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Thursday, 1 August 2013
In My Kitchen - August 2013
First up is a pot of pasta on Sylvia's toy stove. My mum and dad returned from their holidays a few weeks back. They brought back a packet of pasta made of little circles of felt stuffed and sewn into semi circles. Such a great simple idea. Better than her home made stews which are made up of finely chopped coloured paper which inevitably spill and end up all over the floor.
Eeinburgh last year when we went to see Skyfall at the cinema. Good times!
craft kit to make these little flower friends. They require sewing (what was my mum thinking!). Sylvia can help a little with gluing but I need to do most of the sewing. So far we have only made two. Four to go. They are rather cute.
CoYo in stock at Whole Foods, I bought a tub. I found it very thick, quite intensely coconut-flavoured and lacking in tang that I expect from yoghurt. (For a more in depth review, see what Catherine thought about it.) I was more interested than thrilled. It wasn't spectacular mixed with stewed rhubarb (though we love the rhubarb with porridge) but I have enjoyed having it for ice cream, soup and a curry. It is too expensive to have in the fridge just in case I want it, but I might buy it again if I had a specific recipe in mind.
Collective Dairy yoghurt from New Zealand. The packaging was fun, the yoghurt was vegetarian and the rhubarb and strawberry flavour appealed. It was enjoyable. Not sure it will be a regular yoghurt in our house. It was not as creamy as Gippsland Dairy yoghurts and not in convenient larger tubs. Occasional purchases are likely. If I see their Russian Fudge flavour I will definitely taste that.
unbleached flour. It is nice not to be rushing out to the shops and constantly buying smaller packets. I am getting through it. However my main problem is that it is so big that I don't have space for it. So far it has sat on my kitchen floor, which is rather unsatisfactory.
Brydie's post.) So far I have made a loaf of bread (above), made sourdough flatbreads and given some of my starter to a friend. Not a bad start! My bread was not perfect but I will write about it.
motorised spinning spaghetti fork. Sylvia has only used it once and then lost it. It is found again so we will need to eat spaghetti again. If you do have one of these the best advice I can give is to make sure you know where the off switch is. Sylvia forgot and found herself with rather a lot of spaghetti on her fork!
Alfie Gives a Hand when the birthday boy, Bernard, blows rude noisy bubbles in his drink with a straw. I think Bernard was rather naughty. I loved Shirley Hughes books as a kid and still love them.
frugal freezer stock. I have found that putting in a whole onion and carrot helps take the bitter edge off the stock which is made using vegetable scraps that I store in my freezer. I put this lot in the freezer at midnight. When I shuffled stuff around to make room, I found the bottom shelf was so dirty that I had to give it a good scrub before going to bed. It is lovely having flavoursome homemade stock on hand. Great for soups and stews.
I am sending this post to Celia for her In My Kitchen series. Check out others kitchens, join in by sending her a post about your kitchen or let me know what is happening in your kitchen in the comments.