I missed out on last months post, mainly because I ran out of time and the other was due to being “suspended “ on WordPress. (Yeah, I’m such a bad girl!)
This In My Kitchen posting neatly summarizes what has been happening in my kitchen over the last month.
At Soup in Sunday I bought another bowl, for condiments this time.
There has been lots of information going around on how to grow things from kitchen scraps. I love scallions and have a hard time getting them to grow. My dad on the other hand gets things to grow for him just by thinking about it.
So scallions are now growing in vases for easy clipping and almost instant regrowth. They will need soil soon, I’m sure
In my kitchen this month are these lovely measuring cups.
How cute are these? They were a Christmas gift from Robert’s daughter Kim. Aren’t they adorable!
I started taking a class (just because) on Nutritional Concepts and Medical Nutritional Therapy so the awareness of what we eat has been in the spotlight. Eating/using a lot of butter (I love butter!) is one thing that has changed. I used to keep at least 5# of butter on hand for baking but now, I hardly have any. If I want to bake, a to run to the store would be required. This step alone has really put a damper on the treats available in my kitchen.
So now baking sweet treats involves some actual thinking about it rather than just jumping in and baking my heart out.
I am teaching a baking class this semester so the advantage of this is I get to play with tons of dough and make all kinds of things all day long. When I come home, the treats aren’t staring me in the face demanding “eat me!”
However, Celia’s Chocolate Nutella frogs had me locating the jar of Nutella and slathering it on to a Trisket and topping that with a few pistachios. Thankfully there are no incriminating photographs!
In my kitchen this month is a new (to me) book, The Bread Baker’s Apprentice authored by Peter Reinhardt.
I find it fascinating. Additionally, I bought a couche for when I make bread. the need has been there for a while, I’m just getting around to buying one.
One of our friends is a friend of Peters. I am hoping to get the book signed one day.
In my kitchen are some great new lenses for the i phone!
There are three of them, wide-angle, fish eye and macro lenses. I am really looking forward to having the time to really learn how to use them effectively.
I’ll do a post on the shots the camera makes with the different lenses.
Here is a shot using the macro lens
So, now it is time to go make bread for the week. Celia’s pain-viennois and Richard Bertinet’s method of kneading the sticky dough mass until smooth and elastic seems just like the therapy I need today.
I’ll make some with chocolate!
Gratitude goes out to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun series of peeking into one another’s kitchens each month.
Promise, I’ll get back on track and not be so late submitting next month.
- Steak House Yeast Rolls (spoonfeast.com)
- Chocolate Chip Nutella Banana Bread (sweetheatchefs.com)
- A European Culinary Essential: 5 Recipes To Celebrate World Nutella Day On February 5 (gadling.com)
- Baking Day (whimsicalwhimsies.com)
11 thoughts on “In My Kitchen February 2013”
I love those scallions and your photography is gorgeous 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
Thank you Uru! It is amazing how many photos you have to take to get one decent one. I am SO grateful for digital!
Pamela, thank you for all the lovely mentions! You’re so kind, and I’m very chuffed to see your gorgeous chocolate pain viennois – it looks absolutely fabulous! The Peter Reinhart book is very nice – I have it, but haven’t delved as deeply into it as I should. And I LOVE your little hedgehog measuring cups! Just too cute! xx
Thanks, this series is so much fun to explore each month! Thanks for starting it.
I love your condiment bowl! I usually buy one soup mug a year at a local pottery gathering and they are my favorite soup containers.
And I keep forgetting to add water to my scallions and come back to find them feathery and dry. Yours look great!
I have 5 lbs of butter in my downstairs refrigerator for baking- I need to keep ahead for my husband’s sweet tooth.
Your bread and photographs look great. I keep trying on the photo level- but don’t seem to get better- just a few lucky shots!
Buying only one or two at a time really makes them special, don’t you think? I need to put my scallions in some soil soon or the roots will overtake the window sill. I WISH I had an extra fridge!
Love that pottery bowl!
Thanks for sharing!
I agree, those measuring cups are to die for.
I can’t help but to smile every time they get used.
Wow. That Iphone lens is amazing. I just got a new camera, which I am struggling to learn how to use. Perhaps I should have just added on to my iPhone??
Love the measuring cups too.
Suspended, how and why?! I love the measuring cups and condiment bowl. Thanks for sharing 🙂