In My Kitchen November 2108


This was the mess “In My Kitchen” a few weeks ago. The work has progressed since then but the renovations continue. As you can imagine with any renovation, dust and dirty gets everywhere with plenty of cleaning and sorting to do. It’s amazing what one can stuff inside those kitchen cupboards and drawers.

I’ve still managed to do some cooking as living in this part of the world most houses have two kitchens… the outside one is usually called the greasy kitchen… I guess in reference to all the fried food and dishes with strong aromas prepared there. Anyways, at least having a second kitchen meant I could escape the noise and dirty for a while and enjoy my midday coffee in peace. A good time to flick through some older cookbooks while sorting out my collection

In My Kitchen…

Remember the nursery rhyme… “this little piggy went to the market”… well this cute pink  piggy that “stayed at home” became my little lid lifter. When cooking, sometimes you want the saucepan lid lifted a little, so thought this little silicone gadget was handy to have. Little piggy has friends too, a chicken and a lamb.

It might sound a bit indulgent but I bought this waffle machine purely with photographs in mind. Ive actually never owned a waffle machine before and have used my ridged grill plates on my Tefal grill when I needed to make waffles, of course they didn’t exactly look like your typical waffle but they tasted just the same. This little Dash waffle machine looks more like a toy but worked surprisingly well, turning out perfectly cooked waffles one after the other. The drawback, you can only make one waffle at a time. I made some waffles in advance and placed them in the freezer for later and popped them in the toaster from frozen for a quick breakfast on the run. This Dash waffle maker would make a perfect gift for someone, I found mine at Urban Outfitters Uk if your interested and the cost didn’t break the bank either.

What do you do with your leftover coffee grounds? I’ve been recycling my leftover coffee grounds, mixing them with the soil in my plant pots and under a few shrubs as I really do not like discarding them in the bin… it really does seem like such a waste. 

In My Kitchen…

Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook “Simple”, it also was the chosen cookbook for our local cookbook club so already tasted a few of the recipes and have loved most of them. I love his flavorful cooking and using his cookbooks your spices and herbs wont lay idle.

From the cookbook club I already had tasted the blueberry, almond and lemon cake and was happy to bake one for the family which went down a treat. 

My contribution to the cookbook club was the beetroot, caraway and goats cheese bread which was really lovely (simple to make too) and since then have made it a few times. Above, the bread photographed in its unbaked state, you almost want to eat it raw it looks so good. 

Throughout the cookbook “Simple” rose harissa and preserved lemons are used with a few recipes and as I couldn’t find the brand of harissa mentioned, found a recipe of Yotam’s rose harissa online so I could make my own. I use my recipe when making preserved lemons which are now ready to use with a delicious looking raita from the same cookbook.

The “In My Kitchen” monthly theme host is Sherry, from 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.


11 thoughts on “In My Kitchen November 2108

    1. Thank you Johanna, lately I’ve cooked quite a few recipes from his new cookbook Simple, all pretty tasty too. Trust you had a wonderful Festive Season and Best Wishes for 2019 🙂


  1. You’re lucky to still have what some call a ‘summer kitchen’… renovation is great when you can stand back and say, “Done!”


    1. Angela love the sound of a “summer kitchen” sounds better than the greasy one 🙂 Hopefully by the end of this month I will be able to stand back and say done. Trust you had a wonderful festive season and best wishes for the New Year 2019.

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  2. Moya, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the memories (and MESS) of renovation passes. Just this evening I thanked my hubby (again) for all the hard work he did to make our home — and my kitchen — my DREAM! Four years ago it was still smouldering in a post-fire rubble, but life goes on… and good food goes on in between! xo


    1. Yes Kim life goes on and I remember your tragic event too and so glad you have rebuilt your home once again. Cheers to you and your hard working hubby and wishing you the very best for 2019 🙂


  3. i must have missed the ottolenghi boat. so many people rave about him, and i love his tv shows but i’ve never cooked one of his recipes. i must do that one day. hope your kitchen turns out well. i have the same set of pot lifters. i love the piggy one especially, and they’re so useful. what a cute waffle pan. thanks for joining in IMK this month. right on the button. cheers sherry


    1. It took me sometime to get on the Ottolenghi boat but so glad I did as I love cooking from his cookbooks. Thanks for hosting the IMK which I love participating in 🙂


  4. Two kitchens do sound better than one! Where’s your part of the world in which this is common? Curious because you mention buying something at a UK shop — and I never heard that they specialized in a second kitchen! Your little gadgets are great. I never get around to waffles any more, though I do have an electric waffle iron.

    best… mae at


  5. Mae, I live in the Middle East on an Island called Bahrain and yes it really is handy to have two kitchens, especially when your other kitchen is under renovations. When I travel to the UK to see my son I usually find myself in kitchen shops, hence where I found those cute lid lifters and waffle iron. Hope you had a great festive season and best wishes for 2019 🙂


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