In My Kitchen – November 2014

How did we get to the second last month of the year so quickly!  Clearly there is truth in time passing quicker the older you get.

As always a big thank you to Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun monthly event.  It’s great fun peeking into so many beautiful and different kitchens each month.  Please remember Celia needs all IMK posts submitted by the 10th of every month.

In my kitchen…

Are the most magnificent mini roses from our garden.  I bought 2 new rose bushes seeing as I killed our best rose bush when I transplanted it a couple of months ago.  My sadness of losing the other bush is quickly forgotten with these beautifully coloured roses.

Garden roses

In my kitchen…

Is millet.  For the life of me, I cannot remember who’s blog I saw millet on so my apologies for no link love.  I will post a millet and grape salad recipe next week.


In my kitchen…

I found 2 new varieties of Pete’s coffee pods, up to now I have only been able to find the Foreign Ground Brazil Single Origin.

Cofee pods

In my kitchen…

Is our new 56 litre LG Mirror Microwave.  Sorry it is not a picture of ours but I ran out of time so quickly got this one from the brochure.  I am not entirely convinced this new modern “metallic” look works for me as each item (fridge, dishwasher, washing machine etc) is a different shade of “silver” even within one brand so its’ awfully difficult to match items.  Bring back classic white which doesn’t date and matches everything.  I have two complaints about this new edition to our kitchen.  Even though I only use it to reheat and make the odd gravy, I still want to be able to see inside the unit when it is on – some genius thought about the aesthetics (not sure why you need a mirror on a microwave – possibly do your hair while heating lunch?) and not the functionality so you are left guessing when something is going to boil over!  It doesn’t have a kitchen timer either which was so handy on our old microwave.  My suggestion to you would be not to buy a mirror unit, unless you want to sit in front of it to do your hair or make-up.  I have also had many unsuccessful calls to LG, their service is shocking – they are useless!  Right rant over.

56l lg mirror micro

In my kitchen…

Are “Nigerian” from Lebanon ice cream powders.  Pete, like me, loves finding something different on the shelves in supermarkets and he came across these.  Albeit they are instant – mix powder with milk, he says they are really very nice.  I will report back on what I think.

Ice cream powder

In my kitchen…

Is the smallest tin of condensed milk I have seen – 78g.  Pete knows how I love small, what I call “nunu” things so when he found this he couldn’t resist buying it for me.

78g condensed milk

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.


65 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – November 2014

    • Its not that I don’t like it, I just don’t understand the modern take on everything. Possibly to make smaller kitchens look bigger? I can’t wait to taste the ice cream. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  1. Have you tried the Mugg & Bean capsules? They are very good, we particularly like the Mocca Java but the House Blend is also good. Pick n Pay R52.99, Checkers R49.99 per pack of 10.

  2. Such pretty flowers. I can’t imagine what the ice cream tastes like, it’s like something that they would take up into space! Curious to hear your take on it. My ovens are nearly like mirrors too, my little girls are forever staring at themselves in them! Thank you for the peek into your kitchen this month so interesting as usual.

  3. I love mini things… except for cake! Your little tin of condensed milk is super cute and a really handy size for when you want to add some to your iced coffee without having the evidence of a half empty can in the fridge. 🙂 I made some millet porridge recently with pistachios and cocoa nibs. It was a nice change from oat porridge. I’d love to know how your ice cram turns out.

    • I love having you snoop around my kitchen Kim, just wish we could enjoy a glass of wine together while you do it. Maybe one day…
      Haven’t tried the ice cream powder yet – Pete says it works really well so will have to test it soon.
      Have a beautiful week ahead to my dear friend. 🙂 xoxoxo

  4. I use millet as a gluten-free alternative to couscous it’s nice and nutty if you dry roast it first before adding water. I’ve seen it used for porridge too – look forward to seeing what you do with it. Got to say those roses are gorgeous x

  5. Gorgeous roses. I too love to look for new items in the food markets to try. I think the microwave was designed by someone who is not a cook, who sits in the ivory tower and come up with “cute” ideas.

    • Thanks Norma. I am loving having the roses in the garden and inside. Clearly you and I are of the more old fashioned era when it comes to appliances. 😀 Have a wonderful week. 🙂 xo

  6. Beautiful roses. The ice cream powder looks like fun. I have no idea what millet is. My mum loves putting a drop of condensed milk in her coffee. Reminds me of school puddings- not a bad memory though. Love the cute tin. Take care. Emma xx

    • Thanks Emma. I can’t wait to try the ice cream powder – I’m quizzy like my cats. 😀 Millet is another ancient alkaline gluten free grains which contains all eight essential amino acids and is one of the richest sources of magnesium and potassium. I can’t wait to indulge in the remainders of condensed milk after making lemon meringue pie and always feel sorry afterwards because I get a sugar rush headache. Have a wonderful day Emma. 🙂 xo

  7. Hi Mandy , That ice cream powder is interesting. When we were in Lebanon we were amazed that we couldn’t find any milk, only powdered milk. Maybe that is how they make their ice cream.

    • I battled terrible when we lived in Mauritius not being able to buy fresh milk. Granted there was loads of long life stuff available but that took some getting used to. I can only imagine what it must have been like only being able to find powdered. The powdered ice cream is quite a mystery, can’t wait to give it a try. Have a super day Glenda. 🙂 xo

  8. What an amazing rose variety! Truly glamorous and elegant. All of the other ‘finds’ here tell me there are a vast quantity of fabulous food adventures ahead. As always! Have a beautiful week, my dearest!

  9. There is some lovely South African tea in my kitchen that I am enjoying very much! 🙂 Thank you again Mandy. As for your kitchen, I absolutely love those roses!!!! What a joy to have those in your own yard!

  10. G’day! You had me at the flowers and always enjoy finding and learning about new things too!
    Curious how the “Nigerian” from Lebanon ice cream powders tastes! Thanks for this month’s kitchen view also! Cheers! Joanne

  11. Mandy, not being to “see” into the microwave would be frustrating indeed, but I liked your humorous alternative. 😉 Your roses are absolutely beautiful… gorgeous photo of them! I haven’t tried millet — looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  12. I, too, saw that millet post and cannot, for the life of me, remember its author, Mandy. Had I seen millet at my grocery, like you, every time I saw it in my kitchen, I’d wonder about it. I’ve a few roses to replace this Spring and I can only hope that I find ones half as pretty as the ones in your photo. They’re the stars of this IMK post — but I’m biased. 🙂

  13. Mandy, those roses are stunning! How wonderful to have them growing in your garden! And I can understand your rant about the microwave – a mirror door is just daft. Not only can you not see in, but it needs perpetual cleaning! The wee tin of condensed milk is very cute! 🙂

    • Thanks Celia. The roses bring me great pleasure. Seems market research is only done with the youngsters now days. Thankfully the mirror hasn’t required too much attention when cleaning – well so far. Have a beautiful weekend and I am still enjoying your words of your bread post this morning. Have a lovely weekend ahead with your boys. 🙂 xo

  14. There’s nothing as elegant as a vase of roses and those are absolutely beautiful. I’ve been lucky with the few rosé bushes I have in that they keep producing flowers even though they get some kind of blight on their leaves.
    I can only imagine what it would be like having a mirrored microwave…I think I’d jump every time I walked by thinking there was someone else in the kitchen with me! I guess I like the idea of seeing how the food is doing and seeing as I’m so forgetful, I think I might forget I had food in there.
    I haven’t ever tried millet so I’ll be waiting to hear how that goes. Of course I’ve never heard of the ice cream powder either…see all of the things I learn from you?

    • I love having flowers in the house Diane so I always try and find something for the garden and the house. I’m getting used to the microwave but am very disappointed in not being able to see inside it. I will post the millet salad on Tuesday. Have a lovely day. xo

  15. I think i might be responsible for millet mania! We have it at least once a week, usually as a pilau. Nancy’s suggestion that you toast the grains in the pan before you add stock is spot on. It not only enhances the flavour, but also helps keep the grains from clinging together when it’s cooked. I’ve never seen condensed milk that small, “snack” sized!

  16. beautiful roses. and what a cute little tin of condensed milk. and that microwave.! i am always complaining about designers who design (or not) kitchen appliances etc. do they not test them first? we have a dishwasher which washes just fine but the shelves are just hopeless. nowhere to put glasses properly, and the slots for plates and so on are this weird rounded shape that fits nothing! i can’t believe they don’t try stuff out! grrrr!

    • Hi Sherry. My husband and I always say architects do great designs in theory but zero in practical and you are absolutely correct when it comes to designs on kitchen appliances too! At least I have my beautiful roses to calm my nerves. 😀 Have a super day and thank you for popping by. 🙂 xo

  17. Those roses are stunning and everything looks very interesting in your kitchen this month! Be sure to get back to use about that ice-cream powder I’d love to know how it turns out!
    Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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