Another month has come and gone. I’m very excited about it being August, it means the boys start school soon!! Yeah me!! I may get my sanity back yet. If nothing else I’ll at least be able to enjoy the silence for a short while. Sean will be in preschool for the first time and only gone mornings, but that alone is enough time away from him to get more done. Plus he talks ALL THE TIME, I look forward to it being a little more quiet.
So with another month under our belts it’s time for an In My Kitchen post. Our gracious host Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial is busy with family so instead of clicking on the usual links in the sidebar look for everyone’s links in the comments section of her post.
Last month I forgot a few things for my In My Kitchen post so I’ll get them in this month. My parents moved up to their newly renovated mountain house full time in June. This means they downsized TREMENDOUSLY, thus resulting in my getting first pick of everything they were getting rid of. Among those goodies are this handmade cup and saucer set, a Limoges set (actually two sets as my set was somehow still at their house…Mom and I got them at a flea market in Paris years ago), and these lovely tartelette pans. We already used them for fruit tarts Father’s Day.
Right after they moved my mom went to Germany for an art class and then a side trip to Vienna. She of course brought home all kinds of goodies for us. We got them in early July and I’ll have ya’ll know we still have almost ALL of the chocolate!! First is the stash of “grown up” chocolate, the boys must be angels if they want me to share any of these. The only one Josh and I have tried so far is the honey salted almond and it is fantastic! We also have red wine, chili, Jamaican rum, strawberry mint and iced coffee.
While at the Ritter Sport store Oma also had special chocolate bars made for the boys. This year they did their research in advance and let her know what they wanted!! They are very excited about these chocolate bars. Notice how they like sprinkles and mini Smarties!
She also brought home this wonderful wild strawberry tea. I’ve been enjoying it iced. It’s so bloody hot here that I can’t think of hot tea very often, but this strawberry tastes fantastic over ice. Josh also got some coffee but I didn’t get a picture of that before he opened it into the canister and threw out the package. Along with the strawberry theme she also brought me this beautiful two tiered serving dish.
Earlier in the month I made some dulce de leche which was very popular. As I promised here are a few ways we enjoyed eating it….with roasted peaches and ice cream, in a crepe with toasted hazelnuts, in a pumpkin bread (based on this recipe) and on a ricotta peach pizza with fresh mint. They were all delicious and now our stash is gone!
Speaking of the ricotta peach pizza, we make pizzas about every two weeks. It’s a fun weekend dinner, though even better in the winter as it heats up the house a bit. We really need to build an outdoor pizza oven someday! Here are the other three pizzas we made that same night. Eggplant parmesan using some eggplants from the market, roasted and made into a dip along with roasted tomato sauce and fresh basil from the garden. Prosciutto and arugula, a family favorite! Finally, mexican using refried beans, corn from the market, cheddar cheese and tomatoes…with a tomato free zone for the kids! It may have been even better with shredded lettuce and crema but I didn’t have any, next time maybe.
Here is what’s in my “camping kitchen”, or should I say Josh’s kitchen. We’re getting ready to go camping again and he has been a bit obesssed with making various camp stoves out of all sorts of cans. He goes to the store just to buy cans to make these stoves…canned green beans (yuck, I won’t eat them), Foster’s beer cans, canned chicken….luckily he may have finally found what he was hoping for. Yesterday he took one design for a spin in the backyard. Of course that meant I had to whip up some muffin batter and here is what happened…the batter gets placed in what is like a small cake pan which sits on it’s wire handle to avoid direct heat contact. That then sits in a sauce pan with a handle and gets covered. This all sits on top of a can which is on another can with fire in it. The end result was a delicous “camp cake” as Daddy called it. The boys defenitely approved!
I believe that sums up our month. It’s so hard to remember yesterday, let alone what happened during the whole month! Next time we should have camping kitchen pictures as well as back to school lunches!! Or ready made dinners since swim practice starts up again this week and we will get home right about dinner time so there better be something ready for my little piggies. Don’t forget to check Celia’s comment section for links to kitchens across the globe.