In my kitchen in December…
Is December going by in a blur for you too? Food shopping and cooking through my list of goodies is part of the pleasure for me, but phew I’m busy. My kitchen surfaces have been taken over by jars, tins and packages…they seem to have a life of their own. The house is permanently filled with lovely warm and spicy aromas. I love the ritual of this time of year and hope you do too, so here’s a little taste of what’s in my kitchen…
When food bloggers visit they bring the most gorgeous gifts including Anja’s super-healthy snowball cookies, masala mix from Pickle-in-d-Middle, peppermint hot chocolate mix from Dubai-bites and The Hedonista‘s collection of truffles and rocky road.
Do you get that moment when you bite into a fruit and suddenly remember what it is supposed to taste like? This happened to me with some beautiful Lebanese navel oranges (from Spinneys) recently and I’ve had to replenish our stocks three times already.
For the first time in 12 years of living in the U.A.E., I took the plunge and made the 50 minute drive to the Northern Emirates because this cheesemaker was in town. He was having a lie-in so sadly I didn’t get to meet him but bought some Tome de Romane, Bleu de Laqueuille and a very cute Coeur de Forges-les-eaux. Extra long pasta, pink salt and passata also went in the bag. On the way back, KP and I stopped at Jones the Grocer for really excellent eggs Benedict and I left with some Quicke’s Cave-aged cheddar, a hunk of Parmesan and some gorgeous Coulommiers – they had some tasting samples drizzled in honey…divine.
Elderflower is a flavour that is so hard to preserve sucessfully. I was given some elderflower Moho organic cider made from organic apple juice which is nice and refreshing and Ikea do the best-tasting cordial that I’ve found (as making my own in Dubai is not an option!).
They’ll be 25 of us round the table for Christmas day at our dear friends’ home and I’m in charge of puddings. In a panic that there wouldn’t be enough, I made a couple more last week and I’m following The British Larder‘s tip of feeding them to make up for their youth! Some of the guests are from Spain so I made membrillo to give as gifts.
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As always Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial has some lovely things in her kitchen. What’s in yours this December?