Friday, 28 April 2017

In My Kitchen - May 2017

Hi guys!  Thanks for joining me in my new role as host of IMK. Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial for starting this happy corner of the Web, and to Maureen Orgasmic Chef, and Liz of course from Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things who is handing over the baton to me.  I hope to see lots of eager foodie bloggers joining in the monthly feature.

Let's get started.  As you know if you have participated in IMK before, the host grabs the link that you have placed in the comments section of her own IMK post, and copies it into the sidebar. This allows everyone to check out who has posted this month.  I am going to tackle this a bit differently.  The sidebar is no more:=)  (N.B. I have added the sidebar back for a short time as some people have had problems seeing the links.)  

There will be 3 options for adding your link:

1. Adding via the link button at the bottom of this post.  Instructions can be found at the top of this page, under Add your IMK link

2. Comment on this post, providing a link to your post so I can add it to the linky list below

3. Email me: sherrym1au@gmail.com, with your link or any queries about the link process

The preferred option is number 1 as this gives you the power to add your link when you have time.  Well, up to the 10th of each month that is.  I will keep adding the links for you via your comments or emails, but hopefully down the track, everyone will use the link.  (I have added a link here to the Add your Link page as I have just noticed that you can't see it on devices!)


It has been a really busy month chez Pickings, so I don't have a huge amount of new stuff to share.  Mr P. has been my IT go-to man, and has set up the link for me.  Phew, it took us both a while to get it all sorted:=)   So let's have a look at a few of my latest acquisitions over the last month or so:




Flanders Field Poppy cup

I bought another one of these on our very recent trip to Canberra.  I have one at home already, and find them the perfect size for my morning coffee.  I had my bag frisked and labelled before we could go into the War Memorial.  A ceremony (not just the usual one) was taking place, so they were taking precautions.  It was a bit odd, but I worried a bit 'cos they only checked one of the pockets.  What if I was a crazy person, not just the eccentric I am?




a glorious bunch of pink roses from Mr P. - just for  




a plate rack designed by Mr P. 


I thought I'd introduce you to a corner of my kitchen.  When we first moved to this house, we needed more space for plates so Mr P. designed and had made this lovely wooden rack which sits on the wall near the kitchen sink.  I have always loved it!



looks tasty


Our Tassie mate Miss TPT sent this interesting package up to Mr P. for his recent birthday.  Haven't opened it yet!



nope I didn't make it


Look at this glorious Black Forest Cake!  As I mentioned before, we've had busy times lately in the old ancestral so I decided to take the easy path and buy in a cake.  Oh my, it was so delish.  Chester Street Bakery - you are wonderful.



chilli oil and Iranian saffron

The chilli oil was a gift from my cousin, and the saffron came from an Iranian friend's mum who brought it over as a gift to me.  It smells like heaven.  It has the colour and aroma of magic!



lastly we have a pizza cutter 

So cute; such a sweet gift.  And I still haven't opened it.  Next time I make pizza ...


Well, that's it for this month's IMK.  I hope you have all found your way here, and that it all goes swimmingly.  Let me know if you have any problems joining in.  And I would love to see you all next month!



                   
Sherrys Pickings




64 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry, Love the sound of that pepper berry salt. The Flanders Poppy cup and saucer set is also very fine, making a cup of tea more special. I clicked on your logo button which didn't seem to take me anywhere other than back to the top of this page. When my post is ready, I'll just add a comment here until I work out how this button works. Good luck with the IMK role- I am sure you will enjoy it.

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    1. Hi Francesca
      Thanks for dropping by. There is an active 'add your link' button at the bottom of my post which is open for the 10 days of the IMK roundup. No worries if it's a bit intimidating at first. I will add you to the list once you comment to let me know it's done. Cheers!:)

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  2. I really like your plate rack - clever. I wish I had one for my photoshoot plates so I didn't have to sift through a pile to find the one I want. Your poppy cup and saucer are really beautiful too and how lucky to get roses!

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    1. Thanks Maureen. I love my plate rack:)

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  3. Hi Sherry,
    Your plate rack is beautiful. I enjoyed all your kitchen things this month.

    I have a kitchen post up and ready here:
    http://maefood.blogspot.com/2017/04/mona-lisa-in-my-kitchen.html
    I don't think the linky app is working yet.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the fall posts from Australia and the spring posts from this hemisphere up here.

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    1. Thanks Mae. Lovely to see you here. Linky app came live at our midnight!:)

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  4. Hi Sherry, thank you so much for taking over the hosting of IMK. I'm truly grateful to you. It was a delight to meet with you both in Canberra recently. Now to your post... I love the cup and saucer from the AWM, and that plate rack is something else! I need one too, but have no space for it! Nice work on the linky app! That should make life much easier for you as the host. My post is up, love, will add it now. xx

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    1. thanks Liz, I hope i can do justice to the hosting role. Getting the linky all organised took hubby quite some time with input from me of course:) Let's hope it all goes without a hitch. Was fab to catch up with you last month. xx

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    2. You too! And thanks again xx

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  5. Hi Sherry, Love those pink roses! You are very luck with Mr P just bringing you flowers for no other reason than "just for". Great dish rack as well and I love how you've put all different sorts of plates there - makes it more interesting than a boring complete matched set. Although, I am skeptical of that pizza cutter. Many times these novelty gadgets are not up to job. Report back once you've used it!
    My IMK for May is here: https://americanfoodieabroad.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/everywhere-but-in-my-kitchen/

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    1. I agree Deb. I think that pizza cutter might be a white elephant---in my kitchen:) Thanks for joining in.

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  6. I love Chester Street Bakery! I also have a secret thing for black forest cake. I'd kill for a piece right now. All looks good in your kitchen Sherry.

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    1. Thanks Jem that cake was so divine. We ate most of it between us!:)

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  7. Hi Sherry, thank you for taking the time to take over as host of the ever popular IMK. Look forward to joining you each month. Here is my link as I have been finding it difficult to comment here as for some reason I cannot get the first letter in the link to return to a lower case letter... so not sure this will affect my link up. Blogspot and Wordpress issues I would guess. Anyways I am not very tech minded.
    https://foodandtools.com/2017/04/30/in-my-kitchen-may-2017/
    Love the dish rack your husband made... wonderful to have a hand man around the house. The Black Forrest cake looks delicious :) Hope your receive this comment.

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    1. Hi Moyà
      Thanks so much for joining in great to see you here x

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  8. Sherry, congrats on your new role as the next "hostess with the most-est" of IMK! (Will add my link as soon as it's up 'n' running... give me a couple o' minutes... half a day, lol?!) Wanted to see what's up in your kitchen first and link back to you properly. Still oohing and ahhing over your plate rack (way to go, Mr. P!), your beautiful Flanders Field cup & saucer and all the meaning it holds -- besides your java -- sorry you had to get "frisked"), the gorgeous bouquet from your hubby, and cute pizza cutter. Loved your sea salt, Black Forest Cake, and tasty ingredients, too!

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    1. lovely to see you here Kim. Thanks so much for joining in. Yes Mr P is a clever lad; so good at designing houses and furniture.:) I love my poppy cup; such a perfect size for my morning coffee.

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  9. P.S. Your new header logo is darling, "picking" out the best things in life! xo

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    1. thank you Kim! A friend put my drawings together with her drawing of me to make the new banner. I am very fond of it.:)

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  10. Some great things in your kitchen Sherry. Thanks so much for being the new host! I love the look of your poppy tea cup and I actually bought that bike pizza cutter for my brother inlaw for Christmas - he was Italy riding as part of an elite team last September.

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    1. hi shari
      yes i do love my poppy tea cup, so pretty and functional too. thanks for dropping by.

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  11. So many gorgeous things Sherry! I especially love all the exotic finds and the pink roses :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! Hope you can join in IMK one of these months:)

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  12. That salt is an amazing colour and I suspect it will be very hot, as Tasmanian Pepper Berries are fierce. Congrats on the new hosting gig. I'me scheduling my first IMK post for a few months for tonight. I'll come back and link up.

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    1. Such a fab colour that salt. I love Mountain pepper berries so it should be good. The link is working so far thanks to hubby setting it up. So much new stuff to learn.

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  13. Hi Sherry, I love the poppy tea cup it is so beautiful. I have posted my IMK over at www.cookswithevie.com. I have missed the last few months, but have made it this time!

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    1. Yay. Fabulous to have you here. Cheers

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  14. What a fine collection of treasures! The poppy tea cup is simply gorgeous, followed by your lovely roses, scrumptious chocolate cake, and must-have-one-of-my-own pizza cutter. Congrats on a successful IMK hosting; the Linky button is a nice addition.

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    1. hi Dee
      yes it was a bit of an effort to get the linky button and code etc all up and running. thank goodness for hubby! The button makes it easier for everyone - host and guests alike. cheers x

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  15. Hi Sherry, I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but I can't find any of the links to other people's IMK's. Is it me?

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    1. hi Judy
      sorry for any confusion. you just click on the little photos at the bottom of my post and they are direct links to the other IMK posts. Hope it works for you. I know there is a bit of confusion with the new system I have opted for.:) cheers!

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  16. Hi Sherry - great to have you on board keeping IMK going and lovely to read your IML post. Love your plate rack - I think you should send Mr P my way to do one for me though I don't really have room for one. I have wanted that pizza cutter but I do love my current pizza cutter. The lovely lowers and cake looks like celebrations ahoy - hope you are busy for good reasons :-)

    I have used the linky but am also used to leaving my url here so will do that too: http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com.au/2017/05/in-my-kitchen-may-2017.html

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    1. thanks johanna. glad to see you here! i appreciate everyone's support very much. i hope everyone gets used to the linky way of adding posts. it is much easier for the host and hopefully the guests too. cheers! x

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  17. i catn see any photos. there is a inlink button but when I press it I am directed to your main homepage.

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    1. hi there. i am so sorry you can't see the links. is there anything between the end of my post with my badge and these comments? there are currently 17 small images that are direct links to everyone's IMK posts. you just click on each one and it takes you to their posts. i may have to add the sidebar back! let me know if you still can't find the links and i will see what i can do. cheers. thanks for dropping by. sorry again! it is all a bit new to me and everyone else this month:)

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  18. Oh Black Forest Cake, one of my favorites! I love your plate rack, I could probably use one as I'm starting to get more and more pottery plates. The bike pizza cutter is cute, I've seen it before and teased hubby about getting one since he was on a cycling team in college and the boys love to ride bikes. Thanks again for hosting!

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    1. Hi Gretchen
      Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate everyone's support in my new role as host. Looks like there are some glitches but let's hope it all works out. :) cheers. X

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  19. Hello Sherry, I don't think I did the link-up correctly, (sorry.)
    Welcome to the hosting, good on you, & thanks for your hard work.
    I love, love the poppy cup & saucer, it's just gorgeous.
    Cheers Roni xx

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    1. Hi roni
      Thanks so much for checking out the my kitchen posts. I would love to include you but at this time I cannot see an in my kitchen post on your blog. Please let me know as soon as you can whether you are going to do a post. I am very sad to say that I will have to delete your link if I do not hear from you. It has taken a lot of time and effort to get this link going and it is only fair that everyone contributes. I'm very happy to keep you here please do let me know when your post will go up the link lasts till the 10th!! Cheers! X

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    2. Good for you, Sherry. I was disappointed that the link wasn't an IMK post.

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    3. thanks Mae. i think it's only right that if a person wants to link up, they really need to do the IMK post. So I will give her a couple of days then delete it:=)

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  20. that pizza cutter is so cute! I would love a mug as beautiful as your Flanders Field cup. I had my suitcase checked in Sardinia and they also didn't search everywhere. But I am confident that they knew what they were doing. I will try the link once I have posted this comment, but in case it doesn't work here is my post http://tandysinclair.com/showcasing-april-2017/

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  21. Hi Sherry, I am trying for the fourth time to leave a comment. Hopefully this time it works! Love your Flanders cup and would love a mug like that as it is so beautiful. I had my suitcase checked in Sardinia and they didn't look in everything. But I am confident that they know what they are doing. In case the link doesn't work, here is my post http://tandysinclair.com/showcasing-april-2017/

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    1. hi tandy
      thanks for persevering with this. I really hope the linky works well next month for everyone. just teething probs i guess! cheers!

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  22. Thanks for taking over as host Sherry! My IMK post is up at http://www.bitesizedthoughts.com/2017/05/in-my-kitchen-may-2017.html :)

    I adore your new plate rack and that pizza cutter. Also the roses - beautiful!

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    1. Thanks for joining in Kari. Yes the roses were lovely. What a great hubby. :)

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  23. Hi Sherry,
    Love the plate rack and the cycle pizza cutter.

    Here is my entry.
    http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/raspberry-vinegar-and-black-truffle.html

    Thank you so much for hosting

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    1. Hi shaheen
      Thanks for joining in this month. Glad to see you here! Cheers.

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    2. Hi Sherry - wanted to let you know, I was unable to link up on the link as it is not showing on my blog as saying 'not allowed on this website', and when i click on the link, it takes me to you. I am only saying this as I had not had anyone visit from IMK linky and it takes me to your most recent blog post - not a linky. I wonder if you can add it please, as i cannot

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    3. hi shaheen
      sorry about the problems. i have added your link to both the linky at the bottom of my post and to the sidebar which i have temporarily re-instated. the links on the sidebar should now be working, and the linky does work- i.e. when you click on the small photos but I know some people have had trouble with it. one of those tricky things between wordpress and blogger maybe?

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  24. Thanks for taking over, Sherry! Adore that flanders poppy cup! And that pepper berry salt sounds intriguing!

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    1. Hi Celia
      Yep I love my cup. The salt is still untried. Should be interesting.

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  25. Thank you Sherry for continuing this great linkup - I just love #IMK and I'm looking forward to great times in your new home.
    Those roses are just gorgeous. I love pink, you're very lucky :) I have fallen in love with your salt, chilli oil and saffron - where can I get some!!
    Here's my link, which I added into the linkup as well https://missfoodfairy.com/2017/05/07/in-my-kitchen-may-2017/
    Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. Thanks for contributing. Great to see you here. I think you may have to go to Iran to get that saffron :)

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  26. Hi Sherry, thanks so much for hosting! Here's my post this month. https://napolirestaurantalert.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/in-my-kitchen-may-2017/

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    1. thanks muchly for joining in the fun! lovely to see you here. x

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  27. Hi Sherry,

    Fisrt of all welcome as the new host, I hope you have fun with it! I'm excited to see what's in people's kitchens. :)

    For some reason the Linkys don't show for me at the moment, same on other people's pages. I'm familiar with the concept, but it just doesn't display correctly currently in my browser.

    Anyway, here's the link to my post: http://the-veghog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/in-my-kitchen-in-may.html

    The VegHog

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    1. Oh darn. I wonder why it's not working ? I am hoping when the free period is up and I start paying for the linky that it will work better! Thanks for joining in and I will add your link. Phew hopefully it will all be sorted soon. I must be one of the few diehards who still use blogger :)

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  28. Hi Sherry,
    Happy first IMK for you - thanks for coordinating.
    Love your poppy cup and saucer - what a great collection for remembering Anzac.The pepper berries is interestng - must taste sour and hot at same time.The bike cutter indeed cute - a smart way to remind to exercise after pizza party!

    regards,

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    1. hi Aida,
      there were a few hiccups this month, but hopefully it will all settle down for next month. hope to see you for next month's IMK. cheers!

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  29. Sherry, I'm just popping back (Happy Mother's Day, by the way, xo) to tell you that I LOVED your linky concept for IMK. The visuals were enticing and I didn't have any problems accessing the posts, even with my low-tech computer and questionable "rural" satellite signal connection, LOL! (It even made me think about bettering my photographic efforts for next month's IMK.) :) Do what works best for YOU. I'm praying that the "glitches" work themselves out, and I thank you again for hosting this month's delightful forum. Ya done GOOD, kiddo!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. I'm so glad you could access the links. It was a bit of a worry that a few people said they couldn't see them. I tested them on different devices and by different people and everyone could see them I'm not sure what went wrong for some. Thank you for your very kind words and let's hope next month is all go! Cheers sherry xx

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