2015. It really does feel amazing to write that. Happily, I'm beginning the year with plenty of good food and (as this post will show!) rather a lot of chocolate. With my birthday and Christmas both falling in December, this In My Kitchen post benefits from food treats galore.
First up, my Christmas chocolate, beautifully selected by Mr Bite. I have chocolate for all occasions, with a 55% cocoa 'luxury dark chocolate' block, an 85% cocoa Marks & Spencer's dark chocolate block, and some milkier and sweeter dairy free chocolate caramels. They are all excellent.
To complement the chocolate, I have two new packets of tea - a mixed assortment and a gorgeously fragrant aniseed, fennel and liquorice pack.
I also have a card and carob block from Sandra, courtesy of her giveaway before Christmas. I adore carob and her card was a lovely extra in the package.
Going back to products bought in December (but still, in large part, in my kitchen now), I had great fun using my birthday Planet Organic voucher from Mr Bite.
|Planet Organic purchases, part 1|
Shown above are flavoured tofu and two raw vegan desserts from Inspiral: an amazingly fluffy raw chocolate mousse and a raw Christmas cake. The Christmas cake confirmed my growing belief that desserts I don't like in standard form, I rather love in raw vegan form. It had a coconut cream topping, plenty of dried fruit, and flavours of almond, vanilla and cherry.
|Planet Organic purchases, part 2|
Rounding out those items was a rather decadent selection of snacks, including several chocolate and/or carob products ranging from truffles to small bars to dark chocolate coated honeycomb. I also bought more coconut sugar and some black rice noodles, chosen for entertainment value. I put them to use last night with a satay sauce (pictured below), which we both enjoyed.
|Satay flavoured black rice noodles|
And just in case I didn't have enough chocolate (!), I also brought back two blocks from our northern trip, courtesy of the local Cumbrian supermarket, Booths. I thought it only right to support the local market, and tea flavoured dark chocolate seemed as good a way as any to do so.
It's perhaps just as well that around the chocolate and treats, I also have a large bag of kale, some cranberries, and plenty of apples.
Happy New Year all - and what is happening in your kitchen this month?!