I realize that once again I have left you, dear (and few) readers, without a post for quite awhile. But this time I have a really good explanation! You see, I moved! I moved over August 27th and 28th, and then promptly went out of town until the early days of September. So since I last posted my time has been filled with a lot of packing, moving, and unpacking (and re-acquiring of kitchen staples like bay leaves and baking soda). Needless to say, I haven’t done a lot of cooking, let alone cooking that deserves a blog post. So today, I’m going to tell you about a few things. The first being that – I have a new kitchen!!! I suppose that was fairly obvious given the fact that I have a new apartment. My new apartment is all my own though – this is the very first time I’ve ever lived alone, and so far, I love it. One of the perks of this is that the entire fridge and freezer are mine! My new kitchen is significantly smaller than my old kitchen, and I now have an electric stove rather than gas (whimper) and it’s one of those tiny stoves, on top of everything else. It has virtually no counter space, but I got lucky and scored a prep table type thing from my landlord. I was worried about this kitchen, but now that it’s all set up, I totally love it. It’s very bright, and it has a brand new le creuset kettle on the stove (who put that there?!)
After much bulk store shopping I have built myself up a little pantry on these life-saving open shelves I got at Ikea – without which I would have virtually no room to store dry good foods.
And, last but not least, I actually have a magnetic knife rack thing now! I installed it myself, and shhh you can only tell that it’s crooked if you stand far back and look very closely!
So that’s my new kitchen! I mean sure, I don’t have a giant gas stove anymore. And no, I don’t have anywhere (in the whole apartment) to sit and eat my food at a table; and yes, all my jams and preserves have to live wayyy on top of my cupboards. But in the end, I think it’s a pretty good little kitchen. And yesterday I got a pie pumpkin in my CSA (didja see it there on my pantry shelves?) and so I think that there’s some pumpkin foods in store for the near future of this blog. Now that I’m settled you can expect some regular posts from me again!
In the meantime, I won’t leave you totally without a food post – a week or two before I left my old apartment, Paul and I made a feast of foods in order to try and use up some of the many fruits and veggies from my CSA and from assorted other food projects. We’d bought these BEAUTIFUL wild blueberries when we went up to my uncle’s cottage, and we still had a lot of them left, and I had a few rogue peaches that were very quickly going bad. And so, a cobbler! I had never actually eaten or made a cobbler before, though it is apparently the easiest and most delicious dessert creation in the world. Seriously. Why hadn’t I had cobbler before? It is so good! All those years I spent making apple crisp in university, and never a cobbler! I am in love with cobbler. I am tempted to throw cornmeal biscuits on top of everything I make forevermore. Not surprisingly, I took the recipe from the beloved Smitten Kitchen, and you should take a look at her recipe. I did, as usual, make some changes. The big difference with what I did was that I didn’t have as much fruit as she had. So instead of making a big casserole, I just made this cobbler in a 9-inch pie plate, with the fruit I had, and cut down on the sugar accordingly.
HOWEVER, I opted to make the same amount of biscuit topping, because I figured who doesn’t want full biscuit coverage?! It turned out wonderfully, and like I said, you may catch me dropping cornmeal biscuits on top of nearly everything from now on.
Well friends, stay tuned! I’ll be cooking lots again, especially now that the fall crispness has set in and it’s actually tolerable to stand in a kitchen with appliances that emit heat. I expect that these cooler months will bring a lot more soups and stews to this blog, and also a lot more recipes that aren’t from actual recipes – I tend to cook lots of meals where I indiscriminately throw things in a pot and see what happens. And I’m looking forward to it!