Friday, September 8, 2017

In my kitchen - September 2017

I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen round-up, currently hosted by Sherry of Sherry's Pickings.

It is still officially summer, but the mornings are cooler, the evenings darker, and there is starting to be a touch of autumn in the air. So it is in my kitchen too. There have been bowls of porridge as well as overnight oats, fewer frozen desserts, and a greater mix of fruit as the summer berries start to wane. Here are some snippets of other things happening in my kitchen this month.

Perfect for cooler days is this mix of dairy free and sugar free chai latte powder.

It is the first time I've seen a commercial mix like this that doesn't include milk, so I was excited to pick it up. It is a nice change from standard chai tea, although unnaturally sweet from artificial sweetener.

In my kitchen were new, vegan-friendly cranberry and orange flapjack slices from Tesco's own brand 'free from' range.

I bought them because I am a sucker for new vegan products, and they were nice, but I won't buy them again because I really could just make my own.

In my kitchen is this box of puffed rye and barley with dried cherries.

I always like the idea of puffed cereals more than the reality, and so it was here. However, this is nice mixed into yoghurt or combined with other cereals.

In my kitchen were two decadent dessert pots by Freak's of Nature.

They were as good as they sound and look!

In my kitchen are some beetroot and kale crackers...

...they are beautifully vibrant in colour and make good snack options for Mini Bite alongside the breadsticks she loves (as per above container).

In my kitchen was a chicken-style sandwich with hummus and sweet chilli sauce. I made it using a vegan Quorn fillet, sliced after cooking and loved the final result.

One of the downsides of our kitchen is that the fridge/freezer unit is housed within a cupboard. I hate the thought of being tied to the existing space if we ever have to replace it, and it means we have no fridge surface on which to display notes, postcards or magnets. The few magnets we have live on the side of our microwave, but I recently thought to move a few baby friendly ones to the front of the dishwasher. Mini Bite loves taking them off and moving them around, so it is an excellent new strategy for keeping her entertained while I'm cooking.

Last but not least, in my kitchen (well, dining room) are a bunch of flowers from Mr Bite. Somehow, we have now been married for 5 years.

What is happening in your kitchen this month?


  1. I like your thinking outside the box with the magnets - great fun for Mini bite. The pots look good but the crackers really are my sort of thing - I have a crackers fascination lately. And beautiful flowers - congrats!

    1. Thanks Johanna :-) I still think Australia does crackers better than England but these are good finds.

  2. Happy Wedding Anniversary, the blooms are lovely. And yes magnets as a distraction for Mini Bite are a super idea to keep her distracted. I have had the traditional chai latte powder in the past but pleased for you that you have found a vegan alternative. I am liking you Crackers mostly, where did you get them? as I've not seen them before.

    1. I found the crackers in Waitrose :-) Always dangerous for me to go in there but they do have some different products. These were in their 'free from' section.

  3. hi Kari
    thanks for joining us at IMK this month. love the look of those beetroot crackers. I noticed that Quorn can be purchased here in Oz now. Not sure how long that has gone on:=) Is it like the old TVP? i remember that from my uni, vego days. love the flowers. congrats on your wedding anniversary! cheers sherry

    1. Thanks as always for hosting Sherry!

      I find Quorn different to tvp - more like chicken (& very like chicken) whereas I think tvp is more aligned with other meats. But give it a go & see what you think :-)

  4. Happy 5 year anniversary - what a lovely bunch of flowers. Gorgeous colours - much like those crackers! I keep seeing the Freaks of Nature pots and thinking I should pick some up - now I know how good they are, I'll be making a beeline for them.

    1. They are pricey, but then less pricey than a dessert out (my justification anyway!)

  5. Congrats on 5 years married! I like the sound of the puffed rye.

  6. 5 years? That's great, many congrats! I'm sure it will get easier though :)
    I'm also celebrating a 5 year anniversary but this is how long I've worked for SARMs Australia and it's also been like a marriage in some ways LOL!


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