In My Kitchen – September 2014

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's TableI didn’t submit an IMK post last month so this one has a few extra items in it that I had been saving for August’s round up! I had lunch with a friend’s mother, Liz, the other Sunday. Liz now lives in Spain so it is wonderful to see her whenever she visits. The last time was just before Christmas when we went to see The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Leicester Square. This time  a small group of us went for pizza- not readily available where she lives – and had a good old natter and catch up. Jake and a friend of his swung by to say hello. They hadn’t seen each other since he was about three and he is nearly 17 now so I was really pleased that he made the effort. Liz handed me these gorgeous roses as we were leaving – who doesn’t love getting flowers? I’ve been reminded of her every time I looked at them and surprisingly for roses, these lasted for about 10 days!

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's Table

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been on the look out for bee pollen – it’s all the rage and I do like to be on trend!! Joking aside, it is apparently a superfood that among other things, acts as an anti-inflammatory. As Jake and I both suffer a little with allergies I thought we should try it. The most beneficial way to eat it is with fruit so we have been having it in smoothies. Verdict – undecided. Jake’s hay fever has cleared up but that may have also been because it’s been raining and cooler too. It is quite delicious though and I really like it as a slightly sweet, honeyed note in a salad so as an ingredient, I do rather like it!

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's TableBefore I had Jake, I used to work as PR/PA to a high profile hairdresser. One of the fun parts of my job was organising photo shoots and styling the clothes for them – we used to shoot hair collections to tie in with whatever the current fashion trends were and I would try and convince designers and PR companies to let me use their pieces. I had a few favourite designers that I used to work with and Ben de Lisi was one of them. Always gracious and interested in whatever we were doing, both he and his PR were so easy to work with. I was reminded of that creative time in my life when I had an email from a PR company asking if I would like a to try a limited edition Ryvita tin, created by Ben de Lisi. Mondrianesque in it’s design, it arrived with a selection of delicious Ryvita crispbreads and crackers. Ryvita has some excellent flavours in it’s range these days – I love the Pumpkin Seed and Oats and the Multigrain crisp breads – they are just perfect with cheese and soup for lunch. But the Fruit Crunch is my new obsession. It’s fabulous crushed and stirred into yoghurt and fruit for breakfast. Oh, and the tin has kept them nice and crisp!

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These one clove garlic bulbs are brilliant – not only is there less peeling of the papery skin that can be so stubborn sometimes, but these beauties are so easy to grate into dressings, marinades and dips. They roast superbly too. Grown in China, and called Solo or Pearl Garlic, the only place I have ever seen them in is Lidl and they seem to have them in all year round.

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's TableI took Jake into the West End recently, to take a look at some suits and shoes for school. Now that he is in Sixth Form, he has to wear a suit along with the school tie and black shoes. We finished up by going for sushi in Soho as a little treat for doing so well in his exams. My favourite Japanese shop, Arigato, was not far from where we ate  so I popped in to stock up on a couple of items and bought a few new ones too. I love these rice paper discs – they are so easy to use – briefly soak in water then fill with delicious bits and pieces (prawns, shredded carrot, bean sprouts and chives are my favourite), roll and eat with a dipping sauce.

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's Table

While I was there, I picked up a bottle of Yuzu seasoning – it’s absolutely delicious – we often have it in Japanese restaurants as a ponzu sauce with tuna sashimi. It is sweet, sharp, citrusy and just gorgeous – I imagine it would be wonderful in cocktails! I used some to make the glaze for the Ginger Berry Nutty Crisp which I posted the other day. I also snapped up a couple of packs of dumpling skins – we both love Gyoza and they are so easy to make once you get into a rhythm. Filled gyoza freeze marvellously and I will no doubt be posting some recipes soon.

In My Kitchen - September Kitchen | Selma's TableI picked up this pretty bowl – it’s just the right size for food photos and as we approach Autumn, I see a few crumbles in it’s future! In fact I had bought a few punnets of blackberries and raspberries just for that purpose but I couldn’t bring myself to make a crumble just yet. I made the Ginger Berry Nutty Crisp instead but there will be some crumbles coming up soon!

Well, that is it from my kitchen – huge thanks to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who hosts this monthly event – peeking into everyone’s kitchens all over the world is quite the eye opener sometimes!  Pour yourself a drink and take a little browse – all the links are on the right hand side of Celia’s post. I have linked the page to  her blog name so click on it and take a little tour!

 

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38 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – September 2014

    • There are also contra indications too – it can bring on anaphylactic shock for instance…and I also read an article that said that none of the health claims are based on scientific study – I dunno – sometimes it seems that the more information we have the more we don’t really know! It does have a lovely flavour though!

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  1. I really love this series of posts, Selma! I always seem to discover something from you. That garlic has me intrigued…I’ve never seen them here in the US. I’ll be on the look-out now…I may just be able to save my poor fingers from grating those tiny cloves. ;)

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    • I love the IMK posts too – I love seeing what is happening everywhere else – I can be a little nosey!! The garlic, from what I understand, is only grown in the Hunan region of China on the mountains – the growing conditions and the climate is what makes them grow like this. You may find them in Chinese grocery stores perhaps?

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  2. I love this series of yours! Wait eagerly to see what Selma and Ngan are sharing this time. Loved all the displays in the post. Bee pollen bits have caught my eye. Recently I am seeing an increase of these in the market along the side of honey. Always wondered.
    That bowl :)))))).
    Would wait to see what you create with those rice sheets !!
    Rises are gorgeous! That citrus seasoning, pearl garlic and ryvita are genre at shares :).

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    • Thanks Sonal!! Those rice sheets are perfect for oil free cooking and I may just be able to contribute something to that amazing challenge of yours if I hurry up!! The bee pollen is lovely – try a small jar and see what you think. And I think that you would love the Yuzu citrus seasoning – it is fabulous!

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  3. Hi Selma, when I think of high profile hairdressers, I think high drama, based on a reality show I caught a glimpse of a few years ago; it was very entertaining indeed! So I can imagine your job must have been fun to a certain extent. I think that little plate has birgerbird written all over it! I hope you continue with this series, it’s always interesting for me to read a little more personal goings on from my blogging friends.

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    • It was high drama – but that was mainly the clients!! We used to do a lot of models – talk about high maintenance. The mother of a rather well known model/cookbook writer came in with a friend, high as a kite – dropped her bag and madly scrambled to gather together bottles of pills and powders, which liberated were now rolling all over the floor – she then talked on the phone the entire time and left without paying, saying that her daughter would pay the next time she was in. But we had lots of really lovely people too – I watched so many of them go through relationships, get married and have kids – it was wonderful keeping up with each others lives. It was a really fun time in my working life that is for sure!!

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  4. Rice papers are associated with Vietnamese food here, we love them when the weather’s hot and you don’t feel like cooking. I picked up a bottle of yuzu in the Japanese store the other day then put it back on the shelf. Next time I’ll bring it home. Thanks for the peek into your kitchen Selma.

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    • Arigato has small sections for Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean food – usually I go to Chinatown if I want rice paper or dumpling skins so I was thrilled to see that they stock them. You will love the yuzu – it’s just so delicious! x

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  5. So many interesting things in your post, Selma! The roses are really gorgeous, as is that new bowl. The citrus sauce sounds very interesting as well. Very nice Ryvita tin and I’m glad to know about the new varieties. Most of the time I don’t eat grains, but when I do, I occasionally enjoy rye of some kind, so I will definitely look for those newer varieties. So glad you caught us up on your kitchen activities, and good to know about your PR/creative background. That explains your beautiful photos and explanations!

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    • Thanks Ardy – that is so sweet! I spent a lot of time, head bowed over a light box, loop held to my eye, looking at contact sheets, trying to pick out front cover shots and second guess what magazine editors would like and what they would find fault with. I remember one head shot of a really lovely short blonde crop – the model was shot as she looked to the side – the hair was perfect, the model looked amazing but the editor rejected it as she had a crease in her neck!! Ahh the good old days!

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  6. Beautiful roses. Flowers always cheer me up too. I just bought some new plants for the garden today. I had no idea about bee pollen. One of the things I love most about food blogging is learning from other bloggers. Thank you for sharing this information. They have bee hives at the old moat garden centre where I volunteer. They are amazing creatures really. You have made me want to roast some garlic now. Those bulbs are such a gorgeous colour. Enjoy!

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    • Hi Emma – it is one of the pleasures of blogging – learning from others – I seem to have gained a huge amount of knowledge since I began blogging! You should see if the Old Moat harvest any pollen – otherwise, take a look at Amazon or just do an online search. I got mine in Borough Market but it is quite expensive compared to what you can get online. Good luck with the plants – what a lovely time of the year to be planting in the garden!

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  7. I doubt we would get bee pollen in the stores here, it all sounds so interesting – I will keep my eyes open for it. It’s wonderful seeing products I wouldn’t ordinarily see thanks to these wonderful IMK posts. I love your roses – such a beautiful picture.
    Have a wonderful weekend Selma.
    :-) Mandy xo

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  8. I love your skepticism or should I say realism about the bee pollen ‘super food’. Not saying that it isn’t but I like people who question the platitudes about food we’re literally fed by the bucket load these days! I am slightly addicted to the tang of yuzu – lucky you.

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  9. Oh my, Selma! So many fabulous things going on in your kitchen! I love the roses, am fascinated with the bee pollen, and am coveting your pretty bowl. We have broken about half of our everyday dishes (took 3 years, far longer than I expected since we are both klutzes), and I’ve been looking for a pretty pattern like this rather than just plain white again. Lovely! Oh, and I always have 2-3 packs of rice paper in my pantry, just in case I need to make a bunch of rolls for a party! Happy weekend!

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  10. What a lovely post, Selma. I didn’t know about bee pollen- interesting! Going to read about it more. And love your bowl collection. I am always on a look out for pretty bowls but don’t manage to find them here :(

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  11. My husband just bought me a jar of bee pollen for my birthday and I have been sprinkling it on my plain yoghurt with muesli and it really is quite good in small doses. And I too love single clove garlic…makes life so much easier! :)

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  12. Selma, isn’t your Jake a lovely young man! I’m always so chuffed when my boys make an effort like that, as I’m sure you were too. And how nice that he gets to wear a suit in sixth form – is it a school uniform, or does he get to choose whatever suit he likes? Thankfully they don’t allow a choice here, or I suspect my kid would go in a tux. :) I’m not a huge Ryvita fan, but I suspect I’d buy them just for that gorgeous tin! xxx

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  13. Ryvitas are woefully underrated. When we lived in the UK, the Pumpkin seed ones were my faves. The various flavours have finally made it to our fair shores. I like the fruit ones but as a match for cheese rather than sweet toppings. Meanwhile, your rice paper sheets have spurred me on to get ours out of the cupboard and make rice paper rolls for Saturday lunch. Inspiration come come from anywhere! Thanks for the tour xx

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  14. Selma this is just all so much fun. I feel I know you even better after seeing all your cool stuff and hearing your stories. I love the Roses and that plate/bowl is to die for. Lovely, just lovely all in all. Have a great week.

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  15. Love getting flowers too Selma. I recently started taking bee pollen and find the taste quite pleasing. Solo garlic I have not seen before… have they a strong garlic taste? Your plate is to die for and filling it with crumbles sounds perfect. :)

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