Welcome to my kitchen, joining Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial once again.
In my kitchen … blackberries and apples. The recent rain has meant that ripe blackberries are quickly going squidgy, resulting in some spectacularly purple hands by the end of a picking session, but we still have plenty of unripe blackberries around here. Michaelmas Day on 29th September is the day that the devil spits on blackberries, if you believe in such things, but Old Michaelmas Day* is nearer the mark for a final picking for us. We’ve had blackberries in cakes, blackberry & apple betty, crumble and pies …
In my kitchen … sourdough bread. Successful, risen, light and tasty sourdough bread. I’ve been making sourdough bread for a few years but it’s been very hit and miss. Apart from my sourdough fruit buns, most of it has been more miss than hit. Dense, heavy loaves that haven’t baked properly or loaves so full of holes that there was nowhere to spread the butter have been my sourdough trademark. I forget to feed the starter, baulk at throwing away perfectly good starter as instructed and finally throw it into a bag and leave it in the freezer. Clearing out the freezer recently I found a bag labelled 2010 sourdough starter and thought I’d reactivate it. I remembered to feed it, instead of throwing away the surplus starter I used it to make cheese and sweetcorn pancakes and perhaps most crucially, followed a different recipe to normal. Things looked promising when I came down one morning to find the starter had pushed the lid off the container and dripped down the side of the kitchen cupboard to form a pool on the floor and indeed the bread turned out particularly well. The starter is still bubbling away so maybe I’ll persevere this time.
In my kitchen … raspberries. Yes, we’re still picking raspberries though the rain today may finish them off. I’ve been mixing the raspberries with apples and blackberries and quite frankly am running out of ideas and enthusiasm for dealing with them. These little lemony raspberry buns work well with blackberries too and using granulated sugar for the icing gives them a crunchy topping.
In my kitchen … a hand made cupboard. This tiny cupboard was made by my sister and nephew from recycled bits and pieces and inside it is my nutmeg grater and the last couple of nutmegs brought back from holiday years ago.
It’s difficult to believe that the little boy who daubed his initials on the back was the same young man whose 21st birthday party we went to last week. Where did those years go?
Through the window … the garden on an overcast day. the sweetpeas are still flowering, the runner bean canes are on the lean, the leeks are growing strongly and the artichokes in the back corner are enormous. Does anyone know when we should harvest Jerusalem artichokes? The leaves on the trees are just beginning to change colour and the window is firmly shut. I must learn that before taking photos, I should do the weeding and clean the window.
What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.
*Old Michaelmas Day is 10th October. It’s all to do with Great Britain switching from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, when eleven days were lost as 3rd September became 14th September.