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October round-up

It’ll be a short one; I took a good chunk of time off from blogging last month, to make way for my holiday back home to Canada. Still, I did manage to squeeze in some blogging in October- here’s what I got up to over the past four weeks.

kitchenist

I posted a grand total of five recipes on Kitchenist in October, but I always think quality trumps quantity- don’t you agree? There was an unintentional focus on breakfast, what with my Apricot-Cinnamon Porridge and Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn. I think my Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup probably got the most love, though, and no wonder. The robust fall flavours are perfect for the cooling days, and it’s pretty to look at, too.

Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup

When I came home from holiday I continued the focus on fall flavours with a Squash and Chickpea Curry and some Swirly Pumpkin Brownies.

Squash and Chickpea Curry

kitchenisms

Kitchenisms was also leaner due to my holiday last month, but some great stuff made it on to the blog nonetheless. I kicked off the month by rounding up my favourite salt and pepper shakers on Etsy, and later added the work of illustrator Bridbird to that category.

salt and pepper shakers on Etsy

In terms of product finds, I featured the fun and quirky Fred & Friends, and the trendy wares of Pedlars. I also celebrated the opening of London’s first Anthropologie shop by rounding up my favourite items.

Anthropologie round-up

As for lovely kitchens, I stuck to tried-and-true in October. The famous white kitchen from Something’s Gotta Give got some love, as did Ina Garten’s Hamptons barn kitchen. I also posted an ode to every traditionalist’s favourite cooker, the Aga.

Aga ode

kitchlit

There were two cookbooks reviewed on Kitchlit last month, one a four-star success and the other a two-star disappointment. I loved my 26th birthday present Tender, Volume I: A cook and his vegetable patch. By one of my favourite food writers Nigel Slater, this book is chock full of delicious veggie-centric recipes.

Tender, Volume I

In contrast, The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook just wasn’t for me. Many of the recipes contained meat, and those that didn’t just weren’t to my taste. Oh well- you win some, you lose some.