{In my Kitchen} September 2015

How can it possibly be the first of the month already? My kitchen is full of goodies I lugged back half way across the world to Shanghai. They all seemed like a great idea at the time and each and every one of them I couldn’t live without – at the time.

Here we go.

In My Kitchen….

In My Kitchen Sept 2015 | plusatesix.com

…are 1.5kg of chocolate plums from Poland.  The 1kg bag was a gift, the 0.5kg bag I had already bought for Rich. They are hidden away in the apartment and rationed out otherwise we all know Rich would eat the whole lot in one weekend. That one up there was opened purely in the interests of quality control….

In My Kitchen….

In My Kitchen Sept 2015 | plusatesix.com

…is this lovely board I found in TK MAxx of all places – in Lublin, Poland. I was instantly smitten and decided it had to be filed under ‘essential luggage I have to take back to London, down to Cornwall, back up to London and then home to Shanghai’.

In My Kitchen….

In My Kitchen Sept 2015 | plusatesix.com

….is honey. Because we can get fake honey here if we try hard enough. I might have fallen in love with the idea of buying honey from the suburb my brother lives in. The jar behind is truffle honey. I just couldn’t resist. We had it drizzled over a slab of pecorino last night. There, I’ve totally justified both purchases now.

And doesn’t the lovely little TK Maxx bargain chopping board look delightful too? Justified purchase. Tick.

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Carrot & poppy seed spelt soda bread - moist, nutty and ready in an hour! | plusatesix.com

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{In My Kitchen} July 2015

In My Kitchen… …is Mum cunningly camouflaged as an ice cream maker. What can I say? She told me no one wanted to look at her old face…. I saw the machine reduced online to $65 and Mum carried the ice cream maker up in her hand luggage – it joins the food processor I brought…

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If you don’t live in Shanghai the chances are you haven’t heard of The Shanghai Soup Dumpling Index. Yes, such a thing exists and I challenge all xiaolongbao fans out there to create one for your city too – all you need are a set of digital scales, a pair of calipers and maybe a cholesterol check after…

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With a  few pantry staples you can produce a versatile and ever so easy rich tomato sauce.   How many times have you asked what would you like for dinner tonight and gotten the response whatever/ I don’t care/ whatever you cook is good / that’s your department not mine….. Hand on heart, I don’t think I’ve…

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{In My Kitchen} June 2015

Pinch, punch first of the month. Yay! It’s June 1st and you know what that means right? Without further ado, here’s what’s going on In My Kitchen this month…. In My Kitchen….. …there’s a new cookbook. I cooked along with the lovely Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella when she shared the recipe for Pea, Corn…

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Perfect for party food or lunch boxes, these gluten free pumpkin & parmesan muffins are moreish and infinitely adaptable| Plus Ate Six

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Perfect nibbles for a party or a great addition to a lunch box , these gluten free pumpkin & parmesan muffins are infinitely adaptable. Softened onion and pumpkin give a lovely sweet flavour and unlike lots of gluten free muffins the vegetables give them a moist, not dry and crumbly texture. Totally moreish, I guarantee you won’t be able…

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