February 2015. It sounds both normal and a little science fiction-y. I'm starting to understand how people get to age 60 / 70/ 80/ 90 and still feel just as they did at age 20.
This month, my kitchen has love heart crumpets from Tesco. Oh, I know they are a marketing ploy and of course they cost more than the standard variety. But, Tesco also had Christmas tree crumpets in the lead up to Christmas and I exercised great restraint in not buying them until Christmas week. Sadly, come Christmas week, they were sold out. Sometimes restraint backfires, and so I didn't exercise any when I spotted these. They were into our trolley within seconds and I'm having great fun eating them.
In my kitchen there are dark chocolate chips from Sainsbury's. They are dairy free, an exciting discovery given Australian chocolate chips always contained milk (unless you bought the soy-based, vegan friendly variety that cost more). It's nice to know there's a vegan option available for baking.
In my freezer, there are packets of frozen corn and edamame beans. I buy frozen edamame beans quite often, but rarely buy other frozen vegetables. However, when a corn craving struck mid-winter, frozen seemed a sensible way to go.
(Incidentally, did anyone else grow up with frozen corn as a summertime snack? My mother used to give us some when she was making dinner.)
In my kitchen I failed at making baked, barbecue-flavoured potato crisps (chips). I managed to burn half while the rest didn't properly crisp up. I may try again, but probably not for a little while!
In my kitchen, my feet are often clad in red boot-like slipper socks. They have been a great discovery. Our central heating is generally effective, but the kitchen tiles are still cold!
In my kitchen there are too many apples. They are delicious, but I think I may need to put some towards baking.
In my kitchen, there have also been repeat batches of the vegan French toast I posted last week. I discovered that tahini plus maple syrup makes for a gorgeous topping. I've also been adding apple slices to the pan whilst the bread is cooking. The whole thing is just so delicious I want to eat it constantly!
Last but not least, and in a deviation out of my kitchen, my giveaway of Ricki Heller's new book, Living Candida-Free, closed yesterday. The randomly selected winner is Lisa of I'll Be There With A Fork! Congratulations Lisa - I will get in touch.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?