It may mean something that I first titled this post "In my kitchen - April 2016". I knew we were in May, but my brain seems unable to grasp that we are moving forward and now mid-year. On the plus side, June brings the start of summer, beautifully long days, and the prospect of equally long days for at least another few months. As I write, it's cloudy rather than sunny, but then this is England...
With the (variable) warmer weather I have been eating more salad vegetables and fewer cooked ones. Mushrooms have been a particular fancy. In addition to eating them raw (as per above impromptu salad with kale and pineapple), I've been a bit obsessed with grilling them. I like them sprinkled with paprika and/or jerk spice seasoning.
Less seasonal, but equally delicious, was Tesco's 'festive nut roast'. I bought it on special after Christmas and as Mr Bite doesn't like nut roasts, have been waiting until I felt inclined to get through it myself. I didn't expect it to take quite so long (nearly 6 months!) but it kept well in the freezer. The roast was very enjoyable with the hearty nut component complemented by a cranberry sauce.
I know we're out of winter when I start considering overnight oats as an alternative to porridge. The above apple-carrot cake mix is a particular favourite: oats, yoghurt, grated carrot, grated apple and sultanas/raisins.
Periodically Mr Bite will request 'pancake night' when we have pancakes for dinner. He makes his according to this classic pancake mix, but I enjoy the opportunity to experiment with different vegan varieties. This month I made a lemon-yoghurt-chia batch, with 100g plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 3/4 cup of almond milk. I liked the result although not enough to share the pancakes in their own post.
For those of you in the UK, Waitrose have a buy-one-get-50%-off offer on their entire 'free from' range this week. I used it to buy a pack of cocoa-raspberry 9 bars and some peanut butter puffs that have long intrigued me. They are made with peanut butter, corn, oil and salt and are not really an everyday food. They are also a bit odd to eat - airy and fluffy but also very peanut buttery! I'm glad to try them but probably won't need them again.