Last month I was feeling nostalgic about the end of summer. This month I am back to embracing autumn, my long-time favourite season. The days have been delicious lately, with clear sunny skies and a crisp but not painful chill to the air. The leaves are yet to turn, but the light has mellowed from summer bright to autumn glow. The only downside is the dark mornings - I am looking forward to daylight savings ending so my early runs are not black.
Other than the weather, I am enjoying some fun items in my kitchen. This bowl came back from Italy with us and is the perfect size for nuts, chocolate or other small snacks.
Not in my kitchen, but related to the bowl, are other small Italian ceramic purchases. We loved this motorbike and curious duck.
More kitchen-specific are another set of new items from Tesco. Honestly, they expand their 'Free From' range by the month! I was delighted to see the vegan strawberry-vanilla ice cream cones and Mr Bite and I both enjoyed them. The only downside is that the vanilla ice cream component tastes creamy rather than vanilla-y, which I don't love. That is motivating me to eat the ice cream in a mixed up fashion rather than taking the flavours in separately (my tendency). When eaten in that way, the cones are delicious.
I was also pleased to see the butternut squash and kale nut roast. I am sure Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe, a goddess of nut roasts, could make a better version from scratch but I am not a regular nut roast maker. I enjoyed the roast and accompanying sauce but as Mr Bite does not like nuts it's not a great purchase for our household. I ate the roast over a week and it would really be better suited to a family roast dinner.
I served some of the leftover nut roast with cauliflower rice. Did you know you can now buy cauliflower rice in a packet?! I am a bit ashamed to have bought cauliflower rice in a packet, but it was such an unexpected sight I couldn't resist. I saw it in Whole Foods and there were a couple of flavours available. My lemongrass and chilli choice was flavoured with those spices and coconut milk. It was interesting and different to the cauliflower rice I'd made myself. I liked it, but probably not enough to buy again.
Also from Whole Foods is this block of Madecasse dark orange-cranberry chocolate. It's a rare month I share an IMK post without chocolate. Most of my chocolate purchases are fairly dark so this 63% cocoa block is a nice, lighter contrast.
In my kitchen there is also KT Tape to try and address persistent plantar fasciitis pain. My right heal / foot has been troubling me for a while now and I really need to sort the issue out. I've had plantar fasciitis before and suspect I'll be consulting a physiotherapist if this tape doesn't do the trick. Please let me know if you have tried and true cures...or non-tried and true for that matter, as I'll try most things at this point!
What is happening in your kitchen this month?