In my kitchen…
Fig 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 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.
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.
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.
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?