Monday, 6 December 2010

What's On Your Work Surface?

I suddenly realised that my work surface in the kitchen was getting a large number of jars on it.  With preserving and plenty home baking my need for ingredients that are quick to hand!  So I thought I would do a 'What's on your surface?' post, but I guess it could be a 'what's in your cupboard' or a 'what's on your shelf' post.  I am hoping that others will join the posting and I will add links to their posts to this one!  Just leave a message in the comments letting me know you've joined in!  This should be a great way to showcase what we've been up to this year and might give everyone ideas on how to store and display their hard won produce!!

So on my work surface I have:
  • Homemade mincemeat for my pies.  These are waiting two weeks to let the flavours mature before major pie making commences!
  • Dried and salted pumpkin seeds.  Nothing wasted from Halloween.
  • Currants.  Waiting for the making of the Christmas Cakes.
  • Garlic.  The cloves I am using.  The rest I plaited and hung on the wall.
  • Dried Mushrooms.  I didn't get many mushrooms this year so to make the most of them I have dried them and popped them in a jar.  The flavour is more intense this way so I don't have to use as many - stretching my produce.
  • Sultanas.  Another set of fruits waiting for the big Christmas cake bake! I love these jars, I got them from my grandmother.
  • Rice.  We use a lot of this so it's good to have it on hand!  I'd grow it if I could!
  • Vanilla Sugar.  I made this a while ago but I love it.  It is great in just tea and coffee but it also is good for making sweet pastry!
  • Dried Lavender.  I bought and grew Lavender specifically for baking and jam making.  This was this years produce.  Enough for several batches of lavender scones!
  • Dried Red Chillies.  I have to admit these aren't mine but they are home grown.  My chillies didn't work out too great but I was lucky enough to get some from a friend who had a great season for chillies.
  • Porridge Oats.  Well, you can't live on a farm and not have porridge!
  • Spaghetti.  Another Farm staple, so always at hand!
So that's 'What's on My Work Surface'

What's on yours?....

1 comment:

  1. I have to admit to having clear surfaces except for the kettle, sugar and tea....I hate clutter and having to clean everything so all of my stuff is in the cupboards...oh I do have a fruit bowl too.


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