Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September Finds In My Kitchen

Alas its September the month that slowly brings in the seasonal changes in both weather, fruit and vegetables and colours. 
I picked up this ceramic Hen Trivet from a Cats Protection charity event for £2.50.  
A few weeks back we went to a Sunday Boot Market in Bristol.  A elderly womanknown as Grandma to the young girl who was sharing the stall with her was selling these truly vintage 1960s Carnaby Elizabethan tea set comprising of tea cups and saucers.  She shared she had purchased it from new and was selling it originally for £25.00, but was willing to let it go for £20.00.   I have always coveted them, the fact that they are all different and the flower pattern is so pretty. I just could not pass them by.  I gave D the batted eye lashes. He succumbed to my charm and said go on then... ..I adore them.
Some homegrown tomatoes



We went to Glastonbury at the weekend.  Then on the way back stopped at a Wells Reclamation in Somerset.  Its an amazing place with so much to look at including a Yellow Submarine, a Tank and a giant cockerel.  There are are also lots of things there that look old but are not, like this grocers wooden crate fruit vegetable stand.  

I have wanted something to stack my storage glass jars as I am always having to pull everything out to find the one that I want.  Stored like this, I could easily see which jar I wanted. D agreed this wooden unit would be a good purchase for our home  kitchen and it was relatively attractive to look at and for the price.  For the beady eyes amongst you, the two large pots on top where gifted to me a long while back, they are actually designed to be Kimchi Pots, but I don't know how practical they are.  I have been storing onions in them.  
Then below them, on the lower two shelves we have two types of jars - both filled with flours, grains and beans.  The first are Kilner jars when I have been able to afford them; and recycled jars from Douwe Egberts Coffee.  I find the lids fiddly these days, but they are airtight.  I ran out of chalk labels for the jars, so that is on my shopping list. We are both pleased with this grocers wooden vegetable rack stand come shelving unit, in fact I love it! 
Blogging has brought a new blogger friend into my life. Once upon a time, Ray used to blog under the guise of the Garlic Buddha, but these days he blogs over at The Humble Lentil.   Ray is an awesome baker and does a lot of experimentation with fermentation and has inspired me and recommended more than a couple of cookbooks to me. 

Anyway, last month he was lovely enough to send me over a rather generous bottle of Sheffield,Yorkshires finest -  Hendersons Relish apparently there is a cult following for this stuff with the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Marco Pierre White and KT Tunstall.  It is a sauce and described as an alternative to Worcestershire Sauce.  Ray describes it as having a sweet, salty, tamarind flavour.  Henderson's Relish also happens to be vegan and therefore a fantastic substitute for Worcestershire Sauce.  Ray also later sent me a sachet of Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg.  I am so pleased to have been given some to try as there was no way I would have purchased it myself.  Thank you so much Ray.
I mentioned that we went to Glastonbury over the weekend, I like stopping at a Health store called EarthFare: The Natural and Organic Store - I am able to get some specialist ingredients there when I want to be more creative and experimental, in this case Liquorice Powder.  I have been wanting to make a licorice cake for a long long while and perhaps this Halloween I shall.  I also love these China Rose and Rambo Radish Sprouts and D picked up some jumbo flame raisins.  
I also picked up some Baby Kale, it actually tastes like rocket.  It is from the Severn Project that began in Bristol 2010.  The aim of the project is empower individuals and communities by providing training, education and employment opportunities. 
A fortnight ago we went to Cheltenham Vegan Fair - I was one of the first 100 people to and was given a goody bag that contained Perkier Quinoa Bar and Pulsin Raw Brownie Bar below. 
Now I will travel parts of the world with different cuisines: Africa's Finest Sweet Plantain Chips. 
Harissa Falafel Mix and Moin Moin from Love Chin Chin:  The Real African Food Company. Moin Moin is a savoury steamed Black eyed Nigerian Cake - I don't often do out of the packet stuff, but picked these up mostly out of curiosity. I had seen Black eyed Pea Cakes being sold at the Bristol VegFest a while back.  I know these will not taste the same as fresh, but it will give me some insight. 
Some Wahaca Tomatillo Salsa and Yellow Corn Tortilla, both of which were very good. 
I was amused with the illustrations and confess we uses the tortillas this time round as tacos. I am sharing this with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, please do join in. 

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  1. I really love the tea set and look forward to seeing what you do with the liquorice powder. We have recently starting buying those two Wahaca porducts for tacos too and love them.

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    1. I am hoping to make a vegan licorice cake, I have had one in mind for a few years.

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  2. WOW...those are some awesome finds...I love the trivet...

    ~Have a lovely day!

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  3. lots of healthy looking goodies there shaheen. Thanks for joining in with us this month. Love the wooden trolley you have. so practical and attractive. the tomatoes look great, and the mugs are very nice too. cheers sherry

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    1. Thank you Sherry. Yes the wooden trolley is a star at the moment.

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  4. Goodness your kitchen looks like a busy and beautiful place - those cups are just gorgeous - just the sort of thing I would love - you got them for a song I think considering how much some places would charge. And your shelves look suitably rustic for your country home - though you make me think I should update some of my plastic jars that are about to split. And you seem to be getting out and about - I guess you are making the most of the weather while it is decent. But what a lot of great purchase (and a very generous gift from ray - have you tried to "egg")

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    1. Thanks Johanna. I wish it was a beautiful place, but we are trying to make it how we want - though in truth it needs a complete change as it is not conducive to the way I cook, so much little working space, so this crate trolley is welcome. I hope you find some jars to replace your splitting plastic jars. I haven't tried the 'egg' yet, I think it will be fine for another month, only reason - its at the w/e I can experiment with it, but D is not sure about it, so I am looking for a day when I am home alone! And Yes, I got the teaset for a song - I do love it.

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  5. OMG! I have so many beautiful memories of Bristol...And what about Glastonbury! I love it!
    The ceramic you bought is awesome!
    And so are your tomatos!
    Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bristol is fabulous and I would seriously consider moving there one day.

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  6. The hen trivet is wonderful, and those tomatoes are incredible, a really proud crops. I like that rack very much too. Well everything in this post is great!

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    1. Thank you VegHog, just wishing we had more - concerned blight is going to get to the rest of them as we planted them late this year.

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  7. Liquorice powder! How exciting. I have made a liquorice cake (http://www.bitesizedthoughts.com/2014/09/liquorice-cake.html) but had to melt / mash actual liquorice and powder would have been so much easier.

    I love the tea set you found, as well as the hen. I also have a soft spot for plantain chips although find them dangerously easy to eat!

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    1. Thanks Kari, Yes - exciting, thanks for the link to your cake. I do have a recipe of my own in mind, but you have giving me some ideas too when I come to make it and guess what it should be vegan too.

      The plantain chips are good, even one of my nephews loved them.

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  8. Love the hen trivet and that gorgeous wooden vegetable rack.... beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by IMK. I will repay the compliment. Yes, the wooden veg rack is my favourite.

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  9. Your kitchen is getting a lot of olove this month, what with those cups and the new stand, not to mention the Henderson's Relish (I am among its cult following!) I've not heard of Moin Moin but I'm interested to see how it turns out - anything with beans in gets my attention!

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    1. It certainly is Joey.
      So good to note you are a fan of Hendersons, how do you use it? I am lookign forward to using it lots and will blog about the moin moin when I use it for a Nigerian inspired recipe.

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  10. The tortilla look interesting. I have made my own from masa harina flour - easy to make and taste great, an almost popcorn flavour. Not found anywhere local that sells the flour and it's a bit pricey through Amazon but will look into asking the Incredible Nutshell shop in Sheffield to see if they can source it.

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    1. Thanks Ray. I have always wanted to make my own, but as you mentioned masa harina is pricey and I have not been able to source it except on the internet and I am not willing to pay that much yet. I will have to see if SUMA supply it, may request it with my next order if they do.

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