January 2012 Showcasing In My Kitchen

This January 2012 I wish for you all a year that is full of your dreams and wishes, that your cup will always be full, and that you have all that you need. May it be a better year than 2011 and may it hold only joy. And even as I wish this for you, I wish it for myself. I know that there will be sad days in 2012 but I hope that they are few and far between. To start off my year, welcome to what was new in my kitchen in December. Santa visited me this year with a surprise package from Australia:

secret santa

Dave and I were blessed with our love for each other and our hearts are full.  I have a special dedication for Celia who blogs over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – thank you for your enthusiasm in getting us all to show you a peep into our lives. I have been inspired by you to start my kitchen garden and to keep a record of what I buy. If you want to show us all a peep into your kitchen, please link back to Celia so that she can include you in her round up.

This photograph of my fridge was taken the day after Christmas – there are a lot of left overs and a few tomatoes on the right of the photo that I got from the farmers market. Moddergat Organic Farm have a market every Saturday morning at L’auberge De Paysan and it is really worth going to.

in my fridge January 2012

and the saying on my chalk board for December:

December quote

I gave John Faure, the winemaker at Vergenoegd a gift of a bottle of Adoro and in return I got a gift of their MCC – this lovely dry pink bubbly has a beer bottle top which is quite different to opening a cork. But the same sound emitted when Dave ‘popped’ it – and the bubbly has a beautiful floral note.

vergenoegd little flower mcc

With the remodel of my cottage kitchen my one rack was moved. I have re-arranged all the bits and pieces and so I have some left over space for new things.

my ‘new’ kitchen rack

I would like to say thank you to yuppiechef for the two knives I received from them this year – one at the Food Bloggers Indaba and the other after my participation in the Enkosi Cookathon.

my knife collection

I am a bit of a knife collector and these are not all the knives I have – and I use all of them! So, I am sure you are all wondering what was in all those lovely wrapped presents – take a look here!

my lovely gifts from Yvette in Australia

Despite all my good intentions the only recipe book writing I did was the introduction. But, I will dedicate time to this project as I want to get the book launched soon! Anyone who knows exactly how to create an e-book can please share the ‘secret’ with me.


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46 thoughts on “January 2012 Showcasing In My Kitchen

        1. I have been baking cakes with it, and I used it to make caponata – I have not yet tried much else so that will be my task for the year 🙂

  1. Ah you lucky girl – all well deserved. That honey drizzler is so useful, we have one too. And Cadbury´s Dairy Milk…my favourite! Thanks for all the lovely good wishes, and I am reciprocating them right back to you 🙂

  2. This is a great look in your kitchen! i also arranged my knives like that on the wall! I also have many & use them all!

    Lovely extra gifts for you! The lovely apero glasses look so beautiful too! Lovely gifts from Australia too! 🙂

  3. Happy New Year Tandy! I also have a fridge full of leftovers today. My new kitchen gadget is a water carbonator which will save me a lot in the long-run! Love the magnetic knife strip.

  4. Tandy, Happy New Year to you and Dave! Thank you for your kind words, I love seeing what’s in your kitchen (and fridge) each month!

    I am really impressed with your knife collection, especially that big scalloped Santoku! That’s a serious looking blade! 🙂

    Look forward to spending 2012 with you! xx

  5. All the very best for 2012, and hope to learn lots more from you. I love this post and all the goodies. I have received my Santa Gift can i just blog about it on the Food24 platform

    1. Hi Usha, wishing you all the best for this year – you can blog about your Secret Santa gift if you choose to on any platform, please just send me the link so that I can include you in the round up 🙂

  6. I can only imagine how many wonderful and creative new pies you can make with your pie mold, I love mine and know your creative spirit will run wild…so happy you got a surprise, that’s what Christmas Cheer is all about. Best Wishes for 2012 x

  7. Hi there, I have posted about my Secret Santa gift, I only got it when I got back as the queues were shocking at the main Post Office. I got such lovely foodie things 🙂

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