In my kitchen – February 2015

Teepee learning

The painted cake

In my kitchen is a copy of Natasha Collins’ The Painted Cakeย (gifted). This book is beautiful and the instructions appear so reasonable that Iย feel like I could probably have a go at quite a few of the designs. I wont be creating the cover cake any time soon but expect at least some painted biscuits in the near future.

Sourdough starter

In my kitchen is (actually was) a whole lot of dried out Kevin Junior the sourdough starter ready to be posted out to some Facebook fans who were keen to give sourdough baking a go. I cannot wait to see their first loaves. If I could convince just one person to make their own bread instead of buying it I’d be happy. So far I’ve seen two photos of first loaves and I am thrilled!

Organic cereal

In my kitchen is a whole lot of organic cereal for Ollie. There’s puffed corn and brown rice at the back and in front a combo of kamut, corn, something I can’t remember the name of and quinoa. The puffed corn is nearly empty because he loves it so much he eats it as a snack. I’m all about finding easy, quick, healthy breakfasts for him at the moment. The dry cereal also keeps him quiet while I’m making breakfast.

Cake tins

In my kitchen is a collection of enormous round cake tins that Mum and Dad gave me for Christmas. I left my hand in there to show you the size. What do you think I should christen them with?

Ollie's plates

In my kitchen is an ever multiplying set of kids cutlery and crockery. Not to pick favourites but I had a bowl just like the bottom right one when I was little and I love it. He is slowly learning to use a spoon. By that I mean he will get maybe one or two mouthfuls in then the spoon becomes a toy and he eats with his hands.

Melamine plate

In my kitchen is a beautiful and also giant platter. This was another gift from Mum. Would you believe it’s actually melamine. In real life it has a bumpy appearance and until you actually pick it up it looks just like ceramic. It’s from Wheel and Barrow.

I also forgot to photograph the beautiful bowl my sister and her man got me for Christmas. It has a Moroccan print and I love it. It only occurred to me last year that I don’t really have many serving bowls other than giant, deep salad bowls. I need to build the collection I think although Will would disagree I’m sure.

Teepee learning

Finally, in my kitchen is a set of health-food related flash cards, a Birthday present of Ollie’s from his friend J son of the Nutritionist. They’re from Teepee Learning and each one features some facts about the fruit/vege, a bit about their nutritional value and a recipe. They’re such a wonderful idea.

What about you? What’s in your kitchen this month? If you want to be nosy and peek around some other kitchens, head over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for a list of everyone participating.

24 Comments

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply February 9, 2015

    I do love the look of your platter and it’s hard to believe it’s melomine. How great to have all those new cake tins as I’m always needing cake tins in a huge variety of sizes. I do love the look of your cake book – that would be full of handy hints and tips! xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 9, 2015

      Haha yes my friend laughed at me when my response to ‘do you have any 9″ round tins?’ was ‘yes I have three deep ones and 5 shallow ones.’ You can never have too many cake tins!

  • Elizabeth

    Reply Reply February 9, 2015

    Great kitchen this month ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I suggest a cake maybe in the cake tins?? LOL! I can’t believe that platter is Melamine.. it looks fantastic and I don’t think I would attempt anything from that cake book… I haven’t done icing since high school! So great that you are sending out Sourdough starters I love the idea that people are making their own bread! Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 9, 2015

      Hahaha Liz very funny! Good suggestion. Great platter isn’t it? x

  • I went a bit crazy over The Painted Cake. The pics are so pretty and inspiring!

  • Napoli Restaurant Alert

    Reply Reply February 10, 2015

    Gorgeous! What a lovely kitchen you have!

  • Diane

    Reply Reply February 10, 2015

    In my Kitchen is my favourite post! Please include a photo of that Moroccan print bowl one day – such exotic designs. And I applaud how you are letting Ollie learn to use a spoon – very slowly, interspersed with fingers…….

    In my kitchen are: lots of fruit, vegetables, rice, pasta, passata, legumes, herbs and spices etc for making vegan dishes for my younger son who has been here for about 10 days. I even made vegan banana pancakes! Tomorrow I get to make chicken curry, raita (yoghurt and cucumber) and tomato chutney for some girlfriends – such fun!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 10, 2015

      Thanks Diane! I will try and remember next month. Haha yes he’s not all that keen on the spoon and I must admit I forget to give it to him. Vegan pancakes? I’m intrigued!

  • i agree with the others- hard to believe that platter is melamine. such a good looker:)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Reply Reply February 11, 2015

    The platter is beautiful and I have some book envy too. I think you should make a huge cake and invite us all over for a piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 11, 2015

      That would be lovely Maureen! I better get practicing!

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Reply Reply February 11, 2015

    Always love a melamine platter so light and much easier to store. No chips there. They are very shiny cake tins are they polished aluminium?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 11, 2015

      I think they might be Tania. There’s no label or anything though so I’m not sure.

  • celia

    Reply Reply February 17, 2015

    Lovely things in your kitchen as always, Claire! Hard to believe that platter is melamine, it’s gorgeous! Ollie is so lucky to have you for a mum, he gets to eat the best food ever. And thanks for sharing the sourdough love! x

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 17, 2015

      I think your boys do pretty well Celia! Thank you for starting the sourdough sharing. Everyone is so excited about it! x

  • beck

    Reply Reply February 17, 2015

    That book looks amazing Claire, and sounds like you certainly have the tins to make that cake on the front ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I agree with everyone, that platter is amazing – it would certainly make my picnics way more stylish ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 17, 2015

      Haha I certainly have enough tins!

  • Selma | Selma's Table

    Reply Reply February 18, 2015

    Gosh Claire, your kitchen is full of gorgeous things. Isn’t it fab to see your friends baking bread from the white flakes you send them – I’ve done the same and seen a few loaves now. Those baking tins are huge – you could alway use the largest one to fold and shape your bread dough in – I use a large stainless steel tray which also contains all the flour and semolina. THAT melamine platter is quite incredible – you really cannot tell that it’s not terracotta. Those flash cards are very clever indeed. I now look forward to seeing your experiments in iced biscuits, very soon!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 18, 2015

      That’s a great idea to keep my bread mess contained and so much easier than cleaning the bench too! It’s so wonderful seeing people make bread from the starter isn’t it?

  • Fran

    Reply Reply February 18, 2015

    How huge are those cake pans? What on earth will fit inside them? I suggest a big pan pizza filled with figs, prosciutto and mozzarella, and lemon agrumato. And then bring it to my house…

    That platter is fabulous. I’ve been into Wheel and Barrow nice and was too overwhelmed by all the beautiful things. Lucky you

    • Claire

      Reply Reply February 19, 2015

      Oooh I love the idea of a big pan pizza. Yum yum yum!

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