Sunday, 8 December 2019

December In My Kitchen

My kitchen is  slowly, but not overly starting to fill up with Christmas things and edibles.
This gingerbread man biscuit barrel comes out with the Christmas tree.  I need to make me some mini gingerbread to go in these. 
These robins sitting on a pot are actually name holders, if you look closely you will see a slot where name cards are placed.  I picked these up many years ago when D and myself went to Paris. and have never used them, I am hoping to change that this year. 
I picked up this lonesome wine glass with Christmas tree last week from a charity shop for £1.00.  Its quite solid.  If you look close at the glass surface it looks as if snow is  falling.  
This black truffle extra virgin oil for drizzling over soup.  I can also re-use and recycle the glass bottle. 
I still have beetroot coming from the garden, but its actually the platter I want to showcase here with the beetroot design.  We picked it up when we went to Port Meirion  in North Wales this year with friends.
Our cereal bowls are dwindling due to someone in the house having butter fingers, so we got some more.  I found the outside of the bowls more aesthetically pleasing than the inside which were mostly shades of blue in colour. Blue is not a colour I gravitate towards, but my oh my they are so glossy.  They will also be good for soup too.
D picked up these Breton biscuits. He remembered them from our time in Breton nearly 10 years ago. 
I decided I wanted a biscuit selection of my own and went for this fancy selection of coconut & hazelnut, cranberry & caramel and mint & cocoa. I know come the New Year I will be regretting this purchase, so hopefully we will have some guests over Christmas season to help me go through them. 
I picked up this biscuit tin from a boot market about six months ago.  For those of you who follow my blog, can see why i gravitated towards it. We often fill it up with crackers and oatcakes for cheese.

I am sure I will have more food related things come into my kitchen over the festive season, but that is all I have for now.  I look forward to seeing what's in you kitchen if you join in with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.  

18 comments:

  1. That is a nice selection. I especially like your ginger bread biscuit at the top and your blue bowls. A friend is bringing me homemade matzo ball soup today. I hope it will help speed this cold on its way. Stay well.

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    1. Thanks e. I hope the matzo ball soup was good, i am sure it was and that you are better health.

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  2. thanks shaheen so much for being part of IMK this year! i appreciate all your lovely posts. i love those cereal bowls and i am a huge fan of blue, so these really please me. such a gorgeous beetroot platter too. i am trying to get enthused about christmas but not really succeeding... not much that is christmas in my kitchen - yet! have a good one. cheers sherry xx

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    1. Thanks Sherry.
      I hope Christmas has come into your kitchen and that you are enjoying the festive time.

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  3. Radishes on a radish plate look lovely... your thrift-shop purchases are always intriguing.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. your kitchen looks very festive - I love your gingerbread man cookie jar - so cute. The cereal bowls and beetroot plate are just lovely. Lots of pretty tins and also those robins are very sweet. Enjoy the festive season.

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    1. Thanks Johanna, not so much this year. I do love the gingerbread man cookie jar too, shame i didn't get round to making any this year. Hope you have a good festive season with all your changes I am sending good thoughts.

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  5. All those Christmassy items are so cute. The new glass is nice.

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    1. Thank you, yeah i do like the glass very much - been drinking out of it pretty much every day this month,

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  6. Any cookbooks on your christmas list?
    i can cook
    I have downsized my cookbooks considerably this year but still picked up a few new ones. Meera Sodha's East, Romy Gill's Zaika- Vegan recipes from India and Isa Chandra Moskowitz's I can cook Vegan where my favourites, but the cookbook I have turned to most this year has been Nisha Katona's The Spice Tree. I was disappointed with her Mowgli cookbook - which had high production values but was too meaty for me so i gave it away to work colleague. The spice tree is not vegetarian either but a good 80% is vegan friendly and has given me ideas to create my own recipes.

    Other highlights - so many new vegan products! I am not really a fan of meat substitutes but the coconut collective do a coconut yoghurt which is streets ahead of any other non-dairy yoghurt i have tried. Pricey but then again, i never waste it :-)

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    1. So good to hear from you Ray, Hope your well. this year i did not have much on my cookbook list as I am trying to use those on my bookshelf, but did get Vegan Christmas by Jackie Kearney this morning, I have Sodha's East picked it up after trying a few recipes on the Guardian, but yet to pick up Romy's Zaika and know i will at some point as I think she is brilliant! I'll take a gander at Nisha Katona the next time i am at a bookshop. I haven't really indulged in much in the way of vegan products though...

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  7. Happy holidays, I think the bowls are gorgeous but I gravitate towards blue. Your biscuits sound perfect, there is always next year to regret things. Now is the time for a little excess.

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  8. Shaheen, what a lovely assortment of holiday IMK goodies, starting with your cheerful gingerbread man biscuit barrel. No wonder he comes out with the tree -- very festive. I also love the one at the end of your post. Storage is one thing, "art" is another. Speaking of which, your name card holders and beetroot plate and ceral bowls are wonderful. So is that "lone" glass. My hubby just informed me that he accidentally cracked his wine glass tonight, so I'll be on the lookout for a replacement... most likely at a charity shop. :) Have a blessed holidays, xo.

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    1. Thank you so much Kim, your always so kind to me - Thank you and blessed holidays to you too.

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  9. Very nice biscuit tin!
    Merry Christmas, Shaheen.
    Peace :)

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