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The calm after the storm – in my kitchen

April 3, 2015


Here’s what’s in my kitchen at the beginning of April (take a closer look and read the captions by clicking on an individual image, use the arrows to navigate).

March was wonderful but a bit crazy. I can’t believe that the Emirates Festival of Literature, Art Dubai, Taste of Dubai, Dubai World Cup and Arabian Youth Orchestra were all in one month. And yes I went to all of them plus more.

I turn to my kitchen at times like these for relaxation. We need to eat so I have to cook – it’s a necessary but creative and calming activity.

Have a snoop around many more kitchens through Celiaโ€™s monthly event โ€“ look for the list in her sidebar.

Whatโ€™s in your kitchen this April?

41 Comments
  1. The Real Geordie Armani permalink
    April 3, 2015 6:11 pm

    Drove all the way to The Cellar and bought two new bottles of gin, was really disappointed in the selection of Fever Tree though. I want a spiralizer but you are right they keep selling out! our sour dough is in the fridge, not bubbling but chilling for next week (he has been ill), great round up, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April 4, 2015 7:30 am

      I owe you some of my starter. I keep mine in the fridge and use once a week at minimum. Strange about stocks of Fever Tree in RAK. Which gin did you buy? I want some Martin Millers and Bulldog.

      • daver001 permalink
        April 4, 2015 8:49 am

        Love the gins from Sipsmithโ€ฆ

  2. April 3, 2015 7:20 pm

    I love snooping in people’s kitchens, so I really enjoyed this round-up! Gorgeous photos, especially your farmer’s market veggies, the sundried tomatoes and the lemon chilli pickle. I also love Ecover cleaning products.
    PS. No sauerkraut photo? Did you manage to start another batch after the bag of water broke?

    • April 4, 2015 7:28 am

      Haven’t had time to start again. Thanks for the reminder. I hope cabbages are still in season. Have a feeling they are over now

  3. therecipewriter permalink
    April 3, 2015 7:22 pm

    Nice photos. I missed the session really wanted to join the farmers market today but due to unavoidable cicircumstances couldn’t make it. Thanks for the recipe link i sure gotta try it.

  4. therecipewriter permalink
    April 3, 2015 7:25 pm

    Sally are all those photos taken by iPhone? Really the quality is so good. Any good apps for mobile photography?

    • April 4, 2015 7:23 am

      Yes. My iPhone 6s is making me lazy about using a ‘proper’ camera. I used the wordpress app to start this post and finished off on my computer so didn’t do any post production of images. Usually I use Snapseed for camera pics. Writing something soon with all my apps on.

  5. daver001 permalink
    April 3, 2015 8:59 pm

    As always amazed at how busy you are. I find that my best intentions often vanish in a haze of tiredness after work! Thank you, as ever, for the inspiration.

    • April 3, 2015 9:04 pm

      On the sofa, totally shattered! Friday night in ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. daver001 permalink
    April 3, 2015 9:10 pm

    By the way, news from the InterContinental in the Marina due to open soon is of a gin bar which will have the largest variety in the region. Bring it on!

    • April 4, 2015 7:21 am

      I’m onto to that one already. Have insisted I’m the first one in there!! Treat you to a g and t?

      • daver001 permalink
        April 4, 2015 8:49 am

        Just the one?

  7. glamorous glutton permalink
    April 3, 2015 9:53 pm

    What an amazing month you’ve had. Love the grid of photos. GG

    • April 4, 2015 7:20 am

      It has been amazing, but a quiet time this weekend was essential, with good food and wine. Restored ๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. lizzygoodthings permalink
    April 4, 2015 3:34 am

    Lots of goodies, Sally… sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time! I love literary events and other festivals! That farmer’s market sells beautifully fresh produce! Happy Easter.

    • April 4, 2015 7:11 am

      Happy Easter to you too Lizzy

      • lizzygoodthings permalink
        April 4, 2015 7:26 am

        And happy spiralising too! xox

  9. April 4, 2015 5:54 am

    March in Melbourne is equally crazy with wine, food, culture and comedy. I was gifted a bottle of Black Robin gin from New Zealand, an absolute stunner, and well worth noting. Love your layout, very clever way to present all the delicious goodies in your kitchen

    • April 4, 2015 7:07 am

      I’m thinking I need to visit Australia for a gin trip!

  10. April 4, 2015 6:24 am

    Broken Heart (NZ), Four Pillars (Australia) and Liverpool (UK) are gins also worth looking out for ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • April 4, 2015 6:49 am

      Thanks. I’m learning through these comments that Australia is an amazing place for gin. Broken Heart. What a fab name

  11. April 4, 2015 3:11 pm

    Particularly love (a) those bowls and (b) your veg haul photo. Both so beautiful!

  12. Ania @ Milk, Toast and Honey permalink
    April 4, 2015 9:59 pm

    Virgin Mary made with Big Tom is our tipple of choice on Sunday mornings. That lemon and chilli pickle look devine!

  13. April 5, 2015 12:54 am

    Your tomato harvest is wonderful! Very envious as mine regularly ends up as green tomato chutney after a dearth of late summer sun. Love the sound of oven dried version with pomegranate molasses and sumac. And those vegetables are so beautiful.

  14. April 5, 2015 5:16 am

    Happy Easter and nice assortment of photos for this month’s kitchen view too!

  15. April 5, 2015 7:42 am

    What a great collection of goodies. I find the kitchen a place of comfort in madding times as well.

  16. April 5, 2015 8:12 am

    Ooh those organic veggies look delicious!

    Sarah x

  17. April 5, 2015 2:00 pm

    I have the same Spiraliser. When you work yours out please let me know. Great photo collage – brilliant idea!

    • April 5, 2015 2:24 pm

      He he. I think the carrot I tried mine with was too small. Just watched a spiral slicer comparison video by Jaden Hair (Steamy Kitchen) on You Tube. Good demo. Thanks for nice comment about the pics.

  18. April 5, 2015 8:54 pm

    what stunning produce! I tried a different kind of spiraliser off amazon and couldn’t work it out for the life of me! Lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. April 6, 2015 3:48 am

    Lovely post, Sally! So happy Prudence keeps bubbling away from you, and your parsley loaf is so pretty – amazed that it stayed green even after baking! The spiraliser might be this month’s IMK “item” – yours is the second I’ve seen so far! It sounds like fun!

  20. April 6, 2015 2:11 pm

    Wow! That Lemon and Chili pickle and the bowls. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. April 6, 2015 4:27 pm

    Sally, found you through Celia’s IMK. Loved your grid of photos — must learn how to do that. Was happy to spot the photo of sourdough starter, as I’m a huge fan of sourdough (posting my sourdough English muffins later this week). Tempted by the spiraliser, but I am *trying* to resist getting any more gadgets right now!

  22. April 8, 2015 9:00 am

    Love the variety and colourful photos of your kitchen! Big Tom… whoo ๐Ÿ™‚ So hard to get good tomato juice. We love our Bloody Marys… in the form of oyster shooters!

  23. April 10, 2015 2:22 pm

    What a wonderful visual feast and presentation, Sally. Like you, I love to relax in the kitchen. Just close the door, put on some music and get lost in another world. Sounds quite a month in Dubai. I love this time of year, as suddenly we’re getting asparagus and strawberries at the farmers’ markets here in Paris. Your tomatoes look amazing!

  24. April 11, 2015 8:10 pm

    Prudence looks good and love the parsley idea. I should try with garden rosemary really.
    And look, I managed to do IMK two months in a row! Woo!

  25. April 15, 2015 12:50 pm

    Love the grid – another WordPress thing I canโ€™t do ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the sound of the dried tomatoes, and interesting to hear yet another plug for Jamieโ€™s comfort food, will definitely have to add to to my list…

  26. April 18, 2015 7:05 pm

    Your photos are lovely (and also the veggies, pickles, and new kitchen gadgets). I also use an Iphone 6 but mine are not nearly as good. I’d love to hear some tips.

  27. April 27, 2015 3:03 am

    that lemon and chilli pickle looks fab. And i like the look of Big Tom. the veggies are glowing with vibrancy too.

  28. April 28, 2015 4:02 pm

    I am might guilty of stalking your blog for the sheer amount of knowledge I get out of it.. But with such wonderful posts, how can I be held responsible for it.. I love your blog, esp the food photography in it.. thank u..

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