In My Kitchen: July 2014
We are just returned from a relaxing holiday on Bornholm, which is a small Danish island in the middle of the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden. Lots of fresh air, long walks, gorgeous food and endless hours of daylight. It truly is the land of the midnight sun in June!
In my kitchen is a very unusual vase that I bought on Bornholm. We watched the glass-blower create it while we waited. It’s three small beakers held together with a leather strap. The flowers are from my garden.
In my kitchen is our favourite comfort food: Toad in the hole. This is Claire’s recipe. You’ll find it at Promenade Plantings. I highly recommend her version, and hope she’ll forgive my using little-piggy-pork sausages rather than the vegetarian sort. I served it with buckets of onion gravy.
In my kitchen are fresh cherries from the neighbour’s tree. I gave her a ziploc bag of fresh herbs in exchange.
In my kitchen is a bowl of berry-cherry compote made from the last of 2013’s frozen blackberries, raspberries, some of those cherries I mentioned above, plus a big container of blueberries with a marked-down price at the supermarket. I added a bit of arrow root to thicken the compote as Splenda doesn’t cooperate with the natural pectin in the berries, which is minimal at best anyway. I used a splash of cider vinegar as the acid to balance the sweetness of the Splenda, which to be honest I’m not keen on flavour-wise but it’s what we do when there’s a diabetic who likes compote with morning yoghurt also.
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p.s. All photos in this month’s In My Kitchen were taken with my iPhone 4s and are NOT retouched or fiddled about with. I’m very impressed!