In my kitchen – January 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I’d love to hear what is in your kitchen this month…

29 thoughts on “In my kitchen – January 2015

  1. Hello Ania, and welcome to IMK from another IMK newbie (though I’m not a new blogger).

    We finished our panettone yesterday (we were gifted two huge ones) and I think I’m in mourning.

  2. Welcome to IMK Ania. Cherry and chocolate is a match made in heaven for my palate too, with a little kirsch on the side, swoon…..I wouldn’t go past gin, macaron or kedgeree either so maybe we just have like minded palates!

  3. Ania, welcome! Thanks for joining in and what a lovely first post for your new blog! I’m sorry to hear you were unwell, but look at all the treats you have to enjoy now! I have a secret weakness for cherries and kirsch in chocolate too. That cranberry liqueur looks divine, all the better for being homemade! 🙂

    • Celia, hello! Everyone is being so lovely 🙂 My flu is on its way out, finally and I am really looking forward to having the cranberry gin on Friday evening. I’ll raise a glass to you and the fellow bloggers. Cheers!

      Thank you for having me as part of IMK x

  4. I also love the cherries with kirsh (and am the only one in my house who fancies them). My mother loved them as well and would get a package at Christmas every year which she, sometimes, shared with me as a child.

    Welcome to IMK and Happy New Year.

    • Happy New Year to you too Liz. We had our own orchard and with hundreds of cherry trees, there was always plenty of the little dark beauties to go around and be preserved. My mum had a big jar filled with cherries steeped in vodka. When I close my eyes, I can still taste them.

      Thanks for taking time to pop over x

  5. Hi Ania, welcome to the IMK community! Thank you for the peek into your festive kitchen! Oh how I love Panettone…. I should have bought more when it was in the stores en masse… seems I must bake some…. your star shaped bowls are divine… happy cooking and happy new year.

    • Lizzy, hi! If you do bake panettone, I’d love to have a look at your recipe please? Pizza bianca looks divine, thanks for sharing x

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  7. Hello Ania, Yum, chocolate seems to be in everyones kitchen but mine 🙁 but that is okay, I have indulged in sweet things a lot over the festive season. The star shaped bowls are lovely. Happy New Year to you too.

    • Hello Shaheen. I am a firm believer chocolate is for all seasons. Saying that, my jeans won’t thank me for it, once we get through our festive season bounty! Nice to meet you, thanks for stopping by xx

  8. Welcome Ania! I love the ‘bokeh’ effect on your first photo, very clever. Such wonderful gifts you’ve received. Bummer about having the flu around Christmas, but glad to hear you’re on the mend and are up for trying all your delicious treats. I had my first panettone this year and it was wonderful! I don’t know why I waited so long. Have a great January, cheers Kirsty xx

    • I had my eye on a panettone tart recipe to make but there will not be any left at this rate to make it with! Happy January to you too Kirsty xx

    • Go for it Fiona, kedgeree is a gentle way of incorporating smoked fish. Or if Mr Tiffin likes cured sausages, I cannot recommend enough Polish smoked sausages. Thanks for stopping by. Ania x

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