I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen event, currently hosted by Maureen of The Orgasmic Chef.
Happy New Year! 2016 is upon us and I hope the year is treating you well so far. Tomorrow marks the return to work for me (and Mr Bite) and I suspect many of you too. It's a pity we don't get to return to a shorter work week, but then again, after 10 days off, it is perhaps churlish to complain.
While on holiday, my kitchen has seen a jigsaw puzzle I gave to Mr Bite for Christmas. It was made by a company that makes maps into jigsaws, with your home postcode at the centre. Having done the edges, larger towns and main roads, it is proving surprisingly difficult to put together the country areas around where we live...
In my kitchen, there is tropical fruit. This would be odd in English winter, were it not for the magic of frozen foods. The mango in particular is almost as good as fresh.
In my kitchen, and also elsewhere in the house, has been Hilary Mantel's book Bring Up The Bodies. I never read Wolf Hall (the precursor to this book, in what will be a trilogy) but have read so much historical fiction it doesn't seem to matter. It's a deliciously thick book and proving very good.
From my kitchen, I can see some new plants. The left-most collection of pots includes a dwarf apple tree that will go in a larger pot when it arrives; the centre picture is raspberry stems, albeit with a long way to go before raspberries appear. As the pictures suggest, there has been plenty of rain for these new garden additions, although we've been fortunate to fall short of the heavy deluges that have flooded Scotland and the north.
Whilst it has been wet, it has not been particularly cold. The unseasonably mild winter means spring bulbs are sprouting early - there are fully fledged daffodils growing up the street, and some of my own flowers are showing sprouts far earlier than they ought. I am sure the cold weather will come eventually and the flowers will meet a sad end!
In my kitchen, there have been classic winter dishes to go with the rain. Porridge, in particular, where my favourite version always includes apple.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?