|In Evelyn's kitchen in Fairfax, VA: White Darjeeling Tea.|
Time for the wrap-up of what's been happening in my kitchen in Ann Arbor and in Evelyn and Tom's kitchen in Fairfax for the month of July. The first three weeks of July in Ann Arbor were very quiet. Michigan produce came in rather slowly, so we were still buying things like corn and fruit that were grown further south. Then we drove to Fairfax on our way to our next big vacation.
The World is a Kitchen
Very much in my thoughts: the worsening food-supply disaster in the world at large. I sadly read a new report on the increase in global hunger. Also, I contemplate the looming global grain shortage caused by the war in Ukraine and crop failures caused mainly by droughts in many countries. A statement from the head of the UN World Food Program: “ a record 345 million acutely hungry people are marching to the brink of starvation" — a 25% increase from 276 million at the start of 2022 before Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. The number stood at 135 million before the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.” (source). I'm aware of these human disasters when I think about the bounty of foods available easily in my life.
The world is very large. There’s a lot of it that I still want to see so far in my life. Starting Saturday, July 30, I’ll be leaving the country and maybe leaving internet access. So I may not be checking comments here very often or reading and commenting on other blogs. I will do my best to be in touch with all my blogger friends in the wide world. If not during the trip, I’ll be back to see all of you at the end of August.
From Evelyn and Tom’s Kitchen
|We visited Evelyn, Tom, and Alice in Fairfax, VA. |
Evelyn and Tom made us some fabulous mussels.
At Home: Grilling
|Once in the month we grilled real burgers with special sauce and grilled corn.|
|Beautifully dark lamb chops with a dish of white beans.|
French dishes for Paris in July
|French potato salad (pommes á l'huile).|
|A rolled omelet that Len made for breakfast.|
Cauliflower Cheese with a twist...British cauliflower cheese is a casserole generally made with steamed cauliflower, white sauce with mild cheddar, and a topping of cheddar and maybe bread crumbs. The casserole is baked in the oven to heat through and brown the topping.
I changed it a bit. For the vegetable, I used roasted cauliflower (less weepy) with some onion and sweet potato added. For the sauce I made a slightly more robust brown sauce with some spices and mild goat cheese added. For the topping I used pepper jack cheese. I just like things spicier!
|Vegetables, sauce, and melted cheese.|
Ready Made Food
|New to us: Trader Joe's Kung Pao Chicken|
(not bad at all)
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Shared with Sherry’s In My Kitchen for August.