Saturday, 2 December 2017

December In My Kitchen

For us, the 1st of December signals the beginning of Christmas in our home and thoughts towards giving, as well as receiving and remembering those no longer with us.
The 1st of December  is also the day that we drag the Christmas tree from the attic and decorate it.  I have still to pick out something new for the tree this year, but here are a selection of foodie related things from past years. 
We have various nuts to crack from the shells, but the reason I share these walnuts are for comparison.  My mother harvested the large ones with my sister in law last month at a park not far from where she lives, the smaller ones are supermarket brand.  Do you not think the difference in size is amazing?   I do.  


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Last month, my oldest nephew  the one that used to come up and visit me when I lived in Scotland, gave me some edible gifts.   Five jars of Stokes  Relishes and Chutneys.  Above are Piccalilli and Sticky Pickle. 
Red Onion Marmalade, Fig Relish and Chilli Jam.  I am looking forward to unscrewing these jars over the festive holidays to enjoy with cheese and good bread.  If not, it will be going into work sandwiches.  I do appreciate my nephews little gestures though I wish I saw more of him, over the past few years we seem to have grown apart. 
I don't generally do sweet things, but I got tempted by these Christmassy Spekulatius Cinnamon Thins and Lebkuchen Stars.  I am also hoping to make some festive cookies at home myself, one of which will be with mincemeat - the sweet kind found in Christmas Mince Pies.
Last year and the year before I missed out on indulging on Stollen.  I do like Stollen and I know it it is relatively easy to make, but I don't think I will get round to making it at home, so I have bought some, by the way this brand happens to be vegan too.
Last year, I gave some work colleagues some homemade jars of jam and chutney for the festive holidays, but also some that were shop bought.  One of which was this Sparkling Peach and Prosecco Conserve, this year I decided to treat myself to a jar - can you see the shimmering edible glitter. 
In my greedy haste, I also picked up Truffle Pesto thinking this would make a nice change for a pasta salad. However when I got home, I noted it was made with grana padano cheese which is not suitable for vegetarians, so don't tell my non vegetarian friends as one of them will be getting this in their hamper.  As for me, I will have a go at making vegetarian truffle pesto at home next year - after all how hard can it be?! 
I will be getting some chestnuts for some festive cooking, especially for homemade nut roast however this time I also have some Shipton Mill Chestnut Flour, again not quite sure what I will do with it - so I will be perusing some of my cookbooks.
Last month I mentioned that work has been hectic - so  the past couple of months I have been picking up some ready made products, this month is no different. 
We had Fry's new vegan Pie and Quorn Steak and Gravy Pies.  I am not saying I enjoy them, but for ease and convenience I welcome them on busy days.
I am sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series

16 comments:

  1. Stollen, lebkuchen, pickles, preserves, walnuts -- you'll be having a delicious Christmas!
    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. Always interesting to peek inside your kitchen, Shaheen. I hope you and your nephew get to see more of each other in the new year and that your work opportunities improve.

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    1. Thank you e. I hope the New Year brings you warmth too, I have been reading you blog - but please do forgive me for not commenting. Hope your feeling much better x

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  3. The first of December is the official starters gun for all things Christmas in my house, much to the reluctance of my other half! I love revisiting the traditions, but this year I feel so worn out, I think I'll be leaning on readymade food more than I would normally - I need to get my hands on the vegan stollen. Where did you find it? And the peach jam looks gorgeous!

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    1. Our Christmas will be low key too, other than visiting my MIL we will be spending much of it at home together. I know what you mean with feeling worn out, I am too for different reasons though - but I want to make nutroast and some festive treats for the season. I got the stollen from Tesco. By the way you still haven't told me where you got the black corn tortilla wraps - pretty please, please do share.

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  4. Hi shaheen
    Thanks for being part of IMK this year. Always lovely to see you:). And thanks for sharing your vegan and vego products. Fascinating to me that they make pretend stuff and call it steak for instance. Have a wonderful Christmas Cheers Sherry x

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  5. Stokes? I will have to look for that brand name - sounds like they have some interesting products!

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    1. I agree - looking forward to trying them over the next month

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  6. It's so Christmassy in your kitchen already. That's very good! Everything looks nice and tasty. The Sparkling Peach and Prosecco Conserve is just fabulous!

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  7. I haven't seen those Fry's pies yet so will have to seek them out. I love all your Christmassy food products and the decorations.

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    1. Fry's have quite a lot of new products about at the moment, I spotted a new product at H&B, but its not on their website - I also have their polony in the freezer, still to tuck into.

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  8. Sorry I missed your query from before - the blue corn wraps are the Cool Chile Co. I can't remember where I found them, but it might be As Nature Intended? They seem to be mainly available in independent food shops/health food and veggie places. I hope you track them down - they are very good!

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    1. No worries, I figured you had :) I thought they were from Cool Chile Co - I've also seen them online. The reason I asked was I noted a chef locally who does pop supper clubs claiming to have made them, that is why I got all curious about them, as they were too perfect to be homemade.

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