In My Kitchen September 2014

Celia from Fig Jam And Lime Cordial hosts a monthly collection of posts and this is my submission to what is in my kitchen. I hope you enjoy what I have to share.

I was sent a hamper with B-well extra virgin olive and canola oil, together with an apron and an olive oil baster. The oil has been used to bake a cake and the baster will be placed in the cupboard underneath Dave’s gas braai (BBQ) when it gets built in. They are running a competition until the end of October 2014 and if you would like to enter take a look here.

"B-well Oil"
B-well Oil

In my kitchen was a goody hamper sent to me compliments of Checkers SA. They are showcasing what is #NewAtCheckers and I have taken the coffee to work to use in the Eva Solo Coffee Maker I gave Dave for his birthday a few years ago.

"Checkers Hamper"
Checkers Hamper

I was given these two water jugs as part of a birthday gift. One is filled with rose scented bath salts and as soon as I took the top off all I could smell was roses. I cannot wait for the opportunity to use these bath salts which should come very soon. The builders are at the house which only leaves weekends and all I need is good weather to enjoy a bath as we have solar heated water. The other water jug was filled with chocolates. I shall use them both for water to leave for guests in their rooms when we eventually have that luxury.

"Glass Water Jugs"
Glass Water Jugs

I bought the August issue of Good Housekeeping as they had an advertorial featuring three Cape Town bloggers, one being my friend Tami.

"Good Housekeeping"
Good Housekeeping

I had a collection of yuppiechef.com vouchers from taking part in Eat For The Earth, as well as participating on their forum. I got one for taking part in another survey from a different site, as well as two for my birthday. The lovely people at Yuppiechef helped me pool all the vouchers together and I bought a glass mixing bowl for the Kitchen Aid.

"Kitchen Aid Glass Bowl"
Kitchen Aid Glass Bowl

When I went on the bread making course last year courtesy of Taste Magazine there was a 20% discount voucher in the goody bag for Le Creuset. I did not want to use it just on anything and so waited until I found something I like. I was given a gift voucher from a friend for my birthday for Le Creuset and used that, together with the discount voucher to get myself this mixing bowl with large pouring lip. It is perfect for when I make ice creams!

"Le Creuset Batter Bowl"
Le Creuset Batter Bowl

Another gift I received for my birthday was this stunning Le Creuset stoneware dish. I have already used it for chopped liver.

"Le Creuset Rectangular Dish"
Le Creuset Rectangular Dish

I had to bulk up an order from my essential oil supplier and so got myself some macadamia nut oil. It is perfect for using with stir fry’s and salad dressings and as it is organic and cold pressed totally safe for consumption. I have not opened it yet but will report back when I do.

"Macadamia Nut Oil"
Macadamia Nut Oil

I finally got around to making the bread I bought in Wales and tested the woven basket at the same time. The result was fantastic and I shall be using my basket next time I bake bread out of the bread maker!

"Malted Bread"
Malted Bread

I read and hear so much about sherry vinegar that I could not resist buying it when I saw it. I still prefer my balsamic vinegar but I am sure this will not go to waste.

"Sherry Vinegar"
Sherry Vinegar

While shopping for a thank you gift I found these amazing straws. I have used one already in a photograph and I really like the feel of them.

"Vintage Straws"
Vintage Straws

Another birthday gift was a fridge magnet that can fit in various things. I have attached this to the part of the fridge closest to me when I sit at the table for dinner, with the wine bottle opener that came from the same friends. We had them over for dinner on Friday night and it came in very handy use!

"Wine Opener and Fridge Magnet"
Wine Opener and Fridge Magnet

Last but not least is a wooden spoon. It came with the Good Housekeeping magazine and together with spatulas, you can never have enough wooden spoons in my opinion.

"Wooden Spoon"
Wooden Spoon

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43 thoughts on “In My Kitchen September 2014

  1. Tandy, the bread your woven basket turned out is stunning – what a lot of detail it transferred to the loaf! Love the little Le Creuset red jug – I have mugs and a tea pot to match that range! And how fab to have a glass mixing bowl for your Kitchenaid – I think it would be fun to be able to watch things coming together while the mixer is on!

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    1. It is amazing to watch the bread dough being kneaded Celia 🙂

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  2. HI Tandy! That bread looks wonderful, and that wine magnet made me smile! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the visit Emily 🙂

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  3. Great post! I’m so jealous of your Le Creuset!

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    1. Thanks, I am truly very lucky 🙂

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  4. A mixing bowl with a handle and lip. Such a simple idea but so practical. We use macadamia oil with dukkah. We find the light flavour and nuttiness compliments the dukkah better than some of the heavy olive oils. Cheers xx

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    1. Oh, I am going to try that tonight as I have some dukkah sitting on the kitchen counter 🙂

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  5. great post tandy. i love the le creuset too. and the macadamia oil. we are lucky in australia to have such great macadamia products including rose-scented dark choc covered ones from not too far away from where i live.:) they are divine. we are heading down that way in a week or so -i think i may have to pick some up.

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    1. That chocolate sounds amazing!

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  6. I love Le Creuset too Tandy, but haven’t acquired any of their new ceramic range yet. Your bread looks fantastic!

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    1. I try and collect a few pieces a year 🙂

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  7. Thx for the mention lovely Tandy. So many awesome items in your kitchen this month. I love the bath salts and chocs and the glass bowl for your KitchenAid is beautiful! 🙂 xx

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    1. The bath salts are awesome! I finally managed to use some of them on Monday 🙂

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  8. Do you find your KitchenAid glass bowl useful? Have you used it for kneading bread?

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    1. I have found it extremely useful and have made bread using it already 🙂

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  9. Yes, it’s just the colour for me. 🙂

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  10. Oh how I love Le Creuset!! Everything they do is just so amazing, I dream of a kitchen full of everything they do!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

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    1. Me too! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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  11. Drooling over the Le Creuset… love that stuff. Lovely IMK post.

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  12. I also love the Le Creuset bowl with pouring lip. The sherry vinegar is a must in Gazpacho soup, so I am sure it will be used too.

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    1. Ah, thanks Francesca, I shall make some gezpacho to try it 🙂

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  13. How wonderful! 🙂

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    1. Thank you!

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  14. That malted bread looks magnificent! Yum. 🙂

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    1. It was very yum!

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  15. You have some lovely items in your kitchen, Tandy. I love Le Creuset baking dishes.

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    1. Thanks Sylvia, Le Creuset is my favourite 🙂

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  16. Exciting items this month! 🙂 Love the Checkers’ goodie hamper – that looks like such fun. We won the same Le Creuset mixing dish last year June when we took part in a Nederburg / MasterChef cooking contest and I love using it for making pancakes!

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    1. I will have to ‘test’ the batter bowl with pancakes this weekend 🙂

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  17. I love Le Creuset and have a few pieces. It’s a shame they are so pricey

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    1. At least you know that they will last which makes the ‘pricey’ not too bad 🙂

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  18. I love that le creusel batter bowl! Must get. And I have that exact rectangular pan!

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    1. I hope you find the same batter bowl Joanne 🙂

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  19. The keep calm and drink wine motto should definitely be in my cupboard 😛

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I think I should collect a few to remind me!

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  20. G’day Tandy! Great post today and did not know Le Cruset made a Batter bowl!
    LOVE your Stay Calm and drink wine…is my philosophy!
    Thanks for sharing this month’s kitchen view!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Thanks for the visit Joanne 🙂

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  21. Tandy, what a fabulous instalment! So many wonderful gifts! Le Creuset have opened a new store in one of the centres I frequent when I go to town. There are so many wonderful things but I cannot justify the prices plus I would want everything in white!
    Have a wonderful Spring and looking forward to hearing more about how the building of your home is going.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. I save up to buy something once a year at least, and have you seen the new cotton colour?

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  22. I do like the look of that Le Creuset bowl with pouring lip – will have to look out for one of those, then let someone know I want it:)

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    1. I have found it to be so useful Rachel 🙂

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