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Showcasing November 2016

November 2016 has proved to be slightly more successful in terms of recipe development. I say only slightly as two of the recipes I tested before the month was halfway through, failed. The one was for savoury bars that were meant to ‘stick’ together without something to hold them together. Weird, but I gave them a go regardless. As they failed I decided to turn them into a sweet treat using marshmallows. However, the sugar free marshmallow recipe I tried was more like a jelly fish than anything else. So back to the drawing board!

Decanter Beads

I saw decanter beads about 2 years ago, before I had a decanter that was tricky to clean. Of course, as soon as I bought a decanter that needed the beads I could not find any. These are new to my kitchen and will be road tested as soon as we open a bottle of wine. Something we are not doing as often as whisky has become our tipple of choice in the evenings.

Decanter Beads Showcasing November 2016

Decanter Beads

Fridge

Dave asked the two young men who work for him to come over and help move the fridge. I used the opportunity to tidy up the freezer and throw out things that were past their use by date. I usually do this every December. As you can see, I use the fridge doors for my recipes. Hopefully once the pantry is done these will be transferred to those doors.

Fridge Showcasing November 2016

Fridge

Gift Pack

We were sent home from the Cape Winelands District Municipality media tour with a great gift pack. Sadly for me Scarlett ate the pen before I could make good use of it. The power pack is most useful and the selection of USB chargers is in my kitchen to charge which ever device is running low on battery power.

Gift Pack Showcasing November 2016

Gift Pack

November 2016 FOMO Box

This month’s FOMO box has mostly been put away in the pantry for December treats. The spicy brinjal sauce has been opened and used to flavour a pasta sauce Dave made for Sunday dinner. I have used the sherry vinegar in a recipe and as soon as my salt container is empty I shall put the applewood smoked salt into it.

November 2016 FOMO Box

November 2016 FOMO Box

Odour Remover

Having two kitchens is a blessing but some things cannot be moved out of the one kitchen as they have been permanently fixed to the walls. One of these is my odour remover. It really does work so I was quite pleased to find this one.

Odour Remover Showcasing November 2016

Odour Remover

Spices From Food Network

I was part of the Food Network’s #GuiltyPleasure campaign for the #BigEat. For the campaign I made a toasted sandwich using peanut butter and bananas, spiced with the spices they sent me. I really love the bottles and I have used one of them to give a gift of my baharat to a friend.

Spices From Food Network Showcasing November 2016

Spices From Food Network

Temporary Drawers

One thing I could take out of the other kitchen was this set of drawers. It was made for us as a gift to fit perfectly under the stairs in the space next to the washing machine. I am using it for my pots and pans, blogging plates, pasta bowls and my rolling pin.

Temporary Drawers Showcasing November 2016

Temporary Drawers

Trolleys As Temporary Solutions

Evelyne asked me where I find space for everything. I am using the FOMO boxes to store what ever needs storing while we build the kitchen. I have also moved our old TV trolley into the space with the butlers trolley. The TV trolley is housing my Kitchen Aid accessories and being used as a top for the smart oven.

Trolleys As Temporary Solutions Showcasing November 2016

Trolleys As Temporary Solutions

Wooden Work Top

The wooden work top finally arrived and has been installed. It is blackwood and I am oiling it with canola oil. On top you can see a slab of marble. My sister gave it to me for my birthday present the year we moved down here. It sits perfectly above the oven to use as a trivet.

Wooden Work Top Showcasing November 2016

Wooden Work Top

This is my submission to this month’s In My Kitchen series hosted by Liz.

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About Tandy

Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband and three dogs. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.


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Showcasing November 2016 In My Kitchen — 34 Comments

  1. great idea to use the trolleys tandy. decanter balls are new on me too:) I adore applewood smoked salt. It is the best! Wishing you a wonderful festive season. x
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    • Thank you Sherry!

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  2. I’ve never seen those decanter cleaning balls, but will look out for some now I know they exist. We have a decanter that is in desperate need of them!

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    • I hope you can find them Amanda 🙂

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  3. Very busy time in your kitchen(s) this month Tandy. I have always wondered about those metal odour removers. I wonder what the science is behind them? Thanks for sharing the decanter cleaning balls, I’ve not seen those before and have a decanter (or two) that could benefit. Cheers, Kirsty xx

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    • I wish I knew as well!

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  4. I’ll be interested in how you like the decanter beads…I’ve thought about getting some.
    Karen (Back Road Journal) sharing the blog ♥ Braised Short Rib StewMy Profile

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    • I tried them out this weekend and they really helped get my square vase cleaner than it was 🙂

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  5. Inn spite of failed recipes, that kitchen seems to have been quite busy. An in a good way. Those decanter balls sound intriguing. Let me know if they work when you get back to wine!

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    • I will indeed!

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  6. Hi Tandy, beautiful things in your kitchen this month, love the blackwood work top it is beautiful!!!!
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    • Thank you Cheri xx

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  7. It looks like there is a whole lot going on in your kitchen(s) at the moment! I especially love the look of the blackwood work bench, it’s gorgeous. Hope you enjoy experimenting with new recipes on it.
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    • Thanks Elissa 🙂

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  8. How does that odour remover work? My mum has a metal one that is shaped like a triangle. I have no idea how it works too!
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    • I have no clue how it works, I just know it does haha

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  9. I need to try that odor remover thingy.. I have been doing plain ol baking soda in a jar, but it is NOT working! Great post my dear! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
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    • The odour remover bar works wonders!

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  10. What’s up with fall-apart savory bars last month? My 1st attempt only held together when frozen… not recommended. Your new Blackwood work top is stunning, truly a piece of kitchen art!
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    • So glad I am not the only one that had a failure. Wonder if we tried the same recipe?

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  11. Ah I love watching kitchen renovations in progress. The benches look lovely.

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    • Thanks Francesca, this is a brand new build 🙂

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  12. Love taking a peek inside your kitchen Tandy. Always interesting. I’d never heard of decanter beads, what a fantastic idea. I’m thinking these could be used for other tricky to clean items.

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    • I am going to use them on my square vase as well!

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  13. FOMO box looks great!:)
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    • Thanks!

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  14. Can’t wait to see your pantry! And I love that marble slab 🙂
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    • Me either haha 🙂

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  15. Owhhh, that was a fun look into your pantry – I am fascinated about the decanter cleaning balls. We have this awesome decanter that is kinda …. well, no other word for it… kinda grotty inside & I can’t clean it…. so it never gets used. Where do I get them?
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    • I got these from YuppieChef.com my all time favourite online store. Sadly they don’t ship to Aus yet 🙁

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  16. November 2016 sounds awesome for you. Love those sauces.
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    • Thanks ANU 🙂

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  17. Wow, Tandy, that wooden counter top is amazing! And your decanter beads are interesting!

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    • Thanks Liz, I am well pleased with the counter 🙂

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