I didn't do an In My Kitchen post last month and I found I rather missed it. They are certainly fun posts to put together (reflected, I think, in the number of people now doing them). I'm pleased to be back with a post for July.
In my kitchen this month, we have these raw, vegan Kitz 'Mexican buckwheat' crackers.
I bought these in Fremantle, which never fails to deliver some edible delight. I loved them. I was, however, perplexed by my taste buds saying "Hey, we've had something like this before! I know this taste!" whilst my brain said "Really? I don't know when that would have been. Nope, no recollection at all". I thought I might have been remembering the vegan flax beetroot crackers I had in London, but these crackers taste differently to those ones.
Leaving aside the disconnect between my taste memory and my other memory, these crackers were crunchy, tasted like tomato salsa with a spice kick, and I wish I had a dehydrater so I could make my own.
In my kitchen, we have red / purple kale and fennel.
|Red (or purple) kale and fennel, with celery behind.|
I have always called kale of the above colour purple, but my lastest Aussie Farmers Direct box labelled it as red. Either way, I'm delighted to have it. I was also delighted by the fennel, which I rarely buy but enjoy eating.
|The rest of the vegetable box.|
In my kitchen, I am still getting the odd fright from my neighbour's garage-based statue.
|Spot the non-human woman!|
It is a year on from when I first mentioned this problematic statue. As Mr Bite pointed out the other day, it doesn't move. It is, in fact, quite predictable. And yet...seen out of the corner of my eye, it still gives me a shock.
In my kitchen, I have had some Kingland Soy Yoghurt pots.
I like them more than the soy yoghurt brand I previously bought, and have found that the small 125g pots serve as a nice mid-afternoon snack at work. I still miss my real, pot-set yoghurt, but until I master non-dairy yoghurt making these work well for an occasional yoghurt hit. They also allow me to make bowls like the one above, consisting of weetbix, yoghurt and banana, which is one of the few ways I will enjoy banana outside of frozen / smoothie / baked form.
In my kitchen, I have had some 'emergency' soups.
I do wish I was the kind of person that always made their own soup, and kept some in the freezer for easy lunches or light dinners. However, I'm not. (I do like making my own soups, I'm just not always organised to have one made when I want soup at short notice.)
If you do buy commercial soups yourself, I'd recommend both of the above. They come in sachets rather than cans, which seems to be a new trend in soup packaging. The sweet potato, pumpkin and pear soup tasted of (surprise!) sweet potato, pumpkin and pear. The only criticism I can levy at it is the suggestion that the pack gives 1.6 serves. I won't begin to try and understand who thought that was a good idea. The vegetable tagine had chickpeas and raisins (trust me on the raisins, they worked) and was mildly spicy. As a bonus, it also had a helpful 2.0 serves.
In my kitchen, there is brown basmati rice.
I found this at the bulk food store where I buy my nuts and legumes, and it's the first time I've seen brown basmati. I cooked it with the juice of two lemons and fell utterly in love.
In my kitchen, there were some chocolate covered straweberries.
I saw 'were' because we ate them all on Sunday night, when my brother came over for dinner. These were a cheating sort of chocolate covered strawberry, as I simply melted chocolate (50 cocoa Whittakers) and dipped the strawberries into it before allowing them to set. It's certainly an easy way to dress up fruit!
What is happening in your kitchen this month?