In my kitchen, fresh from Christmas present fun, is this iPad stand.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of recipes I now use are online, my recipe holder is usually full to brimming with cookbooks, so this stand is super-handy. Not only that, but it comes with a stylus, so that no greasy fingers need to get near the screen. Happy days!
Also in my kitchen, is my strawberry plant.
As much as I desire not to be, I'm a plant killer. Sadly, they don't seem to register on my radar until they're beyond resuscitating, and so in an attempt to keep my strawberry plant alive, it sits next to the kitchen sink. I'm guessing the brown leaves at the base are trying to tell me something - bigger pot needed? - I welcome any advice!
Somewhat less neglected, in my kitchen, are my bottles of apple juice.
One of the perks of our move to the mountains was that Logan Brae Orchard is now just a hop, skip, and a jump away, and serves all our apple needs. We're now addicted to the cloudy apple juice, and can't wait for the early season apples to be picked in a few weeks. I love that the owner's eyes light up when I ask what type of apples go into each batch of juice, before he waxes lyrical about his produce. The handwriting in the top left of each label is mine, reminding myself what I learnt. The two bottles at the front are juice from Pink Lady apples, and the third is a mix of Granny Smiths and Jonathans.
Coming from further afield, into my kitchen, is this super-sized bottle of tahini.
I've tried other brands, but this one, all the way from Lebanon, is one I now can't do without. I find the taste to be far superior than others I've tried, and my hummus and baba ghannouj wouldn't taste the same without it. If you're lucky, you might find it in the international food section of your local supermarket, otherwise its worth keeping an eye out in specialty stores.
Last up this month, in my kitchen, is this winner of a herbal tea.
Neither boy or myself are tea drinkers however, I've found that having no tea (or milk!) in the house is unacceptable when trying to be a decent hostess, so this is my tea of choice for herbal drinking guests. Every single person who tries this tea loves it - so much so that I've started buying extras so that I can give them away!
Thanks go to Celia for her hard work keeping up with all the kitchens each month, and it's definitely worth popping over to her site to have a look at what's happening in each.