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In My Kitchen – June 2015

Chinese Green Tea

Uncategorized | 9th June 2015 | By

It’s been way too long since I participated in Celia’s wonderful In My Kitchen series. It’s been going for quite a few years now and is pretty much what it says on the tin, what’s going on in my kitchen this month. Head over to Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and you can see what is happening in kitchens all around the globe.

Red KitchenAidIn my kitchen I have a very exciting new beast and it’s bright red too. I was amazingly lucky to win a KitchenAid recently from Karen over at Lavender and Lovage. It has taken up residence in a corner of my kitchen and it made pizza for me about ten minutes after I took it out of its box.

Pizza Bread RollsWith the leftover pizza dough, I made nine mini rolls, which will be very useful for lunchtimes. I made the dough with half strong wholemeal and half plain white flour with just a little olive oil. All I can say is, pizza dough makes great bread rolls too.

 

Wild FlowersIn my kitchen I have wild flowers picked from our plot. We haven’t been very good at keeping up with things recently and the flowers have taken over – some people call them weeds.

 

Chinese CookiesIn my kitchen sits a tray of still warm Chinese sweet and salty walnut cookies. It’s a recipe I’ve adapted from The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook, which is due to be published on 11 June.

 

Chinese Green TeaI’ve had a real streak of luck over the last month and have won not just the KitchenAid, but also a selection of really interesting Chinese teas from Janice over at FarmersgirlKitchen. As I type, I am drinking a cup of Lu Shan Yun Wu, which has smokey notes and a distinctive taste hard to describe – I’m already regretting coming to the end of this one.

Nut ButtersNut butters are always useful to have and these Pip & Nut butters are some of the best I’ve tasted in a very long time. No nasty ingredients, just the nuts and a little salt. These three pots were the third blogging win I had in as many weeks. They came via Tina from The Worktop.

 

Rose SyrupTwo days ago, I made my annual batch of rose syrup from the only rose my bush managed to produce this year. I’m hoping I’ll get lucky and one or two more might make an appearance later in the year, but meanwhile this is a good way to remember its beautiful colour and scent. It’s already been used as a cordial and in this morning’s berry smoothie – I fear it won’t last long.

My previous In My Kitchen posts – all three of them!

In My Kitchen – February 2014

In My Kitchen – January 2012

In My Kitchen – August 2011

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    Roz
    9th June 2015

    I think I would like to be in your kitchen at the moment!

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    Cherished By Me
    9th June 2015

    Wow, what a lucky month you’ve had, I have a kitchen aid mixer too and love it.

    The nut butters sound really interesting, I will have to look out for those as I like using different ones.

    And, home made rose syrup!! Sounds heavenly, does it smell amazing?

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      Choclette
      9th June 2015

      I know, it’s been fabulous Nova and I’m really looking forward to making use of my new mixer. The nut butters are really good and yes the rose syrup has a beautiful scent šŸ™‚

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    Kath
    9th June 2015

    With your run of luck I hope you have a Euromillions ticket for tonights Ā£81 million!! I love the greens in that first photo, what a lovely tea set. x

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      Choclette
      9th June 2015

      Oh really Kath? Bother. Too late to get one now šŸ˜‰ The tea set consists of that one cup and saucer that I found in a charity shop a couple of years ago, it’s gorgeous.

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Yes Becca, I too have a small kitchen and finding somewhere to put it has proved somewhat problematic.

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    Nayna Kanabar
    9th June 2015

    Many congratulations on your wins. I am sure you are going to enjoy using your kitchen aid.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    10th June 2015

    I would love some of your luck to rub off on me – you sound like you are on a winning streak – time for a lotto ticket (ha ha). My mum tells me how her stand mixer is great with mixing up her sourdough bread at night and saves her kneading and messy benches – your rolls look beautiful. Your rose syrup is a gorgeous colour and I love your flowers too.

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Hi Johanna, I know, it’s funny how one gets a run of luck sometimes. Funny or not, I’ve very much appreciated it, even though it didn’t occur to me to get a lottery ticket – one day I might learn! Yes messy benches with bread making is something I will be glad to avoid too – I have such a small space, it’s hard to make room for it sometimes. Thank you for liking my flowers and syrup šŸ™‚

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    shaheen
    10th June 2015

    I have a KitchenAid mixer too, but have hardly used it as there is never enough space in our kitchens. I am hoping to use it this weekend. So pleased you have your own, and yes its certainly bright and shiny.

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Thanks Shaheen. I too have a kitchen space problem and had to do a major reshuffle to try and find somewhere for it to live. I can’t use it in situ which is a bit annoying, but I’m still looking forward to making things I couldn’t before – marshmallows for instance.

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    Ceri
    10th June 2015

    I’d love to have that kitchen aid – it would match my kettle! Hope you enjoy such a wonderful prize. Pretty flowers too – mot definitely not weeds!

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      A red kettle is next on my list Ceri and a red toaster too šŸ™‚ I love the flowers, but they do make it rather difficult to grow vegetables.

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    Laura@howtocookgoodfood
    10th June 2015

    I am dying to try that Pip & Nut range. Off to buy some next week! I love my Kitchen Aid and I also have a Kmix for my cookery lessons. I would find it hard to choose which I prefer but I think KAid wins on aesthetics!

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Great that you have two stand mixes Laura, the best of both worlds. It’s a whole new world to me, but the KAid certainly made a good job of my bread. The nut butters are well worth trying.

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    Janie
    10th June 2015

    Get you lucky lady! LOVE the mixer, it’s real pretty and I couldn’t think of a more deserving kitchen or cook šŸ™‚
    Janie x

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Aww, thanks Janie. I feel very lucky indeed, but I’m not sure my kitchen’s so keen – trying to find somewhere to squeeze it in took some doing šŸ˜‰

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    Anne
    10th June 2015

    I had a dough hook for my KitchenAid but managed to snap it with a particularly large batch of dough. Love the colour of your rose syrup.

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Oh no Anne, the dough hook looks quite sturdy, but sounds like I’d better be careful. Did you manage to get a replacement? I only have one rose in my garden and luckily it is a deep red scented one, so I get to enjoy a well flavoured beautifully coloured syrup.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    10th June 2015

    What a great month!! The teas sound really interesting, as a lover of Lapsang suchong the tea you described sounds right up my street. GG

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Ti’m just about to embark on the next tea GG – such an adventure šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      10th June 2015

      Thanks Jac, me too. I’ve been indulging in peeking into quite a few recently šŸ˜‰

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    Liz Posmyk (Good Things)
    11th June 2015

    Oh, what a glorious thing to have in your kitchen! That red KA, I mean! Well done. I love your flowers too! Thanks for the peek into your kitchen! We will be in the Cornwall region in the not too distant future!

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      Choclette
      11th June 2015

      Absolutely glorious Liz. I don’t know how much of a whirl wind tour you are on and whether timings fit in, but it would be lovely to meet you if at all possible.

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      Choclette
      14th June 2015

      I made some bread in it almost as soon as it came out of the box and it was brilliant. Yesterday, I tried making Italian buttercream and it was a compete disaster – not sure I can blame the KA for that though, much as I’d like to šŸ˜‰

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    Kim | a little lunch
    14th June 2015

    Choclette, what a fabulous winning streak you’ve been on! That red mixer is a gem. So are your jewel-toned wildflowers and rose syrup… so beautiful.

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    HodgePodgeDays
    15th June 2015

    Lots going on in your kitchen at the moment. have have massive Kitchen Aid envy now – enjoy!

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    Laura
    15th June 2015

    Love the idea of this round up – it makes for a lovely post! Might organise myself to join in one of these days…. šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      15th June 2015

      Well you can see how organised I am Laura – 4 posts in 4 years! But I do always intend to take part. It’s fun.

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    Maggie
    15th June 2015

    Fabulous kitchen roundup – as everyone has said what an amazing prize, well done!

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    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    17th June 2015

    Well done again on winning the kitchen aid! What a fab prize. Your rose syrup looks amazing, look forward to seeing how you made it.

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      Choclette
      17th June 2015

      Thank you Lucy. The rose syrup is dead easy. I’ve written a how to already, but might do a more up to date one. it’s incredible stuff.

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    celia
    19th June 2015

    Can I tell you again how absolutely fabulous it is to be peeking into your kitchen again? It might have been a while, but you’ve always been part of the IMK family! I love the Dumpling Sisters, will watch out for their cookbook, thank you. And you won a KitchenAid? Who wins a KitchenAid? That has to be the most amazing prize ever, hooray for you!! šŸ™‚ Much love xxx

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      Choclette
      20th June 2015

      Thank you Celia, it certainly feels like I’m part of the IMK family, even if I only ever make an occasional visit home. And I know, I was incredibly lucky to win that KitchenAid šŸ˜€

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    Cate
    28th June 2015

    What glorious baked goodies! Such a good month for IMK!

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      Choclette
      29th June 2015

      Thank you Cate. IMK has become a very popular event – it’s always so interesting to see what is going on in all these kitchens šŸ™‚

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