Sunday, April 10, 2016

In my kitchen - April 2016

I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen event, hosted by Maureen of The Orgasmic Chef.

Happy April!

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!


My kitchen also features some more day-to-day items. I love the Kallo rice cake range and their blueberry and vanilla flavour is great as an alternative to savoury rice cakes.



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.


 What is happening in your kitchen this month?

20 comments:

  1. Hi Kari:)
    A celebration, flowers and lots of tasty snacks make a very nice kitchen celebration indeed! How exciting to be able to pick your very own flowers. I sure wish I would have picked some before the snow fell yesterday. Alas, a few more weeks.

    Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen tidbits with us Kari. I joined IMK for the first time this month too and it was such fun!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Kari...

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    1. Snow! You definitely need some spring weather!

      I'm glad you participated this month too Louise :-)

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    2. Finally had sunshine today Kari, thanks for sending it our way:)
      I really enjoyed IMK. I met so many wonderful peole. I will surely be doing it again...

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  2. beautiful flowers! I was sorry to see one last dying-off rose in my garden yesterday and I would love some happy flowers like yours. Great bargain on those teacakes!

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    1. Hopefully the cooler weather you're pleased to welcome will offset the end of the roses ;)

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  3. I love a good markdown. My freezer is full of delicious marked down treats, and Mr Fork always laughs at me for beelining toward them. Happy birthday to Mr Bite - the cake looks delightful.
    I love your flowers and the parsley filled lab... it's so lovely having your own space to grow things :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa and I would love to compare freezers ;)

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  4. Happy Birthday Mr. Bite!
    How nice of you to make a cake for him =)
    I like the puppy plant holder - that is quite adorable ;)
    Blueberry & vanilla ricecakes sound different than the regular, boring flavours.
    What a fun kitchen!

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  5. Mr Bite's cake looks delicious - what is on top? and love the parsley puppy - the sainsbury's tea cakes are a bargain and I would love them toasted too. Your flower bunch is impressive. And I was looking at weetbix just today and marvelling at all the different types of them that are now available - though not sure they come in tubes here.

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    1. The top is crumbled digestive biscuits and edible gold sprinkles!

      Weetabix have definitely expanded over the years. I'm not sure I always approve - the original are perhaps the best - but clearly I am one of the people they market towards!

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  6. A Labrador plant pot? That might be as close to getting a dog as I might get at the moment :(

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  7. The cake would be delicious!! You can't go wrong with chocolate mud cake. Love the flowers too xx
    Thanks for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  8. i used to love seeing all the gorgeous tulip and daffodil farms in the dandenong ranges when i lived there as a child. soooo lovely. marvellous to have some in your own garden. mum used to feed us weetbix as a child- not my fave:)

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    1. I had it as a child too but somehow continue to like it! :-)

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  9. Thats a lovely cake you made for Mr Bite he must be very happy. You are a real chocolate fiend aren't you?. Congratulations on picking your own flowers

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    1. There I was thinking how restrained I was with Christmas chocolate still around at Easter ;) But yes, chocolate and I do get on well!

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  10. The puppy pot of parsley is adorable. Happy Birthday to Mr. Bite, his cake looks quite delicious. I too love having flowers from my garden. I wish I could have tulips, but they just done grow in my climate.

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