There's not much in my kitchen at the moment to share, but here are a handful of things.
I went to Bristol VegFest last month. I have to be honest, I ate a lot, but I did not bring back much home with me, but what little I did I like especially this Lemon Verbena herb pot on the left). The last time I grew Lemon Verbena was when I lived in Scotland. I haven't seen it at any of the garden centres in this part of Wales, so was excited to stumble upon some. It looks a bit scrawny here next to the basil, but it will perk up once I've potted it up properly. Lemon verbena has the most enchanting smell, even more wonderful than lemon balm.
I have some Quinoa Chips and Hummus Chips in readiness for weekend snacks. These make a nice change from the potato variety and perhaps a little more healthier to munch on too.
I picked up Yutaka soba noodles and udon noodles to get over my noodle aversion. I had intended to use one of them for my vegan Taste of The Sea Spaghetti made with Seaweed and Sea Vegetables, but ended up using an Italian style spaghetti instead.
Since going to the Cheltenham VegFest and Bristol Vegfest where D had at both times the Vegan Sushi Roll, he has been hinting to me big time to make some sushi at home. The last time I made sushi was again when we lived in Scotland and way before I started this blog. I had got the knack of rolling it too and was making it almost on a monthly basis then. Anyway, he has planted the idea in my head that I want some sushi too, so I have picked up some of the ingredients: Yutaka Sushi Nori and a tube of Wasabi. I have yet to pick up Sushi rice and ginger pickle and then roll on baby...
I do love Kimchi and am planning on making a vegetarian - vegan version at home so have picked up a small tub of Korean Gochujang Sauce, however I still need some Korean chilli powder. A colleague at work said he would give me a small pot from his kilo of Korean chilli powder that he ordered over the internet, except he has been rather begrudging as that was well over two months ago and I have asked a couple of times since. I think I will take that as a message he doesn't wish to share with me and track some down myself when I go to the bigger cities or when I go Bristol again.
I like making my own cornbread from scratch using my sweetcorn shaped tins, but with a new Marks & Spencers stall opening in the town where I work, I have been going there every second day for inspiration and have been pretty tempted by some of the Spirit of Summer products, but I have resisted bringing home only the Cornbread Mix which I baked and sliced and served with a bowl of Red and Black Chilli. It made a nice change from a tortilla - burrito style meal. This Red and Black Chilli Bowl is made with the Romero Red Peppers shown and black turtle beans (below).
I have some Pepper Paste to spread on tortilla wraps for work lunches. Its a big jar, so once opened I will have to use it up pretty quickly. I may even make some Red Pepper Hummus with it.
The Red and Black Chilli was made with Suma Organic Black Beans shown here. I also have some white Organic Butter Beans.
I am excited that my kitchen cupboards are full with cans of young green jackfruit. I will be making some curry, but D loves my vegan BBQ Pulled 'Pork', so that will be on the menu, hopefully this weekend.
And finally, a big stash of Coconut Flour that I got from Costco. I have made some recipes with it, but if anyone has any other recipe suggestion - please do share. Its expensive stuff and I don't want to waste it. I am sharing this post with Maureen of The Orgasmic Chef.