Sunday, 8 December 2019

December In My Kitchen

My kitchen is  slowly, but not overly starting to fill up with Christmas things and edibles.
This gingerbread man biscuit barrel comes out with the Christmas tree.  I need to make me some mini gingerbread to go in these. 
These robins sitting on a pot are actually name holders, if you look closely you will see a slot where name cards are placed.  I picked these up many years ago when D and myself went to Paris. and have never used them, I am hoping to change that this year. 
I picked up this lonesome wine glass with Christmas tree last week from a charity shop for £1.00.  Its quite solid.  If you look close at the glass surface it looks as if snow is  falling.  
This black truffle extra virgin oil for drizzling over soup.  I can also re-use and recycle the glass bottle. 
I still have beetroot coming from the garden, but its actually the platter I want to showcase here with the beetroot design.  We picked it up when we went to Port Meirion  in North Wales this year with friends.
Our cereal bowls are dwindling due to someone in the house having butter fingers, so we got some more.  I found the outside of the bowls more aesthetically pleasing than the inside which were mostly shades of blue in colour. Blue is not a colour I gravitate towards, but my oh my they are so glossy.  They will also be good for soup too.
D picked up these Breton biscuits. He remembered them from our time in Breton nearly 10 years ago. 
I decided I wanted a biscuit selection of my own and went for this fancy selection of coconut & hazelnut, cranberry & caramel and mint & cocoa. I know come the New Year I will be regretting this purchase, so hopefully we will have some guests over Christmas season to help me go through them. 
I picked up this biscuit tin from a boot market about six months ago.  For those of you who follow my blog, can see why i gravitated towards it. We often fill it up with crackers and oatcakes for cheese.

I am sure I will have more food related things come into my kitchen over the festive season, but that is all I have for now.  I look forward to seeing what's in you kitchen if you join in with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.  

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Broccoli and White Bean Soup

We went into Bristol at the weekend to do some shopping, as well as look at some graffiti art in an area we had not explored before Bishopston and Horfield. 
I have one piece of graffiti art to share.  It was quite large, so its taken in stages and I think quite relevant for the state of our depressing political environment at present.
 Images below start from the left to the right....

 Below a little hope....maybe...who knows...
With our legs heavy and feet sore, we were glad to get back home and tuck into a big bowl of homemade Broccoli and White Bean Soup.  

I had picked up some broccoli to accompany a potato dish but it did not get used in favour of tinned peas, so not to waste it I had decided to make a soup with it.  
My intention was to make Broccoli and Stilton Soup, but swayed for something different with this Broccoli and White Bean Soup I had made some chilli oil from a previous dish and swirled a little over the soup that looked plain.  

I had also picked up a loaf of sourdough bread from one of the many independent bakeries in the area.  It was good to dunk the crusty bread into this thick soup. 
I am sharing this with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Pear and Walnut Cake

So its the start of December and our Christmas tree has come down from the attic and is standing upright in our living room and, shimmering it little lights.  The next couple of weeks we will be turning out minds to getting Christmas gifts to put beneath the tree.  But for me its still too early to start sharing festive recipes, so I will share this Pear and Walnut Cake that i made a few months back with pears I had picked from the garden. 
I don't remember the recipe I used - I think it may have been adapted from this recipe for Courgette, Apple and Apricot Cake, that is what happens when you don't write up a blog post.  What I do remember though, it was moist and delicious.  
Other Pear Recipes 
Chocolate Pear Crown Cake
Cinnamon Pear Cake