Hanging out in the kitchen for me is often like hanging out with friends. There are the longtime, steady friends that you can always count on right next to the new acquaintances who are quickly proving (or disproving) their worth in my health and lifestyle. I imagine this is true for most of us who do a lot of cooking from scratch.
In my kitchen and pantry more often than not these friends both old and new are stored in glass jars. Things like molasses, maple syrup, leftover whey awaiting a new purpose, applesauce, beans, and more are kept in glass jars until they’re called into service. This keeps things neat and easily spotted with a need for minimal labeling, if any.
New friends like chia seeds are making appearances in my daily smoothies. These days my favorite smoothie is: 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup of water until it gets good and gelatinous. 1 Frozen Banana, 2 Big Handfuls of Raw Spinach, 1/2 Tablespoon Maple Syrup. Blend it all together until it’s good and smooth, adding more water if necessary to keep it all moving.
Old friends like bread still visit my kitchen now and then. I’m still not eating wheat but I do still love making bread so every now and then I bake up a batch for Jeff. This is some cinnamon raisin bread made with the leftover whey from last week’s Ricotta making. Old friends meeting new ones, seems like a good plan not only for the kitchen but for life in general.
What friends are you making or keeping in touch with in the kitchen these days?