In my kitchen:
Are tomatoes and cucumbers. Yes!!! Still! They are slowing down a bit. We can now leave the property for a few days without coming back to a squillion cucumbers – we picked 16 the other day.
As it has been a bit cool lately, the tomatoes are taking much longer to ripen and not colouring as richly as those shown here. The plants are beginning to look very sick, too. It won’t be long before I pull them out.
You will note that the tomatoes in the photo below are not Romas. I don’t know what variety they are except they are the ones you usually buy at the supermarket. I have had, at least, 10 kilos of tomatoes from this bush… and I didn’t even plant it!! It was self-sown!
Is my new bowl. The other day, Maus came into the house and asked, “Do you want a new bowl?” What a silly question. Of course, I did.
As I may have mentioned before, my Maus likes to recycle things. Not long ago, our washing machine in Perth died so we had to buy a new one. Maus spent a day pulling the old one apart, looking for bits and pieces that could come in handy one day. My new bowl was from the door of that old machine. It is perfect for fruit but I also think it would be oven proof. If so, it would be absolutely fabulous. Does anyone know whether the glass door of a front loader is oven proof, please? I found one site that indicated that it would be.
Are lots and lots of passionfruit from my neighbour, Renate. I have been making passionfruit syrup to drizzle on my yoghurt.
Is Maus’ Mauviel copper ware. She polished them just for the photo which was very nice.
One Christmas Eve, when I was still working and extremely time poor, I was in a dilemma. I had not bought Maus a present. I had asked her about 100 times what she would like for Christmas and each time she had said that she didn’t need anything. Suddenly, in a moment of
desperation inspiration, I figured Maus would like some quality cookware. Why? I do not know; she had never indicated that she would. I raced over to the local Kitchen Warehouse shop and bought Maus this stunning Mauviel sauté pan. I am sure she likes it because she polishes it regularly. I love it. I use it all the time. It really is to die for.
Is this cute little condiment pot that Maus bought whilst we were on holidays in France one year. I have never used it but it is very cute.
Is this gorgeous little sugar bowl. It was a gift from my friend, Alyson, years and years ago. It is part of The Royal Collection.
The Royal Collection reflects the personal tastes of British sovereigns over the last 500 years. This range commemorates the golden age of Queen Victoria (1819-1901). The design takes its inspiration from English bone china commissioned by Queen Victoria for the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Is this little dish. It used to be my mum’s. There are no markings on the back and I haven’t been able to identify the design. Desert scenes were very popular in my mum’s time. There are many items on the web but not this particular one.
Are these gorgeous little plates I bought in France. The are Limoges and the design is by Guy Degrenne. The beetle is stamped number 26 and the butterfly number 19. Again, I haven’t been able to find any information on them.
Are two demi-johns and a flagon of not-so-nice vinegar. It is the result of my grape pressing ordeal. Because it tastes sort of weak, I decided not to seal it but cover it in muslin in the hope that as it evaporates, its flavour intensifies. I will keep you updated.
Is more experimental vinegar. The container is Bendigo Pottery. For those who don’t know, Bendigo Pottery is very collectable these days. An old friend of mine, Jann, gave me this mini-keg because it leaked (it still does, no matter what Maus tries). About three months ago, I finished a bottle of balsamic vinegar and there was a considerable amount of slime in the bottom of the bottle. I was keen to see whether it was alive and would grow so I sacrificed a nice bottle of red. I put it and the slime in the keg. I checked it after 3 months and the slime looked like it had grown. I also had a flagon of very bad wine I had made that tasted as if it was half way to vinegar so I added it to the keg. I will give it another few months and have a taste.
Is this new rack that Maus made to store our chopping boards, trays and paddles. It is great because it stops them falling over all the time. She made it out of an old baby play pen. When we first got Lily and Maggie, we bought an old fashioned play pen for them to sleep in. It was still in good condition when they ceased being puppies but then Jules came along and it was gnawed to bits. Maus saved some of it and… voila!!
Is this gorgeous little plate I bought in South Australia last year. It was hand made by Sandy Fraser, Mount Compass, Fleurieu Peninsula (South Australia).
If you would like to see what is in other bloggers’ kitchens this month, visit Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Celia hosts In My Kitchen each month.