in my kitchen March 2014

As March blows in, my kitchen seems filled with all things yellow.

In my kitchen …

daffodils in jug

… a bunch of daffodils freshly picked from the garden.

The first few daffodils to flower; bold and brassy strumpets waving in the breeze above the pale yellow primroses and tiny violets. Brought into the house and paired with a bright red jug they shout that spring is on its way.

In my kitchen …

vintage cake tin

… a vintage cake tin.
This cake tin belonged to my grandmother, though it now looks a little worse for wear with its peeling paint and dents. It’s currently filled with the tail end of a sticky date cake, butter buns and some shards of caramel left over from making orange salad. I love the space-saving practicality of this tin and the fact that it’s airtight, unlike some modern cake tins. I’d love to tell you that it’s always filled to the brim with home baked delights, but all too often we shake the tin in the hope of a comforting thud of cake only to hear a resounding emptiness.

In my kitchen …

… bright yellow yolks of duck eggs and zingy lemons.

Preparations for a pancake making session later today as it’s Shrove Tuesday. The rule in our house is that I make the first round of pancakes for everyone and after that it’s every man for himself. Tossing not obligatory, but encouraged.

In my kitchen …

bread baked in cast iron pot
A crusty loaf. Yesterday I read Glenda’s IMK post  and saw the beautiful loaf of bread that she’d baked in a cast iron pot. As I had a loaf rising at the time, I plopped it into a pot and hey presto. It’s a far more uniform rise than usual, as one side of my oven is hotter than the other which sometimes pops one side out of a freeform loaf. Thanks Glenda. In the background are some pale looking baguettes, inspired by Jane’s IMK post. I definitely need more practice making baguettes.

What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Is spring arriving or summer disappearing?
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35 thoughts on “in my kitchen March 2014

  1. Karen says:

    All the brightly colored items in your kitchen made me smile. Hopefully our snow will melt soon and daffodils will make their way out of the ground. Your loaf of bread looks great!


  2. thecompletebook says:

    Ho lovely t still be using something which belonged to your grandmother, very special. It’s always lovely having flowers in the kitchen and your bread looks fantastic. Enjoy your pancakes.
    🙂 Mandy xo


  3. Glenda says:

    Hi Anne, I am so happy that spring is on its way to you. I know you have had it hard this winter – your daffodils are a sure sign. I love your cake tin, it is all the more lovely because it was your grandmothers. Your bread is great. I find I get much better oven spring baking in the cast iron pot than I do just using the oven.


  4. dianeskitchentable says:

    Oh you are so lucky to have daffodils already. I’m afraid it will be a while before mine come up. Last year I dug out hundreds of bulbs because they were too crowded & put a sign up at the local market to just come by & take the bulbs. They were gone in 2 days and I didn’t have to lug them anywhere.
    That cake tin is fantastic. Frankly I’d rather have one that has been used and loved than something new any day.
    I’ve just learned about Shrove Tuesday by reading your post. I’d heard of it but never realized what it was all about. And that bread…oh my, it’s a beauty!


  5. Selma's Table says:

    Lovely post – so nice to see the daffs coming up in the garden and in jugs. How funny, I have the same cake tin (given to me by my neighbour who was having a clear out) but with a pale blue lid – it’s usually empty! I’ve just posted my first IMK, something I have been thinking about doing for some time now!


  6. Pat Machin says:

    How lovely to have daffodils already! I love that cake tin and remember one just like it from my childhood.

    I keep meaning to try that idea of baking a loaf in a casserole or dutch oven. It looks really good!


  7. heidiannie says:

    Love the daffodils!
    They are so lovely- I love seeing them inside or out.
    I smile at the thumping sound of a cake inside your tin. And am so happy to hear it is air tight. I have several that are air tight and many more that, sadly, are not. What a difference it makes!
    I made pancakes for Shrove or Fat Tuesday today. My husband was so pleased I was making pancakes that he totally shook off the spiritual/historical reasons and asked where was the other bottle of maple syrup.
    And your bread is gorgeous. I make mine in a cast iron pot when I start it the night before because it takes off the overnight lethargy in the oven spring.
    Thanks for sharing, Anne


      • heidiannie says:

        Fat Tuesday is celebrated mainly in New Orleans starting off Mardi Gras week. It is meant for high caloric eating right before Lent.
        I have some tins that the lids are rusted on. It took a little oil and a careful wrenching with pliers to get the lids off and then a lot of sanding and more oil to clean the rust off. But I love my old tins – so it was worth the work. 🙂


  8. andreamynard says:

    Gorgeous things in your kitchen and lovely post Anne. I do love those ‘bold and brassy strumpets’ heralding Spring, the vintage cake tin is fab – and that loaf is amazing!


  9. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen says:

    So nice to visit you here! I love those daffodils.. I can only dream of those here in the Canadian Prairie (Alberta) where spring is definitely late. We have coldest of cold temperatures until this weekend when the cold front moves and we finally get more seasonally warm temperatures (aka above zero, lol). I was hoping to make pancakes today, but didn’t have time. Your bread tin is gorgeous.. I love vintage kitchen tins, it reminds me of my grans. I’ve seen a set like hers but now I think I’ll go back and buy them:) They make the kitchen feel bright and cheery!


  10. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Hello Anne, look at those daffodils, how gorgeous! I love that old cake tin. I have one very similar but mine is black and white and each level has different writing on it: biscuits, cakes, pastry…mine is rarely full and certainly not of three different things but it is very useful.

    Your lemon and eggs look so nice together. I have not been able to grow lemons and they are very expensive to buy here at the moment.

    I bet your pancakes were popular, I like your rule too!

    Your bread is wonderful, I like the cast iron pot idea. Please share more of your baguettes with us! Happy cooking, lovely tour.


  11. thegardendeli says:

    The daffodils and duck eggs are lovely, the cake tin too, but it was the loaf of bread that really caught my eye – looks fantastic! I’ll be following the link in the hope of finding the secret to the perfect home baked loaf…


  12. knitsofacto says:

    In my kitchen at the moment are enough pots of soaking plant material (for dye) and animal parts (deer skull and a few deer bones, on their way to somewhere else) to suggest a witch of the fairytale variety occupies the place … your kitchen looks so much more bright and civilised!


  13. Kim Bultman says:

    Anne, your Grandmother’s cake tin is something I’ve never seen and the thought of it housing 3 different cakes (or crumbs…) is delightful. This was such a cheerful-looking post and your writing made me feel happy! Spring is in the air…


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