Saturday, 3 August 2019

The Culinary Alphabet Mug and Beetroot Ketchup

I must admit there is not that much that is new in my kitchen.

I have been to two Food Festivals recently: one in Cardiff and the other in Gloucester.  I have not come back with anything from either, which I think is a reflection that I am becoming familiar with most food stuff showcased at food festivals.  I tend to look out for unusual vegan, vegetarian and quirky things that are new to me. 

Still I have found a handful of things to share.  
We went to Bristol a couple of months back to check out Greta Thunberg's mural and they had a Sunday market at the Tobacco Food Factorsy with lots of pop up food stalls as well as creatives.  

I liked this culinary alphabet mug for obvious reasons and D took a shine to The Gardener's A-Z chopping board.  
I am not keen on chopping on glass.  So this will not be used for chopping onions or any other vegetable.  It is sat next to the oven as a trivet.

We are doing well with garden produce, nothing like when we had an allotment plot, just enough to have us ticking over.  For example I made a Thai Green Curry yesterday, but the carrots and shiitake mushrooms came from the supermarket, but the variety of  beans and courgettes were homegrown. 
We are doing well with garden produce, nothing like when we had an allotment plot, just enough to have us ticking over One of the neighbours gave us some eggs, these were massive.  These went into a quiche. 
I think I mentioned before that two of our neighbours keep chickens.  One of them gave us some eggs, these were big.  
She said here chickens are laying eggs quite regular and was pleased to share them.  Hopefully I will be able to give her something from the garden, perhaps some tomatoes.  These went into a quiche. 
The eggs went into this Yellow Courgette and Spring Onion Quiche.   

I don't remember having done so, but apparently i entered a competition on Twitter by Cool Chile Co.  for World Chocolate Day and I won these  Mexican Chocolate and Maya Chocolate with a wooden hand whisker.  I look forward to drinking it come winter.  
D's been going through some boxes in the garage.  He came across this Turtle glass mould.  I had wondered where it had gone.  I am planning on using it soon to for green jelly.
I picked p these American Super Size Flips - Peanut flavour.  For those of us in the UK, I can only visually compare these to wotsits.  I cannot comment on flavour yet as I have not opened it. 
We have some cheese in the fridge: Brie, Le Bleu and Taleggio.  I like Taleggio.  I cannot remember the last time i had some, so look forward to tucking in.
And finally, while D was going through boxes in the garage.  I was going through some of the kitchen cupboards, I came across a open bottle of Smoked Beetroot Ketchup. It has expired, so it went into the bin.  

I am sharing this blog post with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.  If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by the 13th of the month

18 comments:

  1. The eggs look remarkable -- really from chickens? I've never seen that peanut flavored product here (in America).

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae, yeah the eggs are pretty spectacular. The American product is perhaps deigned for export.

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  2. How funny to read you've been to two festivals. We've done the same but of course, they are in winter in Brisbane as it's too hot in summer! Glass chopping boards do blunt knives but they also wash up perfectly in the dishwasher so are good for onions, garlic etc Look at the size of those eggs! I have an identical chocolate whisk that I carried back from Mexico – it's called a molinillo and really does make delicious, frothy hot chocolate.

    http://www.tiffinbitesized.com.au/2019/08/03/in-my-kitchen-august-2019/

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    1. Thanks Fiona. I did not know the choc whisk was called molinillo, so thanks for sharing that.

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  3. Well done for winning that choccy prize! And for getting a tomato already, ours are just thinking about going red.
    Why don't you like cutting on glass? I find it very satisfying.

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    1. Thanks Belinda. You will soon have ripe tomatoes, at least your will be bigger than ours that are weeny compared to previous year and some are not even the cherry variety

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  4. your kitchen always sounds full of interesting stuff. I love that you can lose a turtle glass mould in your house - quite a fun discovery! I love your cup and the glass chopping board - we have a couple of them by the stove to use as trivets and they are good when I sometimes want to roll out pastry on a board. They brighten up the place! That garden one looks entertaining. I love all your cheeses. TAleggio is one I am not familiar with but sounds like pasta or pizza. What a nice surprise to win the competition.

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    1. Thank you Johanna. I know that turtle glass mould - where has it been all that time?! Ah i am pleased to learn that you use your glass chopping board like trivets, which is what i will be doing.

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  5. There is nothing like fresh eggs, makes a big difference from store bought. Love your mug and fresh produce!

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    1. Thank you Tina. So true about fresh eggs.

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  6. hi shaheen
    i know what you mean about glass chopping boards. they do terrible things to your knives! love the mug tho! Beetroot ketchup? how interesting. That turtle mould is cute. and i see you have a molinillo too. Tiffin fiona gave me one from mexico; so cute and good for whisking hot chocolate. have a good month and thanks for joining in IMK this month. cheers sherry

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    1. Glad to see you agree Sherry. I will have to youtube how to use the molinillo whisking, as its very different to my parents old fashion wooden 'lassi' buttermilk whisk.

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  7. Hi Shaheen, oh shame you missed out on the ketchup, we have just opened a bottle and it is dee-lish! I just made pancakes out of chick pea flour and water. why have I never done this before? red onion, coriander leaf, green chili, cumin, turmeric and salt - they taste amazing, especially the edges that have caught a little.

    Been a chickpea fest this weekend because I made a chole with tea-infused chick peas using pomegranate molasses out of Meera Sodha's new book EAST. the chick peas just melted. and enough for tonight with left over jeera rice so just need a green veg dish to accompany.

    Life is okay here. Sue had a bad fall and was in hospital 10 days but is making a recovery at home. Knitting and fussing the cats :-) I have a sourdough proving so all is well with the world...

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    1. Hi Ray, so good to hear from you and that all is well with the world. Sorry to hear about Sue's fall, but pleased to note that she is on the mend. Yeah, shame about the beetroot sauce, i may have a go at making my own. I love chickpea pancakes, one of my fave's see here and so versatile.
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2014/04/wild-garlic-chickpea-pancakes.html
      I am hoping to treat myself to Meera Sodha's new book, i have her Summer Tomato Pilau recipe bookmarked from the Guardian to make, hopefully today
      https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/aug/03/meera-sodha-exclusive-vegan-and-vegetarian-recipes-new-book
      Kind wishes and thank you so much for coming by, really nice to hear from you.

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  8. I like your new mug and trivet. And those eggs are amazing!!! They look more like duck eggs, delicious quiche. I hope to get my post in for next months IMK.

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    1. Thank you Liz. I agree the eggs are so big they do look like duck eggs. I look forward to seeing your IMK post next month.

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  9. Looks like you had some nice finds this month, without having to travel anywhere! I also don't like chopping on glass :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy and good to know i am in good company re chopping on glass.

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