Anyway, let get down to what is in my kitchen this month.
Last year I volunteered to be a recipe tester for a cookbook for a charity called Heart & Parcel. Well I finally got my hands on Heart & Parcel cookbook. Heart & Parcel was established in 2015. The project supports women from ethnic minority communities in Manchester to develop their English language (ESOL) and communication skills by coming together to cook dishes from around the world, sharing recipes, stories, experiences and connections. All the recipes were contributed by migrant, asylum seeker and refugee women.
I tested for two recipes including this Middle Eastern recipe called Aubergine Fatta - Iraqi Salad with Toasted Bread, which was delicious by the way.
I have put on some weight. I know haven't we all - I know why in my case though, mostly because I have not been exercising, rather than excessive or comfort eating.
I have been eating melon. I have been making an effort in slicing them and sitting down to eat them with some mindfulness. I have really been enjoying eating them.
Some gifted mangoes. I loved eating them, squished the pulpy fruit in its skin, then bit off the nib and sucked the sweet mango smoothie fruit.
I cannot blame my excess weight on junk food, like i said its lack of exercise, but you may think otherwise as i share a vegetarian burger. I am only sharing this because of the home grown pea shoots.
I am trying unsuccessfully to cut down on my excessive coffee drinking too. I find myself drinking five to six mugs a day when normally I would have two. The last time D went to the supermarket, he picked me a selection of fruit teas. I like the Echinacea & Raspberry, Spiced Ginger and Cranberry & Blood Orange, but I was not at all keen on the Mango & Strawberry combination - it just doesn't seem to work well.
He also came back with some Maldon sea salt.
We were grateful to get a delivery of Strong White Flour for breadmaking. Those of you may remember from my last In My Kitchen blog post that we were running out. This will last us a good while.Talking of fruit earlier, we also harvested our first bowl of homegrown strawberries and wild strawberries that taste like sherbert that of course demanded either cream or ice-cream - of course we had neither, but we did have Greek yogurt. The strawberries not only tasted amazing, the fragrant was quite powerful too.
Some of you may remember that last month on my In My Kitchen blog post I shared that I had made Nigella Lawson's 'Chocolate Brownies'. Well this inspired my niece and nephew to have a go at making some Brownies in their own home. This was the final result elevated further with white chocolate drizzle and strawberries dipped in white chocolate. I wish I was there!
I am sharing this post with Sherry's Pickings who kindly continues to host the In My Kitchen series in these difficult times and its goods to be able to participate and continue to support the event.