Happy New Year! May it be full of inspirations, health, love and prosperity. I am giddy with the anticipation as to what 2015 has in store for us all.
I have been inspired by the lovely Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to take part In My Kitchen where we share and showcase all the new things in our kitchens.
So here is a small sample of what is in my kitchen this month. I was struck by flu over the Christmas period so we have some glorious foodie gifts and treats which we will be enjoying in January instead.
Les Macarons de Joyeuse – a special gift from Mr A that I have been enjoying with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I love the sunny yellow tin which brightens up the dullest of days. I was curious to discover these date back to 16th century and are apparently the most authentic of macarons.
Dark chocolates filled with cherries and kirsch – my guilty pleasure which luckily enough nobody else in the household likes. There is something very special to me about this particular marriage of flavours. It always evokes the memories of loud, vodka fuelled and laughter filled grown ups parties where cherries soaked in kirsch and shavings of dark chocolate adorned the gateau cake baked by my mum – us little people would be waiting in anticipation to be given thinnest slivers of the potent cake…Delicious.
Cranberry gin – a beautiful gift hand made by a dear friend of mine. This was a lovely surprise to find on our doorstep at Christmas. Lingering flu is the only reason this is still unopened… I look forward to tasting this new combination since gin is normally my spirit of choice.
Panettone Milano -soft, buttery vanilla scented cake studded with jewel like raisins and candied peel. It has to be one of my favourite treats of the festive season and I was glad to discover Mr A has also grown fond of it. It is only now that we are able to enjoy it and I am loving our post-flu feasts. Next to the panettone you can see my first bunch of flowers for this year – snowy white tulips and apple crisp white roses. They are so uplifting and fresh after the headiness of the festive season, a welcome addition to my kitchen. I had to split the bunches into two with one placed on the dresser and the other one on the console table in the hallway – so that every time I walk past it, I see it and smile.
Star shaped bowls – I adore these little porcelain dishes and can foresee many occasions on which these will be filled with olives, hummus and bocconcini to share with our friends.
Salmon and mackerel kedgeree – last but not least, this was our supper tonight. Quick and easy dish with enough flavour to stimulate my flu suppressed senses and tickle me with the sweetness of the mackerel, smokiness of the salmon, warmth of the spices and zing of the lemon. You will find the recipe here.
I’d love to hear what is in your kitchen this month…