May 2021 Showcasing In My Kitchen

May 2021 was bracketed by two weekends away. The first was spent in Tulbagh with Eric and Bev. And the second at a gourmet getaway in Swellendam. Friends of ours from Knysna met us there and we had a superb time.

May 2021 Savoury Recipes

I started off by making a tahini and soy dressing to go with spicy roast potatoes. A great loaf of sandwich bread was proved overnight and eaten the following day. And I made a sun dried tomato bread that was a little bit more intricate. If that was not enough bread, I also baked a Japanese milk bread to use for lobster ‘rolls’. We ate beef barbacoa a few times as I made the recipe twice to perfect it, and cooked enough for the freezer both times.

On the sweet side

As I had an abundance of oranges, I dried them in my oven. These were used to decorate a tart as well as served as a garnish for duck breasts. We devoured a batch of pistachio and cranberry cookies as well as the tea biscuits I baked. I baked a huge batch of cinnamon bun rusks to deal with afternoon cravings. They store very well so are perfect for big batch baking.

One new thing in my kitchen

Well, not that new as my dad bought this for me when he went to the Asian grocer. This sweet bean paste was used to make my XO sauce. The recipe will be shared on the blog next month.

Sweet Bean Paste May 2021
Sweet Bean Paste

This is my June submission to the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry. Each month bloggers around the world gather to share what is new in their kitchens. 

I learnt yesterday of the death of Kim Bultman, who might be known to bloggers as A Little Lunch. I ‘met’ Kim through an IMK post and I wish her family peace in this time of loss.

Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime June 2:

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17 thoughts on “May 2021 Showcasing In My Kitchen

  1. I tried using tahini in salad dressing yesterday, remembering your suggestion. It’s a nice idea. Kind of like peanut sauce in texture but a different taste. All your breads sound good.

    best… mae at

  2. I never knew you could dry oranges! I definitely want to try that. Everything you made looks so delicious to me.

  3. it was so very sad to hear about Kim. she was only just 63! a mere baby. hope your month is going well, and thanks for joining in IMK. Great to have you!

  4. Love the sundried tomato twist and the Japanese milk bread! As always I am so impressed by your organisation and neat presentation 🙂 being Chinese, sweet bean paste is something I’m quite familiar with – impressive to see that you managed to find it near you!

    1. My dad had to buy it where he lives as I can never find Asian ingredients here. Next on my list is special dumpling dough 🙂

  5. I know the two of you must enjoy your weekends away. It has been well over a year since we have traveled anywhere. One thing, you mentioned to Francesca that you had been in lockdown for 433 days and vaccine rollouts has just started. Do you feel safe traveling under those circumstances? I think you are more brave than I am.

    1. I feel very safe. Our country has done amazing things to ensure we are as protected as we can be. Masks are compulsory and everything is sanitised 🙂

  6. Never made Japanese milk bread before and the roast potatoes with soy tahini sound very delicious.
    Yes, very sad about Kim and of course a very difficult time for family and friends.

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