Here we are halfway through another month and it’s time for me to share a bit of what is happening round these parts for Celia’s ‘In My Kitchen’ February linkup…
In my kitchen this February:
Remember how back in December I burnt out the motor on my food chopper trying to make nut butter? Well I finally pulled our old one out of a storage bin in the garage.
I scored this beauty about a decade ago from St Vinnies for something like $20. At the time I was on a work-not-allowed visa, living 30 mins by train from the city, had no idea what a blog was, and was going stir-crazy with nothing to do day-in-and-day-out.
So I volunteered at the local Vinnies a few days a week… and proceeded to come home with a new little kitchen something pretty much every time, whoops. Some of my favourite OppShopObsessions are things I picked up way back then!
Anyway, I adore this little machine and it has been terribly neglected these past few years. It has all sorts of fun bits and pieces to slice, dice, chop and puree – and it works like a dream. We have it to thank it for the Chocolate Macadamia Spread amongst other things. Don’t be too jealous when I say I’m dying to try out the ‘French Fry chipping disk‘.
Ok, enough about the chopper, moving on to a few other bits and pieces.
A fail of a coconut flour cake – delicious yet not remotely the right texture and possibly under-baked.
It is actually this colour – naturally – so it will no doubt show up again one day.
We finally made it to Salt Meats Cheese a few weeks back and after sniffing every single flavoured salt they had I decided on a Serrano Chili one.
Smoky and spicy for the win.
Remember my Plum Sauce post? I mentioned there that I freeze as much as possible and these long skinny silicone trays are one of my tools of the trade.
They are meant to make ice cubes that fit through water-bottle openings however I’ve discovered that the frozen sticks not only fit perfectly in a zipper freezer bag but stack on top of each other.
UPDATE: After an unexpected reaction to this little trick I figured I’d add in a bit of a mini-infographic…
If you are looking for these silicone trays I got mine at IKEA from a last-minute-on-the-way-to-the-register-distraction display, well played IKEA, well played. I may have a star one too…
I attended a demo for Eliunt Olive Oil before Christmas and got to pick out three to take home. These oils are not meant for cooking but for finishing dishes.
They are all from different regions of the world and while they are certainly not cheap, they do add really interesting flavours to your meals. I just need to remember to use them more often!
Another little something that has been sitting in a corner of my counter is this Pyrex carafe and insulated glasses from World Kitchen.
I tend to associate Pyrex with heavy baking dishes but these are really delicate. As an added bonus the silicone protectors slide off.
Finally, remember that sprouting ginger from IMK January? I got a very cute pot for it but may have waited too long to put it in soil so it just sort of shriveled and got mouldy. Then Mel told me to bury it instead of sitting it on top.
I have one on top and one underneath with fingers crossed for both… and little hope for either. But at least the pot is cute – ha!
That’s about it for this month. Make sure to pop over to see all the fun things happening in Celia’s kitchen at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – I’m coveting a few things from her February post!
I’m sure I’ll think of a thousand more things I could have shared as soon as I hit publish – and if we’re lucky I’ll write them down for March. Crap, it’s almost March, lets not speak of this again ok? Thanks. Sigh.