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.

Strawberry Ice Cream

Today brings the end of the desserts chapter, but fear not, Monday brings the start of the Baking chapter.  I finish today with my mom-in-laws lovely Strawberry Ice Cream – thanks Pammy.

Strawberry Ice Cream



500ml cream
500ml strawberry yoghurt
397g tin condensed milk


  1. Whip the cream until just stiff and stir in the yoghurt and condensed milk.
  2. Place in the freezer until firm.


Submitted by:  Pam Frielinghaus, Port Elizabeth

Ice Cream

A friend of mine recently shared this recipe with me.  It is such an easy and most delicious recipe, with the added bonus of you being able to make the flavour of your choice. 

Ice Cream



Base for all Ice cream flavours

500ml fresh cream
397g tin condensed milk
Add the following for your flavour of choice

Vanilla Ice Cream 
5ml vanilla essence

Chocolate Ice Cream
60ml cocoa powder

5ml almond essence (optional but gives awesome flavour)

To finish
Lindt chocolate finely chopped


  1. Whip the cream into soft peaks.  It must be soft peaks, otherwise it ends up tasting like butter and sticking to your palate.
  2. Slowly mix in the condensed milk followed by your flavouring of choice.
  3. Lastly fold in the Lindt chocolate and place in the freezer until set.

Submitted by:  Karl Botha & Nina van den Berg, Port Elizabeth