In My Kitchen June 2016

IMK JUNE-54In my kitchen this June, a rich buttery short crust pastry to line one of my favorite tart tins with. The rectangular shape makes a nice change from the usual round tart tins and as you can see, used many times. And of course, one of my baking essentials… a wooden rolling-pin.

On a recent trip abroad brought some goodies back with me, a hard cheese called Belper Knolle made with raw milk, matured with garlic and covered with black pepper. Thought I would buy the handy wooden cheese shaver as well.

Also, bought some beetroot powder to add to a few recipes and some dried blue cornflowers and marigold blossoms to decorate with. In a pervious post, sprinkled marigold blossoms on top of the Banana and Coconut Three Milk Cake to add a little color. Haven’t used the raw liquorice yet but intend to make some ice cream with it. Apparently you can add liquorice to stews? It’s not an ingredient I have used in my cooking before. Any suggestions?

Honey-2My first honey harvest… well not really a harvest! I had to remove some fresh comb that collapsed inside a beehive. Poor bees, I felt so sorry for them. None the less it was pretty exciting to taste its mild sweet flavor. Nice color too.  I expect I would have much more honey to harvest if it were not for a split and a swarm… but that’s another story.

IMK JUNE-53In my kitchen… cute little fish-shaped dishes. Can you ever have enough small dishes?

Never a dull moment with this diamond finger knife sharpener. Easy to use and one of my favorite.

Keeping it local… bought Peninsula farms delicious goat cheese, a new dairy product recently introduced into the market. With a home delivery service, got my lettuces and cherry tomatoes delivered too. Thought I would throw in a bar of natural goat milk soap to keep by the kitchen sink.

Fresh Herbs-2My kitchen buddies, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, chives, mint and bay leaf. Cooking without you would not be the same.

The In My Kitchen monthly theme is hosted by Maureen from Orgasmic Chef. What treasure or goodies do you have in your kitchen this June?

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29 Comments

  1. Francesca says:

    Beauitiful little fish plates- no, you can never have too many.And that buttery pastry ready to go- inspiring- I wonder what tart you will be making. Where do you get the beetroot powder? Interesting ingredient- is it just for colour or does it also have flavour?

  2. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Glad to see you making pastry People have such a fear of making pastry. Its nice to see some of your local products. There is no doubt it would be difficult to live with out those beautiful herbs

    • Moya says:

      There is something very rewarding about making your own pastry and definitely tastes better than some of the frozen pastry found in the freezer section of supermarkets. If I do buy pastry, especially puff pastry, I look for the ones made with butter 🙂

  3. Kim Bultman says:

    Moya, your kitchen buddies bouquet is gorgeous. (All of your photos are!) I agree with you on cooking not being the same without fresh herbs. I also like the look of your well-used tart tin & rolling pin, too… not to mention the prospect of buttery pastry. 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Kim, some of these fresh herbs will die out as the summer temperatures are very high in Bahrain. So will need to buy from the supermarket to tidy me over 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Me too Nancy, it’s only a small honey harvest but so wonderful to have in my kitchen. Hopefully the bees will survive our very hot summers… already they are drinking so much water and it’s only June 🙂

    • Moya says:

      The honey bees are incredible little workers and amazing insects, love having them around. The honey is the icing on the cake 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    Love the little fish dishes…I have a similar one and wish I had more. I was wondering what you were planning for the beetroot powder other than the smoothies you mentioned.

    • Moya says:

      Karen I plan to incorporate some beetroot powder when making chocolate cupcakes, add some to hummus and experiment making beetroot laban cheese balls. Not everyone loves beetroot in my family but maybe I can sneak it in another way 🙂

    • Moya says:

      Thank you Nicole 🙂 Hope you do try the banana and coconut cake and it will be interesting to see what you think of the recipe. Do love banana cake though. Delighted with my first harvest of honey.

  5. What wonderful things in your kitchen, and your own honey! I am reading the most amazing book at the moment that you might enjoy…”The Bees: A Novel” by Laline Paull. it is written from the point of view of a worker bee.

    Great photos and I love the look of that square tart tin. The scent of those fresh herbs must be marvelous.

  6. yep i love the fishy dishes and the rectangular baking tin. how wonderful to have fresh honey. i have some from a friend of a friend who lives up the road. marvellous! and yes fresh herbs are great. you can buy beetroot powder at the chemist here, strangely enough.

    • Moya says:

      Sherry it is wonderful to have my own honey and great that you can gets some from friends too 😀 well stocked chemist… isn’t beetroot good for lowering blood pressure?

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