In my kitchen, there is exciting produce. I am finding my local vegetable stalls delightful for unexpected (and cheap) fruits and vegetables. Last week, a highlight was rainbow chard. I've never seen or had it before, so am quite in awe of the colours!
I also picked up an enormous bowl of blueberries for £1. I put a fair chunk of them into a blueberry tart, the recipe for which shall come in due course.
I have also been enjoying figs, despite not understanding why they are so prevalent here. Most come from Turkey, which isn't particularly close to England, but they are everywhere at the moment! I've been making air mile excuses to enjoy some.
Another fig-containing lunch was the salad below, with spinach leaves, tomatoes, figs, walnuts, and hummus. A little random, but delicious.
I am in a hummus phase at the moment, rating it even above nut butters for spreading on just about anything. So, hummus is featuring in the kitchen too. The picture below captured another random lunch, this time English muffins topped with hummus and yellow pepper...and a side of spinach with more hummus!
We have also been fortunate to receive vegetables from our downstairs neighbour, whose garden we overlook. I'm starting to think I have all the benefits of a garden (overlooking it, eating fresh vegetables) without any of the work! We've had a few batches of runner beans, as pictured below, as well as onions, spring onions, and most recently brussel's sprouts.
In the freezer is a new-to-me coconut frozen yoghurt I spotted at Waitrose. Made by The Coconut Collaborative, it is vegan and Waitrose stocked mango and berry flavours.
I selected the mango version, which I like but do find a little sweet. The company makes a natural coconut yoghurt, so I am hoping they may release a natural frozen yoghurt in the future.
In my kitchen are some smoked paprika rice cakes by Kallo, one of the few brands I've found that makes flavoured rice snacks. They are delicious and I will definitely be buying them again.
My kitchen has also featured some Australian Sakata rice crackers. They were kindly brought across by my Mum, who read my blog-based comments about small rice crackers not really existing here. I'm still impressed she carried them all this way!
Last but not least, in my kitchen I have been enjoying cocoa nibs. I bought a packet for the first time in some months (since well before we left Australia), and have been thrilled to rediscover how great they are for snacking. I'm having them on oats, as below, and blended frozen bananas.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?