Showcasing October 2017 In My Kitchen

October 2017

What did October 2017 hold for you? Dave and I were lucky enough to travel overseas. That included visiting with family and friends, and experiencing a lot of whisky tasting. It also meant scheduling posts well in advance.

Bread Dough Slasher

I cannot lay claim to having come up with this idea myself. I discovered this method when I attended the Paul Hollywood function. It is so simple, so cheap, and so effective. Just be careful not to cut yourself on the extremely sharp edge of the razor blade. The correct term for this is a ‘lame’.

Bread Dough Slasher
Bread Dough Slasher
Salt Mine

My friend Erica gave me this for my birthday. It is made by Bakgat Pottery. Bakgat is South African slang and means great; good; fine or excellent. I have filled this salt mine with smoked salt.

Salt Mine
Salt Mine
Salty Flames

I interviewed Chanel Marais and Nick Perfect on my blog and from that Chanel contacted me about showcasing their Salty Flames products. They sent me a gift pack of the most amazing smoked products, including garlic, olive oil, salt and olives. I made good use of the products in my Smokey Halloumi Salad and we are devouring jars and jars of the olives. They have recently built a food truck and you can hire it out for events. Look out for their products at Healey’s.

Salty Flames
Salty Flames
School Recipe Book

My mom has been clearing out her desk and found my school recipe book. She sent it to me and my aim is to make all the recipes in it. So far I have made olive oil scones for International Scone Week 2017.

School Recipe Book
School Recipe Book
October 2017 FOMO Box

This month’s box offered way more value for money that last month. It was waiting for me when we got back from overseas. The pasta flour was perfect timing as I was just about to order some. I will be road testing the ravioli roller this weekend, and saving the prosecco for summer.

October 2017 FOMO Box
October 2017 FOMO Box

Once again I am linking up with Sherry to showcase what was new in my kitchen in October 2017.

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28 thoughts on “Showcasing October 2017 In My Kitchen

  1. Tandy, your school recipe book is a GEM! Very cool that you’re recreating recipes from it; can only imagine how much your present-day “IMK” experiences have enhanced your early flavor explorations, and how nice of your Mom to pass it on after rediscovering it! I also loved your salt mine(s) — salt pigs? — and “slashing” hack. Thanks much!
    Kim | alittle lunch sharing the blog ♥ In My Kitchen ~ November 2017My Profile

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    1. THe slashing hack has become my favourite kitchen tool at the moment 🙂

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  2. Great things in your kitchen this month especially your school recipe book;)
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Non-Traditional Decaf Thai Iced Tea, #steviva #sweetandeasy #NecteviaMy Profile

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    1. I’m not sentimental but I’m glad to have it.

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  3. I enjoyed seeing your November Kitchen!!!! Very cool!

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    1. Thank you for the visit Jennifer 🙂

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  4. Some novel ideas here, Tandy. I like the salt mine.

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    1. I have two and really love them both 🙂

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  5. Hi Tandy, happy November to you. We’ve been travelling much, too. That razor blade slasher is a good hack indeed… but having sliced open my thumb one time when my (then) husband left one of those amongst tissues thrown into the bathroom wastepaper basket (and I pressed down on them!), I’ll pass. Eek! When I had the kitchenware shop, salt pigs (as we call them here) were as scarce as the proverbial.

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    1. I can imagine the pain of slicing your thumb open! Thanks for the visit Liz 🙂

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  6. Love that Salty Flames package! Lucky you Tandy.
    Jem @ Lost in Utensils sharing the blog ♥ nasturtiums are too pretty to eat….no they’re not! how you can eat them & make nasturtium aioliMy Profile

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    1. It was really good 🙂

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  7. That’s such a clever hack with the razor blade! I love the stuff in the box and that praline spread sounds delicious! 😀
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Australia’s First Avocado Pop Up Eatery Opens in Surry Hills!My Profile

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    1. It is a great hack 🙂

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  8. I like the idea of using a razor blade to slash loaves, although the old fashion razor blades can be hard to find these days!
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    1. I have had a pack for years as I use them in my paper cutter 🙂

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  9. The salt mine is beautiful. Love that color. 🙂
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    1. It fits perfectly into my kitchen 🙂

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  10. The whiskey tasting sounds like a lot of fun. My husband discovered whiskey for himself a few years ago and now we have accumulated a small selection at home 🙂
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    1. It is good to have a decent selection so that you can pick and choose each night 🙂

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  11. I love that beautiful salt pig! i have a couple of them that i rotate now and then. I usually have Maldon sea salt in it, but i also have another one with smoked salt. I loooove smoked foods. Lucky you getting all those smoked foods. thanks for joining in IMK again. cheers S x
    sherry MacKay sharing the blog ♥ In My Kitchen – November 2017My Profile

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    1. I now have two salt pigs on my counter 🙂

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  12. Hope you enjoyed the holiday. I do love that you’ve got your old school recipe book, how lovely!
    Chica Andaluza sharing the blog ♥ Autumn LaboursMy Profile

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    1. It is quite sweet 😉

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  13. You seem to have lots of new products to try. I wonder how many will be fun the first time, and how many will become regular return items on your pantry shelves! I would love to hear a follow-up post in the future.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. That will have to be a December post when I have time. But, I very seldom buy something and don’t use it.

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  14. Visiting with family and friends is so much fun, I can’t wait to visit my family in Decemeber after 2 years — super excited. Everything looks so good, especially that salt mine. That is so adorable.

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    1. I am loving my salt mine 🙂

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