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In my kitchen…

June 15, 2011

Gingerbread heartsFig Jam and Lime Cordial is a blog I read very regularly.  Celia keeps hens (and even posted a video of them recently), bakes all her own bread using a starter and shares recipes of just the kind of food I like to eat (including custard).  Once a month she does a round up of interesting things in her kitchen that month – from a jug of  tulips given by a friend to pasta in strange turtle-shell shapes.  I love having a poke around other people’s kitchens, even if it is a virtual one.

I just realised that in my kitchen this month there are more than a few unusual food items, including a gift that I had to ask friends to identify as I hadn’t a clue.

So in my kitchen…

Ginger flapjacks

Ginger flapjacks given to me by my lovely friend Debi.  I’ve ignored her post-it advice as best I can due to their total chewy addictiveness. I need this recipe.

Divan Turkish Delight

The turkish delight I bought in Turkey was too gooey for my tastes.  Caroline, the arbiter of all good things in Istanbul, brought a box of the best.  Please come and help me eat this – KP and the girls are not fans – I’m doing rather too good a job single-handedly.

taglioni nero

You can buy most things in Dubai, but when something unusual hits the shelves you grab it.  I seized this with joy (in Aswaq) planning a seafood sensation, but KP nearly fainted when he saw squink ink pasta.  The pleasure of eating tagliolini nero will be mine alone.

Armani dolce jam

Witty and multi-talented Hedonista brought this round for a Come Dine With Me gift – a jar of jam.  Not any old jam, but orange and walnut from the Emporio Armani Caffe.  So kind, so stylish.


This was a gift from N when she arrived for book club last week.  “It was given to my husband, I’m not sure what it is or where it is from but I thought you’d like it. I think it might be cake.”  I opened and tried it but was absolutely none the wiser, so took a pic and turned to Twitter.  Grace solved the mystery.  It’s a Japanese sweet called Yokan: bean jelly squares in different flavours – red bean, honey, white bean & green tea.

So that (and the gingerbread above) is what’s happening in my kitchen this month.  Anything in yours that you’d like to share?

  1. June 15, 2011 6:59 am

    I love the idea of sharing peeks into kitchens and will work on mine today. BTW, in South Africa we call those biscuits ‘crunchies’ and we call crumpets ‘flapjacks’.

    • June 15, 2011 9:12 am

      …and Americans call scones ‘biscuits’! Look forward to having a snoop round your gaf (as we British say!).

      • Pseu permalink
        June 17, 2011 12:46 am

        and a crumpet is a pikelet…. in some parts of the UK. Confusing, huh?

  2. June 15, 2011 7:41 am

    Sooooo interesting – amazing how addictive kitchen cupboards are. Your creativity truly shines through every post. Love to share a bowlful of tagliolini nero with you. ps. And I live opposite Aswaaq incase you run out!

    • June 15, 2011 9:14 am

      Thanks Foodiva. Aswaaq also has quite a few nice French foods plus organic cheese and juice that other supermarkets don’t have.

  3. June 15, 2011 10:45 am

    Sally, thanks for this wonderful post and the linky – I love seeing what’s in everyone else’s kitchens! Those Turkish Delights look exactly the way I like them – most of the ones we can buy are too rubbery for my tastes, but those look divine. And love the squid ink pasta – we recently made a sauce with crabmeat and chilli with ours! But I’m sorry, I can’t help you with the bean jelly cakes – they look so pretty but I’m just not a fan… 🙂

  4. June 15, 2011 10:57 am

    golly!! my ginger flapjacks are FAMOUS!! but if I give you the secret recipe I will have to kill you……no seriously I just slosh naughty things in a saucepan and then 15 mins in the oven!!

  5. June 15, 2011 11:28 am

    What a lovely post- a little like that very old gameshow ‘Through the keyhole’!

  6. June 15, 2011 1:41 pm

    I love the “In My Kitchen” posts on Celia’s blog and was super excited to see that you are doing it now. I am going to commit sharing just as soon as we are settled back home.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. June 15, 2011 1:48 pm

    thank you for sharing, what a wonderful idea!

  8. June 15, 2011 7:42 pm

    Such fun! The turkish delight and squid ink pasta look quite perfect to me. In my kitchen? As of yesterday, there was four kinds of pie (you may see a post on one soon), and some serious leftovers that we need to eat or it will be a tragedy…more posting again, must be done…so much cooking, and so little time to write. Arrggh! Thanks for sharing!

  9. June 16, 2011 8:25 am

    What is Aswaq and why don’t I know about it??

    This post is so fun, really enjoyed reading it! And those famed gingerbread cookies of yours – love the hearts!

    I was hoping to use baby food to make mini cupcakes in my kitchen this week (something I saw on food network), but then I realized that I don’t have mini cupcake trays 😦 so the plan has fallen through. Maybe I’ll get inspired to try or buy something else after having read your post!

  10. June 16, 2011 5:11 pm

    I think it’s a fun feature and have been meaning to do it too.

    Love the goodies in your kitchen…so international.

  11. June 17, 2011 2:48 am

    Love these posts…I’m going to do one as soon as I can round up enough interesting things in my kitchen!

  12. June 17, 2011 10:59 am

    Here at Cindy Taylor’s suggestion.

    Charming blog. Glad to find you.

  13. June 17, 2011 9:42 pm

    I love the ‘In your Kitchen’ posts – from Celia and now yours. Its a great opportunity to learn new things and see new ‘foods’. The jam is right on top for me – I think orange and walnuts would make a white-bread feast with the finest butter you can find. Have a great weekend. Or has yours already begun?



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