Spring is nearly here, can you feel it? We survived February and I’m quite looking forward to a new month. I wasn’t feeling up to full strength much of the month due to a cold that wouldn’t go away. Add in digestive issues and it just wasn’t a fun food month. It was survival mode for a while, keep the boys fed and don’t fall asleep during the day! I’m finally feeling close to 100% and looking forward to another In My Kitchen roundup with our lovely hostess Maureen at The Orgasmic Chef.
In my kitchen, before I got sick Valentine’s weekend, I managed to whip up some gingerbread love shacks. We didn’t get around to making gingerbread houses for Christmas so I figured some love shacks for Valentine’s Day would be perfect. They were great, just the right size. It’s a new cookie cutter, nice and small. Each house is pretty much a single serving, the boys were thrilled with these.
This month Sean finally got his turn to plan and help cook brunch. He was beyond thrilled, and frankly the best helper. He followed directions and behaved well. He spotted a watermelon in the store and had to have it, one of his favorite fruits. Not exactly being in season I didn’t want one, but alas it was his meal. We got some sausage and eggs at the farmer’s market and made those as well. His favorite though were fried biscuits.
I believe it was last summer the boys and I went to Biscuit Heads and had biscuit donuts. They served them with lemon curd for a dipping sauce. First Sean and I tried to stuff our biscuit donuts with pears from our trees, but I decided it was too much work! Then we decided for Sean a chocolate dipping sauce would be perfect. The biscuit donuts were the hit of the brunch and Sean was so incredibly proud it was adorable.
A while back Josh was ordering electronic supplies from China. He made the mistake of letting me know the company had lots of kitchen goodies! Jack picked out these yogurt glasses. In this picture they are filled with butterscotch pudding.
Earlier this month I finally got to the Indian market. I always mean to go more often and don’t. The trip was a success, I got the black mustard seeds I went for (recipe coming soon). I found plenty more including white and black sesame seeds, brown basmati rice, lychee juice (great for cocktails), some cookies Josh apparently likes a lot and more.
This past weekend Josh installed these floating shelves I ordered from Etsy. I had them custom made to fill a small wall in the kitchen. This is the wall where ages ago we had a phone hanging, then I had some framed photographs covering the phone jack. When we recently painted the kitchen we patched the wall and I finally had room for a little more storage! The jars on the bottom will stay, the boys use them everyday for their drinks. The other two shelves I’m playing around still. I pulled out everything that didn’t have a home yet and put it on the shelves. It’s looking cluttered so I’ll change it up soon.
We went to a birthday party on the other side of town over the weekend. That means a trip to Total Wine while we were close! I was there to get gin, plus of course anything else that looked good. After trying a couple gin samples and speaking with an employee I discovered this one by Hadley & Sons. It’s made right here in South Carolina! It’s fantastic, we opened the bottle before I could even get a photo.
It’s that time of year again, in my kitchen I have seedlings growing on the table. We start many of our plants indoors, the biggest ones being peppers and tomatoes. I also have some eggplant, okra, broccoli, cauliflower… I think the garden is going to get bigger this year.
And finally here is my electronic copy of The Clever Cookbook by Emilie Raffa. You probably recognize her from her blog The Clever Carrot. Her recipes are brilliant. We’ve already had the chicken pot pie (it was so popular I had to make it a second time and double it) and the chicken and broccoli stir fry. She breaks her recipes down into simple steps and makes it doable for a weeknight meal. It got me back on track to prepping larger quantities to make each night easier.
That sums up what’s in our kitchen. What is in your kitchen? Head on over to The Orgasmic Chef to see what is happening in kitchens across the globe.