In my kitchen this month, there are signs of a birthday - Mr Bite's to be precise. I made his usual chocolate mudcake, which is as rich and fudgy as ever. He is happily working his way through it and I've been equally happy to help him out by eating a few slices myself (it is vegan).
I was pleased to be able to fill a vase of birthday flowers from our own garden. It is a huge novelty to me to be able to pick daffodils and other spring bulbs from my own back garden (they aren't flowers that grow readily in Australia). It is obviously a novelty to Mr Bite too, as he didn't realise they were homegrown until I told him!
Mr Bite was also welcomed on his birthday by a new Labrador puppy...of the non-living sort. This particularly puppy is a plant holder and I filled it with parsley. It has since moved outside, but is still visible from the kitchen.
On non-birthday matters, my kitchen still features some of my Christmas chocolate. Amazing, I know! I pictured this Doisy & Dam block after Christmas, but wanted to showcase it again now that I've tried it. It is a delicious dark block with generous ginger and hemp seed pieces studded throughout. The chilli kick is impressive too!
I am the proud owner of a discounted 14p pack of Sainsbury's basics teacakes. That is 3.5p per teacake! These packs are fairly cheap anyway but I bought them on the day of expiry, resulting in the further mark down. They reheat fine from the freezer so I was pleased to find the bargain.
My kitchen also features a new Weetabix cereal, which is nothing like traditional Weetabix except for the inclusion of wheat.
The 'crunch' pieces are marketed as being high in protein, and they do provide a little more protein than regular Weetabix (6g vs. 4g per serve), and about twice as much as a bowl of Sultana Bran (which gives 3g). Importantly, they also taste good - sort of malty, and enjoyable for breakfast or snacking. They're not as hearty as porridge or oats, but fun for a change.