I am linking this in to Celia's monthly In My Kitchen event at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial - which as of January, will have a new host in the lovely Maureen of the Orgasmic Chef!
|Pineapple chocolate chip loaf|
In my kitchen, there have been a few recipes that I've liked, but which haven't quite been good enough to share. A pineapple chocolate chip loaf, above and below, was one example. I made it without any additional sweetener (beyond the pineapple and chocolate chips) and while I loved it, I can see it wouldn't be to everyone's tastes. It wasn't to Mr Bite's, for example (poor Mr Bite - I'm not painting a good picture of his eating options this week).
I also tried a mole sauce (tomato, chilli, chocolate) for the first time. It was alright, but not great. I think that probably needed some sweetness too.
|Chocolate mole sauce|
Something I didn't like were the butternut squash noodles I bought from Tesco. Tesco have brought in a whole range of spiralized vegetables, and while I find it hard to justify buying spiralized carrot or zucchini (courgette), I gave in to butternut squash. I shouldn't have; I don't think it's a vegetable that works well in spirazlied form! It was hard to flavour it sufficiently and I didn't like the texture.
|Butternut squash noodles with corn, edamame beans, and various herbs|
More positive are my ongoing love affairs with oat cakes, Alpro coconut-soya and almond-soya yoghurts, and frozen berries. I'm still loving Choc Shot chocolate sauce too (including on yoghurt and berries...).
Not food-related but visible from my kitchen are new floors. When we bought the house, I wanted to swap the old lino covering in the living room and the red carpet across quite a few rooms. This month we finally did it. The living room now has higher quality wood-look lino boards, and the carpet is a more neutral cream. It was a messy process, but I love the end result.
|Before and after (top and bottom)|
Not yet featuring in my kitchen are Christmas-themed goods - but I sense they may appear any day now. I'm looking forward to it!
What is happening in your kitchen this month?