Nope, of course that's not me or you! We are all serene, having calmly ordered gifts and turkey and ham weeks ago. La, la, la .... And anyway, Mr P. and I aren't doing Christmas this year. Yep Grinch, Scrooge and the Kranks all in one. Gifts for kids only is our mantra. And no puddings or parties or Xmas lights ... Well, let's see how that goes.
Anyway, here in my preternaturally calm pre-Christmas kitchen:
Well, you know my predilection for things Japanese, and my complete ignorance of their script, so we may have some soy sauce here:-) This is supposedly some super-duper handmade in wooden vats etc. version - as you can see by the drawing on the label. Here's hoping it's great.
|a couple more Martin Boyd ramekins|
It's a bit weird lately that I keep coming across all these Martin Boyd ceramics, mysteriously ranging in price from $10 each (as above) to $38 each. Huh? What the? I've mentioned before that Martin Boyd was an australian ceramics factory, named after one of the famous Boyd family of artists. I just adore these little beauties, so perfect for dessert servings.
I bought the school one as I like to support local endeavours, and a friend gave me the Latvian one after her European trip earlier this year. Yep, definitely looking forward to making sauerkraut soup:-)
I love tea-towels (and I do use them all); Princess Pia came back from New Zealand recently with this lovely one for me. Who can resist a colourful Kiwi?
|yep, more ceramics|
A new store has popped up near us lately, full of local artists' work. I saw a set of these, and thought they would make great gifts for Christmas. So if you see this post my friends, know I was thinking of you if you get one for Christmas.
|gin is so in these days, isn't it?|
Guess what we're having chez Pickings at Christmas time? Gin and more gin! Four Pillars distillery makes this gin and the puddings only at this time of year (natch) and it sells out like hotcakes, so I scooped up one of each pronto.
|gifts from the lovely Lorraine|
Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella was up in Brisbane the other week, bearing gifts. She knows of my love for spoons, as you can see. And that dulce de leche was so good I hoed in with a spoon straight out of the jar.
Our mate Mel from Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures has published her Culinary Quickies at last:-) Lots of great recipes and tips here. That lavosh bread you see on the cover is a winner, especially for this time of year.
|gorgeous little tumbler|
This is another beautiful piece from Magnolia Mountain, who make the loveliest ceramics. I just cannot resist! The beautiful pink represents cherry blossoms in Japan.
Well, that's about it for now. Just wait till January, when I bet I bombard you with the culinary gifts I've received. And please join in this month, my friends. Can't wait to see what's in your kitchen.
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