Sunday, 5 July 2020

July In My Kitchen

Tomorrow is the start of my annual leave.  I have a week off from work and i plan to switch off the best that I can. It the first time i have take time off from work since the lockdown and I am so looking forward to it and to some self-care. 

I don't have very much in the way of new things from the shops to share, I do have some homegrown vegetables to share with you.   

The garden vegetable plot is beginning to produce.  Above is a courgette that was spotted just in time before turning into a marrow.  
The dwarf purple climbing beans have been prolific.  I am picking them every day enough as a side dish.  The peas are also starting to appear and the runner beans.
The purple stemmed kale is doing very well too, so far the white cabbage butterflies that often demolish them have not touched them.  I look at them wanting to be creative such as stuffing them will a flavourful filling, but so far - I've just shredded them and sauteed them in good olive oil.
I am also picking some raspberries and wild strawberries.  I made Wild strawberry Cake that went down really well with D. 
Last month I was rather envious of Johanna's Scrabble Cookie Cutters that she shared on her June In My Kitchen blog post, that I suddenly had the desire of wanting them too.  I had gone onto the internet, but everywhere they were sold out I was disappointed.  So when D asked me did i want anything.  I said yes, but you won't be able to get them. Then early this month he  presented it to me. I plan to make some savoury cookies with them this week. 
Like i said before, D has been going to the supermarket to pick up household essentials and food.  He said he was the only one in the supermarket with a face mask on.  

He brings me some new things to try and these were appreciated as a few days ago I was feeling a bit under the weather.  Strawberry & Cucumber and Aloe Vera tea and Citrus & Ginger and Echinacea.  I really loved this one more than the Strawberry one and have told him he can pick it up again.
He also came back home with this Cocoa and Coconut Rooibos Infusion.  I must admit I wasn't too sure about the Rooibos part, but my goodness i want more of it.  It is so good, the coconut flavour was spot on. I will be putting that on the shopping list for him.
I had asked D to pick up some dark chocolate so that we had some in the house for that urge to make brownies.  He came back with the priciest Dark Chocolate in the shop.
 He also picked up some Smoked Hot Dog and Cumberland Shroomdogs. 
A couple of weeks back he came home with chorizo style bangers.  They were alright, but i prefer making vegan sietan chorizo sausages at home.  He also picked up vegan salted caramel cheesecakes, that was good. 
I have had a jar of mixed nuts that i often use to make nut roast from scratch, but they have been there a while, that i decided to make Nigella Lawsons Union Square nuts. 
Like i said, I am on annual leave this week and one of my plans, amongst other things is to straighten up my dishevelled cookbook shelves. 
am sharing this post with Sherry's Pickings who host the In My Kitchen series. 

18 comments:

  1. I hope you post more about your cookbook collection as you put it in order!

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae. I started writing the names of the cookbooks i have here
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/p/virtual-cookbook-shelf.html
      but then got distracted - may pick it up again.

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  2. thanks shaheen for joining in again. lovely to have you. i love all your cookbooks. i thought i had a few... Was the chocolate good? Hope you're having a wonderful break from work. thanks for the mention. take care
    sherry x

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    1. Thanks Sherry, always a pleasure. The chocolate is for making brownies, it is most excellent having had it before

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  3. I hope you are feeling better and that your leave was all you needed it to be. I will be on the lookout for the teas as I need something new to try :)

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    1. Thank you. my leave is flying by way too quickly and i have barely done anything :(

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  4. I'm debating what to do with the last of my kale. Do you cook it or eat it raw in a salad? I know I should love greens but I really can't find a recipe that I love. Lovely things in your kitchen this month. Your cookbook shelves look like my own, groaning.

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    1. Hi Liz, i cook it mostly. I know you can have it raw in salads, but i haven't recently - have done so in the past though. If you type in Kale in my recipe search bar, some recipes i've made will come up - I have made a few more recently, but mostly bookmarked from cookbooks.

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  5. Ooh! Look at all your recipe books and your lovely colourful harvests. I’ve had rooibos tea on holiday and it’s my favourite. Enjoy your break from work, it’s so worth it even if you don’t go out anywhere special x

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    1. Thanks Belinda. I am afraid my leave time is speeding by and i have hardly done anything :(

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  6. I am in envy of your cookbooks, wow! The purple beans are just gorgeous, I think I told you before but...never have seen any around these parts.

    Enjoy you leave time and eat some of that delicious chocolate.

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    1. Thanks Tina. Really appreciate your comments

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  7. Scrabble cookie cutters! How did I not know these existed before today??
    Hope you've been enjoying your week off.

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    1. Thanks Tonia - i blame Johanna from GGG

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  8. How I would love an afternoon with your cookbook collection. It looks amazing. I think I would love to send D out shopping for me - he seems to have some good finds - that strawberry and cucumber tea sounds intriguing and perfect for a British summer. Your produce looks amazing as always - you really have a green thumb (and work hard at it). I hope you enjoy some annual leave. We are back in lockdown so it feel all very weird here and uncertain yet again. I look forward to seeing you bake with those scrabble cookies - if you have an Extra K please send it my way - I was so disappointed mine was missing but they are fun cutters anyway!

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    1. So good to hear from you. I have been thinking of you, i heard the new recently about the lockdown, i think we can all expect it at some point. You'be be most welcome to spend as long as you want with my cookbooks.I am pleased to be getting some harvest now, esp. greens.I haven't started baking with my scrabble letters, but be sure - if i have a extra k its coming your way.

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  9. Oh! So you are on holiday!!!!
    And it's already half passed!!!! ;-(
    Wish you succeed in turning the switch to off... and enjoy whatever yo may enjoy to do!
    Glad D. succeeded in finding those cookie cutters! I look forward seeing your creations with them!
    Shroomdogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm envious!!!! How are they???

    You mention your vegan chorizo sausage... you know it's been my favourite chorizo for years! We all love it! Thank you!

    Wish you the best for for the last days of your vacation!

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    1. Thank you Ephee, So sad its nearly over, feel like i have done nothing :(
      The shroomdogs were okay, but we will not be getting them again, not so firm. The v chorizo sausage recipe is the best.

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