in my kitchen – July

Flowers from the garden. The roses are fantastic this year with masses of flowers and an intense scent, making them ideal for rose petal jam and syrup.

The view through the window on a slightly overcast July day, rather typical of the summer so far. We’ve stopped cutting the asparagus and let it grow, the Jerusalem Artichokes have grown like weeds (I’ll dig them up to make Fartichoke Soup) and those beans that the slugs didn’t eat are just beginning to wind their way up the canes.

Dried orange peel. I dry our orange peel because it makes an excellent fire lighter. In the winter it gets used up every day, but now we aren’t lighting the fire it gets saved in a big jar. I know people think it’s a strange thing to do, but it makes lighting the fire a doddle.

Bread. I’ve been trying to make at least one sort of different bread each month. These are made using Paul Hollywood’s Iced Fingers recipe. I never understood why people bought Iced Fingers from the supermarket as they always seemed to be rather boring bread rolls topped with a thick splodge of icing but then I watched the contestants make these on The Great British Bake Off and was converted. These buns taste good if simply iced but when filled with jam and cream they are utterly delicious.

As they are so much easier to make than brioche, I don’t ice them all but eat some with raspberry jam as an alternative to brioche for Sunday breakfast.

Kitchen dresser. Most things on my kitchen dresser are functional; it’s a handy place for jugs and jelly moulds but too much clutter (phone chargers, opened mail and a roll of parcel tape to name but three things currently residing there) annoys me. Breaking my rule, this jug and glasses are purely decorative. Bill won them in a raffle when he was a boy and I love the colour and unevenness of them. We bought the plate behind when we were on our honeymoon and it makes me smile.

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15 thoughts on “in my kitchen – July

  1. knitsofacto says:

    Back when we had an open fire I used to dry the orange peel for a fire lighter too, and I kept bunches of dried lavender stalks to start fires as well. Effective and the scents were delicious 😀


  2. Jo Norman (@daisyley) says:

    Dare I tell you what we called the iced buns we had for tea at school …. sticky willies …. well it was a girls convent school! Yours look delicious and infinitely nicer than the supermarket ones.


  3. heidiannie says:

    I keep lavender stalks for firestarters- pour wax on top of dryer lint, and use pine cones dipped in wax- but I’ve never used orange peel. What a good idea!


  4. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Another lovely post from your kitchen Anne! Your flowers are so pretty and what a lovely view from your window…your garden is so tidy! The buns looks delicious, I think they are equivalent to the Australian finger bun.


  5. Glenda says:

    Hi Anne
    I never knew about the orange peel trick – very interesting.
    Everything looks lovely but your vegie patch looks out of this world. It is so neat.


  6. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial says:

    Anne, thanks for playing, and I didn’t know the orange peel trick either! Great tip to tuck away, thank you..

    It must be such a joy to look out on that magnificent veg garden, and your flowers are simply magnificent – I don’t think I could bear to cook them up! Your bread looks fantastic, and that V & B plate brings back lovely memories, thank you.. 🙂


  7. Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Your kitchen is full of lovely things – as always! Got to try the iced bun recipe – H absolutely adores these. In fact I am wondering whether it is a safe plan to release awareness that they can be made at home and therefore potentially demanded at any point rather than occasionally bought! Jo’s name for them however tips the balance! If I get no peace as a result it’s your fault!! E x


  8. bizzylizzycooks says:

    Anne, so many lovely things in your kitchen this month. Fresh flowers in the home are so beautiful, aren’t they!


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