In My Kitchen January 2012

This January 2012 I wish for you all a year that is full of your dreams and wishes, that your cup will always be full, and that you have all that you need. May it be a better year than 2011 and may it hold only joy. And even as I wish this for you, I wish it for myself. I know that there will be sad days in 2012 but I hope that they are few and far between. To start off my year, welcome to what was new in my kitchen in December. Santa visited me this year with a surprise package from Australia:

secret santa In My Kitchen January 2012
secret santa

Dave and I were blessed with our love for each other and our hearts are full.  I have a special dedication for Celia who blogs over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – thank you for your enthusiasm in getting us all to show you a peep into our lives. I have been inspired by you to start my kitchen garden and to keep a record of what I buy. If you want to show us all a peep into your kitchen, please link back to Celia so that she can include you in her round up.

This photograph of my fridge was taken the day after Christmas – there are a lot of left overs and a few tomatoes on the right of the photo that I got from the farmers market. Moddergat Organic Farm have a market every Saturday morning at L’auberge De Paysan and it is really worth going to.

in my fridge january 2012
in my fridge january 2012

and the saying on my chalk board for December:

december quote In My Kitchen January 2012
december quote

I gave John Faure, the winemaker at Vergenoegd a gift of a bottle of Adoro and in return I got a gift of their MCC – this lovely dry pink bubbly has a beer bottle top which is quite different to opening a cork. But the same sound emitted when Dave ‘popped’ it – and the bubbly has a beautiful floral note.

vergenoegd little flower mcc In My Kitchen January 2012
vergenoegd little flower mcc

With the remodel of my cottage kitchen my one rack was moved. I have re-arranged all the bits and pieces and so I have some left over space for new things.

my 'new' kitchen rack In My Kitchen January 2012
my ‘new’ kitchen rack

I would like to say thank you to yuppiechef for the two knives I received from them this year – one at the Food Bloggers Indaba and the other after my participation in the Enkosi Cookathon.

my knife collection In My Kitchen January 2012
my knife collection

I am a bit of a knife collector and these are not all the knives I have – and I use all of them! So, I am sure you are all wondering what was in all those lovely wrapped presents – take a look here!

my lovely gifts from yvette in australia In My Kitchen January 2012
my lovely gifts from yvette in australia

Despite all my good intentions the only recipe book writing I did was the introduction. But, I will dedicate time to this project as I want to get the book launched soon! Anyone who knows exactly how to create an e-book can please share the ‘secret’ with me.

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43 thoughts on “In My Kitchen January 2012

  1. Hi there, I have posted about my Secret Santa gift, I only got it when I got back as the queues were shocking at the main Post Office. I got such lovely foodie things 🙂

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    1. thanks Sue, I will pop along to your blog to take a look 🙂

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  2. that’s seriously cool.

    I especially dig the kitchen knife collection.

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    1. thanks so much 🙂

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  3. I can only imagine how many wonderful and creative new pies you can make with your pie mold, I love mine and know your creative spirit will run wild…so happy you got a surprise, that’s what Christmas Cheer is all about. Best Wishes for 2012 x

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    1. I am so looking forward to playing with the mould xxx

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  4. I wish you all the best for 2012 and hopefully no sad days.

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    1. thanks, I will hold on to that hope 🙂

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  5. Happy 2012 Tandy – have a beautiful love and laughter filled year!
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. thanks Mandy, and all the best to you and hubby 🙂

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  6. Happy new year, sweet friend xxx

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    1. and all the bestest wishes from all of us here for you my darling friend xxx

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  7. Happy New Year Tandy – hope that 2012 is good for you, inside your kitchen and out.

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    1. thanks so much Sally – and all the best to you too 🙂

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  8. All the very best for 2012, and hope to learn lots more from you. I love this post and all the goodies. I have received my Santa Gift can i just blog about it on the Food24 platform

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    1. Hi Usha, wishing you all the best for this year – you can blog about your Secret Santa gift if you choose to on any platform, please just send me the link so that I can include you in the round up 🙂

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      1. Thanks i will do so ASAP

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        1. when you are ready!

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  9. Love this snippet, I need to do this too! It’s fun! Happy New Year!

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    1. Hope you do! It is such a great way to keep a record of what you buy 🙂

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  10. Tandy, Happy New Year to you and Dave! Thank you for your kind words, I love seeing what’s in your kitchen (and fridge) each month!

    I am really impressed with your knife collection, especially that big scalloped Santoku! That’s a serious looking blade! 🙂

    Look forward to spending 2012 with you! xx

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    1. May you and the men in your life be blessed this year! I use my Santoku knife every night 🙂

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  11. Your fridge looks considerably fuller than ours is – we have eaten up! Happy New Year, all the very best for 2012.

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    1. Natalie, it has even more in it and we have not stopped eating! May 2012 be an awesome year for you 🙂

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  12. Love getting peeks into your space!! Wishing you the happiest new years!

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    1. It is so much fun seeing other people’s spaces! Best of everything for 2012 🙂

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  13. Happy New Year Tandy! I also have a fridge full of leftovers today. My new kitchen gadget is a water carbonator which will save me a lot in the long-run! Love the magnetic knife strip.

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    1. oh Tammy, I would love a water carbonator! It is on my wish list for sure 🙂

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  14. Your fridge is always so orderly and clean. I love my magnetic knife strip too.

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    1. thanks Greg, I am a bit obsessive! Super 2012 to both of you 🙂

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  15. Have a great NewYear and I love the kitchen pics.

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    1. thanks so much! That means a lot to me coming from you 🙂 Have a super 2012 as well!

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  16. That fridge looks so familiar. I think we’ll be using up leftovers for a while yet 😀 Happy New Year, Tandy, to you and yours 🙂

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    1. it seems to have grown more left overs somehow! Have a happy day 🙂

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  17. This is a great look in your kitchen! i also arranged my knives like that on the wall! I also have many & use them all!

    Lovely extra gifts for you! The lovely apero glasses look so beautiful too! Lovely gifts from Australia too! 🙂

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    1. I am going to need two of the knife magnets in my new kitchen as too many of my knives are hidden in a drawer 🙂

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  18. Ah you lucky girl – all well deserved. That honey drizzler is so useful, we have one too. And Cadbury´s Dairy Milk…my favourite! Thanks for all the lovely good wishes, and I am reciprocating them right back to you 🙂

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    1. I was so spoiled! Hope you had a great Christmas with your parents 🙂

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  19. Dear Tandy, what a lovely collection of good things you have in your kitchen. Wishing you and yours a very happy new year and much good food too!

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    1. and a stunning 2012 to you too!

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      1. Thank you! If you have suggestions for the cacao, I would be most grateful. I am not sure I want to grate it into everything like Willy does. Thanks.

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        1. I have been baking cakes with it, and I used it to make caponata – I have not yet tried much else so that will be my task for the year 🙂

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