The lovely Celia, who blogs over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, has challenged us to share what is new in our kitchens – do pop on over to her blog if you want to take part in this. Welcome to what was new in my kitchen in November which I am posting in December 2011.
Starting off as usual with what was in my fridge – the first of the month happened to be the day after shopping day:
Last month my friend Sue showed us her pantry cupboard – so I decided to add this to my collection. The cupboard pic was taken before Dave decided to redo my kitchen so next month you should see a lot of changes.
I bought a set of blackboard hearts to mark gifts with – one gift has gone to Cindy for a challenge.
Each month I have been writing a new quote on the blackboard heart I received for my birthday in July – this was the October quote:
and here is the November quote:
We always have open red wine (for us), white wine (for cooking) and rosé wine (for a friend) and I always seem to need tops for the wine. We have a great vacuum sealer top for the red wine which sits on the table, but the wines in the fridge need something more secure. I have two of these rabbit wine sealers and can highly recommend them.
Dave has decided to remodel part of my kitchen which meant reorganizing my shelves. The coffee tin he uses for his espresso is cracked and so I needed a new one. I also needed a tin to bake my panetonne in, so I chose this one:
I needed shrimp paste and could not find any in Somerset West. I went to meet my friend Sam for lunch and as I was early, I dropped in to Giovanni’s in Green Point to get some. The driving around Green Point was horrific, but the purchase of this one item was worth it.
I have one silpat and find it amazing, and so with my voucher from yuppiechef for the enkosi cookathon I got myself another one. I am planning on using it to roll out pasta dough for its first use.
I also won this lovely Joseph Joseph measuring spoon – so fr it has only been used to hold my recipes on the fridge.
part of the remodeling means putting my collection of Willies Chocolate on display. Maybe now I will remember to use it more often.
Cindy and I went to cook with Alvin, and I got this recipe book – it is dedicated to the both of us 🙂
My sister has moved to Sydney and before she left I asked her to pick some bay leaves off her tree. I have never asked her before but they were great in the bobotie I made for her and this is the first time I have a bunch of fresh leaves to use.
I do not have a windowsill in my kitchen but these have been purchased for use with food even though the grow packs are in my lounge. I have had great success with the basil which I opened first.
Have a great December everyone!
51 thoughts on “December 2011 Showcasing In My Kitchen”
Tandy! What an amazing IMK post! So much to see, thank you so much for joining in!
I have two blocks of Willie’s chocolate, and I’m hoarding them, so I let out a little squeal of delight when I saw you line up! My silpat mat needs to get an airing, I was given one as a gift, but I still haven’t used it yet. And I love those champagne stoppers – we have a stainless steel one, and it’s amazing how well they keep the bubbles in! Have a great December!
Celia, I love sharing my kitchen so a BIG thank you to you. I have one of the stainless steel champagne toppers as well, but it tends to leak – which usually means I make sure I finish the bottle of bubbles 🙂
WOW – what an extensive and impressive In your Kitchen this month Tandy! Great post!
thanks, I did not realize how much there was until I started putting it all together 🙂
I got my shrimp paste from Woolies, re-seal wine? not in this house! 🙂 I like your blackboard heart with the quotes.
thanks Sue, our Woolies here does not stock the shrimp paste (checked again today to make sure) 😉 no wine left over! *reminds self to get a vase*
Thanks for sharing and once again inspiring us.
my pleasure Usha 🙂
How lovely, oooo I do wish my cupboards could look like this. I think those grow packs are a great idea, when I have some time on holiday this year I shall go on a search for them. Love and hugs. xx
I am a bit obsessive as you can see! Have fun while on holiday 🙂
thanks Jen 🙂
Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us, Tandy. I’m sure your MasterChef book is a prize possession. Love the November quote. xxx
I have to think of a new quote for today!
You´re so tidy – I´m envious! Love those hearts, really gorgeous.
some would call it obsessive Tanya!
Will you PLEASE come organize my kitchen??
for sure Tammy, anytime – I actually love organizing other peoples fridges for some strange reason 🙂
My daughter likes organising my wallet!! I mean really.. she hates an untidy wallet!!! c
ha ha, does she take money out of it at the same time?
What a beautiful kitchen!
Those basil seeds have inspired me to go back and have another go….
thanks Kate – I will take a pic of the plant as it looks so pretty on my windowsill 🙂
You are indeed a very tidy girl and a kitchen remodel.. how exciting.. Maybe i should show my kitchen this month.. have a lovely day and I agree NEVER leave bubbles in the bottle!
Please do share your kitchen with us Celi 🙂
Look how organized you are. I spy some bubbly!
bubbly is an important part of life!
Working on my Cari challenge on Sunday. You have to scan Alvin’s dedication and email it to me so I can hang it in my kitchen. Friday greets to Dave and the doggies xxx
I will do that for you in the holidays when I hook the home scanner up – cannot get the work one to talk to me 🙁 Friday greets and kisses back xxx
I’m so impressed with how organized you are…labels on the containers really must help. I’m going to start making cookies and will use my silpat for rolling the dough. Thanks.
I am obsessed about labeling everything and even bought a machine to make it easier 🙂
Tandy, you’re so organized!! I really like those chalkboard hang tags! Great idea! so fun to get a peek into your kitchen!
I think the tags make such nice gifts 🙂
Tandy, you are so organized!! I feel and work better when I know I have everything in its place and can open my pantry and see everything organized!! I’m loving those chalkboard tags!! What a great idea! How fun to peek into your kitchen!!
I have to have everything in its place – I cannot wait to share my pantry cupboard when the house gets built 🙂
Wow,Tandy – you are such an inspiration with your well organised and neat cupboards!! I love those blackboard tags – where did you buy them? …and the basil and beetroot? (I am subscrbed to your blog but I am not receiving any notificatiosn…I wonder why?)
I love inspiring people 🙂 The tags I got from Plastics Warehouse. The basil and beetroot from Woolies. Are you following me only, or have you signed up for emails? You need to get both to get notifications for some reason 🙂
I will sign up for e-mails as well now, thanks!
Those little heart blackboards are really sweet. Like the others all said, a very organized kitchen Tandy! 🙂
thanks Brydie 🙂
You really have great treasure in your kitchen!
The blackboard hearts are so sweet and informative- your cabinets and fridge so organized- and the silpat mat so useful- it was a delight to visit!
Thanks for sharing!
thank you for visiting Heidi 🙂
Very organised kitchen…gosh, I would not dare to show my messy shelves. They are well and truly due for the big clean out we do at Christmas.
I am trying so hard to organize the space to work well as it is so small 🙂