In my kitchen …
The last few crumbs from a piece of this magnificent wedding cake. Bill’s niece was married in Kenya last Saturday and we were lucky enough to be invited. The wedding day was amazing with dancing and singing, hot sunshine, a sumptuous array of food and then a downpour of rain (that made us Brits feel at home). After the cake was cut, the bride and groom each fed a piece to one another, then each of them fed pieces to their new parents-in-law and finally they presented each set of parents with a cake, showing that they will care for them in the future.
While we were away, the cider that we started last month sat quietly bubbling away in the corner. When it was first put into the demijohns it was fermenting so much that it frothed up through the airlock. Now it’s settled down a bit there’s just a gurgle every now and then as a bubble of air bursts out.
Apple chutney quietly bubbling away on the stove.
It may look as if the pantry shelves are full, but apple chutney is my favourite chutney and I thought it would be the best use for the few Bramley apples on the tree this year.
Aloe Vera because I’m always burning myself. Yesterday I picked up a saucepan forgetting that I’d just taken it out of the oven and this morning I burnt my finger on the oven shelf. I knew it was stupid to use a tea towel to move the shelf but the oven gloves were at least three paces away and the tea towel was by my hand. I always put a little of the aloe vera gel onto my burn after I’ve held it under the cold tap for the requisite time, though I’m not sure whether it does anything other than make my hand soft.
Through the kitchen window (now with secondary glazing put back in because it’s getting decidedly cooler) … the rhubarb has flopped, the tomato, runner bean and sweet pea plants have been pulled out, the coriander seeds need picking, the asparagus needs cutting back and the artichokes at the far end are growing even taller.
Not much cooking this time but tomorrow baking begins in earnest with Christmas cake making and green tomato mincemeat.
What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.