and then there are the runner beans, dripping from the bean poles, the only vegetable not attacked by the birds and the slugs.
I've made a couple of Runner Bean dishes (that I have yet to share on my blog), but one is made with Zaytoun Palestinian Za'atar. Za'atar is a zesty Middle Eastern seasoning made with wild thyme, toasted sesame seeds and sumac. I discovered Zaytoun when I lived in Glasgow and went along to a Fairtrade event. The Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil is like no other extra virgin olive oil that I have ever tasted, it was simply pure, flavourful and coated my crusty bread like melted butter. This particular jar of Zaytoun Palestinian Za'atar. got lost in the back of my kitchen cupboards and has only been rediscovered, it is now in the front and will be used actively in my kitchen.
I also have some Zaytoun Smoky Freekah. I did cook with some last month, but the brand that I used was not overly smoky, so I thought I would try a different brand. Verdict to come.
I have some Raw Beetroot and Rosemary Crackers, ready for me to tear open when I have the munchies. And some Pearls of Sarmarkand Mulberries. I tend to nibble on dried fruit when I want something a little sweet, but is anyone have any ideas what to do with them, other than stirring into breakfast - muesli or granola base, a recipe would be most appreciated.
Talking of breakfasts, I have been making the most of Cacao Nibs. I've recently made Raw Chocolate and Avocado Mousse; and wait for it....
Raw Chocolate Muesli with Cacao Nibs and Cocoa Powder. Its utterly gorgeous to eat.
I've also recently discovered a new brand of herbal teas CharBrew. I have been making my own chocolate tea at home with cacao nibs (recipe to come), but to find Chocolate and Orange Tea excited me. I've had Chocolate Tea from a well known brand in the past and was really disappointed in it, as the next packet I purchased lacked chocolate flavour, and so did the one after that, so I have not bothered with that brand again, so you can imagine how pleased I was to find this. I ripped open the packet and my face was immediately hit by the chocolate and orange smell. The taste did not disappoint either . The other is Pineapple and Vanilla. Next to the teas is one of my new mugs with map of the world on it. I have instructed my husband that this mug is specifically to be used for hot chocolate or herbal fruit teas - not coffee or black tea (or he will be in the naughty book, where I tell him off for an hour or so and then forget).
And some of you I am a snacker. I love my savoury snacks with proper crunch. I was sent some Manomasa Mexican Tortilla chips to review. Not all there crisps are suitable for vegetarians, but some are such as the Green Lemon and Pink Peppercorns and Tomatillo Salsa here. I loved the sharp twang from the Green Lemon that danced on my tongue for a while, and the pink peppercorns was a lovely touch, nice change from black peppercorns. The Tomatillo Salsa had a wonderful balance of spices, but also heat and sweetness. I am looking forward to trying out there Chipotle Lime when I find a place that sells them locally, otherwise you can pick them up at Ocado and Independent Farm Shops.
As I said, I have made lots of things in it, but the two that I am most chuffed about are Carrot Ketchup and Raw Carrot Halwa (recipe yet to be shared) which was a surprisingly big hit by every one who had a piece.
I am sharing this post with Celia at Fig and Jam for August edition of In My Kitchen Series. Please go by and check out the other IMK posts for a nosy.