Thank you so much for your birthday wishes. It seems we are all in agreement that life only gets better with age - which is fortunate because we all benefit from that conclusion ;) I had a lovely day and am pleased to use this In My Kitchen post to showcase some birthday items!
In my kitchen, there is a new (my first) vegetable spiraliser.
I tested it out with a cucumber and the spiralising process was every bit as fun as I had hoped it would be. I've since turned a carrot into spaghetti, and am looking forward to trying out zucchini noodles this week.
|Cucumber in spaghetti spiral and twist spiral form|
In my kitchen, there is also a measuring spoon cross spatula. It does wonders at getting nut butter remnants out of near empty jars!
In my kitchen, there is the No Meat Athlete book. I have only read the first few pages but can't wait to work my way through it. It is divided into general information and guidance on plant-based eating (including recipes), and then the same on running / activity as fueled by a plant-based diet.
In my kitchen, there is a hardback illustrated edition of The Secret Garden. It's one of the few classic books from my childhood that I didn't own, and that gap has now been filled.
Just outside my kitchen, there are new bike panniers on my bike.
Even with buying just fruit at the local markets, my bike basket was struggling to cope on the journey home. I'll still keep my fortnightly vegetable box delivery, but it is wonderful to know I can now buy as much produce as I like and get it home safely.
To fuel the riding and reading, my kitchen also holds new chocolates. These Pana chocolate and Koko Black blocks are amongst my all time chocolate favourites. They were well chosen!
Not pictured but also in my kitchen are tickets to the West Australian Ballet's Ballet at the Quarry next February. These are a gift from my darling husband, who has never attended a ballet in his life, but knew I would like to go and go with him. As a bonus for him, this modern twist on Romeo and Juliet is set to Radiohead music, so there is a good chance we will both enjoy ourselves!
My kitchen has also held leftovers from my birthday dinner. As always, my parents excelled in providing food and the weather cooperated so that we could eat outside.
|I will miss this view when we move to England|
When asked for meal ideas, I sent my Mum a few of my bookmarked recipes. To my delight, she made Angela's Thai sweet potato veggie burgers with a spicy peanut sauce, from Oh She Glows. One of the reasons I hadn't made these burgers myself is their rather lengthy ingredient list - so I was very grateful to my mother for making the effort on my behalf.
The burgers were wonderful and good enough to motivate me to make them again at home. Stuffed peppers, side salads, and vegan cupcakes were also wonderful.
Now that my birthday is over, the kitchen is starting to show some signs of Christmas...but I shall leave details of those preparations for another post.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?