stop deep frying every thing. God I miss McDonald’s and cottage chicken (prefer it to kfc less reactive for some reason). Any way I waffled enough.

Sorry I didn’t take pictures if I’m honest I only thought about posting this as a recipe in the shower just now so you know… I liked them enough to want to share. Plus we ate dinner like we literally inhaled it kind of thing.

If you like a good pork chop try this out

Get a frying pan that can go in the oven.
Preheat to gas mark 6 (I think that is around 180/200)
Pork loin steaks (no bones yay)

In a small bowl
1 chicken oxo cube broken up
1 tsp each of mixed herbs, garlic granules, onion granules
1/2 to 3/4 tsp of medium peri peri Nando’s seasoning
Mix it up and use half the mix to coat one side of the chops give it a little rub in
With the frying pan on hot a small amount of olive oil put the coated side down of the chops
While they caramelise sprinkle the rest of the seasoning on the other side of the chops and carefully pat it in
Once the chops have had about 2 mins and the bottom has caramelised flip them over
Drizzle some honey on each one individually
Put the pan into the oven for around 15 odd minutes maybe a little longer if you like the caramelised edge crust.

Remove the chops from the pan throw in some gravy granules and hot water and use the pan residue for gravy.
I served with simple roast potatoes, sweetheart cabbage and green beans
Would be lovely with Yorkshire puddings too but they often make me ill so gave them a miss.

Let me know if you try this I would love to see photos, not just because I didn’t think to take any I would just like to know if it works for you.

Knitter Knatter

It might be great that finally on knitter knatter number 7 I get to show you the final finished product of the cardigan!

This is the edge in progress for the tiny baby cardigan (it was a picked up edge) which in the end looks really cute! But I found that like with knitting the frills it required lots of concentration when it came to button holes (the first time I have ever knitted a button hole).

This is the larger cardigan with buttons (4-5 years), I thought mismatched buttons of the same size in various colours would be be the best look especially with how the wool knitted up.

This is the little baby cardigan (0-6 months) with buttons… Turns out adding the buttons just required a bit of patience and stabbing myself with the needle 😦


The two completed cardigans together! They look so adorable! I still hate sewing up the panels though… I don’t think I will ever enjoy sewing knitted panels, its the frustrating part for me, especially with lining things up so they stitch up together well.


Knitter Knatter

Its number Six!!!

I’m still working on that cardigan but its ok… It just keeps looking better and better!


The front panel really looks awesome, so pretty!

Working on the headache that is the frills! Seriously needed more concentration than normal. That or I was probably very tired at the time…

The finally completed frills look super sweet in theory, but sewing it on made me super anxious…

So I managed to sew it up and do the edging and made my button holes (FIRST TIME EVER) I decided that I should make one for the baby then the little baby can match her older sister… Also I must buy some buttons!!

Knitter Knatter

It’s Knitter Knatter Five and I have a guilty confession. I decided to start a new project rather than finish one of the many I already have on the go right now.

You know my co-worker who’s having the baby, well she already has a little toddler at home and I didn’t want her to feel left out so I decided to try and make a cardigan for her. Something I have never done before!


This is the casting on and a few rows of the back of the pattern, you can just about see the pattern picture of what the end result should look like… and my pjs and my knitting mess on my chair to go with it… Still need a name for the owl teddy…

A larger section of the back panel and my knitting notes kept on a paper scrap for knitting, helps me keep my rows on other panels even in theory.

 One of the front panels beginning the neck shaping. Must say this wool is pretty and looks great when all the colours get shown in a panel. (Yep it is poundland wool but its absolutely gorgeous)…

It’s taking a lot more concentration than I thought but then it is a small cardigan, although its so much easier to knit than that sodding cable pattern from hell that I have been putting off…



Knitter Knatter

Knitter Knatter number Four and this week I can say that I finished the baby stuff for my co-worker


The in progress -slash- almost finished mittens ready to be sewn up. Not too tricky but then again the pattern was a bit of a wing it and hope type dealy.


The sewn up mittens all nice and tidy… ish… excuse the pjs… but the mittens kind of looked the cutest if I am honest.

The finished products each with the little bow, with little pink flowers! The ribbon was super cute, but I am not great at tying bows at all.. let alone sewing things up… not my forte.