This was not intentional, but more of a shopping happy accident - for some reason there seemed to be an overwhelming selection of dark edible things in my kitchen and I have no idea why, especially as Halloween is way off and I don't even have a black supper menu planned either, well not until now.
Let me begin with this jar of Black Butter that I picked up the last time I was in Bristol from the a pop up market. It is made from apples, cider, clack treacle, licorice and spices. This Black Butter is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Its a jammy product that could compliment both sweet and savoury dishes. If you like the sound of this, then you may also like to my homemade Sweet Black Sesame Seed Butter too.
l saw these Charcoal Biscuits and picked them up for two reasons, they were available at a reduced price and secondly, curiosity. I like trying new things. Well, I disliked it, it was like eating ash. The texture of these savoury plain biscuits to be eaten with cheese I guess, was just too gritty for my liking that I spat it out, honest.
My one and only sister in law gave brought back this bottle of Sarab Date Liquorr a few years back from her holidays overseas. I had forgotten about it, but now that I could it I am still unsure how to use it - any suggestions, fellow cocktail shakers!
l also have a packet of Tunisian dates in my fridge to eat as it or to throw into some flapjacks or bliss balls.
I picked up this Lyles Black Treacle over Christmas with plans to make gingerbread cookies, it never happened, looking for other new recipe ideas so that I can crack open the lid. Otherwise I think it may be a homemade BBQ glaze or gingerbread loaf or maybe even gingerbread cakes .
And a couple of jars. One sweet: Cherry and Brandy Conserve that my mother in law gave to us over Christmas, this one has a groovy little spoon attached to it; and smooth Quince paste to be eaten with cheese.
In an attempt to make more grain salad dishes, I have lots of grains to share. First a packet Wild Rice Mix - I know exactly what I am doing with this, come the weekend.
A packet of Black Quinoa and Black Rice.
A big bag of Pelican Rouge Ethiopie coffee beans. This was gifted to me a couple of years back. The packet got lost in the back of my kitchen cupboards and got all squished, but the contents well in tact. D made some proper coffee over the weekend, ground the beans and all that. I have to say, this coffee was one of the nicest I have had in a long time.I have some Sri Lankan Raw Red Rice which I will cook up the next time I make a curry style dinner.
Toasted Giant Cous Cous - More grains for the lunch box.
Some Tapioca to make Pudding. I hated tapioca when I was a child, but I am going to give it a go again to see if I like it now that I am much more older, especially as I don't mind chia seeds. I do love the packaging of this brand.
And finally the last black ingredient in my kitchen - Black Beans. Over the weekend, I even made a Black Bean dish that I will share later in the week
I am sharing this with Bizzy Lizy Good Things for In My Kitchen series. IMK was started by Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and its one of my favourite blog events to join in with as I get to nosy in other peoples kitchen, please do join in.