Saturday, 5 January 2019

Things in my kitchen for the New Year

Happy New Year to you bloggers from around the world.

My kitchen this month is heavy with gifts from the festive season, as well as lots of leftovers as our eyes were bigger than our bellies (no Turkey though, remember I am vegetarian!).  

So let me begin.  Above is some left over homemade beetroot horseradish pate smothered over slices of Germanic style rye bread. For those of you interested, I will share the recipe later on in the month.
In my kitchen is this ceramic hen that holds some little jars of jam and marmalade.  I was also given some chutneys and boxes of chocolates (in fact I am eating a piece of dark chocolate right now).  If you want to see my Chocolate collection, then please have a look at my festive eats blog post if you click here
In my kitchen are empty containers that once held a very large Panettone.  The panettone is gone but the tin remains.  The tin will be used to hold some delicate Christmas decorations when we put away the Christmas tree back in the attic later today.
In my kitchen is a loaf of sourdough white bread.  I have been making sourdough bread a lot over the festive period, as I was mostly home alone on most days with D still having to go into work.  Its still hit and miss though. 



Non-vegans and non-vegetarians please look away, unless your curious.  I made some more mock meat with vital wheat gluten.  This time it was vegan 'ham' and 'facon bacun' the recipe comes is from The Gentle Chef and has been slightly adapted. I will blog more about it later on in the month too.  I had so much of it, that I shared some with my vegetarian work colleague on return to work early this week. 
I am a sucker and am sometimes sucked in by packaging, which is why I picked up these Coconut & Treacle Oat Biscuits, also it pulled my heart strings a little as I reminisce a bit of my time in Scotland. 
I have not been eating crisp much of late, in fact I cut down drastically last year, that I felt I was able to indulge over the festive period, but truth is these Kettle chips have not been opened yet as we have been munching mostly on savoury nuts and cheese crackers.
Talking of munching, we picked up a big tub of mixed olives. 
In my kitchen are also two jars of vegan black seaweed pearls, these are Ikeas answer to vegan caviar.  I have still to crack open the jar and look forward to comparing it to my homemade Welsh Laverbread caviar, that was also vegan by the way!  Has anyone tried it? 
In my kitchen are some leftover colourful green spinach and beetroot wraps that I used for making some festive canapes.
I picked up some croutons. I cringe a little as I write this as I make them easily at home, but these appealed because of the colours and flavours: beetroot, spinach and carrot croutons - its unlikely I would make these flavoured croutons at home in one go, so I felt able to justify buying them to try. And some stollen, I missed out on stollen the previous two years and was not going to miss out this time. I have to say though, come this Christmas I will try and have a go at making my own.
We have a variety of chillies including Scotch Bonnet left over from the festive season, used in a number of dishes including homemade Scotch Bonnet and Apple Chutney that was gifted to a number of people in my life. 

In recent years, I have found myself using Himalayan Pink Salt a lot more in my kitchen.  I also picked up some harissa powder.  I do make often make my own harissa from scratch, but thought I'd give this ground powder a go, not sure if its any good but worth trying.
And finally, I found a bottle of Rootbeer.  I don't recall having root beer in my life, but D has assured me that I have.

I am sharing this post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, it was started by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. I find In My Kitchen series a lovely way to meet bloggers from around the world, as well as have a nosy to see what in their kitchen. 

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful treats! I hope our Ikea has those seaweed pearls -- that looks like a neat idea!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. You asked about the temperature probe we use for bread: it's from this website:
    https://www.thermoworks.com/

    The leave-in probe is called SMOKE. We also have the ThermoPOP, which you poke into the bread (or whatever needs probing) and it registers the internal temperature. It's quicker than some of the similar probes we have used. Because of counterfeits on amazon.com, these are only sold from the manufacturer, but they do say they ship internationally.

    My earlier comment hasn't showed up -- I like your black pearls!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mae for responding to my question, really appreciated. And I will see if those seaweed pearls are any good.

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  3. I recently rediscovered root beer, and it's a bit of an acquired taste, but I still really enjoy it. I hope you do too! I must admit I'd also be tempted by the croutons because of their gorgeous colour. I've tried vegan caviar before but I didn't love it - it was another brand, so I'll be interested to hear if the Ikea one is good!

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    1. My husband told me its an acquired taste too:) I will update this blog post on how I find the ingredients, inc. the seaweed pearls!

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  4. Wish you the best for 2019 Shaheen!
    Your beetroot horseradish pate looks gooood!
    I am pretty sure you will prefer your homemade vegan caviar. I tried the one from Ikéa... nobody liked it!

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    1. Thank you. You too.
      The pate was really really good - I promise I will share the recipe soon - as you can see it is now my new blog header too! Interesting about none liking the ikea brand, I am nervous now, but will try it and see if I agree with you :)

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  5. That ceramic hen is so neat - I've never seen anything like it before! And I love the idea of using a large panettone tin to store Christmas decorations - I'm going to steal that one next Chritmas. Happy 2019! =)

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    1. Thanks Jen. Happy New Year to you too. If you like this hen, then I think you will adore this one - please follow the link and see what I mean - very unique
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-little-bit-of-bruges-in-my-kitchen.html

      The one in this post is not unusual as its designed for the Christmas market.

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  6. An interesting selection of goodies...I hope you enjoyed them and like the root beer as well. There are many brands of root beer. Perhaps you'll test several and share your thoughts. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks e. Happy New Year to you too. We don't get root beer here, so its a novelty when we do - I will try them when I see them though.

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  7. Happy New Year Shaheen - love all this post - so much resonates - I knew I would be in for happy reading with the top photo as I love how you present your food. Glad you are still making bread. I promise myself to make stollen every year and then get too busy but maybe next year - please encourage me! So much of your food looks intriguing - the croutons, the coconut and treacle biscuits, the wraps, the root beer and the mock meat.

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    1. Thank you so much Johanna. I am so pleased you like this post, I have to admit I wasn't sure if I had much to share with IMK this month, then cobbled stuff together to share. I will try and encourage you to make stollen later this year, maybe we can make encourage each other when the time comes.
      ps You really are kind about my food presentation - be warned I took some photographs in Nov-Dec of very yellow food - they are poorly presented, but I will still share them, as they tasted better than they look :)

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  8. Yep, I'm a bit of a sucker for packaging too. Mind you, if you didn't buy splendid panettone in tins, you wouldn't have packaging for Christmas decorations. I'm curious about those pearls from IKEA. They don't have theme here. I have seen a premium product made using olive oil turned into flavoured pearls but it's only wholesale. That ceramic chook is very quirky! Happy New Year.

    My late addition: http://www.tiffinbitesized.com.au/2019/01/07/in-my-kitchen-january-2019/

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    1. Thanks Fiona and Happy New Year to you too. I will update this blog post when I open the ikea pearls to share my opinion, but from some of the comments above - those who have tried them, have not been a fan.I have tried the flavoured pesrls that burst too, but only found them at specialist places in larger cities - see here https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2017/12/creamy-sweet-potato-rice-pudding-with.html#more

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  9. hi shaheen
    i love that ceramic hen- so very cute. interesting about the seaweed pearls- i have recently seen a website that sells all sorts of flavoured pearls both sweet and savoury. thanks for being part of IMK, and a happy new year to you. your sourdough looks lovely and i bet it tasted great. we were just talking about root beer the other day and wondering what it was made of - sassafras and sarsaparilla it seems:) cheers sherry x

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    1. Thanks Sherry. I have seen both sweet and savoury pearls too, the popping kind! I got told by someone that root beer is made of sassafras and sarsaparilla - not ingredients we see in the UK. Happy New Year to you too.

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  10. Shaheen, I LOVED that you were munching on chocolate mid-post -- yes, ma'am! Also loved your tub of olives, colorful wraps, holiday appetizer, and recycled tin. (I store my Christmas ornaments in one, too.) So much more I wanted to comment on -- all wonderful! -- but your previous comments covered them nicely before I got here. :) Happy New Year, xo!

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    1. Thank you so so much Kim. Happy New year to you too.

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  11. I am impressed you are making your own vegan bacon and pate! Lovely things in your kitchen after the holiday season.

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