Before I knew it, January 2024 was here and I was back at work. Business started off with a trickle, followed by a few intense days, before things went back to normal. We had friends pop in for a drink and stay for dinner, and then we met them for lunch and an olive oil tasting. Summer is making her mark with extremely hot weather and a lot of wind. Typical for this time of the year, and I am so grateful for our swimming pool. Other than meeting friends for dinner, we also had Burns Night at our house as is traditional. And we had house guests which is always a blessing.
Cooking up a storm
As I work full time, baking and blog cooking only happens on the weekends. I did a recipe a day during the December holidays, so a lot of what I share for the next while will be from then. I baked pistachio cantuccini and cherry chocolate clafoutis. And as Dave fell in love with sour cherry juice on Turkish Airlines, I made sour cherry jam. To make my lamb ribs, I had to make a braai marinade, as well as mint labneh for serving. Corn hummus was a spur of the moment creation for our afternoon crudités and a no knead sourdough loaf of bread was baked when I revived my sourdough starter for the summer.
The poor state of my scullery in January 2024
In December I noticed that one side of the dishwasher unit was damaged. Dave thinks that the outlet pipe must have had a blockage and that water came back out of it. In order for the panel to be replaced, the dishwasher had to come out! Luckily for us, we have a gap it can go into, that has been set up for a tumble dryer. Something we don’t need, but future owners of the house might want. I confess that I do not know how anyone copes with having their dishwasher on the floor. Mine is lifted so that I don’t have to bend over, and the cutlery tray, which is on top, is just under shoulder height. I cannot wait for the new one to arrive, and for Dave to put everything back where it belongs! In the meantime, I am sharing a photo of the rearranged unit.
This is my February submission to the #IMK series hosted by Sherry. Each month bloggers around the world gather to share what is new in their kitchens.
See the links below for blog posts I published on February 1:
- 2023: January 2023 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2021: Butterscotch Soft Serve
- 2019: Vegan Ice Cream
- 2017: January 2017 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2016: Mandy’s Salad Dressing
- 2013: January and February 2013 In My Kitchen
- 2012: February 2012 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2011: Scallop Pizza