June 2014 Showcasing In My Kitchen

I certainly came back from Wales and England in June 2014 with a haul of goodies for my kitchen, which I am sharing with all of you and of course with the lovely Celia from Fig Jam And Lime CordialOne of the first things I put onto my shopping list for this trip was some baking parchment. I have seen on the cooking shows that one can get silicone parchment paper as well as foil lined baking paper and so I bought a box of each back with me. I have one more box of the ‘bad’ baking paper to get through and then I will start using these.

Baking Parchment

I found this malted bread mix when we were in Wales at a small vegetable shop in St. David’s. It can be used in the bread maker or mixed by hand and I will save it for a warm day so that I can turn this into an artisanal loaf of bread.

Bread Mix

I am so intrigued by chipotle chillies that I added these to my shopping basked when I saw them in Tesco’s in Haverfordwest. I am saving them for something special!


I have a slight obsession with cider that began when I first went to America in the 70’s – then I only got to sample alcohol free cider but the love affair was reinforced when we went to Devon in 2009. I have struggled to find shop bought cider in South Africa that I enjoy but after much sampling of ciders in Wales and England I came across this Strongbow Citrus Edge Cider that I could bring back with me. Now hopefully it will make its way to our stores.


My cousin Anne gave me the most perfect gift! It is a set of 4 containers that fit snugly into one another. We used them in Wales to store cheese etc. in the fridge, and these will become a permanent part of my overseas kitchens as they take up so little space in my suitcase and are so practical.


In London we spent a day on the High Street and one of our stops was to Fortnum and Mason. I gazed over all the items and found Warwick Wines as well as these Tellicherry peppercorns. I was sent on a mission to find these when we went to France in 2011 but could not find any. The person who asked me to buy them for her has subsequently been given some as a gift, so these I will keep for myself and report back on whether they were worth the buy.

Fortnum and Mason

We also shopped at Harvey Nichols where they had the most amazing ice cream freezer on a turntable. Dave spied some Duck Pâté which we love bringing back with us from France and I spotted some Patum Peperium which Dave introduced me to when we were in Scotland in 2012.

Harvey Nichols

The cheapest place in the United Kingdom to buy whisky is at duty free at the airport. Terminal 5 has a wide selection of whisky’s and a new dedicated whisky store. We sampled a few, especially as some of these are not available anywhere other than duty free. Our choice to bring home was the QA Cask Laphroaig. It is an Islay whisky and I now own a plot of land on the estate. We will be there next year to claim our rent in the form of a dram. As I had broken one of our Glencairn glasses I replaced it so that we now have 4. Three of them are promotional glasses from tastings so this is our only paid for glass.


I have searched high and low for muslin cloth to use in my kitchen and I found some at a home store just outside of Haverfordwest.


I have not been able to find Sumac in any of my local stores and so when I saw it at Tesco’s it was added to the trolley without hesitation. I love this spice and use it for fish and chicken.


The last item on my shopping list for England was a banneton. I did not find one! When we got home I was cleaning out the woven basked next to my bed and Dave suggested I use it for proving my sourdough bread in. I am not sure if this is indeed the same material as a traditional banneton but I am going to give it a try! I have subsequently read up that a banneton is a wicker basket and if all else fails and this does not work I will get one made for me by the men on the side of the road who weave wicker baskets for a living.

Woven Basket

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