July 2019, Showcasing In My Kitchen

July 2019 was an extremely special month for me. I turned 50! The celebrations begun on the day of my birthday with Dave and I spending the evening alone. On the 27th I had a small dinner party for friends. My friend Stella who lives in Johannesburg came to spend time with me to celebrate. On Monday my friend Kim arrived from Australia. We have been friends since we were 13 and the last time we were together was an early celebration of our 40th birthdays. We were born 16 days apart, so for the next 3 days I am older than she is. As you read this, we are in Hermanus spending some quality time together. On Friday my parents arrive and I am having another small dinner party at a restaurant whose origins are nearly as old as I am.

Chestnut Spread

When we were in France in May I did a lot of shopping. I saw these tins of chestnut spread for the first time in Auxerre but did not buy them as Bev did not want any. But when I saw them again on our last day of driving around Normandy I decided to buy them. I have used one so far in my soufflés and have no idea what to do with the rest. Do you have any suggestions?

Chestnut Spread

Confit De Cidre

I also bought this bottle of Confit De Cidre on a visit to a cidre presse. I served it when I made the porchetta for a dinner party. Pork and apples is a match made in heaven and the cidre jelly was perfect with my Italian pork roast.

Confit De Cidre

July 2019 FOMO Box

I cannot say that the July 2019 FOMO box excited me. More chilli anything is so not welcome in my house and so far all we have opened is the bacon jam. I will use the blue matcha in baking at some stage but who knows how I will make use of the cocoa tea? The most useful item in this month’s box was the olive oil as that is the one ingredient I use a lot of.

July 2019 FOMO Box

Oyster Shucker

This is another bring home from France. Dave and I went to the D Day beaches and while we were there we bought oysters to have for dinner. They were still in the shells and the only way to open them was to buy an oyster shucker. We are forever leaving our one at a friends’ house so now I have 2 so I can give him 1 the next time he brings oysters home.

Oyster Shucker

Popsicle Maker

Lorraine keeps on making ice lollies and I was getting a bit of FOMO. As I cannot just pop into her kitchen to taste her creations I had to buy my own popsicle maker. So far I have only made one flavour as since then it has been far too cold! When summer comes along I shall start experimenting with new creations. I love that I can make different flavours at one time so there will always be something new to try.

Popsicle Maker July 2019

For those of you who would like to take part in International Scone Week 2019, please take a look at this postThis is my submission to the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry. Pop on over to see who else has showcased what is new in their kitchens this month.

I am away and have limited access to the internet so please forgive me if I don’t reply to comments straight away. I will be back at work on the 12th of August.

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20 thoughts on “July 2019, Showcasing In My Kitchen

  1. The first time I saw chestnut cream was in a Nigella cookbook. It was so long ago I can’t remember what I did with it, and I still have one can. Maybe I can search online, cause I have too many of her cookbooks to go through…

  2. oh yeah, just google nigella and chestnut cream. I made her chocolate chestnut pots. amazing. or you could go to her website and search for the ingredient. have fun!!! And happy birthday. 50’s are the best.

  3. I love chestnut spread.. On toast, In my jungle oats with a little butter, instead of sugar – That’s the best. If you make fridge cake.. try an amuse-bouche with a marscepone/Philadelphia cheese and chestnut spread mix on a crushed biscuit base.

  4. I bought chestnut spread or puree (my memory fails me) in a couple different forms last year for a recipe. Didn’t like the recipe in the end. So nothing to share (I got mine online after a bit of searching)

  5. very happy birthday to you tandy. the best is yet to come… yes olive oil is always useful; not sure about those other things. thanks for joining in this month. cheers sherry x

  6. Belated birthday wishes Tandy. Seems I can comment using my phone and not my desktop? How did you like the bacon jam?

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