Tuesday, 6 May 2014

In My Kitchen: Pot Stand

Last month I gave you a glimpse of some Welsh things in my kitchen, today I would like to share a handful of things: mostly edible.  But first this tall handsome pot stand, that D picked up for the  kitchen from a charity shop.  I like it, even though its for the kitchen, its actually not in the kitchen as there is no space there - its in the extension conservatory bit.
Next onto, edible things.  I haven't had coffee for a couple of weeks now, I have to say I am feeling a bit better for it.  In its place, I have been drinking low caffeine tea and lots of herbal Teas.  I've gone through the whole Clipper Fruit Infusions range in the last two months, (sorry no photograph) my favourite being Apple and Ginger; Orange and Coconut;  and Rosehip.  Now all I have is this Zen Again and a tub of Hot Chocolate too, for when the evenings feel a bit nippy. 
At the weekend I picked up some real bread from perhaps my favourite baker in South Wales Tortoise Bakery.  I treat myself every fortnight to a loaf of fresh hand-made bread, but this week it was two.  Olive Ciabatta and a Sourdough.  
I also picked up some purple sprouting broccoli - last of the season.
During the Easter weekend, we went into Bristol and stopped at an Oriental supermarket.  I wanted some silken tofu and D wanted Nori Wasabi coated peanuts (see below).  I also picked up some new things to try: Spicy vegetarian 'tofu' meat. 
And coloured Tapioca Pearls - I have one or two ideas what to do with them, but would appreciate if you have suggestions to share.
Finally, I have a tin full of raw chocolate that I made from scratch a few days ago when I attended a Raw Chocolate class.  Follow this link if you want to read more about it.  
In My Kitchen Series is hosted by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  It is an opportunity for worldwide bloggers to share what is happening in their kitchen.  Please do go by and read about the other bloggers sharing what's going on in their kitchen - the heart of many homes!

30 comments:

  1. I wish our kitchen suited a pot stand - maybe one day if and or when we do renovations...
    When we lived in Mauritius, my hubby always used to buy those tins of peanuts, although he usually opted for the chicken flavour if memory serves. I love tea, although often stick to my standard brands - think its time to spread my tea wings.
    Have a super day.
    :-) Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy. Do spread your tea wings, lots of variety out there.
      My hub loves the wasabi ones, the only other one he has tried is one with coconut, but he found it mild.

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  2. I drink tea during the day but coffee first thing, I am not keen on fruit tea but the orange & coconut sounds lovely.

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    1. Thanks Joanne.
      I used to drink coffee first thing in the morning to wake me up, but I've been getting some dizzy spells recently so have decided to lay off the coffee for a bit, no doubt I will go back to it at some point, but right now enjoying fruit teas - do try some, there are lots of flavours out there.

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  3. that pot stand is so impressive - but I hope it is quite stable - you wouldn't want it falling over - I have never seen one so big before. I only drink herbal tea (coffee and tannen don't agree with me) so I would love to try those ones - and I just love the bread and broccoli - but the coloured tapioca pearls look very exotic and unusual - all I could think was tapioca pudding (but wouldn't it be fun to have a whole lots of different coloured tapioca flours if you could grind them all up) - by the way what do they use to colour them?

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    1. Thank you Johanna. The pot stand is very sturdy.
      I've seen bubble teas made from tapioca pearls and that is what i was hoping to make with it, but was looking for new ideas. Good point, I am sure i checked it, but can't remember top of my head - will check again and let you know when i come to make something with them

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  4. G'day! LOVE your post stand and can almost smell your bread from here!
    Thanks for this month's kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  5. What about caffeine free bubble tea with the tapioca pearls? I have similar plans myself.... and I couldn't get hold of the asparagus at the weekend, but I've not forgotten about the terrine :)

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    1. You hit it on the head, that is one thing i was hoping to make with it.
      Oh i forgot about the asparagus terrine, got asparagus but don't know if i'll get round to doing the terrine - maybe you should lead the way here :) If I change my mind, i'll let you know.

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    2. I seem to be a bit busy this week, but I'll try not to let the asparagus season pass without having at least one go at a terrine. Keep you posted :)

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    3. The season is so short, so I hope so x Thanks

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  6. Your chocolate looks fantastic! I love the new pot holder too, and would love a conservatory extension to my kitchen just as much :)

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    1. Thank you Kari.
      I'm so pleased with the chocolate too.
      My conservatory extension is not very well designed, the sun does not hit it - so you can't sit in it as its cold. And there are too many windows, so really lacking in shelving space, but not to grumble its space!

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  7. Am very interested to read what you do with the pearls of tapioca. I read they should be soaked for an hour and then they turn into jewels that look like jelly beans, with the same texture, so I guess they could be used in a savory dish that allows them to 'shine'. It would be a shame to hide the jewels in a yellow curry for instance. Maybe the company that makes them, have some suggestions. A salad perhaps with chopped herbs and cooked and cooled dal that has a little bite to it tossed gently with large flakes of cold salmon and cucumber..shaved fennel bulb or the ferny herb?

    Enjoyed your kitchen visit, and must say, have always wanted one of those pot towers. However, my pots are such a mess, I would likely put bowls on the shelves. Looks beautiful Shaheen.

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    1. So lovely to hear from you Brenda, I know I owe you an e mail letter, forgive me for the delay, but will write x
      I will probably use them in a sweet dish rather than a savoury one, you right not a curry style one. Liking the idea of of being in a salad of sorts, got me thinking. Thanks for the ideas, most appreciated.

      Bowls would work well on the stnd, but you would have to be careful if they are ceramic, if some silly person gets too close - you don't want them knocking them off, hence the reason my pot tower is tucked in the corner - i have nephews who like to push each other around!

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  8. Shaheen, the pot stand is very impressive! I have a great passion for herbal teas as well - I really like the Turkish ones if you can ever track them down - and the bread looks fabulous. I wish I could give you advice on the tapioca pearls - I've tried them, but I usually end up with a gluggy mass! :)

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    1. Thank you Celia. I've tried apple Turkish and mint tea in the past, but that's all.

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  9. Ah yes, the taioca balls. Hard to resist in the shop but then they do tend to sit around in the pantry. My only suggestion are the milky Asian teas called Bubble Tea or a delcious Sago Pudding w pandan, pal sugar & coconut milk. Delish! Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Thank you Fiona,
      Bubble tea and tapioca pudding are the two suggestions coming my way, and ones I'm familiar with. May need to put my experimental apron on.

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  10. Wow - a raw chocolate class - now that sounds like fun!
    I LOVE your pot stand - it's so cool!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Sandy. Liking my pot stand too, so glad I have space for it.

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  11. I love tea too and have been making my own Chai mix. It's really delicious. The bread looks so good. I have a weakness for sourdough in particular, but the Olive Ciabatta sounds amazing too. We have a French artisan baker just around the corner from where we live, so I indulge in sourdough whenever I can.

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    1. Thank you Tina.
      Your own chai mix, mmmm
      Envious that you have a French artisan baker so close, i have to wait for my fortnightly treat :)

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  12. Thank you for the peek into your kitchen :) we've just come back from Wales and my kitchen has some wonderful new additions.

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    1. Thank you so much, look forward to seeing what you have.

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  13. Shaheen, your olive ciabatta is inspiring me to bake bread and your pot stand (didn't know they made such things!) is an eye-appealing display. I also loved your raw chocolate hearts (the rest of the shapes on your link, too) -- hope you don't mind if I share it with a raw chocolate loving friend! Thanks for this month's glimpse "IMK!" :)

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    1. Thank you so much.
      Of course I don't mind :)

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  14. Love the pot stand such a great idea. i have never seen the purple broccoli it almost looks like lavender!

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    1. Thank you Tania. I prefer PSB to the big headed broccoli any time.

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