Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yarn Bombs, Drought and Water,

Until this weekend I had never heard of yarn bombing. Yarn bombThis is the Charging Bull near Wall Street. Apparently women all over have decided graffiti was a male dominated activity so they decided to knit cosies for all kinds of items to make life more colourful. If you look at the article, there are trees, phone booths, statues, buses, you name it, which have been yarn bombed. Apparently it is designated as vandalism or littering but according to the article, the police don’t seem to bother about it too much. Apparently some knitters have been paid lots of money to knit cosies for their products, Toyota for one. Knitting is not my bag, apart from cooking, anything domestic is not my bag mind you, however, even I could knit some of the squares they use for these yarn bombs. By the way, my knitting achievement include one, and one only, sweater knitted many, many, years ago.

Ontario hit a record yesterday for heat, it was 30.2°C but today we got to 33°C. All I know is, it was bloody hot. I couldn’t believe it this morning when I heard them WAImap_enmowing the grass around the apartment. Predominantly there is nothing but crispy yellow stuff all round the building, certainly where we look out, also the park is in the same condition. So what on earth was there to mow? There are patches of weeds in the front which I agree needed doing, but certainly not round this side. Obviously the company that takes care of our grass must be suffering along with many other such companies. Driving around yesterday, the corn is brown from the bottom to a couple of feet up the stem, I’m surprised the top still survives. Prices are already going up and I suspect we may encounter some shortages soon. The situation is very serious. Discussing it with friends over the weekend they said they had heard that it is considered the next wars will be about water. Glenda Larke, the author, has said much the same thing. In this part of the world, we are very careless with water. I read in a book I have about the Great Lakes that if it weren’t for them humans couldn’t survive here, but they too are losing water and not as deep as they once were. Ontario has something like 1,000 lakes and they are all getting lower too.

We had a fun time on Saturday evening and we ate English Stuffed Peppers followed by London Broil. My friend brought the dessert which consisted of vanilla ice cream, blueberries and raspberries topped by home made truffles with Grand Marnier. It was absolutely delicious, particularly the truffles. She also brought Brie and crackers so we were all stuffed by the time we had finished..
This recipe from Cooking.com is just up my street, chocolatey, gooey, delicious looking.

Mississippi Chocolate and Coffee Cake

Source: Close-up on Cakes

Mississippi Choc Coffee Cake

Serves 10

Click here to find out more!INGREDIENTS
For the Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt
1 3/4 cups strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup bourbon
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Icing:
6 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate
4 1/2 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9-inch round cake pan. Line pan with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water, heat the coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and butter, stirring until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let the mixture cool for 3 minutes and transfer to an electric mixer. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture, half a cup at a time, and beat medium speed for 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely in the pan. When cooled, turn out onto a serving plate.

Combine the chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler and stir over low heat until they are melted and combined. Cool slightly and then ice cake.

Have a great day


  1. Love the yarn bombing! Best kind of vandalism. :-)

    We are far too profligate with water here in Oz, too, Jo. I can see serious world-wide rationing being needed within the next few decades. But heat? Does it really only get to 33 in your neck of the woods? That would be a pleasant day in spring or early summer here in Perth, Western Australia. In high summer we can get days on end over 40. I thought it was hot when I first moved here but it's amazing how adaptable we humans are. Just as well, given the mess we are making of the planet!

    1. You don't get the humidity do you? 33 to me is miserable but Annalou frequently talks about temps in the mid 40s which she loves.

      I thought in Oz you were more careful being more prone to droughts?

  2. There was a spate of Yarn Bombing (Gritting = Graffiti Knitting) in England a few years ago but I haven't heard much about it recently (till your blogpost of course) :-)
    This is one I remembered from 2009 - quite an undertaking to cover a bus!

    Sunny here in Kent again today and forecast is good for the next week - getting up to 30deg in London tomorrow (cooler here on the coast) ... so looking good for the Olympics although I pity all the people travelling on our non air-conditioned underground trains in the heat!

    1. I love the name gritting. I missed out somewhere, never heard of it.

      Oh yes, poor souls travelling on the tube with a/c. I guess I used to do it many years ago, but I have been spoilt over the last 37 years over here.

    2. I first heard about it because there is a group planning to yarn bomb a DC 3. The plane is being used as a wind vane, this I do not understand, and there were no pix.