Another month gone by. Where did summer go? It’s time for October’s segment of “In My Kitchen” where I show you a few things of interest.
I switched things around on my windowsill the other day, so I can show you one of my little (albeit odd) treasures. I collect Chinese brass opium weights. I started collecting these when I lived in Hong Kong. They’re a counter-balance measure of any object, obviously, and were China’s standardised method of weighing things for centuries until the British came along and tried to force change on an ancient system. These weights are in the form of birds, lions, and mythical creatures (dragons, etc). If they’re from Burma, they’re often cast in the form of elephants. There are also weights in the form of cobras, although these are usually not Chinese by origin. I’m still hunting for one of those. One day I’ll find one that’s authentic and not a modern reproduction. This weight is a lion, and it weighs 325 grams exactly. It’s about as tall as my thumb. He’s a beauty.
I also took some of my birthday money and bought myself this ginormous white serving tray. I love it. It has a nonslip surface, so even a klutz like me can’t spill stuff.
I also bought a 150cm long table runner, hand-woven and in brilliant, cheery colours. It should make the grey, dreary months of winter a bit happier. I hope.
And to help warm up my chilly bones during this month, I’ll be eating lots of noodle soup with a heavy hand on the chilli flakes. I love very spicy noodle soup.
I hope that everyone has a lovely October! To join the fun of In My Kitchen pop over to Celia’s Fig Jam and Lime Cordial blog at http://figjamandlimecordial.com/2012/10/01/in-my-kitchen-october-2012/