Tuesday, 1 January 2019

In My Kitchen - January 2019

Happy New Year, dear blogger friends.  Hope you had a fabulous Christmas/Holiday break.  This is IMK Lite for January, so let's make it short and sweet.  I most likely won't get a chance to check out your posts till mid-month, just FYI :-)  Our Christmas was small and serene, and full of food and drink and friends.  I hope yours was too!


So, let's get cracking.  Here in my kitchen:




coconut candy


This was kindly given to me by Sandra from Please Pass the Recipe, after her recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.  Chewy but tasty.  Yep, the candy not Sandra.  It's made in Vietnam, from coconut milk and coconut cream.  I'm saying candy 'cos that's what's on the label!  But you know we don't use that term in Australia very often, if at all.  




as per the label ... :-) 


I love this little gadget!  I have a drawer full of gadgets (yes you, garlic wheel) that I don't often use, but this is such a cute implement.  I actually have it in the freezer right now, with parsley in it.  You just push it down as per the photo, and then grate off the herbs with a microplaner.  Not really a necessity, but a bit of fun now and then.  So just keep it for the occasional turn.  After all, you've paid a million dollars for your chef's knife already, haven't you? :-) 




another book about food for my shelves

This is not a cookbook as such; here Ruby is discussing food and how and what to eat.  She quit her job writing food columns with the Guardian newpaper mid-year of 2018, as she felt the food world was cynical, elitist and toxic.  Strong stuff!  I am looking forward to reading this one.



yep, more ceramics from Miss B., and a wooden spoon 

Miss B. gave me the pink mug and the green tumbler, and my sister gave me the wooden spoon.  I can hear you chuckling, Tiffin Fiona!  But you can never have too many spoons.  I think it comes from our childhood, where mum only had one (one I tell you!!) wooden spoon in her kitchen, and for all purposes - sweet and savoury.  In fact, my sister quizzically told me recently that her oldest daughter has separate wooden spoons for sweet and savoury.  I just looked at her, and at my two huge utensil jars full of spoons, one lot for sweet and one lot for savoury .... 

Well, that's it for this month.  I've been succinct I think :-)  But I'm saving the best for February.  Hope to see some of you here this month though.  Happy New Year, chums!



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39 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry, Whenever you get back from vacation, I hope you are having a great New Year... and will continue your enjoyable posts throughout 2019.

    best.... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy New Year mae! Thanks for being number one poster again Cheers Sherry x

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  2. I love that spoon. While your post may be spare (your words), mine is jam packed this month. Posting up when it's New Years here! How is 2019 since you're experiencing it first? Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Years! Thanks for being here Cheers Sherry

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  3. You have a kitchen worthy of another spoon...no sense in counting. :D Have a Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi karen
      Thanks for dropping by. Hope your Christmas 🎄 was marvellous. Cheers S

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    2. Thanks karen. Yes indeed there is always room for another spoon 🥄 in my kitchen. Cheers S

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  4. Nice spoon, so unique and beautiful!

    Happy New Year, and thanks for hosting my favorite event ever!

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    1. Thanks sally. I’m so happy to hear that IMK is a favourite. Cheers S

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  5. The book sounds interesting. Very strong opinions there! Happy New Year to you and Mr P and may there be many more delicious meals :D

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  6. The herbcicle is brilliant! I hate throwing away herbs that have sat unused in the fridge. Nifty little gadget!

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    1. hi kelly
      thanks for dropping by. yes i love the herbcicle.:-) cheers S

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  7. Happy New Year Sherry, your book sounds like an interesting read, I love opinionated writing for getting the grey matter working

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    1. hi sandra
      hope your Xmas was fab. yes i must get stuck into ruby soon. tee hee :-)

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  8. I need to get into the habit of not using my savoury wooden spoon for sweet things! May 2019 hold all that you need :)

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    1. thanks so much tandy. yes definitely keep those spoons separate:-) cheers sherry

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  9. I love the new wooden spoon and also can't wait to read that book! Thanks for hosting once again and Happy New Year!

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    1. hi Jen
      happy new year to you too. thanks for dropping by.. hope you had a great Xmas. cheers sherry

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  10. Happy New Year Sherry. I am liking your ceramics, always do and the wooden spoon is so sweet. I like Ruby Tandoh. I don't know if you know she was a runner up in the Great British Bake Off, she got a lot of crap from people on social media for simply being a young beautiful woman of colour and people felt that this put her in a advantageous position with the panel esp. Paul Hollywood and this was not the case. People were cruel overlooking her talents and creativity in baking. I like her and agree with a lot of what she says, I agree that the food world is elitist and toxic, one of the reasons that I have steered away from PR blogging. I haven't seen the book in the library, but will pick it up when I do as I have enjoyed her previous books. Hope you find it interesting.

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    1. hi shaheen
      happy new year! thanks for being part of IMK. yep i remember watching ruby on GBBO. i really liked her but paul annoyed me with his flirting. he was a bit creepy. i love how she has developed as a woman over the years. cheers S x

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  11. Happy New Year Sherry - great to see you are enjoying the new year with some fun stuff in the kitchen - the herb thingameejig looks fun and I laughed about your spoons - I don't manage to keep mine separate but wish I could. And I love reading here because it is great to hear someone say we don't use Candy here (it gives me grief that my young daughter do too much). I think the Ruby Tandoh book sounds interesting - will look out for it.

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    1. hi johanna
      happy new year to you too! thanks for dropping by. yes i despair at how very much the young ones have become americanised in the last decade or so. scary that we are losing our aussie-ness:-) yep ruby is a winner! cheers sherry

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  12. Happy New Year Sherry. I loved your discussion of wooden spoons, I have a whole canister but never thought of separate spoons for sweet and savory. Hmmm....

    Thank you for continuing to host IMK.

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    1. thanks Liz. happy new year to you. I always think it wise to keep the spoons separate: you don't want your cake batter to taste of garlic :-) tee hee x

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  13. Sherry, thanks for the Lite version of IMK. Much appreciated after the holidays! Your Herbcicle gadget looks handy -- funny how we end up focusing on similar things in our kitchens :) -- and your "un" cookbook sounds intriguing. Sometimes I wish I could erase everything I know or have read about food and just EAT. (Most of the time I do, but a nagging lil' voice continues to count calories or advise that I "should/shouldn't.") Ruby Tandoh's views seem candid amdist the chaos. You cracked me up with your comment about Sandra, too. :) Happy New Year!

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    1. happy new year kim! thanks for being part of IMK. always lovely to see you here. cheers sherry

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    2. Sherry, this is an "after the fact" IMK observation, but sometimes I ask questions in my comments and forget who I asked! :) I come back to your post each month more often than you know to read the subsequent comments and I just wanted to tell you what a visually appealing line-up of links you offer! Each one is unique and reflects the personality and/or photography of the participants and it's a JOY to "play IMK" again. xo

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  14. Happy New Year! And with all the neat stuff in your kitchen, you're off to a great 2019! Fun read -- thanks.

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  15. Happy New Year Sherry and wish you and your family all the best. I agree you can never have too many spoons, or cups for that matter. Love the herb gadget... got to love some of them.

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    1. tee hee gadgets are good in small doses:) happy new year and thanks for being here. cheers sherry

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  16. Happy New Year Sherry! Sounds like you had nice and relaxing time. I look forward to sharing many kitchen things with you this year! I have added my link as usual.

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    1. thanks for dropping by veghog. happy new year to you too. and thanks heaps for being part of IMK. cheers sherry

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  17. Hello, thanks for letting me know that the link didn't work. I have added a second link (it has a different picture).

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  18. After reading your IMK this this month I had to go in the kitchen a count our wooden spoons. We have six of various sizes and types of wood. I haven't thought about why, until now. I love wooden utensils, but maybe it is because we had none when I was a child. Enjoy your January.

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    1. Hi ron. Thanks for dropping by. Lovely to see you here. I just adore wooden spoons 🥄 the more the merrier!! Cheers S

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