Monday, January 26, 2009

Squished Cloche

Those of you who know me, already have guessed as to why I was drawn to the cloche in my previous post, besides it's obvious gorgeous design. I own one that is very similar, which I purchased in the neighboring town of Lansford, at an indoor flea market, for $1.00. Yes, that's right, $1.00. I adore it, and it instantly became the hat I wore with every coat and jacket (for about 2 weeks, because I am just that fickle). Ahhh, the thrill of treasure for pennies is without equal. Please excuse the squished hat photo, it was the best I could do at the moment, as I am currently without camera, and I had a h*ll of a time scanning it.


Cait said...

You did a great job scanning. What is this Cloche made of? What a deal. Do you felt much. I've never tried, but I've seen some really cool stuff. I have a felted hat from a craft show..but it wasn't cheap...but cheap by a lot of folks standards ..45 bucks.

Thanks for the comment. Rachel is sort of like my boss..she thinks she's being a friend when she gives me stuff she doesn't want anymore.

I am not much of a cook..but this soup worked for me. I used lowfat stuff(milk & cheese) too. And I used frozen broccoli & just cooked my onions with the broccoli, broth and carrots. Oh, & I used my mixer instead of a blender..

Here's broccoli cheese soup

1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups half-and-half
2 cups chicken stock or bouillon
1/2 pound fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, julienned
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
8 ounces grated sharp cheddar


Saute onion in butter. Set aside. Cook melted butter and flour using a whisk over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Stir constantly and slowly add the half-and-half (this is called making a roux). Add the chicken stock whisking all the time. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the broccoli, carrots and onions. Cook over low heat until the veggies are tender for 20-25 minutes. Add salt and pepper. The soup should be thickened by now. Pour in batches into blender and puree. Return to pot over low heat and add the grated cheese; stir until well blended. Stir in the nutmeg and serve.

diane said...

Cait, thank you for your comment and lovely recipe. The hat is wool felt, which is turned over, "ribboned", and seamed. It is exquisitely made, and I am sure the woman selling it had no idea whatsoever; it could easily have sold for over 100. I have also bought more pairs than I can count of Laura Ashley wool socks from this woman for 2.00 a pair, Laura Ashley slippers, 3.00, kit leather driving gloves, 3.00, the list goes on. This woman must have heisted a truck, I swear.

Jack Daniel said...

That hat looks almost the same like the one in the picture of my last blog. :) And wow...only 1 buck!!