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In My Kitchen May 2014 — 72 Comments

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  2. It looks like a very good month for chocolate in your kitchen! What a great hamper, and even more impressive, what great chocolate you made yourself. I like the look of that ‘grip and go’ bottle too.
    Kari @ bite-sized thoughts sharing the blog ♥ Vegan mocha almond fudge soft serveMy Profile

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    • Thank you so much for the visit Kari 🙂

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  3. Tandy, your chicken dinner sounded delicious, especially after all it took to receive the tapenade — fun story with a tasty ending! The Grip n Go bottle is a great idea, too. Re-usable is even better than recyclable!

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    • I now have to re-usable bottles and I love them!

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  4. I love getting goodies bags that I can make use of in the kitchen. Was wondering if you temper you chocolate? Thank you for the peek into your kitchen. 🙂

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    • I sometimes temper my chocolate, but not always with great success 🙂

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  5. You have lots of lovely things in this post. I like the labels on that oil from the Breede River Valley. I go through literally gallons of olive oil. Hope you are having a lovely holiday

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    • We had a super holiday thanks!

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  6. Fun basket! I did some experimenting with chocolate transfer sheets around Valentines’ Day (http://artofnaturalliving.com/2014/02/11/chocolate-transfer-sheets-professional-desserts-easy/) which was fun. Now I’ll need to check out your making chocolate recipe. So often I don’t find chocolate that I really love…

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    • I hope you have more fun with chocolate making!

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  7. Lovely IMK post Tandy – always nice to receive gifts and that hamper, oil and tapenade look fabulous! Look forward to seeing what you will be posting next month from your trip!

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    • I am looking forward to sharing my haul Selma 🙂

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  8. Lovely IMK post Tandy –

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    • Thank you 🙂

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  9. Such lovely things in your kitchen this month. I love that chocolate and the tapenade story is cute. Have a wonderful holiday up north!
    Maureen sharing the blog ♥ In My Kitchen, May 2014My Profile

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    • Thank you Maureen 🙂

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  10. the wine looks good. I’ll pop over and help you drink it!

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    • I would love that!

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  11. Everything on this post looks heavenly, Tandy… PERFECT for wintertime! Hope you’re enjoying your holiday!
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    • We had a super time away!

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  12. I love the look of those chocolate transfer sheets. They look so professional. I am coveting your glass water bottle. What a great idea to put a non-slip band on it. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

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  13. That cake looks amazing. I agree with one of the previous comments, you were meant to have that Tapenade! Getting together with my husband 31 years ago was a very similar situation… shouldn’t have happened, but it did! Hurray for Serendipity! Thanks for your post.

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    • Serendipity is amazing!

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  14. I’ve become a little too free and easy with olive oil myself Tandy as I’ve been given a few bottles as gifts. It will be a shame when I have to go back to buying it! And of course now I’m going to have to seek out chocolate transfers. Thanks for the tour.

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    • I also feel it when I have to buy olive oil 🙂

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  15. Interested to hear what the Chinese wine tastes like. Very clever chocolate making 🙂

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    • I will taste and let you know!

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  16. Your cake looks great – like a fancy restaurant! All those gifts and goodies are terrific!
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    • Thank you Amy 🙂

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  17. Nice look into your kitchen! That’s so funny about not having any English text on your bottle of Shao Xing as I checkd ours and it does. Have fun in London!! 😀
    Lorraine @Not Quite nigella sharing the blog ♥ The Delights of Victoria, CanadaMy Profile

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    • Ha ha, maybe they expect all Africans to speak Chinese as they are such a huge investor here 🙂
      Tandy sharing the blog ♥ Pinotage Wine Tart RecipeMy Profile

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  18. Such a gorgeous hamper, definitely an Easter treat 😀
    And that cake! Can I please have a slice!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    • I would love to share a slice with you 🙂

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  19. Tandy, hope you and Dave are having a wonderful holiday! Lovely things in your kitchen – I’m particularly taken with the glass water bottle, what a great idea to have the grip on it as well. Glad you got the tapenade, because it sounds delicious! 🙂
    celia sharing the blog ♥ Comment on In My Kitchen, May 2014 by Johanna GGGMy Profile

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    • The tapenade is delicious indeed and we had a wonderful holiday 🙂

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  20. You were meant to have that tapenade! It makes a great dressing for fish BTW. I love the affect of the chocolate transfer sheets. Hope you had fun in the UK

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    • I am so going to try the tapenade with fish!

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  21. i love the artwork on the Carrol Boyes wine bottle – just gorgeous. Hope you are having a great time in the UK.
    Mel @ The cook’s notebook sharing the blog ♥ In my kitchen – May 2014My Profile

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    • We had a great time Mel, thanks 🙂

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  22. Oh Tandy, what a lovely haul of goodies you have in your kitchen… I love the chocolate making! Happy cooking xox
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    • Thank you Lizzy 🙂

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  23. Great goodie bags Tandy, looks like your having fun with the chocolate.

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    • I love the chocolate transfers!

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  24. That cake looks fantastic!
    And I laughed at your Chinese wine adventure- my niece lived in Japan for a while before she moved to Australia and would send me all kinds of Japanese bottles of ??? – I used them carefully, experimenting because I had no idea what they were. We had some very interesting meals- although they were all edible except for one huge fiasco that I don’t want to remember!’
    Thanks again for sharing- hope your UK visit is marvelous!

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    • Ha ha, I can only imagine what your Japanese experiments were like 🙂

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  25. G’day! GORGEOUS cake Tandy and love your wines!
    Thank you for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    • Thanks for the visit Joanne 🙂

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  26. Lots of nice goodies in your kitchen Tandy. What a delicious Easter hamper! 🙂

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    • It was delicious indeed AD 🙂

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  27. That Honey nougat cake looks fantastic, Tandy. I’ve thinking about doing the same thing with chocolate…and putting it around a cake. Nice things!
    🙂 ela

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    • It is such a great way to decorate a cake Ela 🙂

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  28. Chocolate and wine! What more could a girl want. It is indeed shaoxing wine. It is for cooking only and is rice wine. I use it all the time in so many Chinese dishes. Have a super week, Take Care, BAM

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    • I so agree, chocolate and wine are perfect! Thanks for letting me know about the wine – you are a star 🙂

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  29. Your chocolate is so pretty!

    Good luck with the Shaoxing cooking wine!! I love going to the Chinese shop and pulling different ingredients off the shelf to try! Many many fails. But some really good ones too!

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    • The fails are worth it if eventually you get a great result 🙂

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  30. Your chocolate creations are amazing!! I need to investigate some of this transfer paper.

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    • it is so much fun to play with!

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  31. What a brilliant hamper you received Tandy. I have a litre glass bottle which always goes with me in my car – I can’t leave home without my water.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • I never go anywhere without water either Mandy 🙂

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  32. I had a Lindt bunny also. So completely delicious. I’ve not tried tapenade but think I might have to now!

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    • I found the bunny a bit too sweet 🙂

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  33. Hope you have a fantastic time on your trip, Tandy. 🙂 I’ve never tried chocolate transfer sheets, but your cake is so pretty that I will have to try it one day soon. 🙂
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    • Hope you can find some Krista 🙂
      Tandy sharing the blog ♥ Pinotage Wine Tart RecipeMy Profile

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  34. Whatan interesting mix of kitchen bits and bobs…..I love the chocolate transfer sheets, and keen to try some. They certainly make that cake look very professional, although it sounds absolutely delicious, chocolate or no chocolate!Good luck with your Shaoxing Chinese wine- look forward to seeng what you make with it!

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    • I will be getting to that bottle of rice wine in the next two weeks hopefully 🙂

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  35. What a fascinating range of ingredients you have this month! It was so lucky that the postie gave the slip to the gardener, and that it wasn’t blown off into the air! I use Chinese wine in stir fries, and I think it makes a big difference. But like you, I am never quite sure of what I am buying. Can’t go too far wrong though! (Famous last words?!)

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    • Knowing it is actually what I was looking for, and having a recipe to test, the rice wine should work perfectly 🙂

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  36. my goodness, what I wouldn’t do to receive such lovely pressies. 🙂

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    • I am truly blessed 🙂

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  37. Lovely stuff Tandy. I love it when goodie bags have useful ingredients included xx

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    • Me too Tami 🙂

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