Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In My Kitchen, January '14

Hurrah for another month of peeking in other people's kitchens! After being certain that I had nothing of interest in my kitchen this month, I've found a couple of items that are worth sharing.

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.

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Don't boil the sauce said...

Thanks Mary for the tip on the tahini, they sell it by the crate at local supermarket I'll have to pick up a jar.
Good luck with the strawberries!

Mary said...

Thanks for dropping by, Jason! I'm hoping if I'm very good, I'll even get some berries this year. ;)

Francesca said...

I might have to track down that Tahini too.

Rachi said...

I'm always keeping an eye out for good tea recommendations so will definitely put this on my list!

Fiona Bris-Vegas! said...

Oh I love cloudy apple juice too - so much nicer I think than the clear stuff. Lucky you living near an orchard! Amen on the stylus - I can't live without mine. Cheers!

celia said...

That's my favourite tahini - the guys at Harkola import it, so I always have a couple of tubs on the shelf! Lovely iPad stand, that would be so useful in the kitchen! :)

Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas said...

I never thought to use a stylus in the kitchen. What a great tip. Thanks for the heads up on the tahini. I have seen that brand in my local so will be sure to pick some up.

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Love that tahini brand too. Always prefer getting products like those straight from their country of origin instead of prettied-up packages at gourmet food stores!

Kim | a little lunch said...

Mary, I wish I had some helpful hints for your strawberry plant, but I fall into the "plant killer" category, too. Wishing you (and your potential strawberries) a Happy New Year!

Mary said...

Hehehe! At least I'm not the only one, Kim. :)
It's funny, I included the tahini as an afterthought, never realising that it would be the most interesting part of my kitchen this month!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day Mary! Happy New Year to you and your family, true!
I can almost smell the strawberry plant through the computer screen!
Thank you also for this month's kitchen view!
Cheers! Joanne

JJ - 84thand3rd said...

I keep seeing that tahini pop up, I may need to hunt some down! The Ovvoi lemon tea is lovely too. Hope you had a very Happy New Year!

heidiannie said...

I love mint tea- I usually just used dried mint and hot water- but this looks quite good.
I just bought a big jar of tahini- but will keep an eye out for this one next.
And I've never grown strawberries indoors, but they need lots of water and dry feet- so perhaps a larger pot with plenty of pebbles in the bottom?

Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said...

Cloudy apple juice is so good and you have three bottles of it! Enjoy. Happy new year and happy cooking.

Mary @ beyondjelly said...

Ooo! Thanks Heidiannie. I will give the pebbles a go!

My Kitchen Stories said...

Hi Mary, Hope you dont kill that plant too.... I love that tahini too it's always delicious and fresh. That is stunning apple juice isn't it?