Showcasing November 2016
November 2016 has proved to be slightly more successful in terms of recipe development. I say only slightly as two of the recipes I tested before the month was halfway through, failed. The one was for savoury bars that were meant to ‘stick’ together without something to hold them together. Weird, but I gave them a go regardless. As they failed I decided to turn them into a sweet treat using marshmallows. However, the sugar free marshmallow recipe I tried was more like a jelly fish than anything else. So back to the drawing board!
I saw decanter beads about 2 years ago, before I had a decanter that was tricky to clean. Of course, as soon as I bought a decanter that needed the beads I could not find any. These are new to my kitchen and will be road tested as soon as we open a bottle of wine. Something we are not doing as often as whisky has become our tipple of choice in the evenings.
Dave asked the two young men who work for him to come over and help move the fridge. I used the opportunity to tidy up the freezer and throw out things that were past their use by date. I usually do this every December. As you can see, I use the fridge doors for my recipes. Hopefully once the pantry is done these will be transferred to those doors.
We were sent home from the Cape Winelands District Municipality media tour with a great gift pack. Sadly for me Scarlett ate the pen before I could make good use of it. The power pack is most useful and the selection of USB chargers is in my kitchen to charge which ever device is running low on battery power.
November 2016 FOMO Box
This month’s FOMO box has mostly been put away in the pantry for December treats. The spicy brinjal sauce has been opened and used to flavour a pasta sauce Dave made for Sunday dinner. I have used the sherry vinegar in a recipe and as soon as my salt container is empty I shall put the applewood smoked salt into it.
Having two kitchens is a blessing but some things cannot be moved out of the one kitchen as they have been permanently fixed to the walls. One of these is my odour remover. It really does work so I was quite pleased to find this one.
Spices From Food Network
I was part of the Food Network’s #GuiltyPleasure campaign for the #BigEat. For the campaign I made a toasted sandwich using peanut butter and bananas, spiced with the spices they sent me. I really love the bottles and I have used one of them to give a gift of my baharat to a friend.
One thing I could take out of the other kitchen was this set of drawers. It was made for us as a gift to fit perfectly under the stairs in the space next to the washing machine. I am using it for my pots and pans, blogging plates, pasta bowls and my rolling pin.
Trolleys As Temporary Solutions
Evelyne asked me where I find space for everything. I am using the FOMO boxes to store whatever needs storing while we build the kitchen. I have also moved our old TV trolley into the space with the butlers trolley. The TV trolley is housing my Kitchen Aid accessories and being used as a top for the smart oven.
Wooden Work Top
The wooden work top finally arrived and has been installed. It is blackwood and I am oiling it with canola oil. On top you can see a slab of marble. My sister gave it to me for my birthday present the year we moved down here. It sits perfectly above the oven to use as a trivet.
This is my submission to this month’s In My Kitchen series hosted by Liz.