Now is the month of Maying…in my kitchen
Now is the month of Maying, when merry lads are playing. Fa la la la la,
Each with his bonny lass, Upon the greeny grass. Fa la la la
This slightly risqué old English song about lads and lasses getting frolicksome is one of my favourites (listen here) and brings back happy memories. Once upon a time I would be looking forward to warmer days, watery sunshine, Spring flowers, walking in the countryside and the promise of Summer. Here in Dubai I’m clinging desperately to the last hint of freshness in the air as the daytime temperatures start to climb. I have to walk the dogs at 6am as an hour later they start to pant and look forlorn.
I certainly want to eat lighter food and spend less time by a hot oven too. What’s in my kitchen this month reflects this plus I’m still benefitting from the lovely goodies from last month’s workshop.
Sandwiches top of the things I want for lunch. I’m presently addicted to a walnut loaf which has red wine in it from the brilliant book Short and Sweet by the equally brilliant Dan Lepard. Otherwise I buy a loaf from Baker & Spice. Kind Meeta brought a jar of Leberwurst – a type of pâté that her part of Germany is particularly famed for – and I’ve worked my way through it single-handedly, paired with cornichons and fresh tomatoes.
And tomatoes are the best thing to buy from the farmers’ market right now. Chopped and dressed with a little really good olive oil (I use the grassy-flavoured one from Giorgio Locatelli’s own olive grove in Sicily available at Atlantis), a tiny splash of sherry vinegar and some sea salt and black pepper, I stir them into pasta or scoop them onto bruschetta or just a lovely fresh piece of bread.
I was lucky enough to go to the launch of the new tapas area within Lafayette Gourmet this week. It’s called Tapeo, the chefs are Spanish and they do a simple, authentic and very tasty paella among other things. It’s the first time that I’ve had a piece of cheese and a Seville orange in a goodie bag – and I’m not complaining. I presume the cheese is manchego or something similar. It’s tangy and crumbly and goes really well on multigrain and honey bread (Short and Sweet again) with some membrillo (quince paste).
The Pierre Hermé chocolates almost don’t qualify as they were in my kitchen for such a short space of time. They had gorgeous ganache-style centres with intense flavours such as ginger and salted butter caramel . I’m very good at having a small amount of chocolate and making it last a long time. Sadly the rest of the family don’t share my puritanical eking out. We had a huge bag of Lindt Neapolitans this month too which disappeared before I managed to eat a single one (let alone take a picture). It’s GCSE time in our house (major exams) which I think accounts for the rise in chocolate consumption.
Hope you enjoyed the peep into my kitchen this month. As aways this foodie voyeurism is inspired by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.
Perhaps I should have called this ‘bread in my kitchen’! What’s in yours this May?