Hey, we've almost made it through to the end of the toughest year for so many people. Good on you, my friends. I was saying to Mr P. the other day that there have been some really good things about this year too. The sense of community and sharing, the lack of FOMO syndrome pushing us to do things we don't really want to, the time to sit and enjoy each other's company. And the wonderfully quiet streets and shops. I'm going to miss a lot of those things.
Here we go with the last IMK for 2020. What a year! What do you think about a January IMK post? I am hovering on the edge of saying let's leave it till February. Let me know what you think; we can always do an IMK lite. All the best, and have a marvellous, happy, satisfying, love and food-filled festive season, my dear virtual friends. Cheers!!
In my Kitchen:
|Christmas gin and gin pudding
|I made chicken and veg. pie
I made a large chicken and veg. pie, which we shared with our 88 year-old neighbour. I have been taking meals over to her during Covid. She is very adventurous in her tastes! As long as I'm not too heavy-handed with the chillies...
|I found a whisk!
Do you know how long and hard I have been searching for a new hand whisk? My (very) old one with a wooden handle broke recently. I was devastated:( And because they're all made in China, it has been impossible to find one. Mysteriously, we were at a kitchenware cum organics shop the other day, et voilà, Mr P. spotted one in a dark and lonely corner. And it was such a good price, too. I went home, squealing with happiness.
|I bought scrumptious vinegar
I love Lirah's vinegars. They are fairly local (well, only a three hour drive west), and this one is so scrumptious. We tasted it on bread, and it was wonderfully sweet and tangy. My salad dressings will be sublime from now on:-)
|and I found maple syrup
I went to our local health food/bulk store last week in search of maple syrup. I bought this lovely Canadian stuff. And next time, I can take this bottle back in and get it filled up again. Even better! They have bulk olive oil too, and you can bring a bottle in for refilling. Love that!
|I made Ruth Reichl's ginger cake
I made this cake a while ago when I first bought Ruth's book My Kitchen Year, and I was in love with it. And the icing - oh my! I could eat it with a spoon. I made it again, and yes, it was just as sublime. Didn't last long! You can just see my shadow in the icing, right down the bottom middle.
|and I bought Annabel's new book
Annabel is a wonderful New Zealand cook, and cooking show presenter. This is her memoir/autobiography. I'm looking forward to reading it, as cooks who seem harmless and matronly often end up being naughty little rascals. Not that Annabel looks matronly:-)
|I supported a breast cancer charity by buying this oil
This oil is grown and pressed in Greece, and the bottle is handmade by a Greek potter. A percentage of the cost goes towards an Australian breast cancer charity (it's sold by an Aussie providore). As both my mum and my sis-in-law died of breast cancer, this is a charity close to my heart.
|and here's my curveball!
This is Dilbert Dumbkin Pumpkin, by Matthew Roby from Pickled Circus. I think he is the cutest! Who could resist that sweet, mousy little face? And of course the pumpkin ghoul head!
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