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In my kitchen – Market treasures from near and far

May 2, 2015

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

Are you enjoying new buds on the trees, rays of warm sunshine, the first signs of Spring and warmer days ahead? Here in Dubai I’m praying that our warmer days hold off just a little bit longer. It’s still cool enough to sit outside in the evenings; we saw Kasabian this weekend and sat on picnic blankets on the grass when we arrived (before dancing down at the front). This week Food E Mag celebrated its first anniversary and arranged a party at Shades by the pool at The Address, Dubai Marina. There were so many faces from Fooderati Arabia I hadn’t seen for ages. It’s lovely to meet up with old friends isn’t it.

My own taste of Spring  came with a quick trip to Georgia last weekend, with a couple of friends. As Europeans now living in the desert, our hearts lifted at the sight of catkins on the trees and small purple flowers peeping through the snow.

We managed to visit the market in Tbilisi a few hours before we flew, so many things in my kitchen were bought there. I love the way Georgians recycle old glass jars and bottles. Sadly, was the last Farmers’ Market on the Terrace for this season so I stocked up with things I’m going to preserve, including tomatoes, peppers and chillies. Friday mornings won’t be the same.

If you are wondering what’s in other kitchens around the globe, visit Celia’s page and follow the links in her side bar for this monthly event.

What’s in your kitchen this May? What’s the weather like where you are (as a Brit, talking about the weather is in my DNA)?

  1. May 2, 2015 4:06 pm

    What a brilliant IMK instalment Sally.
    We are in the throws of Autumn which feels closer to winter the past couple of days – here’s to our winter being short and mild!
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. daver001 permalink
    May 2, 2015 4:10 pm

    Inspirational, as always.Equally dreading the Summer! May I use the experience of your followers here to see if anyone knows where to find clips for preserving jars? I brought a small handful of dishes back from Paris (amazing new chain: but they self-sealed and I need extra clips…

  3. May 2, 2015 5:18 pm

    Beautiful photos Sally.

  4. May 2, 2015 7:35 pm

    Mmmm, chutney looks good – and the grape dipped but thing! 😉

    • crasterkipper permalink
      May 2, 2015 7:37 pm

      I mean nut, not but of course…. spell check overenthusiastic!

  5. May 2, 2015 8:05 pm

    Love this feature of yours 🙂 I remember drinking Chacha in Georgia, though it came in an unmarked bottle from a tiny wrinkled old lady who was bent double from spending her whole life making wine. Nearly burnt a hole in my throat 😉

  6. May 2, 2015 8:36 pm

    Oh how I love these photos! Especially the tomato heart and vegetables!

  7. May 2, 2015 10:10 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! And what a fancy pants bottle of chacha. I was in Georgia last month for the first time and got introduced to Georgian home brew which I snuck home in a water bottle. It is certainly an experience…

  8. andreamynard permalink
    May 2, 2015 11:58 pm

    Gorgeous pictures of your treasures! I love seeing the catkins too – magnolia flowering and lots of blossom on fruit trees here at the moment but still chilly evenings are giving me an excuse to light the wood burner.

  9. May 3, 2015 1:30 am

    The Anglo Aussies hold to the British tradition of talking about the weather too, winter is nearly upon us! The unfiltered honey looks amazing.

  10. May 3, 2015 7:03 am

    What a life you lead… I watched Kasabian sitting on a picnic blanket then popped over to Georgia for the weekend. I love it! I can imagine the real delight in seeing spring there. A lovely collection of snippets xx

  11. May 3, 2015 9:56 am

    What a gorgeous post that had me excited from start to finish! Your photography is awesome and totally inspires me! Thank you for this month’s kitchen view also!

  12. May 3, 2015 11:55 am

    I remember reading an article about wonderful Georgian food in a Sunday Times Colour Supp back in the 70’s. Very healthy vegetable stews and delicious flavours. I was impressed, at the time, with the suggestion that a daily intake of red wine was thought to be one of the reasons for Georgians longevity. I’ve hung on to that idea since then:)

  13. May 3, 2015 11:57 am

    Lovely Sal, I loved scrolling through the photos. Georgian grappa? Good grief, you’re right, could be dangerous! 🙂 That honey looks absolutely amazing, and I’m always in awe of your market produce. Very cute shortbread tin, and I’m always intrigued by those nuts in grape must – I remember you had them in a previous post! Weather here is wet and cool – yes, it does seem very English to talk about the weather! xxx

  14. May 3, 2015 12:36 pm

    What a terrific array you have there! We are lucky that many of our Farmers Markets go year round, can get a bit dismal visiting at times though. The nuts in grape must sounds very interesting indeed.

  15. May 3, 2015 4:08 pm

    Beautiful photography Sally. Do you know chacha means uncle in Hindi? Makes me giggle 🙂 I’d love to visit Georgia someday.

  16. May 3, 2015 5:07 pm

    Beautiful post Sally and love your gorgeous photography and as always, beautiful things in your kitchen. Our farmers market will end soon and like you, wish the hot weather could stay away for a little longer. 🙂

  17. May 3, 2015 10:45 pm

    What a lovely cool post, dear Sally! There is a ton of things happening in your kitchen! Waw!
    I loved seeing & reading it all,….😀

  18. ramblingtart permalink
    May 4, 2015 11:31 am

    So many gorgeous and inspiring things. 🙂 The weather has been downright scary the last few days, but today was marvelous, sunny, warm and absolutely gorgeous. More like Summer than Autumn. 🙂

  19. May 4, 2015 6:49 pm

    Lovely photos. Very inspirational 🙂

  20. May 6, 2015 9:31 am

    Lovely pics. I want one of everything.

  21. May 8, 2015 10:52 am

    lovely goodies this month Sally. I am so sad for you that the Farmers Market is closed for the rest of the season. Hope you manage to find great produce at your local market 🙂

  22. May 9, 2015 3:10 pm

    Spent a happy hour doing my In My Kitchen post this morning and now been spending another couple of hours visiting everyone else’s posts. So much tastiness!

  23. May 10, 2015 5:05 am

    Great produce from your markets

  24. May 11, 2015 5:36 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go to Georgia even more now 🙂 Those grape must nutty treats are amazing. A colleague brought us some from Armenia – I had never tasted them before then. Could do with some right now 🙂

  25. May 12, 2015 4:02 pm

    Sally, that homemade chutney and fresh honey and beautiful “tomato heart” were a treat to inspect more closely (thanks for the tip to click on the photos!) — gorgeous photos, all. Watch out for that dangerous grappa! 🙂

  26. May 14, 2015 4:09 am

    The honey and fresh produce all look fantastic! The heat kicked in here already, the evenings aren’t always pleasant for sitting outside anymore.

    • May 16, 2015 9:07 am

      Our evenings are getting steamy too…

  27. May 20, 2015 3:14 pm

    That all looks very exotic! I loved clicking through those.

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