in my kitchen – June

Once again I’m joining in with Celia’s In My Kitchen where bloggers around the world link to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to give a peek into their kitchens.

In my kitchen this June …

sourdough huffer… sourdough huffers. I’ve been playing around with my huffer recipe. Although the flavour of a sourdough huffer is good, I think I prefer the softer texture of a huffer made with yeast rather than the slightly chewier sourdough. They also rose a bit more than I anticipated so that only those with the biggest mouths could bite into a filled huffer.

In my kitchen this June …

eggs… eggs, eggs and more eggs. I have two ducks each sitting on a clutch of eggs. On the one hand I’m happy to let them sit because it means fewer eggs to collect and deal with but on the other hand, I really don’t need any more ducks. The only consolation is that my ducks usually sit for a couple of weeks before wandering off, leaving a deserted nest of half brooded eggs. Meanwhile, any visitor is pressed to take away a box of eggs and I’m constantly searching for recipes that use as many eggs as possible.

In my kitchen this June …

picnic ingredients

… preparations for a picnic. Labneh cheese made using Elizabeth’s instructions in her IMK post at Mrs Thomasina Tittlemouse to eat with roasted peppers and slices of sourdough bread toasted and dried in the oven, followed by chocolate fruit cake and lemon squash

lemon squash recipemade using my mother’s recipe (albeit with rather less sugar than the original called for). Refreshing when diluted with water or soda water, uplifting when mixed with Raspberry Gin.

In my kitchen this June …

flowers from the garden

… flowers from the garden. Chive flowers and ladies bonnets behind the kitchen sink, to bring a little cheer when faced with a mountain of dirty pots and pans.

In my kitchen this June …

view from the kitchen window… the view from the kitchen garden, which I hoped would be looking a little greener by now. The potatoes are up and if you took a magnifying glass to your screen you might see a few sparse rows of carrots and beetroot. The asparagus is in full swing, pushing through every day but there’s no sign yet of any runner beans even though the canes have been tied together in anticipation.

What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial?

23 thoughts on “in my kitchen – June

  1. Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Your huffers look amazing! I love your original huffer recipe – so does the rest of the household and they have not forgotten how you served them in your post last year – with bacon and fried eggs! Your picnic looks gorgeous – glad you liked the labneh cheese idea – so simple but so delicious as all the best picnic food is. I sympathise with the egg glut issue although I think the bantams are beginning to ease off now which is perhaps just as well or we will all look like eggs we’ve eaten so many! Homemade lemon squash / lemonade … mmm! Summer is really here at last! Enjoy! E x


  2. andreamynard says:

    How fantastic that we have sun at last and picnic food with lemon squash seems perfect. Great squash recipe, especially with the raspberry gin. Not sure which is the prettiest, those lovely eggs or the chive flowers. Great idea to enjoy the chive flowers by the sink – if only my windowsill in front of the sink wasn’t still crammed with a succession of seedlings, I’d be tempted to copy your fab idea.


  3. Auburn Meadow Farm says:

    I never heard of a huffer before but they look delicious.

    Pickled eggs are my favorite way to use up eggs, especially the little pullet eggs that are almost all yolk. They last much longer than the food safety fearmongers say, and I don’t even keep them refrigerated.

    Here’s my recipe – I make them like Mexican pickled vegetables, so they have onion, carrot and jalapeno. They make the best sandwiches…

    I love your header and your garden looks great. We had late frosts and I haven’t planted much yet – now I’m falling farther and farther behind. I think I’m in denial that this is actually the 154th day of 2013… can you believe the year is nearly half over??


  4. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Your huffers look perfect Anne, yum! The duck eggs are so pretty. Your picnic food looks very tasty…I need to try drying some sourdough in the oven as you have done. Your kitchen garden looks warm and sunny! Thanks for sharing.


  5. lizzygoodthings says:

    I’ve not heard of Huffers before Anne, but they sound delicious. Your garden is so green and flourishing!


  6. invisiblespice says:

    I love the colours of your eggs. I assume the blue ones are from your ducks. Which hens laid the brown eggs? I used to have a Welsummer and a Barnevelder that laid rich brown eggs. Your picnic lunch sounds inviting.


  7. Judy @Savoring Today says:

    I know how you feel about your garden, I planted a few weeks ago and the plants just don’t seem as happy as they should be … starting to think watched plants are like watched water. 😉 Love your picnic lunch — that’s what the world needs, more picnics!


  8. heidiannie says:

    I was thinking about your garden beds the other day as I viewed my very unsatisfactory garden. They look so orderly and neat and ready to burst with veg. Mine are green with weeds and bursting with very BAD clay based dirt. I’m going to lay down a layer of black plastic and go for container gardening again this year.
    Your huffers are beautiful, picnic looks promising and those duck eggs are simply lovely!


  9. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial says:

    Anne, now I want to make huffers too! Or at least huffer shaped bread! Did you cut your round into quarters and bake them in a round tin like last time, or into even smaller wedges. They look absolutely fabulous! We are nearly out of eggs – the girls are almost completely off the lay now that it’s colder (and they’re older) and as always, you know how much I adore seeing your garden beds! 🙂 xx


  10. cecilia says:

    I love labneh, it is my favourite cheese to make when we have guests, or not!! your flowers look so lovely, every time I come here i promise myself I will pick more flowers! c


  11. Maureen says:

    I love your kitchen and your garden. Oh to have too many eggs to worry about. I haven’t been like that since I had 18 chickens. I miss them.


  12. Pat Machin says:

    I like the huffers – new to me, too. All gardens are slow this year, even in the South West, it’s so annoying and cuts the choice so much.

    I think chive flowers are much under-rated and make such a delicate showing.

    I wish I had chickens and ducks again. Or that I lived next door to you. 🙂


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