In My Kitchen, December 2012

Signs of the season — a two-kitchen edition!

In My Kitchen is a neat series that started out at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. To find more, go to the mother lode.

In my kitchen this month, there are signs of the season.

1. Solidified olive oil in the A.M.

olive oil

 

When I went out to the kitchen in the garden to make breakfast, I discovered that the olive oil had solidified. (Those are both olive oil; the one on the right is extra virgin.) This is always a sure sign of winter; apparently it happens at about 40F, so you can see that we are not talking about arctic winter here. Conversely, I have a bottle of coconut oil in the kitchen as well, and when that goes all liquidy I know it’s really hot out.

2. A duck on a hook

duck

This year, we are making a Peking duck for Christmas dinner. We have been hanging it out to dry for a few days now. I am sitting in the city kitchen and it is in the oven as I type this, popping away in the oven and turning a very deep and seductive shade of mahogany. It does need to dry out thoroughly, though, so we took it out to the garden with us.

3. A Christmas cake

cake

My father loved Christmas cake and always insisted that we coat it in marzipan, cover it in royal icing and then stud it with silver balls. I am not sure why he loved those silver balls so much  because they are not even that nice to eat (I can totally understand the marzipan bit, though). But after all these years, a Christmas cake just wouldn’t seem right without them. We added Darth Maul afterwards:

darth maul

4. An angel

glass angel

My mom got this angel from a glass blower in her neighborhood, back when her neighborhood was Cihangir, Istanbul. She was new to me this year, and has witnessed a lot of baking and other kitchen madness. I’ll miss having her up when all the ornaments are packed away until next year.

So that’s what’s in my kitchen this month. Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

9 thoughts on “In My Kitchen, December 2012

  1. Great cake and nice memory of your Father to go with it. Peking duck for Christmas sounds delicious! I hope you’ll show us how it’s done. 🙂
    Wishing you, Ali, and the kids a very merry Christmas.

  2. A Darth Maul Christmas cake! It doesn’t get any better, Siobhan! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your Christmas kitchen with us – hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous 2013! PS. Love the olive oil/coconut oil “thermometer”.. 🙂

  3. I love it! Thank you for sharing your kitchen with us!

    Love the hanging duck in particular. We have a duck to prep for New Year’s Eve. I want to roast it and mom wants to make stew. Who stews a whole duck?!

    I hope yours turned out well (I’m sure it did and was incredible)!

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