Do you remember when I discovered carob by Carmel Valley Chocolates, when traversing the Bickley Harvest Festival earlier this year? Well, it doesn't really matter if you don't remember. I did discover it, and now I have discovered the blocks at a supermarket in the city, as opposed to a weekend stall 40 minutes drive away.
As a consequence, there is carob in my kitchen. Vegan carob, with dried cherries (my favourite), spiced almonds, and pistachio and mandarin. There is also a block of chocolate by the same company with salted macadamia nuts. That was a mistake (I don't like macadamia nuts).
On a less positive note, my kitchen has featured some failed cauliflower crackers.
Despite my best oven dehydrating efforts, these never went crispy and instead stayed slightly soggy. I shall try again. Next time, I plan to leave them in a low oven overnight.
Something I won't be trying again is this quinoa milk with chia.
Oh, sure, it might sound like a good milk alternative. In reality, though, it tastes like dirty quinoa water with sugar, and is grey and gloopy. I kid you not.
Better, but carrageenan containing, was this new-to-Australia unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
I liked it, but I didn't love it.
(I have added nutritional information for both milks to my non-dairy milk comparison spreadsheet.)
In my kitchen, there are balloons!
These welcomed be home from Melbourne. The day after I returned, Mr Bite let me in on his approach to hanging them up. If you're like me, you may assume that the balloons have been tied up with ribbon. No. As Mr B pointed out to me, he has no idea where to find ribbon. He has tied the balloons up with shoe laces.
In my kitchen, there is vegan chocolate hedgehog made following Mel's recipe on Veganise This. The only modification I made was to add sprinkles.
I made this for Mr B in honour of our first wedding anniversary on Sunday. I'm pleased to say that the hedgehog was worthy of the occasion.
In my kitchen, there is a chilli chocolate spice mix courtesy of my Mum. I'm looking forward to using it, just as soon as I've decided what product (or products) may be worthy of the occasion.
What's happening in your kitchen this month?