As I won't be cooking, hence food blogging much, I thought this month I would showcase some of my much loved and used kitchenalia.
So lets start rolling, yes literally with rolling pins. I have about 5 rolling pins, I know how many rolling pins can a person use at one time. But over the years I have accumulated a lot of things for my kitchen. I picked up the marble rolling pin above on one of my first visits to Ayr, Scotland from a 'Help the Aged' type of Charity shop. I have to admit I haven't used it much, its serves more for display on its wooden cradle stand.
The rolling pin below starting from the left, is not actually a rolling pin per se but one for making gingerbread cookies as it has patterns embedded on it. Its either Austrian or German in origin. I bought it a couple of years ago when I was in Brittany, but have not yet had the opportunity to use it for Christmas cookies. The skinny rolling pin, second from the left was purchased on my first holiday to Turkey. Its known as a oklava and is rod style. The last two are ones I use often for rolling out shortcrust pastry: one is just simply a rolling pin - no handles, and the other a roller with wooden handle s.
Here are a couple of recipes that have seen some rolling pin action: the shortcrust pastry for this Carrot-Fennel Souffle Flan, Chilli Flecked Pastry and Beetroot Shortcrust.
Garlic Crusher or it is a Garlic Presser
Garlic Baker or Garlic Keeper
Onion Storage Pot
Salt Pots and Salt Pigs
Measuring Spoons and American Cups
Egg Holder: Egg House
Steamer and Double Boiler
Tongs and Whisks
Cheese and Nutmeg Graters and a Orishigane
Salad Spinners, Colanders and Strainers
Mashers and Peelers
The Sifters and Spatulas
And finally the Spice Jars
An update: Just when we think to ourselves things may be getting better for us, we are again confronted with further bad luck. D returned back to the edge of Glasgow yesterday afternoon, only to find that the 100mph winds had damaged our recently repaired roof. He went into the flat and found a hole and water coming through three different places. He rung the roofers who did the repairs in Spring as its those slates that have come down. They are being absolutely unhelpful and say they cannot come out until the end of the month. D is desperate and rung another roofer who say they will be able to come tomorrow, they asked who did the original work and when D told them who it was, they informed us that they are cowboys. We did not choose them, as the roof work was carried out jointly (after much pursuing on our side) with the landlady who owns the flat downstairs. It was the company they used. D rang the Let/Rent Agency to encourage them to push these roofers to come out. They too were being unhelpful and said to him to do the leg work/find another roofer and they'll pay up their share. D is finding is hard to locate a roofer at this time and has unfortunately out of sheer desperation flagged down a Roofing van that was passing through the street. They looked at it and quoted him a couple of hundred pounds. D's hands are tied, no other reputable builders available, so has gone ahead with the work that took about 15 minutes and 15 slates! D says he is not at ease and fears that these workers were 'cowboys' too, but he needs something done to stop further damage being caused inside our flat. The roof of this flat has been an issue from day one. It was sold to us leaking and our surveyor had not picked up on it. Anyway, this has definitely damaged our prospects of selling the flat at the recommended surveyors price. On top of that, the fencing that separated our garden from the neighbour's is knocked down too by the winds. You know what this means - wandering dogs - see here for further explanation of this if your interested. The harder we work to make this flat look nice to sell, life - in this case nature, conspires against us and chucks more crap at us. I really can't wait to turn my back on this place now, but its digging its claws in us for money and love we haven't got. Life eh!