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February round-up

February was month which brought both good and bad for the Kitchenist Network. I’ve been taking a blogging course (don’t laugh, it’s been awesome) which has provided me with ideas and inspiration for my blogs. Ironically, it’s also been taking my time away from blogging. Throw a new job into the equation, and posting overall has been light. Still, there was some posting going on, so here’s what I got up to in February.

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Despite the infrequent posting, February was as tasty as any other month here at Kitchenist. I’ve been keeping up with my resolution to bake more bread, first thinking up a new kind of Banana Bread, and then getting quick and dirty with Nigella’s Lazy Loaf.

Lazy Loaf

I’ve also been finding recipe inspiration in my new workplace. The caterer/traiteur where I work churns out some delicious dishes, and my Beet, J-Choke and Clementine Salad and Celeriac and Apple Soup were both born of ideas I got there.

beet salad

I like to challenge myself and try new things when I can, so this month I did twice. I made my first-ever strata, a delicious number filled with red onion, kale and cheese. Even more adventurous (for me), I whipped up a batch of the most delicious ketchup ever and canned it.

strata

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Though not as many as in some months, I’m really pleased with some of my posts on Kitchenisms in February. In terms of featured spaces, I found the good stuff: a breathtaking Swiss Kitchen, the kitchen of a well-known blogger, and an arty and eclectic space from Marie Claire Maison.

swiss kitchen

I also did a couple of larger design round-ups, which I was quite pleased with. Ten Cool Kitchen Storage Ideas was an assignment for my blogging class, and Ways with Wood was my personal ode to a favourite material.

kitchen storage ideas

In terms of products, I had some favourites. The stunning work of UK ceramacist Virgina Graham took my breath away. I was equally chuffed to stumble across the Etsy shop Ninainvorm; Nina’s whimsical plates and teapots are perfectly covetable.

virgina graham

kitchlit

My review blog Kitchlit got a little love in February. I reviewed the UK-published The Thrifty Cookbook by Kate Colquhoun, a handy little book dedicated to reducing waste and saving money by making you a better cook. I gave it three stars, but think that for beginner cooks, it would be worth even more.

The Thrifty Cookbook