Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Three Down, Ten to go!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago about making table runners for my friend Emily's wedding. She wanted to help, so she's been over the last couple of nights helping to design and iron. She doesn't sew, so that part is up to me. She seemed interested in learning the rotary cutter, so she may be upgraded to cutting soon.

Emily chose the turquoise and oranges from the gorgeous Lantern Bloom line that I made my boss's birthday quilt with. I started out making Pleasant Home's Pinwheel Runner, but Emily wanted something that showcased the fabric more, so we went with larger blocks and rectangles and the such. We designed 3 different styles. There will be 8 of style number 1, and 4 each of the other two.
We finished piecing these two last night:

Please forgive the terrible photos, my editing software isn't doing what it should tonight.

And because we need to eat, and both Emily and I love to cook, we made a fabulous pesto (with basil from the garden) pasta with grilled shrimp and a salad with roasted red and yellow peppers, pine nuts and lettuce, also from my garden. Not to be overly humble, but holy cow are we good cooks. It was it gooooodddd! I had some left overs for lunch today and had to use much self retraint to not eat it all and save some for dinner.
The recipe we loosely used was this:
Skewer shrimp, brush w/olive oil, sprinkly w/salt and pepper. Grill until done. About 3-4 mins each side.
Brush peppers w/EVOO,  grill about 6 mins each side. Cut up when cooled, toss w/lettuce & pinenuts.
Make pasta per directions on box.

2 Cups Basil (I used 3 different kinds, Italian, Pesto and Spicy Globe)
7 tbs EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
3 med garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan (we kind of just threw a few hunks into the food processor)
1/4 cup toasted pinenuts
Zest from 1 med lemon
1 tsp salt

Put all ingredients into food processor and blend the beejeezes out of it, until it's all blended and, well, looks like pesto should look.
 Add more EVOO if needed.

Toss pesto into pasta, place shrimp on top and Bon Appetit!


Shelley said...

The runners are gorgeous and the food sounds fabulous! You're makin' me HUNGRY!!

Duff said...

the runners are coming along nicely--I love the simple elegance of the three colors.
are you going to do all different designs?
p.s. that shrimp looks seriously de-lish!

Jennie said...

The runners are turning out great!! And that shrimp pasta sounds amazing... I'm going to have to give that one a try!
~ Jennie

Ashley said...

I am in love with those table runners! The wedding is going to be so beautiful. And the dinner you two whipped up looks so yummy I may have to try to copy it!!!