So here goes with my Rain or Shine IMK post, even though the sun has been out and blazing on days, I have been drinking hot chocolate. This is no ordinary Hot chocolate, these are actual chunky dark pieces from Colombia which you melt in dairy or non-dairy milk and enjoy with optional extra sweeteners such as agave syrup, honey or maple syrup. Its utterly gorgeous.
I have some Black Quinoa and am looking forward to making some vegan vegetable burgers with them. I've also acquired some Clearspring Brown Rice Miso. I've been enjoying the umami flavours of miso and quite recently made a Miso glazed Aubergines and have been hankering to make it again, but if you have any other vegetarian or vegan recipe suggestions please let me know.
I dug out my cute jar of Steenbergs Saffron and Orange Blossom water and put it on the kitchen table as I have a bookmarked recipe from V is for Vegan by Kerstin Rodgers aka Ms Marmite. The recipe is for Carrots, Peppers and Lentil Tagine .
And in anticipation of making this unusual Tagine, I have also picked up a jar of preserved lemons and pickled long chilli peppers, as well as a packet of ready made Ras El Hanout (not shown).
But the Tagine recipe is on hold as it got taken over by these vegetables that shout Summer time. I decided on making a Ratatouille. Can I tell you something, I actually don't like Ratatouille one bit. However, I have decided I am always willing to give dishes another try. So these vegetables were chopped and stewed and transformed into a Ratatouille.
I picked up this V Pud - Vegetarian Black Pudding recently when I was in Cardiff. I've had VPud a few times when I lived in Scotland. So decided to go ahead and use it for this dish as an additional accompaniment, as well as for old times sake.
Ta'dah - so here is the the finished dish. For those of you interested, I will share the recipe later in the week.
I made these nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon infused Sweet Potato and Coconut Flapjack slices for the working week. A little bit of my garden has creeped in here with the violas, as I have been trying to make the most of my edible flowers in salads, but also to adorn plates.
I've also got some Pasta Tricolore Spirals and some Gomitini pasta. These will be used for cold pasta salad work lunches as I like to ring the changes from the typical penne and farfalle pasta.
And finally, V Bites Cheatin Tempeh Rashers saved for weekend brunch. But D has designs on it as he is making lunch for work most of this week and a slices or two of these tempeh rashers will be this will tucked between my wholemeal bread sandwich no doubt. I am looking forward to see how it compares to the 'facon' bacon I make at home. I actually quite like V Bites meat-free products and have used many over the years, but don't get round to blogging about them as I don't really do reviews. Okay with that I shall conclude my In My Kitchen blog post for August.