what's been going on in my kitchen

i thought it's about time for another food-related post, i love seeing photos of food and some links to recipes on my favourite blogs from time to time, so here we go. as many of you have seen on friday already, i had a winter jam-making session. and it felt soo good! i had frozen blackberries which i picked from my parents garden back in september and now made some regular blackberry jam and some blackberry and red currant jam. there's no better way to bring some summer into a wet and grey winter's day!

we're having a lot of soups and stews in winter (mainly potato soup or a tomato-sauce based stew with white cabbage, pickles, minced meat and lots of hot spices, which we call "mitternachtssuppe", midnights's soup). the best thing about having soup is the homemade bread accompanying it, i think. we've tried the WHO bread from The Rhythm of Family, but we also love a less sweet version without the honey. i usually experiment a little with different kinds of wholegrain flours.

and i actually made something that i pinned on pinterest! (thus linking up with Polkadot Lane's Pin It? Make It!) i pinned this awesome recipe by Some the Wiser and then made it the next day and it was so so so so gooood! i made it for dinner the same day (with scrambled eggs as a side) and for lunch again the next day. pictured above is my version without the croissant but with wholewheat sandwich bread and cheese on both sides, yum!

totally untypical for germans, the little man and i are having oatmeal for breakfast or for a mid-morning snack several times a week. i love mine with a dash of cranberry jam or homemade blackberry jam, he loves his with fennel honey syrup (it's a traditional cough remedy, but we use it even when we're feeling fine to sweeten tea or, oatmeal!)

and then i have been making bacon-wrapped dates multiple times in the last weeks. i just.can't.get.enough.of.them. here is how i prepare them:

* i soak the dates in orange juice (with a little sherry in it too, if you like) for a couple of hours.
* then i put about a teaspoon of cream cheese inside the dates (where the stone used to be),
* wrap them in bacon and put them in the oven for about 15 minutes (180°C, 350°F).
the above photo is proof of how scrumptious they are, i only remembered to take a photo after most of them (and the salad and homemade bread and the avocado) were eaten up.

what have you been up to in your kitchens? anything new or old you'd like to share?


Sara {home is where the cookies are} said...

Oh my goodness. I'd like to come and share what you have in YOUR kitchen!! :)

KatEzat said...

Mmmmm bacon. My fave food word (can you tell I'm a Brit?). You made my mouth water!

Unknown said...

After reading your post Friday about making jam I really wanted to make some. Now I really really want to make some! Where do you get your recipe? I've never made it before but have wanted to for a long time. The bacon & dates sound delicious! I'm in a kitchen slump these days. I should actually start making some of the stuff I've pinned to my food board!

Rachael // Paraders said...

Dang! I wish that was going on in my kitchen! Great photos too!


sylvia said...

hi jen! i already replied on your own blog, but here it is just in case others want more info as well:

i think making jam is really really simple. i make jam using jam-making sugar (if you have 1kg of berries, you'll need 1 kg of jam-making sugar). the first time i made jam, i followed instructions on a german website. i just googled "how to make jam" and found this excellent full picture tutorial: http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/articles/how-to-make-jam

try it out! it's not too hard!
wishing you much joy in your jam-making endeavours!

Kelly @ Polkadot Lane said...

So much yummy, yummy food there. The dates/bacon combo sounds amazing! Thanks for linking up with the Pinterest challenge! x

barefoot mama said...

Can you please come over and cook for me. My goodness your kitchen must smell amazing. I wish we were neighbors:))

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