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Sunday, July 1, 2012

In My Kitchen

Another month has flown by and here we are again sharing glimpses of favourite things in our kitchens. Also check out Celia's blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, a delightful blog by a very creative and talented lady.

I have found the Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker great, hardly a day goes by without I find it in my hand being used for chopping herbs, making marinades etc.
My EMile Henry Tajine has been a godsend, great one pot cooking and the meat is melt in your mouth after the slow cooking, I can see this being used lots over the winter months.
I am a great believer in using varied oils for cooking, extra virgin olive oil, rice bran oil, grapeseed oil.  I have recently add Niugini Organic Raw 100% Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for its proven health benefits.  This is very mild tasting so really doesn't overpower the flavours of other ingredients when used.
Manuka Honey that we picked up while holidaying in Tasmania, the bees gather the nectar and pollen from the Tea Trees on Bruny Island, it is a rich tasting honey well known for its medicinal qualities.
Microfibre cloths have been around for ages.  A friend introduced me to Norwex antibacterial microfibre cloths recently, they are embedded with silver inside the microfibres which is said to inhibit the growth of germs and bacteria.  I bought this set of kitchen cloths.
Lastly, a piece of highly polished granite that I am using for kneading my sourdough on.  Just lovely to work on.

I'm looking forward to seeing what others have been doing, making or finding useful in their kitchens.

Shirley :)


  1. Hi Shirley! Thanks for playing, and for your kind words. :) I am in love with Emile Henry, and the tagine is such a show piece! I love how the whole range goes straight into the dishwasher. I've always been tempted by the Flavour Shaker but never bought one - although I have friends who, like you, swear by it!

  2. That looks like a fun time kitchen.

  3. Hi Shirley, What is a flavour shaker? I have never heard of it.

    That honey looks good, we have so much fine hone in Australia, don't we?

  4. It's a great invention of Jamie Oliver's! It will crush, grind, mix and release flavour from whole spices, herbs, garlic, nuts, citrus rind or even lime or bay leaves just by shaking. Great for marinades, dips, oil dressings for salads, bakes or grills. It has a ceramic ball that depending on which way up it is shook will crush and grind larger pieces, upside down to achieve a finer texture. :)

  5. I have some Norwex cloths, I like them, but they are so pricey!
    I am intrigued by the flavour shaker by Jamie Oliver. It sounds like a gentle alternative to an electric spice and herb grinder- thanks for sharing- I'm going to look for one!

  6. Karen@SoulkitchenblogJuly 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Hi there, I've got that very same brand coconut oil on my IMK post this month too - what a coincidence. I am loving it :-)