May 2023 was a fantastic month! Dave and I went to Italy and spent some time with Mark and Eva. We had a hectic week in Naples and then went and did very little in Pugnochiuso. The trip home was exhausting and interesting. Exhausting because we woke up at 5:45 on Sunday and only took off about 1am the following day. And interesting because we did a guided tour of Istanbul and saw a few amazing places. I did very little in the way of cooking and baking for my blog. This was not planned, but we were very busy socially when we came back.
Recipes I shared in May 2023
I scheduled posts for while we were away, so all of these are dishes I had made before we left at the end of April. For a quick lunch I made cauliflower bites one day, and then baked feta and bazlama the next. We had friends over for a meal and I made ajoblanco to start and slow roasted brisket for our main course. And the last sourdough loaf I baked was a seeded sourdough. I have a smoothie every workday morning, and this month I made an apple smoothie to post for the blog. I also served vanilla semifreddo as a dessert.
Shopping in Italy in May 2023
We always come home with a few things when we travel. Some are the basics like olive oil and garlic. And the rest are things I have on my very extensive look overseas list. The herbs were bought from a small store in Vieste and I have used a generous pinch in a tomato and aubergine pasta. They have strong chilli pepper flakes in them so I shall use them with caution when I create the next recipe. The pistachio chocolate was delicious, and the only one that made it home with us. I also bought lemon and ginger which was interesting. I don’t know if the semolina we get here is as fine as the rimacinata below so I bought a pack to see. This is reground so I take it the semola will be fine – I will report back. The farmer style artichokes were super cheap! They were just over €1 and we came home with 2 bottles and ate one while we were on holiday. Dave has dished up one jar already as snacks and I will use the other for a pasta dish.
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.
View the previous posts on June 1:
- 2022: May 2022 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2020: Ginger Coffee Popsicles
- 2018: Umami Pasta
- 2016: June 2016 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2015: Creamy Black Pepper, Feta And Herb Dressing
- 2013: June 2013 Showcasing In My Kitchen
- 2012: Waffle Batter
- 2011: Chicken Tagine