I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen round up, currently hosted by Lizzy of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things.
|Spring flowers - visible from my kitchen|
Happy autumn to my Australian readers. We have a few weeks until spring officially starts in the UK, but it is starting to feel spring-like as the days grow longer and spring flowers start to appear. Indeed, some are visible from my kitchen, thanks to the bulbs I planted last year starting to sprout.
My kitchen has flowers inside it too. Indeed, it has been a good month for them. Mr Bite gave me a Valentine's Day bouquet that is still blooming, pictured below with some veganised chocolate muffins that I made for him for the day.
Additionally, one of my old Australian students sent a bunch of flowers to say thank you for supervising her PhD. This is the first PhD student I've supervised who has reached the end of her thesis (not, I should add, due to drop outs but just due to time!) so it was an exciting milestone for me as well as her.
Moving to edible items, my kitchen has seen a frozen tropical fruit mix. With pineapple, mango and papaya never really in season here it was nice to get the flavours in frozen form, and the cold fruit was soothing on my sore throat last week. I ate it straight from the freezer on top of soggy weetabix (each to their own!).
I made a return trip to our new M&S foodhall and picked up this vegan addition to their salad range. Featuring edamame beans, edamame falafel bites, black rice, pickled beetroot and a soy and chilli cashew nut dip, it was nice but probably not worth the £3.99 take-away price.
I have been on a turmeric kick lately and so my kitchen has also seen turmeric flavoured products. This bowl of couscous with butter beans and kale was an example and provided a quick and easy lunch over several days.
It wouldn't be right to have an IMK post without chocolate (!) so I am pleased to picture this Waitrose Indian Ocean dark chocolate with coconut. Despite my love of very dark chocolates I am partial to lighter dairy free options too. I have been keen to try this one since I saw it reviewed last year, and with Waitrose having 25% off their chocolate range this week, I seized the opportunity to do so now.
Despite being marketed as dark chocolate, to me this tasted closer to milk than dark and the tones were sweet and mellow. The coconut component reminded me of a Golden Rough and took me back to the occasional Australian childhood experience of eating them. All in all, I liked it very much and may buy another block before the special runs out!
What is happening in your kitchen this month?