In My Kitchen – December 2013

Here we are at the end of another year.  Thanks again to Celia who so kindly invited us all to partake in this fun monthly event.  I am looking forward to starting afresh in the New Year again.

In my kitchen…

Are 2 escargot dishes.  Escargot is not something we eat very often but have decided that when we do, we want to do it properly.

Escargot dishes

In my kitchen…

Are blue sprinkles.  I am super excited about these as normally I can only ever find pink and the odd occasion when I can find blue, the colours are usually not very nice.

Blue sprinkles

In my kitchen…

Was the first of 2 fabulous pressies.  This first one is from my lovely sister-in-law Trish from when she visited last month.  Isn’t it just the most thoughtful lovely gift!

Trishy pressie

In my kitchen…

Was the second pressie from Mandy (Trish’s daughter – the mother of my Godson).  I was hoping to enjoy the bubbly with Mandy while she was here but alas, time did not allow.  I hope I can keep it long enough for the 2 of us to enjoy together soon.

Mand's pressie

In my kitchen…

Are a few more shells which I picked up on our last ride to, and walk on the beach.

Shells from walk

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


58 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – December 2013

  1. In my kitchen this month: Bubbles, lots and lots to celebrate with friends. Spicy Tomato Onion sauce. I make a lot for both braai and penne all’Arrabbiata. Lots of meringue with season strawberries and fresh cream and lots of cherries from Klondyke cherry farm in Ceres, where a group of girls go before end of December to pick ourselves.

  2. Mandy, your escargot and champagne and chocolates sound like the makings for a festive holiday! I hope your loved ones will be there to enjoy it with you and I wish you a Merry Christmas!

  3. Fantastic gifts Mandy – what thoughtful friends you have. I’m sure you’ll need to crack open the bubbly & maybe we’ll coordinate – I’ll pop one here and we’ll do a toast for a happy year.
    Now those snail dishes are beautiful & I agree with you, if you’re going to take the trouble to make escargot then you absolutely have to do it right.
    I’m on a quest for large scallop or clam shell shaped plates because I’ve had a craving for clams casino & just can’t serve that on an ordinary plate right?

    • Oh no no no Diane, you can’t possibly serve your clams on ordinary plates. Now, if you just lived a wee bit closer, I could give you a set of clam shells! I have loads – some from my Mother-in-law and some which I bought years ago at a bazaar.
      Right, on your marks, get set, pop the bottle of bubbly! Cheers! Would be lovely to do clinkers with our glasses – maybe next year.
      Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo

  4. Mandy, escargot dishes! I hope we get to see them in use one day on your blog – I’ve eaten them often, but never tried cooking them! Your sprinkles are very cute, and what lovely gifts you’ve received this month! And the shells are gorgeous – where will you put them?

  5. Those blue sprinkles are really in lovely shades. When I’m looking for blue that is what I want- so why are they so hard to find.?
    I love the sea shells-I can’t go to the beach without bringing some small souvenier home with me.
    Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Heidi. I think the problem with the “blues” is for the most part, they are an artificial colour as it is difficult to create a natural colouring and maybe that is why we battle to find them – just a theory. I too have to bring back a little souvenir from each beach walk. I sometimes bring home a little pebble or a small piece of drift wood instead of a shell. Have a super day Heidi. 🙂 xo

  6. blue sprinkles – I have never thought to look for them but now you mention it, I don’t see them much – but I do recognise a lot of the pack from Trish and love it – the St Dalfours jam is the first one that caught my eye through – and love your shells – do you listen to them to hear the sea when you can’t go for a walk along the beach – they look those sort of shells

    • Hi Johanna, thanks for stopping by. Trish really spoilt me with wonderful gifts. I haven’t put a shell to my ear for the longest time – it was always such fun doing it as a little one. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  7. You’ll laugh, but I had to google ‘pressie.’ I had no idea you were referring to presents, although, good heavens, it now seems extremely obvious. I live in midwest US, and plan to say ‘pressie’ whenever possible! 🙂

  8. The blue sprinkles would be so nice for the holiday season and boy baby showers too — cute! Awesome gifts to enjoy, easy to celebrate with chocolate, right?! Those shells … they are pristine, beautiful.

    • I wish I could have found the blue sprinkles soon Judy as they would have been perfect for a baby boy shower – no more baby’s planned in the family though. It’s fabulous celebrating with chocolate! Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  9. What nice gifts to receive, Mandy. I think it impossible to go to the shore and not return with at least one shell or rock. It’s genetic. I’ve never prepared escargot at home and now your dishes have me wondering why. One of these days …

    • I am thrilled with my gifts John and I reckon you are right, it being genetic about having to pick up a shell. If you don’t get around to making escargot at home before my visit John, I can always bring my dishes along. 😉 Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo

  10. Hi Mandy, what a great collection in your kitchen! I do like escargot thanks for reminding me.
    I love the sprinkles, and how cool are you presents.
    I hope you get to share that bottle soon.

    • Hi Jason, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I hope we can bring out our escargot dishes a few times a year and I am looking forward to using my stash of blue sprinkles. Have a super week ahead. 🙂

  11. Can you see the ocean from your kitchen? I love what you find on your beach walks. I saw some blue sprinkles the other day but they weren’t as nice as yours. I didn’t get them because they weren’t “up to standard”. You have been gifted some really nifty things to play with in your kitchen! Cheers!

    • Oh I wish I could see the ocean from my kitchen – maybe one day we will own a home where we can. I really hope Woolies keeps my blue sprinkles in stock as it has been a nightmare to find nice blue ones. What a pity you don’t live closer so I could send you a few packs. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo

  12. Food gifts are a delight aren’t they. and I know we are not meant to pick up and take shells home with us, but like you I can never really resist the temptation, although leaving so close to the sea I have learnt to curb that habit a bit more !!!

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