I look forward to the start of each month because that’s when Celia’s Fig Jam and Lime Cordial features “In My Kitchen”. I suspect that I’m a closet snoopy-boots; I love seeing what goodies are in my friends’ kitchens. For May, my kitchen is revealing two utterly ordinary items: bottled milk and a micro-mesh scum-skimmer.
Let’s do the milk first. After my interview with Celi from The Kitchens Garden about Living a Sustainable Lifestyle, I decided to stop buying supermarket milk in plastic bottles. A decade ago, I had a daily delivery of milk in glass bottles from our local diary. We stopped after the boys left home as our need for a constant milk supply was less urgent, plus the price per pint was 5-pence per bottle more than the supermarket. And then disaster hit the industry. Local dairies started closing because the supermarkets priced dairies out of business; wholesale milk prices plummeted.
Well a new dairy opened nearby, and I am going to support it as much as possible. I now have fresh milk in pint glass bottles with a shiny foil cap delivered three times a week. Good on me, I hear Celi say. And it tastes lovely.
And now my skimmer. I am delighted beyond words with my new scum-skimmer that I bought at Ikea. I’ve had my eyes on a similar one at Amazon USA, but I was reluctant to pay the extra postage and package costs to dispatch it to the UK. And then I found an almost identical one at Ikea. I snapped it up! The surface is a thin micro-mesh, and it simplifies making broth and bouillon because the impurities and foam don’t dribble back into the liquid. I love it.
And finally, in the background of the photo is my grandmother’s antique pewter water pitcher. We don’t use it for drinking water because it’s not marked lead-free, and we’re uncertain about the country of origin, which makes it difficult to determine if it contains lead and tin. It does however make a lovely container for flowers. The tulips are from my garden.
To join in the fun of In My Kitchen, just pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for May’s feature.