I’ve been absent for a while and had not expected to travel as long. Had planned to write-up one or two blog posts before leaving but unfortunately never got that organized 🙂 That said, we had a lovely summer ( I hope you did too) catching up with family and friends. The weather was good to us, plenty of sunshine with little or no rain and we managed lots of walking. Now that I’m back, looking forward to the cooler months ahead and hopefully planting some fresh herbs again as our searing summer heat dried them to a cinder. So beginning October, my “In My Kitchen” post.
In My Kitchen…
Dried herbs are both handy and convenient when fresh is not available and I like having some stocked in my kitchen. Bought from various markets, the sage and bay leaves are particularly fragrant but the aroma of the wild oregano is milder than I expected. Might use the dried fennel for a herbal drink. Also like having a little stash of red peppercorns (also called pink), love their sweet and mild peppery taste. Do you have a favorite dried herb in your kitchen?
These gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery are from Nom Living’s rustic stoneware collection, they had so many beautiful pieces but had to stop myself from getting carried away. Will visit again when next in the UK. It’s always a risk carrying breakables in your suitcase but so far managed to get everything back in one piece.
My kids and husband never liked jelly and tried to sway them with this old-fashioned recipe my mother would make using jelly (with added cream and strawberries), but unfortunately… I’m still the only jelly fan in the house. Like me, do you love the retro look of old-fashioned jelly moulds?
Had these cherries all to myself as I’m the only cherry fan in the house, deliciously sweet, petty as a picture and perfect fruit for snacking on. And, my favorite kitchen tool for removing their stones… not wanting to risk breaking a tooth.
You can never have enough spoons! Found this decorative vintage spoon at a market, apparently it’s used for serving jam… somehow found myself needing one.
And, if you ever visit Laguiole in France, you will find it impossible to come away without buying one of their beautiful knives. This folding knife is handmade and the wood on the handle is pistachio wood.
A new french ceramic garlic grater and an old brush from a previous broken grater… a perfect match seeing as the new grater didn’t come with one. Just as well I didn’t throw the brush out.
This Brown Bread with Oatmeal and Sunflower Seeds is one of our favorites. This time baked it in a nut roll tin… thought it made a nice change from the usual loaf tin. We enjoyed this homely bread lightly buttered, topped with slices of smoked salmon, capers, thinly sliced onions and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice. If I have a few micro greens growing then I’ll scatter a few on top as a garnish. This brown bread is also delicious with home beetroot-cured salmon served as canapés.
The “In My Kitchen” monthly theme host is Sherry, from sherryspickings.blogspot.ie If you would like to know what’s cooking or see some kitchen treasures, head over to Sherry’s blog and check out all the other IMK participants.