In my kitchen this November are home dried tomatoes. Once my stock starts to dwindle I tend to dry more so I am never without. The tomatoes do take time to dry and these tasty morsels are now ready for soaking in some olive oil.
Every now and then I hydrate my wooden boards using food grade oil to protect their surfaces. Using one of my larger pastry brushes to brush over the oil makes the job easier. Sometimes I use the mineral oil from Ikea but have also used castor oil from the pharmacy for the same purpose.
Green tea with fresh mint, raw honey from my bees, a vintage loose tea infuser, antique scissors and beautiful Irish pottery from Roundstone Connemara… the nicest way to prepare tea for one.
This year thrilled to have many large organic lemons from my citrus tree, I am sure my bees had a hand in this. You might be wondering why green… they do turn yellow but it seems to take forever. A few yellow ones split and others beginning to turn yellow had some type of fruit fly burrowing into them and laying maggots. So rather than spray with insecticide, took them from the tree. They taste wonderful, are juicy and have a light orange aroma when you cut into them. Maybe some mojitos to celebrate 🙂
Another coffee break (with no cake) while browsing through the perfect party bites cookbook by Milli Taylor. Deciding on what recipe to choose for our cookbook book club later this month. The festive season is fast approaching and canapés and finger foods are perfect for entertaining and this cook book has many lovely recipes that are sure to please.
Last week crossed the causeway over to Saudi Arabia and made a quick visit to Ikea. This time tried their preserves. The orange and elderflower marmalade is particularly good and has a nice flavor. Haven’t tried the lingonberry jam yet, thinking maybe with freshly baked scones. Picked up some elderflower concentrate as well… you can never leave Ikea empty-handed.
My latest kitchen appliance in my kitchen is the nifty Swan Air Fryer which I reviewed. I’ve been delighted with the results and Sandra and Josephine had wondered how the air fryer would handle aubergines. So I cut the aubergine into cubes (more practical than slices), tossed in a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and placed them in the air fryer. After about thirteen to fifteen minutes the cubes of aubergine were perfectly cooked, nicely browned and not greasy. You also need to shake the basket to even out the browning half way through cooking. Healthier than shallow frying in a pan.
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