May 2014 Showcasing In My Kitchen

May 2014 and I have been playing around with making my own chocolate. I have been using chocolate transfer sheets to make it look pretty. These are so easy to use. You pour the chocolate onto the transfer sheet, spread it thinly with a palette knife and once set peel off the transfer, leaving the design behind on your chocolate.

Honey Nougat And Apple Butter Cake

Pick ‘n Pay sent me an Easter Egg hamper. It was filled with the most amazing selection of Easter Eggs and I made sure we waited until Easter weekend before tucking in. As I did not think Dave would need to eat all the eggs I was given, I gave many away to our staff, and their children.


Together with the Easter Egg hamper I also received a bottle of Carrol Boyes wine in a beautiful box. It is a 2013 Shiraz and I am going to leave it to mature a little bit before we try the wine.

Carrol Boyes Shiraz

At the SASSI award evening I was given a goody bag. The goody bag itself is a Women Entrepreneurship Fair Trade bag and is being used for grocery shopping. In my bag was a bottle of Hamilton Russell Chardonnay which I will save for when we have guests over who drink white wine.

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

There was also a Grip N Go bottle. I have been meaning to go to the Consol factory shop in Stellenbosch to get one of these, so the gift is really welcome. I keep water in my car and a glass bottle is far better than anything else. Now I just have to get used to bringing it inside when I get home or when I am at work.

Grip N Go

And last but not least in the bag was a bottle of Olyfberg Olive Oil. I love getting olive oil as gifts as we use so much of it at home. I probably buy 4 bottles a year and we use at least a bottle a month if not more!

Olyfberg Olive Oil

I purchased the April issue of Fresh Living which has the last feature of Sam’s recipes in it. This magazine is not usually on my shopping list but in support of a friend, I have bought all three magazines that she featured in.

Fresh Living April

I was sent a bottle of Olyfberg Tapenade in the post. It was quite a miracle that it got to me as we do not have a post box at home and the parcel was posted to my home address. This after the courier could not find our office. As parcels are not delivered to street addresses in South Africa, the collection slip would have been stuck into our gate by the postman. Under ordinary circumstances, anything stuck into our gate ends up blowing away in the Gordons Bay wind. However, this day, the rubble removers were busy removing the rubble from the pool we are busy digging out, and the postman gave the slip to our gardener who was supervising the removal. I collected the tapenade which is made from a secret, tasty mix of chopped olives, herbs, garlic, capers, lemon and black pepper (official press release) from the post office and I cooked it into some chicken for dinner. It is really tasty and I look forward to coming up with a few recipes for the tapenade.

Olyfberg Tapenade

Hopefully the next item is Shaoxing Chinese Wine. We have a Chinese market in Somerset West but the lady who runs it does not speak English and I don’t speak Chinese. I am not even sure that the way I pronounce Shaoxing is correct. I asked for Shaoxing Chinese Wine and she assured me that the writing on the bottle says Shaoxing! I don’t even know what it is meant to taste like but I am going to hold thumbs that I have the correct stuff as I am using this for a recipe soon.

Shaoxing Chinese Wine

If you want to join in with an IMK post then please head on over to Celia from Fig Jam And Lime Cordial!

Disclosure: The gifts I received were not given with the requirement that I post about them. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

Dave and I are away in the UK and we will be back at work on the 8th of May. I will start replying to blog comments then. You can read our daily diary of our trip by clicking here.

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75 thoughts on “May 2014 Showcasing In My Kitchen

  1. What a fascinating range of ingredients you have this month! It was so lucky that the postie gave the slip to the gardener, and that it wasn’t blown off into the air! I use Chinese wine in stir fries, and I think it makes a big difference. But like you, I am never quite sure of what I am buying. Can’t go too far wrong though! (Famous last words?!)

  2. Whatan interesting mix of kitchen bits and bobs…..I love the chocolate transfer sheets, and keen to try some. They certainly make that cake look very professional, although it sounds absolutely delicious, chocolate or no chocolate!Good luck with your Shaoxing Chinese wine- look forward to seeng what you make with it!

  3. Hope you have a fantastic time on your trip, Tandy. 🙂 I’ve never tried chocolate transfer sheets, but your cake is so pretty that I will have to try it one day soon. 🙂

  4. Chocolate and wine! What more could a girl want. It is indeed shaoxing wine. It is for cooking only and is rice wine. I use it all the time in so many Chinese dishes. Have a super week, Take Care, BAM

  5. That Honey nougat cake looks fantastic, Tandy. I’ve thinking about doing the same thing with chocolate…and putting it around a cake. Nice things!
    🙂 ela

  6. That cake looks fantastic!
    And I laughed at your Chinese wine adventure- my niece lived in Japan for a while before she moved to Australia and would send me all kinds of Japanese bottles of ??? – I used them carefully, experimenting because I had no idea what they were. We had some very interesting meals- although they were all edible except for one huge fiasco that I don’t want to remember!’
    Thanks again for sharing- hope your UK visit is marvelous!

  7. You were meant to have that tapenade! It makes a great dressing for fish BTW. I love the affect of the chocolate transfer sheets. Hope you had fun in the UK

  8. Tandy, hope you and Dave are having a wonderful holiday! Lovely things in your kitchen – I’m particularly taken with the glass water bottle, what a great idea to have the grip on it as well. Glad you got the tapenade, because it sounds delicious! 🙂

  9. I’ve become a little too free and easy with olive oil myself Tandy as I’ve been given a few bottles as gifts. It will be a shame when I have to go back to buying it! And of course now I’m going to have to seek out chocolate transfers. Thanks for the tour.

  10. That cake looks amazing. I agree with one of the previous comments, you were meant to have that Tapenade! Getting together with my husband 31 years ago was a very similar situation… shouldn’t have happened, but it did! Hurray for Serendipity! Thanks for your post.

  11. Such lovely things in your kitchen this month. I love that chocolate and the tapenade story is cute. Have a wonderful holiday up north!

  12. You have lots of lovely things in this post. I like the labels on that oil from the Breede River Valley. I go through literally gallons of olive oil. Hope you are having a lovely holiday

  13. I love getting goodies bags that I can make use of in the kitchen. Was wondering if you temper you chocolate? Thank you for the peek into your kitchen. 🙂

  14. Tandy, your chicken dinner sounded delicious, especially after all it took to receive the tapenade — fun story with a tasty ending! The Grip n Go bottle is a great idea, too. Re-usable is even better than recyclable!

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