In my kitchen
It’s a while since I gave you a peek into my kitchen but I always visit Celia’s over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. About my actual kitchen, as British expats in Dubai, we live in a rented house and I’ve had the same kitchen for 11 years. There are things I love about it and things I hate. It’s open plan into a part we used to call the playroom but really should be renamed the dogroom as Rosie and Hazel sneak up onto the sofa and chairs in here. I love the marble work surfaces and the view out of the ‘dogroom’ window of a small palm tree. I loathe the overhead strip lighting and the view from the kitchen window – a cement wall. The hinges are drooping, the drawers sag, there isn’t enough cupboard space (is there ever), but it’s been the scene of so many wonderful gatherings over the years that I forgive its shortcomings. So here’s what’s in my kitchen in October.
In my kitchen …
… a bag from the mill at Cothele. Sadly my baggage weight allowance meant I had to bring it back empty from the UK but it’s got a stamp on ready to be posted to the mill to be displayed on their wall.
… a brilliant new juice press. My old one died and I’ve been searching for a good replacement for ages. Don’t you just love it when things are designed well? This is brilliant; you lift the spout up and down to control the flow of juice, there’s super-whizzy spin to extract every last drop and it’s easy to clean. I bought it from Tavola in Dubai.
…Valor chocolate. I like to cook with the good stuff i.e at least 70% cocoa solids but it can be expensive. (This is 22 AED for 300g from Choitrams. Carrefour own brand is cost-effective too.)
…white truffle oil and almond oil. Adds another layer of flavour to so many things from salad dressings to cakes. Giorgio Locatelli was disparaging about truffle oil but I think this is a good one.
.. some homemade mango and fennel pickle from Pickle in d Middle.
…some cardamom sugar which I made from Vanessa Kimbell‘s book Prepped, ready for ssshhhh… I won’t mention the C word just yet . I met Vanessa this summer and she’s warm, generous and has a passion for intense flavours.
And always in my kitchen….
…are Hazel and Rosie.