In My Kitchen – June 2013

I’m a bit of a newcomer to this whole In My Kitchen blog get-together, but already I love it for the delicious and ever so slightly nosy sensation of being invited into other people’s kitchens to poke around and gaze on their gorgeous ingredients, luscious cakes and pretty or practical utensils with a covetous eye.  Of course, this leads inevitably to seeing what they’ve been baking, and then suddenly developing cravings for porridgies or silver palate toffee bars or lime and macadamia Pinata cake or pikelets with quinoa flakes and apple and strawberry.

(excuse me while I leave this blog post right now to go and make pinata cake, because that is clearly the coolest thing in the whole world, even if pikelets would be a much better breakfast)

But turnabout is fair play, so let me open the doors of my kitchen and show you what’s lurking in my pantry and on my table this month…

In my kitchen this month are…


A lot of empty tupperware containers.  I spent the month of May conscientiously cooking my way through the pantry without buying any new (non-fresh) ingredients, and this is the result.  I’m rapidly re-stocking now, but I certainly managed to empty a lot of containers of things that had been hiding in my pantry for longer than I care to imagine.  And I discovered (and re-discovered) all sorts of fun ingredients in the process!  Mind you, the process is not fully complete – I still have a lot of chestnut flour, chickpea flour, barley and chickpeas to use up, but at least the crazy rice situation is now under control…

In my kitchen this month is…


My German copy of Lottie and Lisa, by Eric Kästner.  I went to a German-language German cookie making class on the weekend, so Das doppelte Löttchen was my pre-class reading, to help me remind my brain what German looked like.  It must have worked reasonably well, because I managed to follow most of the class just fine...

In my kitchen this month is…


A giant lebkuchen, and a lot of its more moderately sized friends.  I’m fairly proud of my piping work on this, because piping icing is not my strong suit, as is probably evident, but the words are actually quite legible!  (They translate to “Do you speak German?”)

In my kitchen this month is…


A cookie mould, sent to me by my German penfriend for Christmas, and as yet unused, though I now have more of an idea of what to put in it.  This kind of mould is for a traditional spiced biscuit called a Kathrinchen, or ‘little Catherine’.  I’m rather delighted to learn that there are biscuits named after me, and can’t wait to play with this once we’ve eaten up the biscuits I made on the weekend.

In my kitchen this month is…


Coconut butter, made by me!  I’m very excited about this.  I’ve already used some of it in chocolate crackles, but I’m saving the rest to make coconut lemon butter balls once I’m feeling less infectious.  And speaking of infectious…

In my kitchen this month is…


My spiced lemon drink for colds.  Because I have one.  And it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  But lemon drink with ginger and honey and cloves and stuff, while it may have no curative effect, certainly feels like it should, and I’m all for the placebo effect if it works.

In my kitchen this month are…


A lot of cross-stitched Santa Clauses.  Yes, it’s June.  Yes, they are Santa Clauses.  Yes, Christmas was six months ago.  But do you want to know the truth?  These ones went up in Christmas 2010.  Or maybe 2009.  I actually stitched them five years ago, when I was at home with a broken leg for weeks.


I kept obsessively buying them and then stitching them and then buying more.  Of course, I bought six, and lost interest partway through Santa # 5, and had to force myself to continue, but they are still beautiful.  Mind you, they probably don’t need to be up year-round…

In my kitchen this month are…


Agar jellies, left over from the Eurovision Cross Dressing Ken Cake.  I really need to box them up to send to my friend Rose, who is pining for agar jellies, but I’ve been feeling too disgusting this week to get around to it.

In my kitchen this month is…


Mayhem.  Who can’t understand why I’m photographing things that are not her.  Actually, that’s not strictly true – she actually can’t understand why I’m not picking her up and cuddling her, because any time her paws are on solid ground she feels oppressed and neglected.  It’s a hard life being a cat who is constantly removed from the kitchen table when she knows that she has every right to be there.

In my kitchen this month are…


Pretty carrots, waiting to be roasted.  I love the rainbow of hues in the purple carrot, but the red carrot is my secret favourite.

In my kitchen this month is…


My slow cooker / pressure cooker.  I’ve owned this cooker for a year, but I love it to bits, and June is when it really deserves to be acknowledged and recognised because it works hard at this time of year.  Just in the last week, it has been used to pressure cook chickpeas, to slow cook chicken and vegetable tagine, and to cook a lamb and black bean curry with mango and cashews.  It’s likely to get used again on Sunday, probably for another tagine, because I have lots of exciting Moroccan spices to play with at the moment. At this time of year, my slow cooker is my absolutely favourite kitchen appliance, because it is so very wonderful to come home to a house that smells amazing and a dinner that is just waiting for me to dish it up.

What’s in your kitchen this month?


Two years ago: Recipe: Lemony Garlicky Fractal Broccoli with Pasta

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10 comments for “In My Kitchen – June 2013

  1. June 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you for the peek into your kitchen, I love those carrots 🙂

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Thank you! Me too.

  2. June 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    love peeking about your kitchen – we have a reindeer in our kitchen that I decided could stay up after the christmas decs went down (partly because it was so likely to get broken in a box that it is safest handing in the window) so I love your santas – they look quite medieval. I love your little catherine mould and that you made your own coconut butter – and I love the look on mayhem’s face – after all it is her table, right?

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Of course it’s Mayhem’s table. Who else’s table could it possibly be?

      Coconut butter is surprisingly easy – I actually made it on one of my sick days because all it involved was putting shredded coconut in a food processor and waiting. And one could sit on the floor for the waiting part.

  3. June 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Love Love Love those agar jellies and carrots! So much colour in the kitchen 🙂

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Yay! Yes, I love vibrant colours in my food, too.

  4. ale
    June 13, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Lovely kitchen!!
    I loved your Santas!!

    • Catherine
      June 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

      Thank you!

  5. June 14, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Enjoyed my peek into your lovely kitchen, thank you! Intrigued by the idea of making coconut butter. The thought of tajines is making me hungry – I love Moroccan food. And have you grown those gorgeous rainbow carrots?

  6. June 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

    What a lovely post, Cate! Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us. I love your cross-stitched Santas, and your little cookie mould is gorgeous – can’t wait to see what you make with it!

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