Sunday, 6 October 2019

October Comes To My Kitchen

Some of you may remember that we had friends coming over from America for holidays.

They came bearing gifts.
The spring green glass double spout water pitcher or vase is taking centre stage on the mantelpiece.  For those of you wondering what's surrounding it are Agates. The room is dark, in fact our whole house is dark, so its not shown in its best light. 
They asked me if I wanted any specialist American ingredients? And yes, I requested they bring some Quick Grits and Cornbread Mix, two ingredients that are not easy to get there.  I have never tried grits, so am looking forward to it.  Cornbread I have, having made some at home a long long time ago. 

I would like to point out that I bought lots of good stuff for them to eat: Welsh cheese and drink: Welsh beer/s while they were here; an I cooked loads of good food at home including Plum and Chickpea Curry, Green Bean Korma and Rhubarb and Lentil Curry.  D took loads of photographs for me to blog about, but unfortunately whilst in his happy intoxicated state he pressed the delete button by error and lost them all.  I was gutted, but not as much as him.  We went to a music gig and were so up close and personal to the singer that all those photographs got lost too, such a shame.
I rarely get to use these butter knives, so was pleased that I was able to when I made a platter of cheese, bread and fruit.  My friend did tell me to take a picture, but I didn't as you can see from the first picture taken during the day-time, the cheese platter in the evening would not have come out  well, but i wish i had it was a good cheese and bread platter.  
Anyway, back to other good stuff in my kitchen were these apples from the neighbour.  This is the third year we have been bestowed with eating apples from the neighbour.  
We went to the supermarket in the big city and found some fresh fenugreek also known as Methi, regular readers will know that I cook with this ingredient quite  bit and I have plans to make a Cauliflower Curry soon.
I picked up this jar of Korean Kimchi from the supermarket, I just couldn't resist.  
I have some cereal bars.  The one above is Sweet and Salty Nut left by my guests; and the one below is Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio that I picked up at an work related event to try.  It's good, but its not a cereal bar as such, but sticky nuts glued together with blueberries and pomegranate molasses.
In my kitchen were these two bags of Lays crisp.  One was flavoured Yogurt and Herb, which i thought be more like Chive and Soured cream, but it was a bit dull, whereas the Masala one was much nicer and tangy. 
D was going through boxes in the garage.  We have feta cheese in the fridge all the time to make Double Potato Feta Bake, but we thought we'd try this large can of Kembeyaz cheese for a change, plus it was a reasonable price.  It was very mild, softer than feta, but okay.  
I picked up some more bamboo lunch boxes in different patterns.  My one issue with these are the lids, they crack and its hard to find replacements, so I am looking to invest in some silicon stretch lids.  
At work we had a celebratory event, and not many people drank the alcoholic free white wine.  There were a number of bottles left, I cheekily asked if I could take a bottle home with me as I quite liked it and was permitted to.  

I would like to point out that I bought lots of good stuff for them to eat and drink while they were here; an I cooked loads of good food at home.  D took loads of photographs for me to blog about, but unfortunately whilst in his intoxicated state he deleted them all by error.  I was gutted, but not as much as him, as we went to a music gig and were so up close and personal to the singer that all those photographs got lost too.  

I am sharing this blog post with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.  If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by the 13th of the month

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Eat Your Greens Round Up

Last month was quiet for the #EatYourGreens challenge. Regardless, I still have two wonderfully green vegetarian recipes to share.

The first Eat Your Greens  recipe comes from The VegHog with Pea and Lentil Frikadellen or fritters made with green lentils, dried pea crush and frozen spinach.  
How good do they look?! I'd happily chomp on a couple on this wet windy evening. 

Next is my green dish for Avocado Coriander Jelly made in a Turtle mould. 
Here is what it looks like before it was turned out - Savoury Coriander and Chilli Jelly cooling down. 
Then smothered in Avocado Cream Cheese before it was turned out.  The recipe comes from Sarah Beatties  Avocado Coriander JellyI served this Courgette Avocado Coriander Jelly with a good crusty bread.
We hope you will join in with us in October when The Veg Hog will be hosting. Please follow this link on how to join in.  

Monday, 23 September 2019

Harvest: Red Yellow and Green

Well it is truly autumn now, the weather has started to turn cold. 

Out come the big coats and comfy jumpers.

The garden harvest is beginning to slow down. 

We still have tomatoes from the greenhouse and some chillies (not shown). 
 I Our neighbour gave us some good looking red apples. 
Raspberries from the garden. 

Monday, 16 September 2019

Turning Autumnal for Harvest Monday

So it must be turning autumnal in the UK, as my most popular recipe this week was Butternut Squash Scones.  
I've been tidying up the garden plot. I pulled out the purple curly kale as it had been destroyed by pests, so no homegrown kale for me this year.  I definitely need to invest in some netting for next year, but we still have plenty of beans coming, by the way that is me picking some beans (above)
These runner beans, purple and green pole beans (and the last pea pods) have already been consumed. 
The autumn raspberries are coming along nicely, they are double the size of those we harvested last year. 
We have some brambles snaking over from the neighbours fence.  These will be snipped soon as there is more thorny vine than blackberries, and the blackberries that are growing are small. 
The pears are still very firm.  I picked up four that had fallen to the ground, I guess that is natures way of saying they are ready.  So I need to pick them all over this weekend and make something with them.  I will be poaching them in syrup - Thanks Sue .
The greenhouse is still feeding us well with tomatoes, but I am not going to share any photographs of tomatoes today, instead i share with you this chilli plant.  I swapped a courgette seedling with a colleague for a chilli seedling a few months back.  We had a catch up recently and she told me that she still has not chillies on her plant, but has courgettes.  I told her that I have some chillies.  I think she was envious, I forgot to tell her though that mine are growing in the greenhouse!
I am ending with these nasturtiums that are bringing the bees to my garden which makes me happy.  I have used some of the nasturtium flowers for salads, leaves for pesto, as well as pancakes.  I will soon be collecting the green seeds to make a pickle

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Yellow Purple and Green Harvest Monday

I am back from my vacation, we had friends come over from the States, so we showed them what a beautiful country Wales is.  We also got to explore parts of the West coast. I will share more in the coming weeks.

Today I am sharing some of my harvest  as well as what's making my garden radiate with colour
Starting of with this sunflower...they are still growing....just not tall or big.
D picked up these pot chillies a few weeks ago from the garden centre to give the garden additional colour. We did this last year and loved the colour they added to the battered galvanised animal feed trough we picked up last year.  
I have not been good this year in using making the most of the plums, so no jams, chutneys with this them year, though I have made lots of plum cakes (some of which were taken into work) and a plum and chickpea curry!  

We still have some courgettes, though they are beginning to dwindle now.  In the same ground, I have some rainbow chard growing.  I will share them next week when I hope to harvest some for dinner. 

We had load of tomatoes to harvest, these are just some of them along with some raspberries and strawberries - yes, I am still getting strawberries, surprisingly. 
We have lots of beans.  I made Sarah Beattie's Green Bean Korma again, this time for our guests.  

I spotted a couple of pea pods too.  
And plenty of rhubarb.  I made a Rhubarb and Lentil Curry for my guests and they loved it. 
We have some cooking apples, but not that many as most fell to the ground every time there was a gust of wind. 
The pears are hanging on though.  I need to look for some pear recipes, so if anyone has some ideas, please do share - otherwise I will be preserving them in Star Anise Syrup again.  I am hoping to pick them this weekend.

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.