The old ones needed replacing. No guessing why I decided on this design: the vegetables indeed did play a part in its appeal.
I picked up this little pot of Balsamic Sea Salt to sprinkle over salads.
I was really and I mean really excited to find King oyster mushrooms and have been indulging on the over the past couple of weeks with lots of new dishes which I will share this month, including mock 'scallops' for a romantic St Dwynwen's Day (Welsh Valentines Day).
I also spotted some so called rainbow carrots to add colour to some burnished brown stew like dishes.
Last month, we celebrated Burns Night at home and at work. I actually made vegan haggis for sausage rolls to take into work, but then when we went the supermarket to do our weekly shop and I saw some vegetarian haggis reduced to half price. It expires on... so picked up two to eat during the working week. I also picked up some vegan 'Black Pudding'. I normally buy 'V Pud' by the Real Lancashire Black Pudding, but thought I try the Bury Black Pudding Company version to compare.
I had been participating in Veganuary this year, albeit quietly on my blog with not much of a mention. I noticed this year there was a more effort by mainstream supermarkets to stock their fridge and freezers; and well known famous brands with new offerings suitable for vegans. I avoided a lot of the new products like burgers, mac'n'cheese, pizza and curries as I can make them at home - top notch, but there are some things that I do not make that often at home; or simply greed got the better of me and I just wanted to try them.
I tried a number of M&S Foods from the Plant Kitchen range, namely these No Pork Sausoyges and Super Firm Tofu. I found both fine, but nothing amazing to have me going back for more, especially as they are a little more expensive compared to other well known brands, and M&S is not a place I could afford to shop all the time.
Whilst I was there I also picked up M&S Hoisin sauce as I had bookmarked a vegan Ribs and Peking Mushrooms recipe from The Superfun Times cookbook. I picked up the Lee Kum Lee Hoisin Sauce from another supermarket. Its was interesting to see how different they both looked and tasted.
As I lined up to pay at M&S, they had a small selection of stuff left over from the festive period at reduced price: Christmas Cake Liqueur and Red Velvet Curd, which of course I got tempted and bought.
As I mentioned earlier, I was doing Veganuary last month and unusually we had a large amount of processed, fake and mock meat products in the kitchen. I have to confess this is not the way we normally eat and I will not start going down this route for a number of reasons...but here they as I wanted to share what was and is in my kitchen.
During my lunch break, I tend to go to the fruit and vegetable market to pick up fresh fruit and veg, as a way to reduce plastic. But again with Veganuary in full swing I got side tracked by a number of mock ingredients all wrapped in non-recyclable plastic. A fellow blogger said it well - the internal struggle between wanting to try new vegan food and it all being wrapped in plastic and none of it recyclable. This does not bode well for those of us trying to reduce plastic waste. So I will only buy in future what I really want to try and require for cooking. Alongside Quorn ham slices (not pictured) for sandwiches also wrapped in plastic, I picked Cauldron Organic Tofu for vegan Tofu Ribs recipe.I also picked up Vivera Veggie Steaks came from Sainsbury who also have their own vegan range called Love Your Veg. These Veggie Steaks are made with seitan were actually not to bad and had the texture and flavour.
I also picked up these Fry's Artisan Smoked Hot Dogs and I must say I was not a fan of these at all. There was no smokiness and the texture was odd and slippery, I prefer the Quorn hot dogs for sure as more sturdy.
I have been trying to drink more juice at the weekend Pomegranate Juice and Cranberry
I also have some tea: Pukka Three Cinnamon which has been a nice change from the lemon and ginger; and Tetley Cookies & Cream. The Cookies & Cream was not my first choice, I prefer Tetley's Chocolate Mint but they did not have any this time.
I am sharing this post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, it was started by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Its a lovely way to meet bloggers from around the world, as well as have a poke around in their kitchen.