Sunday, 1 March 2020

In My Kitchen - March 2020

Well, shall I say it?   Yes, go on!  The year is Marching on, and here we are in ... well, March of course.  Makes me think of Alice in Wonderland - you know, the March Hare.  As Alice says: " The March Hare will be much the most interesting".  Let's hope March is very interesting.  Anyway, onwards.  Let's have a look at some of my kitchen goodies, and you show me yours!  

In My Kitchen:  



another Chelsea book

I may have mentioned this one before.  More of her recipes to try out.  And I think she has another book after this.  'Oh dear', say my groaning shelves: 'We have no more room for your books.  Leave us alone.'  Ha ha ha.  I laugh in their general direction:-)  That's me channelling Monty Python, in case it isn't obvious:-)



more Scottish deliciousness

This was a Christmas gift from the same friend who gave me books from Orkney, and the Alice teacup.  The Orkneys are on my bucket list, along with the Shetlands and the Hebrides.  Isle of Skye I have been to, and what a fabulous place.  Walk a hundred metres from your cottage, and it is as black as pitch.  Exhilarating and a bit scary.



my mugs

I had some mugs made up for Christmas gifts, using my drawings as decoration.  'Where do I buy your merchandise?', said a friend.  I had to laugh at that; I hadn't thought of them as 'merchandise'.  An artist friend demanded one of the green mugs, and asked where I had got them done.  I think she is going to get some of her own made, so I will demand one of hers in return:-)



Bruny Island products

Bruny Island is a long way from here, way on down in cold, but beautiful Tasmania.  I bought a couple of their products, though their main business revolves around cheese.  I didn't fancy having it posted up, and sitting in the sun so I got these instead.  



KI products

As many of you would know, the bushfires have raged over summer, killing many animals, some people, and destroying so much bushland.  It is pretty devastating for those who lost houses, and their livelihoods.  I bought a couple of Kangaroo Island products to support the farmers there.



cranachan for Robbie Burns' Night

I'm sure many of you will have heard of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet.  He is celebrated on January 25 each year, with Burns' Day/Night.  I made cranachan in celebration, the Scottish dessert made with cream, toasted oats, raspberries and whisky - lots of whisky.  It was delicious, but next time I will toast those oats even longer to make them crispy and golden.



recipe books

Friend M. brought these back from the Orkneys for me.  I thought I had put them up on IMK before, but maybe not.  Lots of hearty recipes I'm sure, to keep them warm on those freezing Scottish nights.

That's it from me for this month.  Awaiting your posts with anticipation, my friends.


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54 comments:

  1. Cute mugs! The cranachan looks so yum with fresh raspberries :-) Thanks for sharing, Sherry, and have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. thanks angie. i thought the mugs turned out surprisingly well:) enjoy your Sunday.

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  2. Your kitchen shelves are really well-traveled. Foods and cookbooks from so many places, and not the predictable ones either.

    Raspberries in January? That works now (looks delicious) but I wonder about what poets and peasants ate in the 19th century before everything could travel fast and appear on grocery shelves 12 months a year.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. i hadn't really thought about raspberries being available or not. you get them here in summer only! maybe people had hothouses in not so sunny Scotland:-)

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  3. Well I’m loving one of your mugs. I think that they are a great idea. Everyone should get their own made too. Tassie is a fabulous place to spoil oneself with wonderful epicurean delights.

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  4. Your kitchen has so many things from so many different places - I'm in awe! I especially love your cups - I didn't realise you did the drawings, you are SO clever! Perhaps you need to open a shop on the blog - thing of all the SP merchandise... Cups, tea towels, aprons... the possibilities are endless!

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    1. thanks heaps sammie. you are too kind. tee hee - Mr P. says the same - that i should sell my 'merchandise' online... Hoping to see your IMK post.

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  5. Adding a link soon. I Love your mugs. You need more merch! :) So sad (understatement) about the fires. Good to know about those products from the island. One cannot have too many cookbooks, right?

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    1. thanks debra. That is very kind of you to say. I know what you mean. my shelves are groaning with cookbooks (and other books). looking forward to your post.

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  6. Great post Sherry and love your mugs. You are a clever girl. Where did you have them printed? Hope to contribute to IMK before the month is out. Travelling home to Oz today after 6 weeks OS so hopefully get back into blogging when my mojo returns.

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    1. thanks so much pauline. hope you had a fabulous trip away. I used vistaprint online. You just email them a file with what you want on the mugs and they do the rest. they turned out well i thought:) Yes please do an IMK. If you can't make it by the 13th, just email me and i will add your post manually!!

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  7. LOVE the look of your Orkney's cookbook Sherry and I will try to join in this month too!
    BY the way, you say your comments disappear on my site, but I can see them ALL just fine!
    Karen

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    1. crumbs. so you ended up with 300 of my comments? :-) thanks. would really love to have you for IMK!!

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  8. Now I am having the same problem, I left a comment and is has disappeared! Karen

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    1. maybe the unknown below is you karen? :-)

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    2. If you comment on Blogger posts with an iphone or Mac, then the comment will sometimes disappear into the ether (Google and Mac products don't always play nicely) If you comment through Chrome it always works (just in case that casts any light on the situation) :)

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  9. Despite living in Scotland, I have never myself made Cranachan. I love it, but its never been tried in my kitchen. I wish I could have been at yours to sample your version!

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    1. thanks Unknown. is this you karen? or denise? two ladies i know of who are in scotland:) I must try cranachan again as my oats weren't toasty enough this time round...

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  10. I love the mugs - you should sell them! I’m working on a kitchen apron design... And, in regard to having too many cookbooks, I shall (in a thick, fake a French accent) “laugh in the general direction” of any one who says I don’t have room for more!

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    1. thanks muchly david. very kind of you to say. An apron? sounds great. let us know what you come up with.

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  11. I can see why she wanted one of your mugs! Many lovely things on your shelves -- mine are swaying in sympathy for yet another cookbook!

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    1. thanks so much Jeanie. yes i am an addict - cookbooks just keep on coming onto my shelves:)

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  12. I would love to go to Orkney one day! Scotland is one of my favourite places on earth :D Orkney has a really famous bread too.

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    1. yes i love scotland. can't wait to go back one day. my scottish blood really calls to me!

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  13. Hi Sherry - I love those coffee cups - maybe I'll have to design some Cresting the Hill ones for Christmas presents this year! Lovely to meet you over on my blog and from one retiree to another - Retirement Rocks!!

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    1. you are so right leanne. retirement is the best. I read that the 60s are the best decade; i know i am finding them so.

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  14. The Orkneys are on my bucket list, too, Sherry! I've seen photos, and they look amazing. Some day...some day... In the meantime, I love that photo of cranachan. I've had it before (in Scotland), but I've never tried making it at home. I'll have to put that on the list. Oh, and I love those mugs - your artwork makes 'em so cool. I can see why friends were begging for them!

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    1. thanks so much david re my mugs. i was so happy with how they turned out.

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  15. I love cookbooks too and have way too many some say - but not me! I always can find room for more :)

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    1. yes my shelves just have to squeeze up Judi:) more are on the way.

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  16. I love those mugs, great idea for gifts with your own drawings. I am borrowing that idea from you and might use while giving Diwali gifts.

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    1. yes it's a fun idea, balvinder. i think people really liked my mugs!

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  17. Loving the mugs Sherry! Also, interested in the cookbook from Orkney. I’ve never been, it does look really cool!

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    1. thanks Matt. wouldn't it be fab to go to the Orkneys? One day...

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  18. Thanks for the review. I'm especially interested in the cranachan. Sounds fantastic!

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    1. it was really good jeff. but i definitely need to toast the oats more next time. they were a bit chewy:)

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  19. March already! The year really is Marching on! And all of a sudden I'm wanting to reread _Alice in Wonderland_ again. :-) Fun stuff in your kitchen this month. You can't have too many cookbooks. Can you? :-)

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    1. obviously my shelves will keep groaning as i fill them with even more books:-) Oh yes i love alice! this year is galloping by. christmas here we come ...

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  20. Yummy jam and Scottish dessert, I love this post! Can't believe its March already but being retired seems to have made time fly for me!

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    1. thanks so much tina. i know what you mean! my days in retirement just fly by!!

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  21. I agree, never too many cookbooks. Eat certainly looks good, will seek it out. Thanks for hosting IMK, I have posted a link https://anythingbuttoast.com/in-my-kitche/2020/3/5/in-my-kitchen-13

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    1. thanks for joining in. Great to have you here for IMK!

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  22. I love coming into people's kitchens to see what's cooking and going on. Enjoyed this visit very much. And how wonderful to have mugs made from you art! No wonder everyone wants them.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. thanks and thanks amalia:) yes it is always fun stopping by other people's virtual kitchens.

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  23. We are planning on going to the outer Hebrides next year. The fires have been awful and I can only imagine what the farmers are going through, following the drought.

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    1. oh wonderful tandy. i am jealous already of you going there. yes it has been so very tough for our farmers. hard for them to recover...

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  24. Shetland and Orkney are definitely also on my list!
    I have again linked my post. Have a nice weekend!

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  25. Ah I didn't think i was going to join in this month with IMK, but just made it. Absolutely love your mugs using your own drawings as decoration - very cool! I miss Scotland, I went to a few of the Islands, but only seem to remember Isle of Mull where i had a terrible hangover. And with cookbooks, yes - we can always find room for another cookbook.

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  26. Wow those mugs are amazing - I love your artistic skills. I would love to get the Orkneys too - but it always seems a challenge everytime I look at how to get there. Love your Orkney presents. I also love your support of some home grown products, esp the fire devastated kangaroo island. I have just got my IMK up - thought I would get it up earlier but life has not had much let up!

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    1. thanks so much johanna. and thanks for joining in. I appreciate that people manage it, when they are so busy.

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