July 2021 felt like a repeat of July 2020. We were in level 4 lockdown, curfew was 21h00 and we could not buy alcohol. Dave still owes me a bottle of whisky for my birthday as this year Eric did not have bottles hidden away. The booze ban was lifted the day after my birthday which was celebrated with friends. I did a simple lunch at home, nothing fancy, but lots of food!
Sourdough creations July 2021
I only revive my starter when I have a few recipes to get through. And this month, it was like a marathon. I made sourdough croissants which took 3 days, and at the same time I baked a linseed sourdough loaf and sourdough discard crackers.
I have been sent an abundance of recipe books to test. This is such a blessing, especially as we are not going out that much. Our restaurants are open, but when curfew is so early, and wine sales are prohibited, we need to find other things to do. And from a blogging perspective, I am sharing my reviews and the recipes on a Wednesday. This month I made chunky Italian soup as well as hand cut noodles which were served as zha jiang mian. We had a large batch of vegetable spring rolls and I used the XO sauce for dipping. Not quite traditional but it is time to be daring!
One sweet treat and something new
I managed one dessert this month! This is not what I made as clearly I did dessert for my party. But there was only one dessert recipe that made it onto the blog and that was my honey gelato.
I bought this curry paste when I was in Johannesburg in April. I don’t usually buy a ready made paste but this has proven to be a very good buy. When I am short of time I add a teaspoon of this to some chopped onions. Once I can smell the spices I add the protein and what ever other vegetables I am in the mood for. And that results in a curry in a hurry.
July 2021 Showcasing In My Kitchen, is my August submission to the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry. Each month bloggers around the world gather to share what is new in their kitchens.