Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Blood Oranges and Chili Chocolate Jam In My Kitchen

In my kitchen this month 
I have some blood oranges.  I have made an Blood Orange Tart.
I will write more about it later in the week, but what I will tell you it was unlike any Orange tart I have ever eaten.
In My Kitchen is a wooden measuring ruler with vegetable names.  I picked it up on a whim from a charity shop for a £1.  I don't quite understand the numbers relating to the vegetables and the holes as there is no way I would get a runner bean seed through them or even a pea, so if anyone can shed light on the purpose of this - it would be appreciated. Regardless, I still like it.
In my kitchen, I have No Nonsense Chili and Chocolate Jam.  This was a present to myself when I was in Cardiff Bay from a book shop of all places a few weeks back.  Its a local product in that it is made in Cardiff.  Its not  Chili and Chocolate Jam in the traditional sense, its more of a chutney or relish to be enjoyed with savoury meals like veggie burgers, halloumi cheese and roasted vegetables.  I will be trying it very soon.



In my Kitchen, I have Upton's BBQ Jackfruit.  I have been making BBQ Jackfruit at home, but this was random purchase for easy evening meals or a topping for Jacket Potato.
In my kitchen is a new product called O'Lentil Natural Oat and Lentil Protein.  It looks like a Scottish haggis.
You can slice or dice it and use as you wish.  I am intrigued by it and want to see how it compares to other mock meat products and of course, haggis.  I will up-date you later this week on how it tastes, as I am intending to serve it alongside some roasted vegetables. 
Over the weekend, I made some Savoury croissants with some spinach and the last of the rainbow chard from the allotment garden plot. I was pleased with them and my efforts to shape them into crescent moon  shapes was better accomplished than my last efforts - see here
In my fridge is a tub of black olive paste which is black olive tapenade in fancy terms.   A purchase for pasta salads, but we have actually had it with crusty bread and olives. D as he always is, was very heavy handed with the olive paste treating it like a pate or even butter, but we won't say more about that...only a little goes a long way.
I  recently had vegan 'fish' and chips at a vegan eatery in Plymouth called Samphire.  I had assumed that the vegan 'fish' would be made of tofu, but it was actually made from Banana Blossom.  Here's how. Vegan Banana Flower Fish. Really amazing
Talking of vegan food, in my fridge is some homemade vegan Paprika Nut Cheese.  Its quite nice actually and I even fooled D into enjoying it, telling him it was a pate, it was easy to spread once at room temperature.  He liked it...please don't tell him otherwise.  
And finally something for the allotment garden plot to protect our hot and cold drinks from bugs. It actually works well, we used them over the weekend. 

I am sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, an opportunity to take a peek into fellow bloggers kitchen world wide. 

18 comments:

  1. Your orange tart makes me very curious! I'll watch for your follow-up.
    I also find those olive pastes to go a long way, as the flavor is often pretty strong.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. hi shaheen
    that blood orange tart looks amazing. i can taste the flavour from here.:) wow that proten log does indeed look like haggis. i hope you enjoy it. i find fake meat products a bit weird for my tastes. love the little lids for your mugs. so cute. banana blossom in a tin? what will they think of next? thanks so much for being with us in IMK land. cheers sherry

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    1. Thanks Sherry.
      I am going on holiday in a couple of weeks time, so hope to share ingredients from another country IMK

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  3. could the ruler be a planting ruler so you know how far apart to plant the seeds?

    Please do post more about the blood orange tart as it looks very tasty.

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    1. Thanks Jacquie. I will blog more about the blood orange tart early next week

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  4. ruler...seed sowing distances I think

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    1. Thanks gz, that's what we think too

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  5. so many interesting foods here - the banana blossom is a new one on me in particular. I love the sound of the chocolate chilli jam and the name of the company appeals. The o'lentil loaf looks interesting - will look forward to the update. I don't think I have seen ready roll croissant pastry here but I love the idea of a savoury filling.

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    1. Thanks Johanna.
      I had heard of banana blossom vegan 'fish', but having had it quite recently i found it amazing. I want D to try it, so i willgive it a go at home. Ye,s the o'lentil loaf will be eaten this w/e.

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  6. That's a pretty unusual (I hesitate to say 'random') selection.... It's one of the things I love about your blog Shaheen.... I always find things on here that I would never see anywhere else..... Like Banana Blossom! How wonderful! x

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    1. Thank so much Kate. I know, random is the word for sure. I thought that when i did the blog post too!

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  7. Your kitchen looks fantastic! I have heard lots of buzz around banana blossom and am impressed you've picked some up - I am behind the times and haven't even cooked with jackfruit yet! The orange tart looks beautiful and the chili chocolate jam sounds like just my kind of thing.

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    1. Thank you Kari. I do hope you get to try jackfruit either at home or when eating out. The orange tart is vegetarian, but yes it was quite delightful to eat. And the choc chili jam - i am lookign forward to cracking it open, now in the summer I think...

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  8. I'd be interested to know how the jackfruit was - I keep seeing Upton's but I wasn't sure whether it would be worth the price. Let us know what you find! I'm thoroughly intrigued about the banana blossom too - are you going to make your own 'fish' with it? Your kitchen's full of good stuff this month!

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    1. Joey, if you can make it at home then that i what I would recommend. I found it mild and too sweet for my tastes.

      I am hoping to have a go at making my own 'fish' with the banana blossom in the v. near future.

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  9. I have the Upton's jackfruit as well! I have the BBQ and plain one, but haven't tried them yet. I like your thinking as a baked potato stuffing. Loads of other lovely stuff in your kitchen as well.

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    1. Thanks Veghog, would like to know what you think of the Uptons brand

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