In My Kitchen – December 2011

In My Kitchen – December 2011

Wow, the last instalment of Celia’s In My Kitchen for 2011 – can’t believe how quickly the year has come to an end.

In my kitchen…

are the these little loose bottom quiche tins that I found a short while ago, let’s just say they were an early Christmas pressie for the house – can’t wait to make some individual savoury and sweet tarts – will keep you in the loop of what I make. πŸ™‚

In my kitchen…

Is this awesome icing knife, a gift from my SIL and it has proven to be quite a handy little helper.Β  It’s thin blade makes for easy work when lifting hot ginger snaps from the baking tray before moulding around a wooden spoon handle and it works a charm for lifting cookies hot from the oven to a cooking rack-Β  oh and works like a dream for icing cupcakes too.

In my kitchen…

Are these fabulous large nozzles that I have borrowed from my aunt so I can practice making mashed potato shapes and icing cupcakes in one quick step.Β  If any of my South African blogger buddies know where I can find disposable piping bags, please let me know – to date I have been using plastic packets and I often squeeze a little too hard and split the bag, which doesn’t make for a fun icing experience.

In my kitchen…

Is our trusty smoker which we have used all of once!Β  Hmm, can’t remember exactly how to use it either – I do remember what a nightmare it was to clean though.Β  I will endeavour to find the booklet and hopefully bring you an exciting smoked fish recipe soonish.

In my kitchen…

Is our medical kit which has come out of the cupboard for it’s annual expiration date check.Β  I could stitch you up (only until the end of the year though as the sutures expire then), bandage most things, ease a burn, wash your eye out, put a plaster over your ouchie, clean and disinfect a cut, ease a burn, keep you warm with a space blanket, remove a splinter and even take your temperature and just for good measure help your headache go away, oh yes and safely give you mouth-to-mouth and if all else fails I have a manual to read on what steps to follow if I find you involved in a motor vehicle accident, bleeding, unconscious and what positions to lay you in, all the while wearing my surgical gloves.

In my kitchen…

Is my ever loved florist tape – it is the most awesome stuff to bind a couple of flowers together to give to family and friends.Β  It stretches and sticks to itself while holding your flowers together.

In my kitchen…

Is a bowl of coral, each piece personally selected from the beaches on the island of Mauritius which I brought home as a reminder of our years there.

What’s in your kitchen this month? Β Please remember to link back to Celia’s blogΒ Fig Jam and Lime CordialΒ if you partake in the fun.


56 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – December 2011

  1. Mandy, what a month! Such amazing things in your kitchen! I have a similar offset spatula and adore it, I find we use it all the time. Over here I’ve found only ever found icing bags at catering supply stores – I’m sure they’re a commercial item, and you might need to buy a hundred in one go like I did. And I’ve always wanted a smoker – yours looks like stainless steel. Do you think it will go in the dishwasher?

    Thanks as always for playing, I love seeing what’s in your kitchen every month! πŸ™‚

    • I really do enjoy doing this post Celia. The icing bags that I have managed to find are huge and are only available in bulk. The smoker is stainless steel, and I am sure it would go in the dishwasher – it seems to need a bit more elbow grease than what the dishwasher offers. Have a super weekend. πŸ™‚

  2. Lots of lovely kitchen gadgets there Mandy. I have/had some of those little flan dishes. Word of advice – don’t put them in the dishwasher as they go rusty!

    • I must admit that I was slightly put off buying them because they are not dishwasher friendly but then thought they could always just soak in the sink for a bit. πŸ˜‰ Have a super weekend. πŸ™‚

  3. Okay I need that icing knife and I know you said it was a nightmare to clean but the idea of an indoor smoker is AWESOME! I am thinking I would use it alot- why have you only used it once? Just wondering if it didn’t work well or something? Curious

    • HI Belle, we relocated to Mauritius for two and a half years just after we got the smoker and have not really had the opportunity to use it since we have been back the past couple of months. It works really well, promise. have an awesome weekend. πŸ™‚

  4. Love the medical kit! I could use one of those in our kitchen too! πŸ™‚ And those tart tins are just too cute. I’m looking forward to some of your savory recipes.

  5. A few years ago I bought an icing knife on impulse. Would that all of my impulse buys works out so well! It has to be one of the most useful tools in my kitchen. Have a great day, Mandy!

  6. How fun to peek into your kitchen! Those are some nice quiche pans! I’ve wanted a smoker but always felt I really wouldn’t use it much; but I’m sure those one or two times I did it would be awesome!!

  7. Oh I love this series! You have a complete medical kit! It’s great – we have very messy medical kit upstairs in the hallway. I think I should bring it down in the kitchen where we spend a lot of time. It makes sense. I never knew icing knife can be so useful! I can’t wait to see next items from your kitchen!

  8. I really need to invest in one of those icing knives, I can’t believe I don’t have one! It would sure come in handy. Oh! And I need those quiche tins. They’re so adorable. I love this series, thanks so much for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • You are going to have to share a glass of wine with me before you leave with my knife, oh and we may have to smoke something together too – no, not that kind of smoke – smoke something in the smoker kind of smoke. πŸ˜‰ Have an awesome weekend Tanya. πŸ™‚

  9. Very cool you were allowed the coral, I thought because it’s porous it wouldn’t be allowed. Like the first aid kit too. I always forget that, although I’m a burner, not a cutter, so the can of ice is pretty much all I need. πŸ™‚ Love the mini tins, you really can’t have enough huh?

    • Hmm, not sure I was allowed to take the coral Anna, oops. Thankfully I am not a cutter either but I just really like having a medical kit on hand – actually to come and think about it, I have only ever really used a plaster out of it. Have a super weekend. πŸ™‚

    • Haa haa Bam, the medical kit is just a precautionary measure to have at home, not specifically for the kitchen. πŸ˜‰ It is also good to take along on long road trips, you know, just for safety sake. Have an awesome weekend. πŸ™‚

  10. I need more icing knives – I use them for everything; find them so handy to have around. My kids would love the fancy nozzle shapes… how fun. Medical kit? Brilliant. You have so many cool things in your kitchen Mandy!

    • Thanks Kelly – it’s amazing how handy an icing knife is. Not sure why, but I have always had a thing about a medical kit – thankfully never really needed to use one though. Have a super week. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Brydie. It’s always nice to have something to play with in the kitchen, even though I have been a bit slack of late, my family tree research has taken over my every day, having loads of fun but need to get back into the kitchen. Have a super week. πŸ™‚

  11. I would really feel at home in your kitchen!
    The tins and the palette knife look just like mine- and I have a whole package of florist tape in my craft drawer- florist tape in green (not brown) has had a place in my life for more than 50 years! Although my mother was really angry with me as a little girl when I used it to wrap up daisy chains! She used it in her florist business and didn’t like her daughters purloining her supplies!

    • Thank you for the lovely compliment Heidi – I would be honoured to have you be in my kitchen. It must have been magical growing up with your mom owning a florist – daisy chains sound so pretty! Have a super week. πŸ™‚

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