Hoping September will bring much-needed cooler temperatures to our Island, last month was the hottest on record and those of us that didn’t leave for the summer felt the scorching heat and very humid weather. In my kitchen, thank God for air-conditioning that keeps everything nice and cool.
Brightening up my cups of herbal teas are these cute floating tea infusers, handy when you only want to brew a cup using your favorite loose tea leaves.
After a botched delivery, it’s finally in my kitchen… a rosette iron cookie mold. I first came across rosette cookies at a cookbook singing by one of our local cookbook authors, Afnan Al Zayani. Afnan had made some for us to sample, the rosette shapes looked so pretty and the feather light cookies were crispy and very morrish. Love when I find new kitchen tools.
One ingredient I am never without in my kitchen is salt, and lots of it. I couldn’t imagine cooking without it. This tin of fleur de sel was a gift from a friend who also knows I like keeping pretty tins.. thank you Dee. Hubby also likes to pick up tubs of sea salt when he finds them too.
Friends that bring delicious home-baked goods when popping over for a coffee are always welcome. Caroline baked this lovely pear and amaretto loaf cake and she also thought it might be a recipe I could share with you all. Caroline was right, it is a lovely cake that was enjoyed to the last crumb, will gladly share.
If only you could smell the perfume of summer coming from this jar of dried organic lavender… all the way from a french garden. I will enjoy using lavender in my shortbread recipe, making more lavender lemonade and some lavender sugar. Thank you Sue for sharing a piece of your garden:) Lavender also reminds me of the lovely town of Alacati we stayed in a few years back and inspired me to make a honeycomb lavender butter recipe.
Sarah on her travels brought me back a variety of chalkboard labels, I have already stuck one on the jar filled with Sues lavender. I think my writing with chalk needs a bit of practice… just as well you can wipe with a damp cloth an rewrite. Isn’t it lovely when friends think of you on their travels and others bake you something delicious 🙂 🙂
Trying out another colorful juice combination in my kitchen, red cabbage, peeled granny smith apple and a squeeze of lime. Quite spicy with a strong flavor, maybe not for the faint hatred but a 100ml serving thoroughly chilled was perfect.
Who can resist warm scones from the oven teamed up with some lovely preserves and home-made clotted cream. Making clotted cream was something I had wanted to try and I was really happy with the results. As it takes many hours in the oven on a low setting, I also found out that my electric oven automatically shuts off after twelve hours.
Sometimes I will choose chocolates and coffee over having a dessert after dinner. And, why not treat yourself now and then. Picked up these lovely assortment of chocolates from our local chocolatier, Maya. Salted caramel and pistachio are some of my favorite flavors.
Once again teaming up with Celia, the lovely host of the “In My Kitchen” series at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and other bloggers from around the globe, showcasing their kitchen treasures. If you are not already in, maybe you might like to join too 🙂
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