Coming home – in my kitchen
After two months away, I’m back in my kitchen. I hit the ground running as soon as I return; projects for work, preparation to get the teens back to school and a myriad other tasks of everyday life. This maelstrom of activity is just as well as it stops me from thinking about friends and family, and the great, green outdoors of the English countryside which I miss desperately.
How comforting to measure out the ingredients for a loaf or feel the weight of my favourite knife in my hand as I press it down onto a worn wooden chopping board.
So in my kitchen this month is…
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations morphed into Olympic fever which is still carrying on with the Paralympics. Union Flags were everywhere we went. I have never seen so much bunting. The atmosphere was electric and we carried a few reminders back in our suitcases.
Also in my kitchen is…
Hummus makes a great snack for the teens when they arrive home starving after school, especially the vege teen. So I transformed a 500g bag of chickpeas, some lemons, olive oil, garlic and tahini into a vast bowl of hummus. It freezes well and in dip-sized portions it’ll last for ages…giving me a smug feeling each time I look at the overpriced cartons in the supermarket.
Not the prettiest loaves I’ve ever made but by using my overnight sponge method (Hugh FW’s cheaty sour dough recipe) there was warm bread for lunch and a spare to freeze. My resolution to bake as much of our bread as possible is renewed….ten-fold!
The story about my visit from two Italian men with a refrigerated van full of cheese with which they proceeded to feed me all afternoon will wait for another time. But I must thank them for these beautiful porcini mushroom and egg pasta flavoured with the same which will be combined very soon…in my kitchen.
Not the most attractive things in my kitchen right now but some of the most exciting – trust me on this. My friend Francine, of Life in the Food Lane, is going to show me how to make my own sausages. So I ordered some sausage casings while in the UK. Where from? Amazon of course!! Francine, get your mincer at the ready, I’ll be over soon.
Oh, and I nearly forgot… My Mother-in-law made the most amazing cheesecake this summer with lemon curd. I’ve started with the first bit of the preparation…
Thanks as always to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for prompting In My Kitchen. She’s sharing all kinds of goodies over here.
What’s in your kitchen this month?