Sunday, 9 February 2020

Onion Dipping Bowls In My Kitchen

I don't have very much that is exciting in my kitchen, but I like playing along with In My Kitchen, so here goes.
Some Fortune Cookies that were shared at work for Chinese New Year made its way to my kitchen.
We went to a part of Bristol that we don't often explore last weekend for a mooch about.  I saw a sign outside a Oriental supermarket advertising that they sold homemade vegan kimchi. I decided to buy some, but when I got home it was not what I had expected.  Although it tasted as expected, like fermented cabbage, I was disappointed by it colour and its lack of Korean red chilli flakes.  
I picked up these onion dipping bowls from a charity shop.  Brand new - I am guessing they were an unwanted Christmas present.  I was rather pleased with them.
One of the reasons I love goign to Bristol too is for its indpendent shops and ethnically diverse grocery shops. I picked up some plantain, which were being sold for a competitve price.  
I had bookmarked a number of plantain recipes from this cookbook Original Flava : Caribbean Recipes from Home. that D got it for me last year for my Birthday. I have already cooked three recipes from it that I hope to share with you in the next few days including this vegan Plantain and 
Chickpeas Curry. 
I make pasta salad every week for work that lasts us three days. I was pleased to see that Napolina has decided to package its pasta in cardboard boxes that is easily recyclable.  I hope this is not just temporary but a permanent  move.  The previous packaging was not recyclable which annoyed me. 
I use a lot of white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar for my pasta salads. We don't buy it for the brand, but the fact that the glass bottles are recyclable. 
Many of you will know that I make flapjacks for work too.  So the past couple of years we have been buying porridge oats that come in cardboard boxes or paper bags like this that are easily recyclable.  This time its Flanhavan's brand which was on offer.
Finally.  I nabbed one of these shortbread shaped like a letter with jam heart namely for inspiration and in the hope that I would get round to making some at home to share, but I don't think its happening.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing what's in you kitchen if you join in with Sherry's Pickings for the In My Kitchen series.  


  1. Caribbean recipes can be really interesting. I have a few books from islands where we have visited, and I love the roti and other dishes influenced by the East Indians who settled there during the time of the British ownership of the islands. The pumpkin dishes are also interesting.

    best... mae at

  2. hi shaheen
    thanks again for being such a stalwart at IMK. lovely to have you. i love those onion dishes - so sweet. yes i was very disappointed when the vinegar i buy suddenly came in plastic not glass bottles. so weird when most people are aware of the environmental damage of plastics. is your pasta salad on your blog? i find it hard to find a good recipe for it. have a good Feb. cheers S

    1. Thanks Sherry, If you go to the search bar and type in pasta salad a number of recipes will come up, even one with beet and horseradish!

  3. Ooo interesting about the pasta in the cardboard packaging - I usually buy barilla cos of the box but I'll be glad if I can get napolina plastic free too :)

    Love your onion bowls, they're soo cute!

    1. Thanks Susie. I will have to look out for barilla, which shop do you purchase it from?

  4. Those onion bowls are awesome!!!!
    Your curry looks so yummy! I do not use plantains as often as i should.
    Bristol is definitely a must for vegetarians and vegans!

  5. Glad you are still doing In My Kitchen - love seeing in your kitchen - those onion bowls are so cute - love hearing about your sustainable shopping - and I love that you make pasta salad so regularly - my lunches are more hit and miss depending what is about! I also love the international flavour of your post- you manage to cover so many countries!

  6. Ooh, I love your dipping bowls. I'm a bit obsessed by small bowls but Jamie seems to think we have enough... I think we have room for more :-)

    1. Thank you Belinda. I agree, always room for more small bowls!


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