I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen event, hosted by Lizzy of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things.
It is most surreal to find myself writing a final In My Kitchen post for 2016. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding it hard to conceive that 2017 is on the horizon. Here is what my kitchen features in this final, December edition of the year.
|Besan flour pancakes with Choc Shot chocolate syrup and banana|
In my kitchen were some besan flour (chickpea flour) pancakes. We periodically have a pancake night for dinner where Mr Bite makes traditional pancakes and progresses through a reliable string of fillings (tuna and cheese, followed by banana and nutella, jam, lemon and sugar, and/or chocolate syrup). I vary my pancakes each time and on this occasion made a batch with besan flour - simply 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water. I had enough for dinner and some the next day, so enjoyed various savoury (tahini, sweetcorn and paprika) and sweet (diced apple with cinnamon and vanilla soy yoghurt; lemon and maple syrup; banana and Choc Shot chocolate syrup) fillings. The banana chocolate version, pictured above, was probably the best.
In my kitchen was the new Pret a Manger vegan Christmas lunch baguette. It features grilled carrots, parsnip puree, crispy onions, chutney, toasted pistachios and watercress. I didn't like it quite as much as the Pret red pepper and artichoke baguette I've raved about before, but it was still very good. As a bonus, a proportion of the proceeds go to helping the homeless through apprenticeships.
In my kitchen were two new varieties of dairy free yoghurt. Sadly, the Koko coconut yoghurt, pictured above, was a disappointment. I found it to taste quite bland and then discovered mould growing in the tub well before its use by date! I did, however, love Alpro's new plain 'go on' yoghurt - so much so that I finished the tub before photographing it. It is marketed as an alternative to strained yoghurt and has the thick, creamy texture I associate with pot set dairy yoghurts.
In my kitchen are flavoured coffees. With a 4-month-old who is some way off sleeping through the night, I need coffee to start my day. The Little's jars are new additions to my kitchen and I've been enjoying the chocolate caramel and french vanilla flavours.
After my morning coffee I move on to drinking rather a lot of tea, but in the interests of my health and Mini Bite's sleep, I try to stick to caffeine free varieties. The Twinings fruit selection box has given me some welcome variety and the Tetley green tea with forest fruits supposedly packs bonus B1 vitamins (I do know that green tea has caffeine!).
I have also been getting B vitamins from Marmite on toast. After being unwell for so many weeks, I suddenly had a massive craving for Marmite, which suggests my body wanted B vitamins and knew how to get them. Seeing the above photograph has sparked off another craving so I may finish this post to go and make another plate of toast!
What is happening in your kitchen this month?