In My Kitchen – September 2011

I have to give a big thank you to Celia who blogs over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, for initiating this. This is a great way to record what is new in my kitchen, and for me to get a peek at other blogger’s kitchens.

I went to Johannesburg at the beginning of the month, and Cindy gave me a few mystery ingredients! We will be sharing these with you soon:

© mystery ingredients
© mystery ingredients

Cindy also kindly gave me a bag of something that tastes like I think a volcano would taste like. I am not sure how to make good use of this ingredient!

© black salt
© black salt

My mom came back from Cannes with a lovely apron for me, and this amazing mustard for Dave.

© gifts from cannes
© gifts from cannes

I went shopping with a friend of mine at Melrose Arch – it is wonderful to shop there on a Saturday as there are no crowds, a lovely market and a good selection of shops and restaurants. I got myself this tiny measuring tool – to match the 2 cup one I have:

© tablespoon measure
© tablespoon measure

I decided that I needed more light in my kitchen. This came about as we actually live in our garage and so the house we are building has blocked out all the natural light in the current kitchen. It has also taken away my sea view!

© light fitting
© light fitting

Dave and I had a dinner party and we decided to serve individual meals. Sue kindly gave me two red Le Creuset mini cocottes as a gift, and I got two black ones to match them.

© mini cocottes
© mini cocottes

We had the kitchen painted and so I wrote this message on my heart black board that I got last month. This message matches one of my widgets! I have changed it now to read it is the company, not the ingredients that make the meal.

© heart
© heart

In March when I went to stay at Cindy, these lovely pictures were in my bedroom. They are a great background for my photo’s and now have a permanent home above the kitchen door.

© gifts from Cindy
© gifts from Cindy

For being such a loyal customer, Le Creuset gifted me this lovely rub – we used it the other night, and one teaspoon goes a long way!

© nomu spanish rub
© nomu spanish rub

I bought myself a new cook book. I ordered it in June and it finally arrived this month. It is sitting next to my bed for me to start paging through.

© alice waters
© alice waters

Dave made a handle for my butcher’s block to hold my frying pans, as they were getting scratched in the cupboard.

© butcher's block
© butcher’s block

and last but not least – and this is not part of my kitchen but I have to share it – my new blackwood dining room table with the new place mats.

© dining room table
© dining room table

Tandy

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22 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – September 2011

  1. Would love to check out the Chez Panisse cookbook. It sounds like such an amazing restaurant, I wish I had of gone there when I went to San Francisco a few years ago.

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    1. I am going to get stuck into it in December when I have time 🙂

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  2. Hahaha! I have some black volcanic salt that I haven’t had the nerve to use yet!
    So glad to hear I have some company as far as the smell and taste goes!
    Beautiful table- And I like those measuring jugs.

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    1. thanks Heidi, I would not recommend the black salt, unless you have guests who have overstayed their welcome 🙂

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  3. Hi Tandy
    ,
    Most of those ingredients are ones that i use regularly in my indian cooking i will go through them and let you know how & where to use them

    Regards
    usha

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    1. Thanks Usha – I would be interested to see how to use them. I have made a curry with the ingredients and it was really good. Have a great weekend 🙂

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  4. Ooo, interesting ingredients–I’m excited to see how you use them! And I love your chalkboard message, haha. The best way to cook 🙂

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    1. thanks! I am hoping to get the recipe posted soon 🙂

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  5. Tandy, some of them are really mysteries to me 🙂 Look forward to the recipes.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂

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    1. thanks Juliana, this week has been great so far! Hope you have a super weekend 🙂

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  6. Tandy what a fabulous roundup of your kitchen this month – it was great taking the tour and your new dining room table is beautiful!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. Thanks so much Mandy – hope you do one too 🙂

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      1. My first one is scheduled for tomorrow – just couldn’t get it out for today. 🙂 xo

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        1. awesome!

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  7. Tandy, it really is so nice to see what’s in your kitchen every month – thank you for taking the time to play along, and for the linky. I’m intrigued to hear more about the tukmuris and ajmo – I’ve never heard of either of those before and will refrain from googling so I can await your edification! 🙂

    Love you new table and Dave’s hanging rack, but I’m too spatially challenged to be able to use the angled measuring jugs!

    Cindy, re the sulphur salt, I once read somewhere that the pink salt, which also has sulphur in it, is very good in Indian cuisine? Mind you, it doesn’t smell like a dog’s fart.. 😉

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    1. thank you so much Celia for this great idea! Cindy and I will do a post on the same day on the T&A – it will be quite interesting to see how differently we use the ingredients. The angles measuring jugs are so easy to use – it is the OXO brand and I have found them a pleasure. I used to use a lot of pink salt, and even blue salt but have changed over to a locally ‘farmed’ sustainable product which I should blog about. Happy day to you 🙂

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  8. What an extreme line up. You are a discerning shopper. And what a gorgeous new table.. my favourite place to shop is the old barn and my mother in laws attic!!

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    1. we have a dining room table from my M-I-L which she got from her mother – we are saving the precious table from our frequent guests 🙂

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  9. The volcanic salt tastes like a volcano out of a dog’s … In page 25 of that Good Taste mag we got at the Festival it is described as “interesting eggy, sulphur salt”. Phatooee 🙁

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    1. I did not want to say too much about it! *wonders which unsuspecting guest should taste it next*

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