In My Kitchen February 2015

In My Kitchen February 2015 Coffee Mug with Chocolate Chip CookieIn my kitchen this February are Royal Doulton coffee cups (Gordon Ramsey range), Mum brought them out as she is visiting. You see, Mum didn’t like the handle on the glass Nespresso cappuccino cups I have and felt these had a better handle to grip, which is true… they are cute coffee mugs. A cappuccino ready to go with the remain rustic homemade chocolate chip cookie on the side. We have a cookie monster in the kitchen who shall remain nameless.

Japanese Tea Pot Cups and Teas

It was my birthday last month, got spoilt with gorgeous presents from wonderful friends and family that I am very grateful to have in my life. As you can imagine I now have some lovely new food related gifts to use. Elegant and stylish, love my new Japanese tea-pot and cups from Teavana, and some new teas to enjoy too. Brewing in my kitchen this month will be Jade Dragon Green, Weight To Go Pu-erh  Flavoured Black Tea and Sliver Yin Shen Pea White Tea.

Chopping Board and Small BowlsRather than use my new ceramic board for chopping, it would be perfect for serving a few nice cheeses on, with some olives and chutney served in the small dishes.

Glass Butter Dish Knife and BreadMy new glass butter dish is really cute and stylish and would complement any table or tray setting, keeping the butter nice and tidy. Spreading knives are always useful too and I used this colorful knife to spread some butter over freshly baked quinoa bread that I picked up for Organic Foods and Cafe.
Oils, Balsamic Vinegar and Spices

In my kitchen are some delicious gifts of oils and spices from Crescend0, Balsamic Vinegar, Pistachio Oil, Forest Raspberry Vinegar, Pumpkin Oil and Porcini and Tartufi Spice Blend. I know my salads and risotto will love these gourmet kitchen treats.

Chocolate Tin, Flowers and Marmalade

Mum also brought out some delicious Italian chocolates in a pretty tin (she also knew I would keep the tin) and some Carrot Cake Marmalade for our toast. That was the last chocolate from the tin… did I say I love chocolates! I’ve had some beautiful flowers sitting pretty on my kitchen island with Singapore Flowers (Bahrain) blossom buddy monthly subscription service. Each week a different floral display arrives with a little note and some fun facts about your blossom buddy. Nice to treat yourself (or someone else) and your kitchen every now and then… defitenely will avail of this service again.

Once again joining up with the lovely host Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and other bloggers from around the globe for the monthly “In My Kitchen” posts, showcasing all our kitchen treasures. I was also hoping to have Celia’s sourdough starter in my kitchen as Celia kindly posted me some (twice), but it seems that it’s not going to arrive 😦 Maybe I will have a go at making a sourdough starter in the name of Priscilla… Celia’s sour dough starter. Will give it another week.

Up-date 6th of February: Celia’s sourdough starter has arrived and she is now in Bahrain. 🙂 Excited to start the process of cloning Priscilla and in due course you should hopefully see the results. Thank you so much Celia xx


  1. Moya, you always have the most stunning things on your blog! I LOVE that ceramic chopping board and bowls! And I’m really sorry the starter hasn’t made it to you – I’m popping another one in the mail to you today. Who knows, maybe third time lucky? 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Celia, please don’t trouble yourself as you have very kindly sent the sourdough starters out twice. I will wait another week or so and if all else fails I will try my hand at cloning Priscilla 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Celia, so excited, Priscilla has finally arrived and I do hope you have not troubled yourself and sent a Third package. Thank you for this very kind gesture which is very much appreciated and of course will keep you up-dated in due course. 🙂 🙂

  2. lizzygoodthings says:

    Moya, so many beautiful goodies this time, as always… I LOVE the tulips, so pretty… and that board too. It’s great to see the ingredients you have, from an Aussie’s perspective. They do look interesting! Happy cooking love.

    • Moya says:

      Love the tulips too Lizzy. It is interesting to see some of the different ingredients that other bloggers use, which can also be a great source of inspiration. 🙂

  3. Anita Menon says:

    Everything looks exciting! Love the coffee mug. One of the restaurants i visited yesterday used the same brand for all their crockery needs .

    Singapore flowers service looks nice. Will check that out.

    I really look forward to your ‘ in my kitchen’ posts every month

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Anita, the coffee mug is just the right size as I am not a fan of huge mugs of coffee. I also look forward to doing the “In My Kitchen Posts”. 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Sorry Nancy, I somehow missed this comment. The pistachio oil is lovely and I love to drizzle it over salads and risotto too. Yes the Japanese tea pots do look very elegant. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  4. fergie51 says:

    That teapot is stunning! Butter dish and bottles too are gorgeous. Ive only recently discovered pumpkin seed oil and its divine (mine isn’t in quite such beautiful bottle) The little flowers in that specimen jar lovely too, Thanks.

    • Moya says:

      Fergie the little flowers with the tulips are called Prunus Cerasus Branches or Sour cherry (had to look at the note that came with the flowers), they were very dainty when they bloomed but really beautiful 🙂

  5. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Happy belated Birthday. You really did get some thoughtful gifts didnt you. I lovely pumpkin seed oil and pernigoti. Lucky you

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Tania, yes my gifts were very thoughtful and each one very special. This was my first tin of pernigoti chocolates and I ate most of them… maybe I will have Mum visit again 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Thank you for the Birthday wishes. So it’s a Chinese teapot… is that because of the shape or the materials it is made from. Thought it was Japanese? 🙂

  6. Ania @ Milk, Toast and Honey says:

    Happy Birthday Moya! I can just imagine wrapping my hands around those handsome coffee cups filled with hot latte 🙂 And that butter dish really is the cutest one ever! Beautiful flowers by the way, I imagine they bring lots of cheer to your kitchen. Thank you for sharing, see you next month x

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Ania for the wishes. I had lots of items that brought cheer into my kitchen this month and of course flowers are always so beautiful. See you next month too. 🙂

  7. Glenda says:

    Hi Moya, I read your post a couple of days ago on my phone and forgot that I hadn’t commented. so here goes. Your mum is right about those coffee mugs. They are very elegant and have a good handle. Happy birthday for last month as well.

  8. Kirsty says:

    Moya, what does the carrot cake marmalade taste like? It sounds like it would be utterly delicious. Your flavoured oils sound amazing. So many different flavours to work your way through.

    • Moya says:

      Kirsty, the carrot cake marmalade is quite nice, not overly sweet and lightly spiced, you can taste a hint of cinnamon. My only grip would be the bitter aftertaste of the oranges. Mum likes that bitter aftertaste, I am not so keen, so it’s really a matter of personal taste. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Kim Bultman says:

    Moya, I’m tickled that your sourdough starter finally arrived! (What a wonder, considering how it traveled through the postal system!) I’ve seen some exquisite loaves on this IMK go-round thanks to Celia’s generosity… and I might just have to put in a request for my own bread-making reverie. 🙂 I also loved your teapot, assorted oils & vinegar(s), and lovely, simple butter dish — and bouquet of tulips!!! 🙂 Believe it or not, “cup handle size” is one of the main considerations for my next set of dishes. (I have ‘big hands.’) Comfort is everything — and your post was entirely comforting! xo

  10. Moya says:

    Kim, lovely to see you blogging again after the ordeal you both have been through as I am sure life has not been easy. Thankfully the sourdough starter arrived, Celia is spreading the sourdough love far and wide. Thank you for taking the time to comment and wish you well 🙂 🙂

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