Sunday, 6 October 2019

October Comes To My Kitchen

Some of you may remember that we had friends coming over from America for holidays.

They came bearing gifts.
The spring green glass double spout water pitcher or vase is taking centre stage on the mantelpiece.  For those of you wondering what's surrounding it are Agates. The room is dark, in fact our whole house is dark, so its not shown in its best light. 
They asked me if I wanted any specialist American ingredients? And yes, I requested they bring some Quick Grits and Cornbread Mix, two ingredients that are not easy to get there.  I have never tried grits, so am looking forward to it.  Cornbread I have, having made some at home a long long time ago. 

I would like to point out that I bought lots of good stuff for them to eat: Welsh cheese and drink: Welsh beer/s while they were here; an I cooked loads of good food at home including Plum and Chickpea Curry, Green Bean Korma and Rhubarb and Lentil Curry.  D took loads of photographs for me to blog about, but unfortunately whilst in his happy intoxicated state he pressed the delete button by error and lost them all.  I was gutted, but not as much as him.  We went to a music gig and were so up close and personal to the singer that all those photographs got lost too, such a shame.
I rarely get to use these butter knives, so was pleased that I was able to when I made a platter of cheese, bread and fruit.  My friend did tell me to take a picture, but I didn't as you can see from the first picture taken during the day-time, the cheese platter in the evening would not have come out  well, but i wish i had it was a good cheese and bread platter.  
Anyway, back to other good stuff in my kitchen were these apples from the neighbour.  This is the third year we have been bestowed with eating apples from the neighbour.  
We went to the supermarket in the big city and found some fresh fenugreek also known as Methi, regular readers will know that I cook with this ingredient quite  bit and I have plans to make a Cauliflower Curry soon.
I picked up this jar of Korean Kimchi from the supermarket, I just couldn't resist.  
I have some cereal bars.  The one above is Sweet and Salty Nut left by my guests; and the one below is Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio that I picked up at an work related event to try.  It's good, but its not a cereal bar as such, but sticky nuts glued together with blueberries and pomegranate molasses.
In my kitchen were these two bags of Lays crisp.  One was flavoured Yogurt and Herb, which i thought be more like Chive and Soured cream, but it was a bit dull, whereas the Masala one was much nicer and tangy. 
D was going through boxes in the garage.  We have feta cheese in the fridge all the time to make Double Potato Feta Bake, but we thought we'd try this large can of Kembeyaz cheese for a change, plus it was a reasonable price.  It was very mild, softer than feta, but okay.  
I picked up some more bamboo lunch boxes in different patterns.  My one issue with these are the lids, they crack and its hard to find replacements, so I am looking to invest in some silicon stretch lids.  
At work we had a celebratory event, and not many people drank the alcoholic free white wine.  There were a number of bottles left, I cheekily asked if I could take a bottle home with me as I quite liked it and was permitted to.  

I would like to point out that I bought lots of good stuff for them to eat and drink while they were here; an I cooked loads of good food at home.  D took loads of photographs for me to blog about, but unfortunately whilst in his intoxicated state he deleted them all by error.  I was gutted, but not as much as him, as we went to a music gig and were so up close and personal to the singer that all those photographs got lost too.  

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

25 comments:

  1. So sad that photos of your food were lost, but that seems to happen from time to time no matter how hard you try to back them up. I like the little spreaders with fanciful handles: my sets of them are used for things like hummus.

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  2. You made good food and fond memories even though the photos were lost. I'm glad you and your friends had a good time.

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    1. Thank you e. It was good t have them here and show them a bit of home.

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  3. Sounds like you served some lovely food to your guests, it's a shame about the lost photos. I really like that vase.

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  4. Glad that the visit of your friends sounds like fun even if you don't have the photos to prove it. Love your butter knives - we have some of these - we call them spreaders and often use them for dips even for casual lunches. Lots of lovely snacking here. I love the look of your new bamboo lunchboxes. And I would fancy some alcohol free wine!

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    1. Thanks Johanna. It was quite fun.
      Your right the butter knives are actually spreaders and I should use them more for dips.

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  5. Here, it is customary to eat grits with butter, salt and pepper or shredded cheese, usually cheddar. Shrimp and grits are very popular or so are grits and eggs for breakfast. The texture of the polenta is different from white grits. Don't get the white grits too watery or thin.

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    1. Thanks e. I am looking forward to trying the grits, but D is not so much - his memories of it in the States was not enjoyable, but i want to try

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  6. Ooh, I love your butter knives! The Kembeyaz cheese looks interesting - I find feta a bit too bitter at times, perhaps I would prefer that (if I can find it somewhere)

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    1. Thank you Belinda. The cheese is def. mild

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  7. Shaheen, such a beautiful green glass pitcher -- and agates -- despite your low-light woes. I have to work around the light (or lack of it) here too, but I could see every pic you posted, plus your commmentary was wonderfully descriptive. Sorry to hear about the inadvertently deleted photos... but it's always a delight to touch base with you on IMK! xo

    P.S. Despite living the the Southern U.S. I've never made grits. (GASP!) I use my cornmeal to make Polenta -- an Italian treat, lol! Gotta love flavor influences from around the world, xo.

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    1. Thanks Kim for your lovely words. It is a stunning green glass pitcher.

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  8. hi shaheen
    it's great to have guests but even better when they go home:-) I've tried kimchi but i'm not much of a fan, which is surprising since i love sauerkraut. how nice to get apples given to you; i often get lemons or limes gifted. thanks so much for joining in this month. lovely to have you:) How pretty is the green glass pitcher! and i really like the agates too. have a great month. cheers S

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    1. Thank you Sherry. Yeah I am not so fond of sauerkraut which is interesting, but i will eat it.

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  9. I love polenta and corn grits. Corn bread too. Perhaps I lived in the US in a past life. I do however, find the US packet mixes for cornbread to sweet for my taste. After some searching, I have been able to find polenta at a bulk food store and have found it to be very good quality. The apples look super fresh and a little tart – just how I like them. That's terrible news about your photos!

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    1. Thank you Fiona. Yeah shame about the photos...

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  10. I'm glad I've read this, I have loads of pyrex (and various other brands) of glass contaners for freezing and heating up food, and the lots of the plastic lids are broken - I never thought to replace them with stretchy silicone lids! You're a genius!

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    1. Thanks Susie, lets hope it works. Let me know how you find them, just in case you get them before me.

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  11. I love your butter knives - they are gorgeous! We recently bought dried fenugreek leaves from our Indian grocer, I'd never heard of them before, and you use methi all the time. How funny! =)

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    1. Thank you Jen. Hope you like methi as much as i do, the dried fenugreek works well, but do also try the fresh one day.

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  12. My bamboo container lids are also breaking - must be from the same factory. I shall look out for fresh fenugreek when we are in the UK next month :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, yes the container lids breaking are annoying. Hope you get to try fresh fenugreek, if not there is always the dried methi.

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  13. You're making me very hungry with this blog post! What a shame that you didn't get any photos of the visit from your friends and the gig you went to. Hello, by the way, I popped over from Susie's blog!

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