September is obedient; she has arrived bringing Spring in her basket. I am overjoyed; yesterday I was in my winter woolies and this morning I am ready to take my walk to the greengrocer in a Tshirt and sandals.

Welcome, dear September, for Celiaโ€™s monthly peek into my kitchen:

Kitchen corner of the month: Framed antique spoons, my Sabrage sword, my French bread boards, my Indonesian clown miniature spice cupboard and my basket of wine magazines.

A beautiful tin of vanilla sugar; a gift from Tandy and a precious addition to my collection of tins.

I bought this antique steam iron from Mama Africa in Greenside and use it to store antique cutlery, most of which were gifts from Sous Chef.

Produce purchased on Sunday at Mooiberge Farm stall outside Stellenbosch: Juniper berries, Goji berries, dried peaches and dried cranberries.

I have already used the dried peaches in a dish of braised, peppered short ribs and capers, with the Goji berries in couscous.

Charlotte in the kitchen keeping an eye on proceedings.


72 Comments Add yours

  1. Sparkle says:

    Am I right to think the red handle on the antique iron influenced your decision to purchase? Hehe! Morning Cin, I am starting today @ my new employ.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Best best best of luck, Sparky, I just know that you are going to shine like the sparkly star you are! xxx

  2. leigh says:

    OMG! Charlotte’s profile, love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tandy says:

    two surprises for you – there are basil flowers in your sugar and a new magnet on your fridge!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ha, found it, thanks so much, you sneaky thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ xxx

  4. Leeswammes says:

    Oh no! Seeing that rabbit picture at the end of the post, I thought this was another food picture. I guess Charlotte is exempt?

    1. theonlycin says:

      She will never be an ingredient ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Madmom says:

    Does Charlotte keep a wary eye on you when the pots come out? ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the iron as a storage for the antique cutlery.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The only reason she is wary is of bit of carrot landing on the floor without her noticing them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Have a fabulous spring day!! We could not have asked for more perfect weather!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hasn’t it been the most glorious day?

  7. Fabulous spring roundup.
    Have a happy day.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a really great day today, Mandy ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Isn’t the weather divine, Cindy? Oh what a beautiful morning… Just be prepared for winter to rear its ugly head another once or twice before taking off ’til next year. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. theonlycin says:

      I expect so, adee, but I loved today ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I am equally thrilled to see spring arrive – we’ve even had a day or two of bonus summer days, nice and hot. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am so happy, Fired Up, it was a truly horrible winter ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. earlybird says:

    Those ribs sound amazing.

    I’m guessing that as she has a name, Charlotte is not destined to be served flambed in cognac and finished off with thyme, mustard and cream? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Tilly Bud says:

    I love these glimpses. That antique iron is great.

  12. nursemyra says:

    Charlotte is adorable

    1. theonlycin says:

      She is asleep, draped over my foot, at the moment. I am dying to go to the toilet, but haven’t the heart to wake her ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. ceciliag says:

    How lovely, and yes that charlotte is indeed adorable.. now I want a rabbit too! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am wanting a hen for my garden, but my husband is saying no, no, no ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Cindy, you have a sabrage sword? How cool are you!! Have you ever used it on a champagne bottle? I can’t be trusted with a mandoline, so I have no chance with a saber!

    Lovely new tin, and even more lovely and healthy looking rabbit! Thanks for the linky and joining in the fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      I never open bubbly any other way Celia ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. SuziCate says:

    As you get the warmth, we get the crispness. I’ve never had Juniper berries, what do you make with them?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I use them (or am going to) in venison dishes ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. MissChris says:

    Lovely pics Cin and Charlotte has grown some!! Too cute!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She has grown ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Charlottes a cutie and I adore the steam tin, it’s gorgeous. Great post. Looks like you’ve got a wicked little set up. Sure makes cooking fun when we have fabulous goodies in the kitchen to work with. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do enjoy my kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. slpmartin says:

    I keep forgetting that our seasons are reversed…we just getting ready for fall. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is just wonderful here now, Charlie ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. You have a delightful kitchen, Cin. I can understand why you enjoy spending so much time there ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love it very much, Lee ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Tokeloshe says:

    Oh goody it’s a monthly happening!

    I have an iron just like that ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope you share too, Tok ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. souldipper says:

    I have juniper bushes lining the lip of my little hill and have never thought of using the berries. I’ll have to see what veggie dishes would be enhanced by their flavour. Wonder if the fermented berries are the ones the birds eat into drunken disorderliness. They splat into my windows. *Dancing with joy that Charlotte is spared!*

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will have to do a Google exercise for you, Amy ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. SidevieW says:

    ph you are so much happier in warm weather, aren’t you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I am. Thinking of migrating next winter, I don’t know if I can stand another one.

  23. nrhatch says:

    Glad that you had a chance to wear t-shirt and sandals to market! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m over the moon ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jamie Dedes says:

    We are moving into fall as you move into summer, though here California’s San Francisco Bay area there are no real dramatic changes in weather … I love a fall kitchen, but I do love the summer shopping at fram stalls and farmer’s markets.

    Wonderful photographs, Cindy. I love the tin, and the iron brings back memories ….

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m beginning to think I suffer from SAD, Jamie, I am so glad winter is over!

  25. Lovely post. Charlotte is as adorable as ever ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m considering getting her a little friend, Kate ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. And over here we were so hoping for September to bring some refreshing coolness to the air. DIDN’T! It’s so stinking hot still.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Keep the aircon on ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. siggiofmaine says:

    I enjoyed reading this very much…love the photos…

    โ˜ฎ โ™ฅ Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Siggi ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. gospelwriter says:

    I especially love the tin from Tandy. And Charlotte is beautiful – I’m a little surprised, though, that you haven’t got her wearing a red ribbon or something? ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy spring!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I did want to give her a collar, but she crawls into all sorts of nooks and crannies and I am afraid she will strangle herself ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Jessica says:

    I loooove your kitchen corner!!!! Our house is eclectic…but lacking in the kitschy charm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I love kitsch ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. bluebee says:

    Wish I could say the same for Spring here, Cin – she tantalized us yesterday with a steamy sunny day and then reverted straight back to a miserable old curmudgeon today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ looking forward to your Spring recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw, hope Spring pulls herself together soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. dearrosie says:

    Nice to be able to peer in the window and see your kitchen. You’ve made me hungry for a little bite of the
    braised, peppered short ribs and capers

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was very tasty, Rosie ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Naomi says:

    Beautiful “items”, Cin, especially Charlotte! Yay, bring on Spring!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Naomi it was such a harsh winter, so glad it’s over ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Steffi says:

    Charlotte is so cute!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She is very cute Steffi ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Love your September sparks, Cindy… the pretty tin box (also a passion of mine), good idea for the steam iron! do you also use the cranberries in muesli ? As for Charlotte… what a sweet “aide de cuisine” ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely Sun day, Cin, sorry for my silence these days, have been away a lot.

    1. theonlycin says:

      No worries Isa, safe travels ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Tokeloshe says:

    Here’s a photo of my iron.

    Shall I put knives and forks into it?
    Our dishwasher’s cutlery holder was broken, so I went to the appliance shop to replace it, apparently it’s called a silverware basket.

    One can use plastic silverware for camping ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a great weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my hat, it’s almost identical to mine, Tok !

  36. heidi says:

    I love these monthly tours of blog kitchens around the globe.
    Your rabbit is too cute- Charlotte always makes me think of “Charlotte’s Web”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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