in my kitchen March

Once again I’m joining in with Celia’s In My Kitchen where bloggers around the world link to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to give a peek into their kitchens.

in my kitchen …

hedgehog rolls
… hedgehog rolls inspired by Celia’s teddy bear bread. I know they aren’t as cute or complicated as the bear, but they were a doddle to make as I just snipped the rolls with scissors before I put them into the oven.

In my kitchen …

tea
… pretty little packets of lemon grass, jasmine and ginger tea; a present brought back from Cambodia. I love the little boxes and it’s a bonus that the tea tastes delicious too. We were also given some dried ginger slices to eat with the tea (though mysteriously that all seems to have been eaten) as apparently in Cambodia the tea was served alongside platters of fresh fruit.

in my kitchen …

jam sponge and custard
… jam sponge and custard. After the look in my pantry last month, I realised that my preserving outstrips consumption. I counted up all the jars of jellies, jams and marmalade and worked out that we needed to eat at least a jar of jam every week to empty the shelves. And that’s before I make anything this year. So, we’ve eaten jam tarts, steamed jam sponges, bread and jam, the list goes on.

in my kitchen …

daffs
… a little spring cheer. Outside today the sun is shining and the birds are singing but last night there was still a heap of snow in the corner of the netball court, so it’s still a bit nippy. But at last there are signs of new growth and the yellow daffodils certainly brighten the kitchen.

in my kitchen …

kitchen table
… my kitchen table. This was the first thing we bought for our new home when we married. Actually, I bought it, as from the start of our married life, I’ve shopped for home things and Bill has bought farm stuff. Thinking about it, this started from the moment when we were engaged when a shopping trip together to buy an engagement ring proved fruitless and so the next day I went back on my own and found one straight away. And they say romance is dead.

Large family gatherings, celebrations and important meals take place in the dining room around the smart table, but this is where we eat breakfast, lunch and supper every day; where countless cups of coffee and tea are drunk with friends and family – as I write this, Bill is sitting there with the Agronomist discussing the wheat crop. We’ve talked business and planned parties, talked of births and deaths, laughed and cried around this table so it’s an important part of our life.

in my kitchen …

vegetable garden
The view through the kitchen window. A bright sunny weekend encouraged us out into the garden to do a little weeding and compost spreading. The beds are still bare and the seeds in their packets, but the garden is beginning to look ready to spring into action as soon as we get a little warmth in the soil.

What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Why not join in with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

25 thoughts on “in my kitchen March

  1. Mel says:

    Hi Anne,
    What a lovely peek into your kitchen. Those rolls look wonderful, as does the jam sponge and custard. I like your mismatched chairs around the table too. And that is one serious vegetable patch. We opted to go without raised beds in ours and I really regret it. Have a lovely day. Mel x

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  2. Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    What a gorgeous post Anne! Love your new header too – identity of bird? I Love all the shades of daffodil that run through your pics. That table is the business – I adore scrubbed wooden tables with painted wooden chairs round them so I am afraid I cast covetous eyes at your pic! May be in my next house… E x

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    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      The bird’s a skylark. It was singing above me yesterday and for once I had my camera and just managed to click before it soared too far away. Skylarks singing in a clear blue sky lift my heart.

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  3. Brackendale says:

    I was ok till I got tp the jam sponge and custard – now you have made me feel very very hungry ! which is really bad because I have just eaten my dinner too !

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  4. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial says:

    Lovely, lovely post! I especially liked the photos of your kitchen table with her mismatched chairs and comfortable cushions – I can just imagine the hours and joyous times you’ve spent sitting there! I tried making hedgehog rolls too and they were a bit rubbish – yours actually look like hedgehogs, whereas mine turned out like spiky blobs. The tea packaging is very cute too, and how nice to see your garden before the growing season starts. Are those leeks you’ve got growing in the back there? xx

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    • Anne @GtSlamseysFarm says:

      Yes, they are leeks – our staple veg through the winter. They were a bit disappointing this year as they were on the small side, though they still tasted good, which is the important part.

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  5. heidiannie says:

    I love your table- a real farm table for making and working on – as well as eating and visiting at! I had one like that, but my husband wanted matching table and chairs- so I gave mine to my niece. I go over and visit it and love that there are still warm memories being built around it!
    I think an abundance of jam is a very good thing to have in one’s pantry- and look at the delicious ways to use it up!
    Love the hedgehogs and the boots- and the sky lark! As usual- your kitchen and environs are full of wonders! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    I always love your kitchen Anne. The bread rolls are adorable! I can almost taste that jam pudding, perfect cold weather farming food! Your kitchen table could tell a thousand stories, it is beautiful. The view from your kitchen window is always interesting. I hope you get a little warmth soon.

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  7. Lizzy (Good Things) says:

    Dear Anne, your garden shows promise of a good harvest by the looks of things. Love your kitchen table! And those bread rolls, how delicious and cute. Now that’s a good idea with the jam… our supply outstrips consumption too. Happy cooking. ; )

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  8. knitsofacto says:

    I have table envy, actually I have kitchen-big-enough-to-accommodate-table envy, or perhaps it’s house-big-enough-to-accommodate-dining room-as-well-as-kitchen-big-enough-to-accommodate-table envy … and before I get into any more of a knot with that I’m off to console myself with something from my kitchen … I have luscious ginger cookies, although now I come to think of it, they’d be lovely with some lemon-grass tea …

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  9. rusty duck says:

    Lovely to see your raised beds prepared and waiting to start growing things again. I’ve started sowing seeds in the greenhouse and it’s really feeling like Spring now. Apart from the snow forecast for next week that is!!

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  10. cecilia says:

    Your Garden In Waiting looks so tidy.. fantastic! Mine are rubbish, i lost the will late last summer and some of them were never even cleared and now the weeds are frozen INTO the earth.. Ah well, soon we will get onto it, yours is way ahead of mine, i am envious! love your kitchen table too! c

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  11. Janice says:

    That kitchen picture is from an issue of Country Living isn’t it?? No real person acutally HAS a beautiful room like that in their actual home do they?? scrubbed table, mis-matched chairs and giant windows….
    I feel quite ill with kitchen envy.
    Brilliant garden too.

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  12. Pat Machin says:

    I used to have a table like that till we downsized once all the family had dispersed. I know where it is – about 100 yards away from where we live now and that warms my heart.

    I’ve given up on making jam and marmalade except in tiny amounts. Like you, I had enough to ‘see us out’ as they say round here!

    I’d also been squinting at your bird to try and identify it. Beautiful and the song is breathtaking.

    Here’s hoping the weather bucks up soon. We’re back to snow now.

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