We have had a slew of public holidays in April 2017. The first was the Easter long weekend. This was followed by Freedom Day on the 27th. The 26th is my Dad’s birthday and it must be quite nice knowing that the day after a celebration you get time off to recover. Monday was May Day and yesterday we arrived back at work. This post has been scheduled in advance so hopefully everything ran smoothly while we were away.
Severin Sous Vide Cooker
Dave has wanted a sous vide cooker for quite some time and so I decided to spoil him a bit and bought one. I am making very good use of it and will blog more about sous vide in a separate blog post.
Severin Vacuum Sealer
I had the choice of buying the sous vide with our without the vacuum sealer. I chose to go with the combination option and I regret my choice. The Severin vacuum sealer needs special embossed bags. At R7 a pop this could make using the sous vide cooker quite expensive. I have worked around this issue with thanks to some experimentation and recommendations. I have cheap vacuum sealer bags and place a strip of the embossed material across the food and leave it sticking out the bag. This is then vacuum sealed.
The Cookie Jar
Together with my copy of The Cookie Jar was a biscuit. Dave was feeling peckish and so I took the photograph and set the book aside to review. This took somewhat longer than I expected.
April 2017 #FOMO Box and Gift Basket
The April 2017 #FOMO box had a few goodies which will be well used in my kitchen. I am looking forward to trying the Goan fish curry as well as the Hope handcrafted salt river gin. The Turkish delight and guava & orange jam will be set aside for when my parents come to visit. The gift basket was given to a friend of ours while he was in hospital. The deal for bringing all the treats back to his house was that I got the basket. It looks really good on my dining room table and will be used for fruit.
I am getting new baking trays and tins as I need them for the new kitchen. Last month I bought the Paul Hollywood endorsed baking tray. It has seen a lot of use already with a batch of scones in preparation for scone week in August and loaves of sourdough bread.
I have to confess I am all chutneyed out! Friends this year be warned, you will be getting foodie gifts for your birthdays. This mango chutney was a gift after Dave and I went to the annual Waterkloof member’s event.
This month sees a new host for #IMK. I am linking up with Sherry and wish her the best of luck with this series.