Ah, November. To me, it signals the start of the end of the year and the justifiable start of Christmas festivities. This year, it also brings shorter days and signs of approaching winter. Northern hemisphere November is novel and more than a little exciting.
There are some signs of the changing season in my kitchen. I still have strawberries in the fridge and tomatoes on the windowsill, but there have also been cravings for porridge, chai spices, and hot hearty meals.
|End of season tomatoes (yes, that is a vase they are in)|
There are also some products from Borough Market in my kitchen. I have wanted to visit the market since we stayed near it on our first night in London, way back in June. It lived up to my hopes and expectations.
|Pippin and Pearmain apples|
I also enjoyed visiting Sweet Roots, a stall sending all manner of liquorice confectionery. I selected some pure liquorice pieces - no sugar, no nothing - and gelatin free cherry and chilli liquorice pieces. I also bought a piece of liquorice root. I'm not sure what I'll do with the root yet, but I like having it.
The pure liquorice pieces are intense, and the cherry chilli pieces are very moreish! They aren't super spicy or very cherry flavoured, but subtle notes of chilli and cherry do come through.
|Not in my kitchen - Borough Market displays, including vegan and gluten free baked goods at the bottom right (I didn't try them on this visit)|
Rounding out the liquorice are some delightful products from The Raw Chocolate Company. I was fortunate enough to win them by being graced with a 'Mofie' award for my vegan lemon meringue pie, back during Vegan MoFo. The award itself was an unexpected pleasure, and the chocolate prize was additional and delicious bonus.
I have yet to try the goji berry and orange bar pictured above, but have been enjoying (very much!) the raw chocolate coated raisins below. They are really delicious.
My kitchen hasn't featured Halloween products, but all in all I think I have enough edible delights without it.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?