Sunday, 21 August 2011

In my kitchen - August 2011


In my kitchen (inspired by Celia).... some goodies from Bakery Bits - pure lemon oil, I can't wait to use this. It smells sweeter than lemons, lemony but without the acidic backnote of either zest or juice. I'm sure this will enhance anything lemon I make. And because I'm a chocoholic, chocolate essence. I just couldn't resist. Smells pretty good, but not as bitter as my preferred dark chocolate. I shall just have to wait and see. They have lots more too, here.

Obscure Objects of Desire. Thank you Joanna. My shiny new danish dough whisk, already used for mixing up bread doughs. It seems like the perfect object to mix the sticky sourdough starter into the water before proceeding with the rest of the flour. And easy to clean too, only one tiny bit where dough gets a little stuck. Fab, looking forward to using it more....


To make more bread like this. Once I'd succeeded with the rye and barley sourdough from Dan Lepard, I decided to make it with wholemeal flour rather than rye and barley. So not totally wholemeal (there is white flour in the recipe too, and my starter is white flour based) but I think that actually I prefer the flavour of this one to the rye and barley incarnation.


And a couple of pictures for Celia - I haven't opened either of these yet, wondering how to showcase them to best effect. I bought the mezzi rigatoni because they reminded me of a shape Nigella had used in a recipe containing squid rings. I don't like squid though....


And finally, I adore cut flowers and gladioli in particular, so when I saw these deep, velvety red gladioli I just couldn't resist!

What's in your kitchen this August? Head over to Celia's blog to see her round up of what's in everyone elses kitchens now!

12 comments:

Chele said...

We have gladioli in our living room and bedroom too - they are so pretty!! Loving your round up and especially the chocolate essence and the dough whisk. Can't wait to see what you make with your new ingredients and toys ;0)

Janice said...

Interesting things in your kitchen. Love those velvetty red gladdies.

The Caked Crusader said...

chocolate essence - I think I'd just do shots of it from the bottle!

Brownieville Girl said...

Oh that chocolate essence looks interesting - can't wait to see what you bake with it!

figjamandlimecordial.com said...

C, thanks for much for playing! Love all the treasures in your kitchen this month - especially the wheel shaped pasta, I'll have to look out for that one!

I too adore my Danish dough whisk (thank you Joanna from me too!), and like you have found that there's just that little spot where the dough gets stuck right at the join. Best way to get it clean is with a toothpick! :)

Joanna @ Zeb Bakes said...

I'm very partial to that Sicilian Lemon essence too. Thanks for the mention, those Dough whisks are good for things like mixing dry flours together when you have two sorts you want to blend before you make the dough too, and for that speedy muffin mixing thing. Mine are getting a bit manky, I'll have to get a toothpick out. Good tip Celia :)

Mario said...

Hi and greetings from California. I stopped by to visit. You have a very cool blog. I love the artistry of the cup of cappuccino. The fern leaf is awesome. Your photo captured the beauty of the gladioli. Your enthusiasm is infectious.
I write a blog on food with my personal musings on life. Stop by. Visit. Thanks.

Choclette said...

Good to see what's in your kitchen C - those essences look fabulous. I keep eyeing them up on bakery bits and resisting, but it may not last much longer! Was trying to get an In My Kitchen post sorted out, but don't think I'll manage it before August closes.

At Anna's kitchen table said...

I just found your blog and am your latest follower.
I'm so pleased because I really enjoyed this post and look forward to more to come!

bewitchingkitchen.com said...

nice to "meet" your kitchen! I have the same dough hook, although mine is not as sexy as yours with the pink personality ;-)

perfect to mix softer doughs like my high hydration focaccia

In My Kitchen is such a nice type of post! Love it!

Johanna GGG said...

I want a dough hook though goodness knows how I would use it (probably in my wishlist with a sourdough starter) - just seems so beautiful

curious about your chocolate essence too - where do you use it - as well as chocolate or instead of?

C said...

Chele - thanks! I'll have to plan what to make next!

Janice - I love my gladioli too!

CC - well, that's a possibility....

BVG - I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet!

Celia - thanks for including me in your roundup! It's a pleasure to 'play along', I always enjoy your posts!

Joanna - good tip for using the dough whisk for muffins, and for blending dry mixes too, I tend to just stir, but this will be much better!

Mario - thanks for commenting, I'll have to visit your blog. Sadly the cappucino art is not my own, it is genuine Italian though!

Choclette - thanks! Bakerybits is so bad for my bank account! And such good service too!

Anna - thank you for commenting and following! I'm glad you're enjoying the blog!

betwitchingkitchen - thank you for commenting! Dough hooks are great for high hydration dough, so much less messy!

Johanna - to be honest, I don't know where I'll use the chocolate essence, it was a happy impulse buy!!!

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