Hi. My name is Nancy and I snoop around kitchens.
Enabled by Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial every month I get to see what is going on in kitchens around the world, watch the seasons change and ooh and ahhh at produce and gadgets I never knew existed but suddenly covet.
It’s about time I stop surreptitiously lurking and joined in the party so here’s a snoop around my Shanghai kitchen.
My galley kitchen is large by Shanghai standards – there’s room for a 3 gas burner hob, an oven and a dishwasher. What it doesn’t have is any decent size worktop and maybe I have too much
crap stuff, but space is tight. Or maybe I’m just a messy cook. In any case, there is room by the window next to the hob for my box of tricks.
It’s actually a Coca Cola crate I picked up from a shrine sale in Tokyo just before we left. I had visions of being all arty farty and using it as a planter or something but I’m liking it here. It’s a constant reminder of Tokyo and I like that it gets used every day in a really functional way.
Mum always buys these chocolate plums for Richard whenever I go back to Melbourne. He has been known to scarf half a kilo of them in a few days so now they are strictly rationed and since he only goes in the kitchen for beer and water he doesn’t know my hiding places. There are only two left from my trip back home in July which is a minor miracle let me tell you.
Funny how you crave things you can’t get hold of. I bought just one pack in Dubai airport as a treat to cheer me up after we missed our flights home. Can’t say they cheered me up really as I was in too deep a funk at the time, but if you ever come to visit us you won’t be let over the threshold unless you have several bags of Maltesers, liquorice and wine gums. And marzipan for Rich.
I don’t know why I persist in buying bananas. They always go brown and soft so quickly here and end up in the freezer for smoothies and banana bread. Looks like I’ll be baking at the weekend. Pomegranates are everywhere at the moment and I’m putting them into salads and making spicy salsas to have with grilled salmon and steak.
Now I don’t know what sort of tourist you are, but I’m the sort who brings back food with me. We just had 10 days in Sicily and the only shopping I did was at the local market or the Spar. You may know I’ve had problems with flour so our luggage back was full of stuff like this.
And I’d show you the parmesan cheese but I’m a bit embarrassed about how much I brought home with me.
Thank you for stopping by. Head over to Celia’s blog for a nosey around every one else’s kitchens – it’s good to have a snoop and you’ll be in good company I promise.
What’s going on in your kitchen this month?