December 2011 Showcasing In My Kitchen

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:

in my fridge

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.

my grocery cupboard

I bought a set of blackboard hearts to mark gifts with – one gift has gone to Cindy for a challenge.

blackboard hearts

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:

october quote

and here is the November quote:

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.

rabbit wine and champagne sealer

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:

a tin for dave’s espresso

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.

shrimp paste

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.

joseph joseph measuring spoon

part of the remodeling means putting my collection of Willies Chocolate on display. Maybe now I will remember to use it more often.

willies chocolate

Cindy and I went to cook with Alvin, and I got this recipe book – it is dedicated to the both of us 🙂

masterchef australia

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.

bay leaves

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.

kitchen garden

Have a great December everyone!

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