In my kitchen this April are gorgeous eco friendly “bee” food wraps, this was a home craft tutorial I had seen on a blog some time ago and thought it was a cool idea. Couldn’t resist when I saw these bee wraps in a shop while visiting New Zealand. They come in various sizes, are reusable and you can wash them in cool water. Ideal for covering jars and bowls of food, wrapping cheese or other foods (not raw meats), sandwiches for kids lunch boxes or giving as gifts. You can see I used a bee food warp to cover this jar of very moorish truffle filled chocolate mushrooms… I have indulged in far too many. My lovely new bee embossed jug and a block of beeswax, little memories of a visit to the Huka Honey Hive in Taupo. Maybe I will try my hand at making some bee food wraps… which inspired the purchase of beeswax. I first came across black garlic on one of the IMK blog posts some months ago and wondered if I would come across this ingredient. Months later on a recent visit to Hong Kong, the words “black garlic” caught my attention, staff were passing out samples to customers in a supermarket… I now have some in my kitchen. The cloves taste sweet with dark caramelized undertones, the texture is jelly-like and the flavor of garlic quite mild. It takes about 30 to 40 days to turn a whole garlic bulb black, using a constant low temperature… some have tried this with a rice cooker kept on warm. Wonder how safe that would be? As of yet I have not used them with recipes, but do keep a lookout for a blog post using black garlic. Some people wear the t-shirt… I buy the tea towel or sometimes a mug. Souvenirs in my kitchen of my memorable tour around the Kiwi360 in New Zealand. I was first introduced to the golden kiwi fruit last year, so it was pretty amazing to see thousands of green and gold kiwi fruit hanging from their vines, ready for picking. In my kitchen a spiral table-mat representing the unfurling of a young fern frond, often found in the intricate carving of the Maori people of New Zealand. Soon to be opened, Manuka honey and green and gold kiwifruit jam in my kitchen. Each month the lovely Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts the In My Kitchen theme, bloggers from around the globe join in and showcase their kitchen treasures. Why not join in too!
In My Kitchen April 2015