Monday, 9 January 2012

In My Kitchen - January 2012

Following Christmas, I have some lovely new things in my Kitchen, so it seems like a good time to join Celia of Fig Jam & Lime Cordial for one of her famous In My Kitchen posts.

In My Kitchen - some cook's chocolate, an early Christmas present from Green & Black's. Some already used in my glitzy mendiants but most waiting patiently for their moment of glory.

In My Kitchen - a red Emile Henry clafoutis dish given to me by my mother for Christmas - as yet unused but hopefully soon to be filled with sumptuous clafoutis.

In My Kitchen - a Japanese ginger / wasabi grater which doubles as a fish sculpture, it's even got scales - a Christmas gift from a friend.

In My Kitchen - four redoubtable rocoto chillies, the fifth recently incorporated into my chocolate ice cream. Harvested long after the main crop (used for our chilli sauce), these are still ripening in a cold greenhouse - in January? Yes, January.

In My Kitchen - Tea with Bea, a thank you gift for baking cakes at a Winter Solstice party. As it happens, I didn't actually bake for it as the party was cancelled due to the excessive rain and mud we experienced just before Christmas.

In My Kitchen - chia seeds, a present from CT. It's a Mexican superfood, although most of it is grown in Australia.

In My Kitchen - maca, another gift from CT. Sometimes known as Puruvian gingseng, this also packs a powerful punch. How I'm going to use it, I have no idea.

In My Kitchen - two pots of gold glitter, a kind gift from Susan of a little bit of heaven on a plate.

In My Kitchen - a win from Angela of This Is Life - Ten Byron Bay Cookies, the ones I like!

In My Kitchen - a weighty tome - Pierre Herme's chocolate book, a Christmas gift from CT

25 comments:

  1. Happy Monday to you, this is the real start of the New Year isn't it? Everyone is properly back to business today. I haven't seen that Green & Black range of chocolate, how is cooks chocolate different from regular ? Is it cheaper, dearer, higher in cocoa? Or just a different range to encourage more sales? I love your clafoutis dish with its delicate frilled edge. I think the chillis just go on and on, my two little plants are covered with red fruits, having flowered very late. What lovely gifts you had this Christmas, xx Jo

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  2. You lucky, lucky lady. I especially love the clafoutis dish, I would like one of them.

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  3. Choc, I let out a loud moan when I saw the EH clafoutis bowl - I've never seen that on offer here, but you can bet I'll be looking out for it now. It is absolutely GORGEOUS. And we grow chia seeds here in Oz? I learn something new from you every time I visit! :)

    Thanks for joining it, such great fun to see the treasure in your kitchen! xx

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  4. oooo I've got that Emile Henry dish...love it!

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  5. Everything looks so beautiful and yummy!!
    Have a great week

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  6. What a lovely idea for a post and you are a good person to show us all your kitchen delights! I really love the clafoutis dish and am envious of your beautiful chillies xx

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  7. what thoughtful, well chosen gifts you received and what fun you shall have using them all. N x

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  8. What a delightful selection of goodies from your kitchen, and what a super idea for a post. I will follow the link and look at Celia's blog.

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  9. Jo - thank you. Hope you had a good day. Mine was back to work, so not great, but OK. The cook's chocolate has been around for years - it's generally available in most supermarkets and health food shops. The cocoa content is a little higher 72% and 37%, but it's meant to have a higher cocoa butter content than ordinary bar chocolate to facilitate melting etc - that's my understanding anyway!

    Kath - indeed I am very lucky. Any ideas as to what to use the dish for other than clafoutis?

    Celia - as ever, thanks to you. Am feeling rather pleased with myself though that I have a EH that you didn't even know about ;-)

    Beth - great, what do you use yours for>

    Manu - thank you.

    Laura - thank you for your lovely kind comments. We've never had this variety of chilli at this time of year before, so we're feeling particularly pleased.

    Nic - They are and I will.

    Jude - it's such fun having a peek at what is going on in other people's kitchens.

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  10. I particularly like the clafoutis dish and the fishy grater. Beautiful and useful a la William Morris!

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  11. Lovely post as ever. I want a clafoutis dish too! 2012 is going to be a good year in your kitchen, I reckon.

    Another insightful post, thank you.

    Charlotte
    @gofreecakes

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  12. What a lovely peek into your kitchen and some really lovely things there. I love that G&B chocolate - it might say cooking, but it mostly just goes straight in!!! So many interesting and beautiful things in your kitchen. Do you think you'll manage a chocolate clafoutis variant so that we get to see your beautiful dish on the blog again?!

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  13. oooh that Clafouti dish is a stunner!... nice blog post x

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  14. Loved reading that and it made me think about whats in my kitchen that's new etc...like everyone I have my eye on the dish its so nice. x
    (oh and thanks for the glitter mention too)

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  15. Janice - thank you. I have yet to use the fishy grater!

    Charlotte - thank you - am crossing fingers you will be right.

    C - He he, you are such a chocoholic. I'm sure I can manage another chocolate clafoutis - I seem to remember my first attempt wasn't quite what I would have hoped.

    Dom - thank you kindly sir.

    Susan - oh, would love you to do a In My Kitchen post.

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  16. Your kitchen is filled with delights and beauty. I love the fish grater- I think multi-purposeful kitchen gadgets. And the chocolate, gold glitter,and peppers are inspiring me to get my supplies out and actually use them. I have a package of gold leaf that I get out every year and decide Not to use them. This is the year I'm going to.
    Thanks for inviting us in!

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  17. I really want both of the cookbooks you've got there - I picked up the Tea with Bea one in Waterstones the other day and was flicking through the cheesecake section with lots of excitement :-) Hoping you're going to cook and share some of the recipes soon, happy new year! :-)

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  18. Heidiannie- thank you for your kind comments. I think gold leaf is infinitely superior to gold glitter and each year, I promise myself I shall get some, but haven't managed it yet.

    LittleLoaf - oh I think I might just be tempted to make something soon and those cheesecakes do look good.

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  19. Aw, lots of delicious and interesting things in your kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  20. You have such interesting things in your kitchen, so different from what we have here in South Africa. I can see I will have to return to read back a bit.

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  21. Bizzy Lizzy - thank you. My problem is where to put it all ;-)

    Sous Chef - Ahhh, it would be interesting to see what is in your kitchen then.

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  22. really! are most chia seeds grown in Australia? Never heard this but I love chia seeds. And I love seeing in your kitchen - all so lovely (once I realised you were talking fish scales - I kept looking for how and why your wasabi grater would weigh things as scales)

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  23. Lots of wonderfully interesting things! I love getting a peek into what's inspiring you in the kitchen.
    I am swooning over your clafouti dish!

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  24. You got the many delicious things yeah. I love this to be in my kitchen

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  25. The goodies in your kitchen look great. I've never seen a wasabi grater before, so this really caught my eye.
    Happy baking

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