In my kitchen…
…are a couple of interesting fruits I’ve picked up this week.
I was buying fruit from my lovely lady at the wet market last week and saw what looked like miniature pears or apples. I’ve officially resigned from Mandarin lessons (there’s a huge shock) so when I asked what they were of course I had no idea what she was saying. We both started laughing and she cut into one and passed a sliver to me. It was delicious – not overly sweet, crunchy but not juicy. I was sold and I’ve been eating them all week. I now know they are called jujubes or green dates. They will be perfect in a salad.
In the middle is a tiny melon I picked up from the Avocado Lady. The box wasn’t in the fruit section, it was next to the dates and dried fruits and I was a bit disbelieving when they told me it was a Shanghai melon. ‘Try one, it’s good” they told me and at only 10RMB each it was worth taking a chance. I cut into it and it’s just a tiny cantaloupe melon which was a little underwhelming but actually it’s a perfect size for just two people to eat in one go.
Anyway, there they both are by a bog standard Granny Smith for comparison.
In my kitchen…..
…..before there was fake chocolate in my life there was fake food. Can you believe:
1) this came over on the container from Tokyo in January 2013
2) it’s been sitting in my fridge ever since
3) I made it
Mum and Dad were visiting at the time and along with two of my Tokyo friends we went along and had such a fun afternoon making our own fake food I’ve not had the heart to throw it away. I’ll have to share some of the photos one day – if you’re a foodie and you ever get to Tokyo this is a unique way of spending an afternoon and it’s right in the middle of Kappabashi Dori where all the kitchen shops are.
OK I will put them in the bin now.
In my kitchen…
…is my new herb garden. Actually, I lie – it’s on the balcony and there’s only thyme and mint at the moment. The birdcages are from the Melbourne Cup event last year. They were too shiny and new so they’ve been rusting away nicely on the balcony over winter and are now looking suitably shabby chic. The herbs were 10RMB/$1.75 each from the flower market so it’s no biggie if they don’t thrive. If they do it will be a miracle.
In my kitchen…
..are walnut whips from Marks & Spencer. Let me tell you, that shop is a life saver for me. Cordial, hot cross buns, crumpets, proper frozen peas, chicken & gravy pies, chocolate eclairs, wine….all the things you need from home for the days when you are feeling so far from home.
In my kitchen….
…are these two beautiful cups from Tokyo, a wedding present from one of Richard’s colleagues in the office there. Now that I’ve finally told the wedding story I can share them. I think they are hand made and painted and I loved them straight away.
In My Kitchen is hosted by Celia over at Fig, Lime and Cordial and it’s a great excuse to snoop into kitchens around the world, watch the changing seasons and just generally perve at all the fascinating produce and fancy bits and pieces people seem to have in their homes!
What’s going on in your kitchen this month?