Wow – here I am with a January “In My Kitchen” post (hosted every month by Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial), having managed to get one up in December as well. That must be some sort of a record for me – here goes! This Honey Lady raw honey flavoured with turmeric is one of my favourites from a gorgeous range of locally produced raw honeys. While I get a little sceptical about all the claims around some so-called ‘super foods’, there is a great deal of empirical evidence to back up the growing reputation of turmeric as one of the more effective nutritional supplements. It has been shown to have useful anti-inflammatory properties and to be helpful in warding off some cognitive problems such as memory loss – both things which I’d like to avoid. While I like to use turmeric in my cooking, I don’t put it in everything so I keep this jar of turmeric-infused honey next to my teapot and have a spoonful of it every morning. Oh – and it’s very nice drizzled over some of my chicken dishes too.
It’s now four and a half years since I first wrote about a new chocolatier here in Adelaide called Steven ter Horst. Well much has changed for him (and this blog) since then and Steven and his business partner Chantelle have gone from making his product in their front room to beautifully designed premises in a stylish boutique in the cool end of Rundle St . Their brand is now held in very high esteem for both the truly splendid chocolates and pastries they produce and also for their extra-wonderful salted caramel, which is sold by the jar. I’m told there are all sorts of deliciously exciting things that an inventive cook can do with this caramel and I’m sure that’s true. I wouldn’t know – I wait until no-one is around and simply eat it straight from the jar with a spoon, quietly moaning with bliss.
In my kitchen I have this Italian phrase calendar which suggests one Italian word per day and a phrase in which to use it. This was a gift to me from my dear husband in preparation for another trip back to Italy later this year. We regularly threaten to take Italian conversation classes, but life keeps getting in the way so maybe this will be enough to tide us over in the event we fail to make the classes again.
In my kitchen I also have some gorgeous new scented candles made by a friend in Melbourne. She sells a beautifully presented range of hand made soy wax candles that burn for many hours and which, unlike many much more expensive ones I’ve bought, actually do diffuse a delicious scent. I have been burning mine daily since I got them on Christmas eve and they are still going strong. They don’t have a website, but you can check them out on their Facebook page here.
I also have in my kitchen a set of four of these absolutely stunning red Waterford crystal wine glasses, which give my evening drink in front of the television quite a sense of occasion. I would have liked to have enough of them to use them on the Christmas table – I think they would have been perfect for that. But, given that we were 14 for lunch, it seemed just a little too extravagant. Maybe next year.
If you are interested in having a snoop through loads of inspiring kitchens, do pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to catch up with the rest of the gang.[mc4wp_form id="16750"]