In My Kitchen, July or August?

Although our lovely IMK hostess Maureen is recuperating and no ‘formal’ IMK is in place for a while, there are quite a few of us who are still enjoying doing a post under the IMK banner. We wish Maureen well and hope she is back on deck very soon. Here is my ‘In My Kitchen’ for July or is it August? I never quite know if its about what happened the previous month or what’s on the upcoming horizon.

My very first In My Kitchen post was a little rundown on what limited facilities we were coping with and plans for the future vision. I am pleased to say we have come a long way (over a long time) in finally establishing a good working kitchen.

We recently travelled to Greece & Turkey and these are a couple of things I brought back as momentos. From L to R, a second-hand tap just like the ones you see on all the ablution washing stations on Turkey outside Mosques and call to prayer points. This will end up in the garden somewhere and I love it! Then there is a clay pot, some  assorted rolling pins and paddles that are traditionally used for transferring the delicious gozleme to the cooktop and off. I’m finding them very handy as little bread peels. See how well they blend in with the gorgeous bench tops?

Turkish souvenirsOn the right is a clay dish that is used for placing on the top of dolma or dolmades as they cook. Does the same job as a plate but I like the memory of buying it at the Çanakkale market. The shiny little dish below is for presenting little treats to guests, things such as Turkish delight, small pastries etc. I found a set of these in a catering store in Istanbul for 18TL (the set) and in the tourist spots I noticed they were selling for 25TL each. Happy with that find. I have a little bowl full of Ouzo lollies that we bought in Greece ready for anyone that takes a fancy.

Ouzo lollies I  did manage to bring a couple of Turkish plates back. I must admit I was a little disappointed with the shopping opportunities. At the limited places we visited, things were either cheap, or really expensive and not what we considered great quality or value. Love the colours of this plate and it reminds me of the hot air balloon ride we did at Cappadocia. IMG_8636This hand painted plate is very different but I just adore it.Turkish platesIn My Kitchen is the first loaf of bread baked in the new oven. This was baked Saturday and it’s now Wednesday and I had a slice tonight with just a smear of butter. Delicious!IMG_8659The view of cupboards (actually they are all drawers) in the island where the sink and dishwasher is going.IMG_8647New oven and a few more drawers. Why can’t anyone put labels on straight?IMG_8646 Below is the last of the makeshift kitchen. The ‘toy oven’ has been relegated to the shelves and most of the other stuff on this set of shelves will be going to the op shop or chucked. My bread books will be displayed onnsome shelves beside the chimney and the bread ‘trolley’ will probably sit in the chimney alcove.

IMG_8656 The existing wash up area is about to become a thing of the past (hallelujah!) Those beer bottles are not my breakfast dishes but some I tipped old sauce out of while clearing things out.IMG_8655I have an impending sense of being clean and organised, I like that!IMG_8653So, what’s in your kitchen this July? Or is it August?

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7 Responses to In My Kitchen, July or August?

  1. Good question! I usually treat my IMK posts as roundups of what was happening in my kitchen the past month, but also try to tie it to a theme. So, July is my answer. Love those wooden paddles and the tap for outside is great. Buying authentic ceramics is tricky here in Greece as well. I tend to look for pottery workshops, but they can sometimes be just as expensive as buying in a tourist shop. Rugs are the same.

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  2. It is misleading isn’t it? My post is labeled the current month but is actually about what happened in the past one. Your new kitchen is gorgeous! I did the same, chucked out a lot of second hand pots and miscellaneous items.

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  3. Kim Bultman says:

    It’s so exciting to see things coming together in your gorgeous kitchen! I also love how you phrased it: “an impending sense of being clean and organised.” Yay! xo

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  4. EllaDee says:

    How imaginitive are you thinking to bring a tap back 💡I love the plates etc, they will be lovely in your new, organised kitchen.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Ha ha! There was a few rolling eyes at me from Mr ATMT. I knew as soon as I saw one in one of the mosques I had to somehow bring one back (without resorting to theft of course). Not sure how plumber son will react, don’t care. Even if sizes aren’t standard to ours I’m sure we can somehow ‘dummy’ up a way of making it look authentic. Cheers, I imagine you are enjoying a few nice sunsets. 🙂

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