unplugged… in my kitchen

 In my kitchen…

 is some beautiful camomile tea…

 perfect to go into my new tea cup, given to me by a lovely friend. I’m sure things taste better when you love the cup you are drinking from.

 In my kitchen… is sitting a birthday book, Cake Wrecks…. oh some of these are lip biting.

 In my kitchen… sits a gorgeous bunch of flowers. There is something quite lovely about finding a bunch of flowers waiting for you on your door step.

In my kitchen…. sits the latest Sanctuary magazine, fittingly focusing on green kitchens. Helps with the dreaming this one does…

In My Kitchen is a monthly post done by the favourite foodie on her street- Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

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Now for something a little bit different

cityhippyfarmgirl unplugged

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog to answer a few questions

1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
It was a half baked idea that came to me after looking at only two, yes two blogs a couple of times before. I thought if I could inspire even just one person to eat better, live a greener life while living in the city, than it would be worth it. Plus it would give me an outlet for recipes, photos and the continuous waffling that I’m rather fond of, (and saves on scrappy pieces of paper that were floating around before.)
2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
Other bloggers. You all inspire me to do more, create more…hmm, and probably eat more.
3. Your greasiest, batter – splattered food/drink book is?
Now computer screen shouldn’t be the right answer now should it, but these days that’s where the bulk of inspiration comes from, splatters and all.
4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Oh, oh, oh… my favourite thing to relive!
The moon was full, the summer was high. A large group of about twenty had gathered around a long table. Surrounded by a green garden, the conversation was animated and lively. It could be nothing but, as I was in Italy. Before me lay the biggest plate of Spaghetti all’ Aragosta- or Lobster Pasta, followed by icy Limoncello. The more time goes by, the better that memory is.
5. Another food bloggers table you’d like to eat at is?
It would have to be Katherine and Greg’s table at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide. I’d be happy to be their dish pig for a week if only I could sample just a little?
6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
I don’t need a a gadget I need  want more kitchen bench space and…. a fermenting room. This is Misk’s fault, she planted the idea and it’s having trouble shifting. A darkened, wood lined little room. With shelves of preserves, cheeses, hanging salamis, bubbling starters and a whole lot more. Ahhh…yes indeed.
7. Who taught you how to cook?
My mama… A lot of conversations were centred around the kitchen as a kid. I’m sure I learnt the bulk of my basics just from kitchen osmosis.
8. I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?
Crikey, do I have one? I have this blog to remind me that I can cook, but I also need reminders as to what…. actually let’s be realistic, it would  probably involve sourdough.
9. What is your guilty food pleasure? 
Marzipan. One of the palates many joys. Kind of gritty and odd tasting, and I love it.
10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
I’m growing a baby. No, wait you already know that…
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Now to pass on to five other bloggers who may or may not like to cough up some answers
Kari at Bite Sized Thoughts– the only girl I know, who does a spread sheet for the books she reads, and I love that.
Katherine and Greg at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide– I’m happy with any scraps they might throw out.
Amanda at Lamb’s Ears and Honey– seasonal, ethical and local. It’s all there.
Misk at Misk Cooks– my fermenting room pal.
Mariana at Through my kitchen window– if someone could just side track this lovely lady while I fill a rather large bag of goodies from her pantry, that would be great.
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* This concept was started by Not Just Any Old Baking.
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53 thoughts on “unplugged… in my kitchen

  1. What a wonderful post, i completely adore your gorgeous tea cup and I wonder if i can get that magazine out here.. and I was talking to John just this morning (he was pretending to be asleep) about building me a room in the basement to store the home made cheeses, wines, honey and preserves and i told him it must also have a long counter and a small sink with water.. to be truly self sufficient i do need a good store room. i am actually on the trail of a very old walk in chiller in an old pub kitchen, naturally I want this incorporated. Aren’t i greedy!! loved this post, it set me to dreaming again too.. c

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    • Cecilia good to hear of another who dreams of such a room, and it sounds like you are a whole lot closer than I am of getting one. Lucky thing!
      The magazine you could probably get a subscription sent to you. I’ve really enjoyed it over the past few years and it definitely aids my dreaming.

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  2. I love pretty, dainty tea cups – and the tea does taste better (as does real tea brewed in a teapot). The flowers are lovely too. Is now when I should confess that I too have a spreadsheet of the books I’ve read (as well as those I want to read)? The Cake Wrecks book looks hilarious . . . must add it to my “To Read” spreadsheet!

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  3. Love your new cup- but I’m not so fond of chamomile tea.
    I love the idea of a fermenting room and although I have a lot of counter space it still isn’t enough!
    Flowers waiting for you at the door is a very lovely thing.
    It has happened for me several times and each memory is sweet in my mind.
    Great post, Brydie!

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  4. I’m so excited to be tagged – and had to laugh at the spreadsheet reference 🙂 Thank you so much, I’ll have lots of fun pondering my responses to these questions.

    I also loved reading your answers, and seeing into your kitchen. It’s certainly looking good, insufficient benchspace (oh how I relate…) and all.

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    • I wonder if it’s a worldly kitchen rule- the squisher it is the more action it sees. So often on house kind of shows, they’ll have 3 ovens and more bench space than the size of a bedroom and I’m sure it would never even see a splatter of flour strewn about.

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  5. I love that your blog prompts me to buy a copy of the latest Sanctuary magazine.

    I’m much happier now that they print it on paper. When it was previously published on that hard to recycle glossy stuff I did worry about their green credentials!

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  6. Oh! How lovely to be included in your list. 🙂 I just finished an interview at one of the poetry sites where I post work, so maybe the stars are right for inward thoughts.

    And your new tea cup is gorgeous. It is so true that tea tastes so special from a special cup.

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  7. I love your teacup but even more, I just love coming home after a typical day that’s just left me absolutely spent, and then coming to the front door I find a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Is there anything better???

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  8. Love the tea cup. I’ve a similar one gifted to me from my gran that I LOVE drinking out of.

    And congratultions!! I’m only just catching up on blog reading after having little time for it over the last few months, so only discovered now about the ‘growing a baby’. Yay!

    I’m browsing that issue of Sanctury mag as well. So many good ideas.

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  9. Oh, Brydie – Thanks for the link. I’ll just give this all some thought ….
    With a cup of tea.
    You are so right about tea in fine cup and saucers – they improve the taste immensely.

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  10. flowers and a pretty cup and saucer – hard to believe you have a splattered computer screen among such beauty – lovely to read your unplugged answers – most surprising was to find you created a blog after reading only 2 – that is impressive

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  12. Lovely Brydie, thanks for taking part. Like most of your commentators I now have teacup envy and we’ve also been discussing a fermentation room – we’ve been dreaming about that for the last 15 years. Hasn’t got any closer yet, but I hold out hope. For tempeh, kombucha, sauerkraut type fermentations, tibi, as well as sourdough of course. And because I’m greedy I also want a separate big cool walk in larder – where would we be without dreams?

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  13. Oh! A walk-in cool larder? Oh, yes please! I forgot about one of those. I often threaten to reclassify the coat closet as a larder but haven’t been granted planning permission from the Man-about-the-House.

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  14. First of all; what a beautiful cup and saucer… Love it. Second; did you have a birthday? Flowers, gifts… If so then happy happy belated birthday! Many warm wishes from these parts to you and your belly. 🙂

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  15. Oh dear. Been way too busy lately. I saw this post yesterday – so sorry I couldn’t have participated earlier. I feel I’ve missed the boat. Oh well. Better late than never – I’ve done my ‘unplugged’ segment just now:
    http://thrumykitchenwindow.blogspot.com/2011/11/boo-boos-home-chicken-noodle-san-choy.html
    Thank you so much for thinking of me. Really sweet of you. And you can raid my pantry anytime. Your cup and saucer remind me of a sunny day. What a beautiful shot.

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  17. We definitely share that almond flavor love…I love marzipan, too! And a fermenting room, what a great idea! I’ll add that to the kitchen reno request for Santa this year! Thanks for this link to read a bit more about you! ~Betsy

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