In My Kitchen – November 2012

by Amanda McInerney on 10/11/2012

Wow – this is looking like it might start to become a habit!  Here I am with a post ready to go for Celia’s – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – regular, monthly segment where we indulge in the more inquisitive side of our natures and have a quick sqizz around each other’s kitchens.  This is the second time in a row that I’ve managed to join in!

I’ve been waiting ever so eagerly for the first tomatoes of the season so I could make a delicious rose-water scented Moroccan salad from Paula Wolfert – one of my favourite experts on modern Moroccan cuisine.  Obviously, this is the before shot – I was a little to too eager to eat them once they were done – and is a stunningly different way to prepare tomatoes.

My friend Liz has been traveling in the US of late and came home with some genuine Boston Tea Party tea for me – although I’m pretty sure this hasn’t been dredged up out of the harbour!  She also bought me these gorgeous coasters woven in the style of Persian rugs, just to add a little bit of style to my cuppa.

I’ve been living vicariously through my friends holidays of late.  This beautifully packaged little ceramic box is full of Kampot Pepper and was brought home to me from Cambodia by another friend.  It is reputed to be the very best pepper in the world and is famed for it’s delicate and enthralling aroma.  I’m quite shallow, so I just love it for the box it came in.

The delightful people at Adelaide’s famous Haighs Chocolates sent me a little surprise in the post, a sample of their newest treat – the very sublime Creme Brulee Truffle.  I had to hide these from my loved ones, but it was worth it – I’d love to know how they get that delicate little crunch into this rich, creamy, decadent, indulgence.

The wicked folk at Loving Earth had a special on a while ago and I was powerless in the face of two words close to my heart being used in the same sentence – chocolate and sale.  They sell these raw chocolate blocks in packs of 11 – but they’re raw and sweetened with coconut nectar, so that makes them a health food really – right?

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Lizzy (Good Things) November 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Wow, how did November come around so quickly? Haighs is delicious chokky. Would you believe me if I told you that my dinner on Monday night was three slices of Jamon from San Jose at Central Market and four little Haighs chocolates that I picked up somewhere during #EDB!? Love those coasters, Amanda.

leaf (the indolent cook) November 11, 2012 at 12:14 am

Persian rug coasters are cute… and the packaging for the pepper is so pretty!

hotlyspiced November 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

I love the look of your tomatoes. They are such a vibrant colour. And that recipe you’ll use with them sounds intriguing. I love rose water and use it in quite a few things but usually drinks and desserts xx

heidiannie November 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I’m using the last of my tomatoes- picked green and ripened in a newspaper jacket. Yours look beautiful.
You also have some very lovely chocolate this month.
And the Persian rug coasters? Wow!
Thanks for sharing.

Cookie1 November 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I bought some of those truffles recently. Needless to say they didn’t make it back to Perth.
The coasters are so cute.

Glenda November 14, 2012 at 1:28 am

I love the little container the pepper come in. It would look lovely on my table:)

Kitchen Butterfly November 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Oh, I loveeeeeeeeee the box kampot pepper comes. Just like you. And the coasters are so, so pretty. Sigh, I am a sucker for beautiful things

Celia November 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

Two months in a row, with a massive blog conference to organise in the middle! I don’t know how you manage to fit everything in, Amanda, but I’m so happy that you did! :)

Love Kampot pepper – we got some as a gift last year as well – but I’m not completely convinced that it’s much better than the Sarawak pepper my mother gives me. The tomatoes looks so delicious, and I’m very taken with the cute little persian rug coasters too! xx

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