{In My Kitchen} May 2015

May 1st. What the….? Where did April disappear to? Somehow it’s time to link up again with the gorgeous Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and take a peek into kitchens around the world.

In My Kitchen this month is…..

IMK May 2015

….Richard’s Mum, Elaine visiting us from Germany.

She came bearing gifts – a bottle of Frangelico that I can’t find here but which seems to be in great demand when people come over for dinner. You know who you are….

In my kitchen…..

IMK May 2015

IMK May 2015

…also from Germany are two packets of caraway seeds and the lovely salted licorice I’m addicted to. The caraway seeds I use when roasting a pork knuckle, in bread sticks and sourdough.

I’m lucky the presents got handed over at all considering that not only was I late to pick her up from the airport {I have previous with this so never expect to see me waiting for you waving a banner if you ever come to visit!!!} but I also got her dates wrong and she is staying a week longer than we were expecting. Which is a good thing I hasten to say!

In my kitchen….

IMK May 2015

…is a 1kg bag of hazelnut meal, a present from my friend Wendy whose husband is Austrian and who has a glut of these packets from her last trip back. This is actually the second bag she gave me – I used the first up making Hazelnut & Chocolate Meringue Tortes.

In My Kitchen….

IMK May 2015

…is a present from Jen who saw this and thought of me. We often talk about what we are cooking and how we cook things and we both add chocolate at the end of making a batch of chilli to round off the flavour. I’m thinking I’ll just eat this straight out of the tin though and stick to pieces of Carrefour dark chocolate for the chilli pot!

In My Kitchen…

IMK May 2015

…are a few veggies from the wet market. Elaine is a keen and curious cook and loves a walk around a supermarket and wet market when she travels. I’m taking her to Carrefour next week and I know that everything that gives me the willies she will find fascinating. In the meantime, we’ll be stir frying everything with loads of ginger and serving them up with sweet & sticky black vinegar ribs

In My Kitchen…

IMK May 2015

….are fresh Wood Ear Mushrooms. The only mushrooms I will eat because they actually taste nothing like mushrooms! I normally use the dried version and this is the first time I’ve ever seen fresh.

Served simply with black vinegar and soy sauce with heaps of ginger, chili and coriander it’s a refreshing start to any Chinese meal.

In My Kitchen…

IMK May 2015

…one more washing bowl. This is going to have to be the last one – I have two now and a girl doesn’t need any more!

Jen sarcastically picked it up and said ‘Oh look another enamel bowl for you’ and I knew in that instant it was coming home with me!! In almost perfect condition I paid 50RMB for it because it would have been rude not to.

What’s been going on in your kitchen this month? Lots of nice things I hope.

 

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