Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Start of January 2020 In My Kitchen

Happy New Year.

Here's the robin that hangs out in our garden all year round.  Its belly is not that red all the time but it makes its presence known with its chirping, this is simply to say that robins are not just for Christmas. 
Last month kept me busy, that I failed to write up and take many pictures over the festive holidays; and it shows as I do not that have much in my kitchen, just a handful of kitchen related gifts.
First one comes from my mother in law, a pestle and mortar. 
 Secondly some marble coasters with painted elephants, this came from one of D's aunties.  
Here is our 2019 Christmas tree with its eclectic ornaments. 
Every year we get the tree a new ornament, this year we have this quirky old fashion typewriter., not food related I know.


Under the Christmas tree, I was gifted with a bar of Hassalacher's  drinking chocolate.  I've had this before and its featured on IMK in the past.  These are actual chunky dark pieces from Colombia which you melt in dairy or non-dairy milk and enjoy with optional extra sweeteners such as agave syrup, honey or maple syrup.  Its utterly gorgeous.  My Secret Santa at work gave me a cookie mix. I had intended to bake them over the festive season to share, but never got round to it. i will bake them, but think I will end up using a different cookie cutter than the bear.  I was also given some savoury snacks in the shape of Christmas tree (not featured).  
D bought me loads of presents like music Cd's film DVDs, non fiction reading books and a very cool T-shirt, but the kitchen related ones are these three cookbooks, two of which are Vegan Christmas related: Happy Vegan Christmas; and Vegan Christmas Feasts.  So funny, decades ago you could hardly find a vegetarian or vegan Christmas book and in the last two years there has been an explosion.  My go to Christmas Vegetarian Cookbook has always been Vegetarian Christmas published in 1992 from the British Queen of Vegetarian Cuisine - Rose Elliot.  
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. The European robin’s song is so beautiful; you are lucky to have one in your garden. All your kitchen things look great.

    Happy New Year from mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae. Happy New Year to you too.

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  2. Your marble coasters are fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where are they made? Wish you the best for this new year!

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    1. Thank you. They are made out of marble - heavy!
      Happy New Year to you too

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  3. I am very fond of the rose eliot christmas cookbook! But I had not seen that there is a blossoming Christmas vegan cookbook scene - would love to have a look at these. Love your christmas tree and the typewriter - so cute! That robin is so lovely - must be a pleasure to watch him. And I am sure a good hot chocolate would go down well in your winter. I had noticed you had been quiet on the blog - hope the busy times have quietened a bit!

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    1. Vegan Christmas cookbooks in the UK galore, there are a number of others but i'd rather pick them up from the library. Yes, the robin is such a delight and so amusing to watch.

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  4. Happy New Year Shaheen! I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 2020. You have a bunch of nice presents there. I absolutely love the typewriter ornament and am a fan of quirky Christmas tree ornaments myself. Sadly we didn't have a tree here this year, just at my mum's place, but I got to decorate it. :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you too. So glad you like the typewriter ornament. I very much look forward to continue reading your blog too, even though we will both miss EatYourGreens :)

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  5. Anyone e who chooses a bird as the representative of your post is alright with me! Love that robin. I’m a fan of birds and happy you posted its photo.

    Your ornament is great. We try and get a new one for our son each year. Yea to cookbooks!

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    1. Thank you Tina, believe it or not i have cutback on cookbooks.

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  6. Great gifts and interesting books. I like the typewriter ornament. I buy one or two quirky ornaments every year too.

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  7. I'm at my Mom's house in Arkansas and her backyard was just FILLED with Robins on Christmas Day! It was unseasonably warm and they were splashing in the bird bath and the creek and flying everywhere. It was amazing! I was really wishing I had a camera capable of capturing them.

    Elephants are my passion so I want to steal those cute coasters.

    Your room with the tree!!!! The built in ARCHED bookcase!!! The adorable typewriter ornament!!!



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  8. A garden full of robins on Christmas day - amazing! Thank you so much for your lovely comment about my home, it warmed my heart.

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  9. happy new year shaheen! thanks so much for joining in this month. i too have been collecting xmas decos for years so we have a whole wardrobe full of them. i love your typewriter one! i think the robins go red(der) when they're breeding :) i have a similar mortar and pestle, in dark grey. love that big gingerbread man on your mantel/firebox... happy new year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Sherry. As always thank you so much for hosting IMK.

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