In My Kitchen – October 2014

The past month has been wonderfully warm and sunny and flown by in the flash. Seems we are in for a hot summer and the end of the year is nearing – can’t believe this is the third last instalment for the year.

Thanks as always to the lovely Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun monthly event.  We get to peek into so many beautiful and different kitchens each month.  If you haven’t already, why don’t you share a little of what is in your kitchen.

In my kitchen…

Is an indulgent purchase of beautiful silver napkin rings.  I walked passed them in a store I hardly visit; picked them up a zillion times and argued with myself that I really don’t need them – It’s not like we entertain every other day BUT then I went back to the store and well, 12 of them made their way into my basket!  I am thrilled to say I used them for a dinner with friends and they looked fabulous on the table.

Napkin rings 1

napkin rings

In my kitchen…

Is another indulgent purchase – oops!  In my defence these lovely mini serving dishes were dirt cheap and I only bought 2.  I am sure I will regret not getting more as they are perfect for serving a starter on.

Small serving dishes

In my kitchen…

Is a much loved tray friends gave me for my birthday while we were living in Mauritius.  They both worked on the glass mosaic and made it personal with cupcakes and tea – my favourites!

birthday tray

In my kitchen…

Are yellow wood trivets which I inherited from my parent’s-in-law.  It’s been a while since I used them on the dinner table – we seem to serve everything from the hot tray lately.

serving trivets

In my kitchen…

Is a mesh food dome.  I have so many of these stashed away in the cupboard – we used them all the time when we lived on the island, not so much here any more, hence the stash in the cupboard.

Food cover

In my kitchen…

Is a fresh batch of thinly sliced rusks, just the way Pete likes them for his morning cup of coffee.

Pete rusks

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 and drop her a quick note to let her know when your post will be up.

86 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – October 2014

  1. Mandy, the napkin rings are gorgeous as are the little serving dishes. And I love those wooden trivets – I guess with the weather warming up down your end, they will get more use now! Thanks for sharing more of the treasures in your kitchen!

    • Hi Selma, thanks very much! I have a feeling we will be doing a lot of al fresco dining this summer and the trivets will definitely be a feature on our table. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

  2. WIMK day is such a pleasure—I always feel like I’ve had a nice leisurely meander through your kitchen with you telling me the stories of various things you have and use and enjoy. It’s good that I had some cold sweet tea to sip while I ‘walked’ with you so I could savor the visit all the more. Hugs! xoxoxo

  3. Very posh napkin rings, !!!!!!! very original shape for rusks too, I think I’d also like my rusks to be this shape. xxxHarriet Hunkledon-Brown

  4. I think , whoops, I would slide those napkin rings into my basket too. Real napery at the table is such a lovely thing to do for guests and with the rings, even better.

  5. We’re being told we’re in for a long hot summer too. I absolutely love your serviette rings. They’re stunning. I would love a set just like them. And I do love linen napkins rather than paper too. Looks like you’ve got a lovely set of linen napkins as well xx

  6. Oooooo…. love the napkin rings and the glass mosaic tray are my faves. Your kitchen always has lovely goodies in it. Can’t wait to spend some time hangin in it with you. Hope you are well my darling friend, and slowly thawing out from winter. Still a bit nippy over night, but the days are lovely. Getting in the odd sneaky sun bake so as not to frighten people later in the year when I put my swimmers on. Haha! Have a great weekend. Hugs and love across the oceans. xox
    PS: Do you think October is a good time to visit you?

    • Sadly the real tour will be over in a jiffy Anna, our kitchen is not at all big. We will have fun all the same. Maybe we can do a repeat. haa haa.
      See now October is a perfect time for visiting because it is just the perfect time between Spring and Summer weather, it’s the month we got married, everything looks fabulous and the chances of seeing most of the big 5 in the park are good, its a fabulous time for boating and if you are so inclined fishing weather and adventurous off road mountain biking is ideal and it’s well before the crazy Christmas rush of people. So, can I officially start counting sleeps? 😀 Have a wonderful and happy day. 🙂 xo

      • OMG…. Feeling super excited at the thought of actually naming the month to visit you. 🙂 Perfect weather, happy times for you with a wedding anniversary, better chances of seeing the big 5, Id be happy with a Meerkat tho, good boating weather, mountain biking AND it wont be crazy busy…. BOOM! This is looking like the month, pretty sure I can say, let the countdown begin. YAY!
        Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Hugs. xox

        • Right, so only around 365 odd sleeps to go – give or take. Woohoo – yippee – yay! Awesome stuff! Had a fabulously lazy weekend. Didn’t even go for a run this afternoon although I am feeling awfully guilty about it now. Oh well. Hope yours has been fabulous too! 🙂 xo

    • Hi Liz, I purchased a few of the domes in Mauritius and we have quite a few inexpensive stores here that stock them too. They are dirt cheap and work and absolute treat. Hope you can find some where you are. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

  7. In our kitchen these days we’re enjoying wild chanterelles we’ve been gathering. Last evening we found a beautiful chicken-of-the-woods that promises to be delicious! We’ve been enjoying our purple hull peas, which are coming in abundance. The end of our summer season has in the last few days yielded bell pepper soup, pickled jalapenos, spaghetti squash with garlic, sweetened butternut squash and feta cheese, and more. It’s a great time of year to be in the kitchen here!

  8. I can see why you had to buy those napkin rings. They’re so elegant, especially with beautiful linen napkins. It’s great to have for company but don’t hold back, use them for just you and Pete too. What a lovely tray and such a thoughtful gift. It reminds me of one that I used to have with matching coasters but no where near as nice as yours. I do think you need to go back and pick up more of those little serving dishes.
    Now tell me again what those rusks are? I remember talking about them but it was a while ago and well…Mandy you know my brain is getting old.
    Great peek in your kitchen this month. You always have so many cute things.

    • Agreed Diane, I will definitely be using the napkin rings for just the two of us. Our anniversary is coming up which Pete will be home for so there is the perfect opportunity. How lovely your tray and coasters must have been Diane. I have just officially put the mini dishes on my shopping list. 😀 Rusks are double baked biscotti type biscuits and are frightfully addictive. Actually, think I shall go make myself a cup of tea to have with a rusk right now. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xoxo

  9. Hi Mandy I’m with you on the napkin rings, they are lovely. How special that your friends made that lovely tray for you, it’s so nice to have some things in the kitchen with a story behind them. Its hotting up over here so we will be needing to pull out the mesh covers from our stash too. Hope you have a good month.

    • Hi Vicki, I need to find more things in the kitchen with stories attached. Think its a great theme to work with for IMK posts. Our weather seems a wee bit confused again at the moment. Our temperatures have dived. Hopefully not for long. Have a super day. 🙂 xo

  10. Mandy, your silver napkin rings are gorgeous and I’m sure they’ll get heaps of use! And I remember those meshed food covers – my mother used them all the time when I was growing up. I have to get a few for my kitchen! What a precious gift that mosaic tray is – handmade with a great deal of love just for you! xx

    • Hi Celi, thank you! It would be lovely to share with everybody and post off a few food covers. I keep the tray stashed away so it doesn’t get damaged. Have a super weekend. 🙂 xo

  11. Love those napkin rings and those little plates for starters…yes I think you might regret not getting more 🙂 …oh well, you’ll just have to go back for a few more!

  12. I love the tea tray! What a thoughtful gift from your friends. I also have similar silver napkin rings…now, if I could only remember where they are!

  13. Hi Mandy! Those napkin rings are wonderful – so elegant, yet not overly formal. I would love to own a set of those. Love your little serving trays, too. I have been on the lookout for some square trays recently, but haven’t found any I like. When I do, I’m sure I will buy many. 🙂 The handmade gift is beautiful, as are those slice of bread!

  14. Those napkin rings are elegant, as are the little serving dishes. Also the food dome would be very useful in my kitchen as we tend to have many fruit flies at the end of summer and beginning of fall.

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