What’s in my kitchen this month? At the moment – not very much. Well, not that I’m going to photograph. There are hats, coats and gloves discarded on the floor as it’s warm in the kitchen and nobody wants to leave them down in a cold hallway, the dog lies pressed up against the aga and my recipe file has been sitting on the dresser for the last fortnight with cuttings and recipe cards spilling out while I try to reorganise it.
I’ve been making some simple wreaths from twisted branches cut from the hedgerows, which I’ll decorate later in the month but meanwhile, they’re drying out in the kitchen.
The Christmas cake has been closeted in the pantry for the past month, removed every now and then to be laced with brandy.
Being fairly thrifty nature, I try not to waste food. It’s illegal for us to feed livestock (and that of course included my hens and ducks) with food that originated in the kitchen. I don’t want to be the person who accidentally introduces a disease that devastates the British livestock industry, so I keep scrupulously to the rules, however pointless I think they may be. That means that the crusts of bread have to go in the food waste bin to be carted away by the refuse lorry and though I know that it goes to compost, it does seem a strange thing to do. If I have the end of a loaf left in the bread bin I try to make breadcrumbs to store in the freezer, though sometimes I find the bread has gone mouldy before I get around to it. At this time of year I’m far more diligent so that I’ve got plenty of breadcrumbs for stuffings and bread sauce for Christmas Dinner.
The Advent Calendar. I wish I’d thought about this earlier and wrapped the bottles in decorative paper, tied with pretty ribbons and put them all in a stylish box. Instead of that, the bottles are wrapped in tissue paper that’s come from parcels delivered in the post or been wrapped around clothes purchases and the bottles have been stuffed into an old cardboard box. It’s not a pretty sight in the kitchen, but the contents make up for it. Next year I shall plan ahead. Maybe.
The view through the kitchen window onto a frosty vegetable garden. Leafless trees, frosted plants and a lot of bare earth with the sun casting a feeble light on the wall. We’re still pulling beetroot and digging up artichokes, leeks and parsnips but that’s about all. Roll on spring.
What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.