In My Kitchen, April 2013

I am linking this post to Celia’s monthly In My Kitchen event at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, because in my kitchen this weekend, the theme is re-organising things, and it’s amazing what turns up…

In my kitchen… there are fresh pistachios in a pretty paper basket – bought from the market this morning!


They still have their furry skins over their shells, and when you finally get to the kernel in the middle, it’s a sweetly pastel pink and green, so much prettier than any of the pistachios you buy dried…


In my kitchen… there is far too much chocolate!


(this is, in fact, the newly-named Tray of No, Catherine, You Do Not Need To Buy More Sweets.  Though, to be fair, the Easter eggs really aren’t my fault)

In my kitchen… there is coconut flour!

coconut flour

I don’t know yet what I’m going to do with it, but some ingredients are just too exciting to pass up.

In my kitchen… there is a fruit stand!


In fact, it is a cupcake stand, but it’s actually really handy for fruit – the wires mean that the air can circulate and the fruit doesn’t go off as fast.  At Christmas, it becomes our Christmas Tree, with baubles nestling between the apples and bananas and apricots.

In my kitchen… there are meringues!


They are scented with orange flower water, and I have no idea when I made them, but they are still very good.  One finds so many interesting things when starting to organise the pantry…

In my kitchen… there are three hand-carved spoons!


One of my distant cousins in Corleto used to make them as a hobby.  I gather there are numerous spoons floating around the extended family, all unique.  I think they are rather gorgeous.

In my kitchen… there is honeycomb!


The real stuff, not the confection!  A friend of mine gave it to me today, and I’m very excited about trying it – I haven’t had real honeycomb before.

In my kitchen… there are dried chillis!


These actually happened by accident – I ordered a huge box of pumpkins, garlic, and assorted peppers a while back, and the box included about two dozen chillis.  I don’t eat that much chilli, so the unused chillis have been slowly drying out (and also becoming more potent, much to my dismay).  I’ve decided to embrace this, and have threaded them on kitchen string to dry out properly and be used when I need some serious heat in the kitchen…

In my kitchen… there are three new cookbooks!


I know, I know.  I really don’t need new cookbooks, but these ones were birthday presents, which makes them totally OK, and not at all excessive.  The German one is particularly exciting because it’s written by the cousin of my German penfriend, and has recipes from her region.

In my kitchen… there is far too much slice!


Because I’ve had to take cake in to work for several purposes this week, and on the last occasion, I got everyone else so excited about cooking that there were leftovers – in fact, the rice krispies are someone else’s leftovers, and I’m not too sure how I wound up with them…

In my kitchen… there are the spoils of my most recent explorations at Farmhouse Direct.

oil etc

Dried fruit dipped in yoghurt or chocolate, and an awful lot of olive oil.  What’s not to like?

In my kitchen… there are pomegranates!

Pomegranates again.  Still pretty.

Pomegranates again. Still pretty.

And they are beautiful.

In my kitchen… there is Andrew!


To be precise, there is Andrew dissecting Easter eggs for the greater good.  This would be right after doing epic amounts of washing up.  He’s definitely one of my favourite things to find in my kitchen…


This time last year…

Drive-by blog post with knives and Shakespeare

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24 comments for “In My Kitchen, April 2013

  1. April 28, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Coconut flour is ridiculously good. If you are so inclined, I can recommend it for making pancakes.

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Oh, I must try that! Thank you! I have a few ideas, but haven’t followed up on them yet (and with all the baked goods currently infesting my house, I’d best not start yet…).

  2. April 28, 2013 at 8:47 am

    fresh pistachios, lots of slice and smitten kitchen cookbook – I want them all – last time I looked for that cookbook they had sold out so must check the stores again for it. I also love your creativity with a cupcake stand – I always want to buy these but just can’t justify it – maybe fruit is the answer

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Now, that’s quite funny, because I could have sworn I bought the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook with my book voucher because you’d been writing about it! Have I been confused, or have you been to the library?

      (Books for Cooks has it, though they are not cheap, of course)

      Re the cupcake stand, it works so much better than a fruit bowl – I really recommend it.

  3. April 28, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I love the cupcake / fruit stand idea! And in fact, I love everything in your kitchen – I have never had ‘real’ honeycomb either and your pistachios are also in a form I’ve never experienced. I had fun experimenting with coconut flour when I first bought it, but did have some serious misses as well as hits. I hope your learning curve is less steep than mine was! It needs lots of moisture, likes some fat, and is best not used as the entire grain/flour source would be my starting recommendations 😛

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks, Kari! I must say, I’m excited by the honeycomb…

      And thank you very much for the heads-up on the coconut flour. I shall use caution when experimenting…

  4. April 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Wow Cate, you have lots in your kitchen and it all looks great, especially that container of goodies.

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks, Glenda!

  5. April 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I love love love raw pistachio’s! They are so highly addictive and because they’re not covered in salt, its an excuse to eat more, more more!!
    Thanks for sharing your IMK

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm

      I like your reasoning! And it was lovely to ‘meet’ your blog, too!

  6. April 28, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    So many goodies indeed! Those spoons are utterly gorgeous, I love them 🙂

    • Catherine
      April 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you!

  7. Tree_and_Leaf
    April 29, 2013 at 2:12 am

    If the cookbook is from the SWR broadcasting area, then it should be very interesting. The best food in Germany (except where salt water fish is concerned) comes from down there, IMO.

    • Catherine
      April 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Well, my friend lives in Mainz, so I would think so. I didn’t really know about any areas of Germany having big food reputations, actually!

  8. April 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    How wonderful to have you joining in! I love the wooden spoons, they really ARE gorgeous, and the coconut flour sounds very exciting! 🙂

    • Catherine
      April 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you so much for hosting this – it’s such a fun idea, I’ll definitely be back.

  9. May 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Welcome! I think I had best come over and help you eat some of the chocolate, yes?!!

    • Catherine
      May 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      I think perhaps you had!

      (I’ve just discovered cocoa powder, raw cacao powder, two kinds of dark chocolate, cacao nibs and cocoa butter in my pantry re-organising expedition… there is clearly a lot of chocolate in my future!)

  10. May 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Well, then, I will be there to help you taste test ; )

    • Catherine
      May 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      That’s very thoughtful of you!

  11. May 4, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Oh how I love those rather gorgeous spoons! I have chocolate in my kitchen too, something we have in common. 😉 Cookbooks for birthday gifts — can’t think of a better one — indulge. What a lovely collection of things you have to enjoy. 🙂

    • Catherine
      May 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you! I love them too.

      And a kitchen with chocolate in it is a happy kitchen, I think.

  12. May 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I have never seen fresh pistachios before! Lovely peek into your kitchen, thank you 🙂

    • Catherine
      May 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I’ve only seen them once before myself! Most exciting!

      I’m glad you enjoyed your virtual visit!


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