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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Year, New Favourites

I adore making discoveries that become new favourites, don't you?  It's like stumbling upon a treasure when you were just ambling along without any thought of being on a treasure hunt.  I've been an appreciative fan of Duchy Originals food products for some time but it's only available here during the holiday season at a high end store in town.  I saw this jar of Damson Preserve whilst out Christmas shopping and decided to try it with only a vague idea of what a damson was.  All I knew was that it had a marvellously Victorian ring to it, so much more romantic than prosaic fruit jam.

Apparently, damsons are a type of plum.  And how wonderfully plummy it is.  Fruity with that right hint of tartness and without that cloying sweetness which is the pitfall of many a jam.  On a snowy day with an icy windy blowing, there is something deeply comforting about toasting up a slice of good bread and topping it off with your favourite whatever.

Did you treat yourself to any Boxing Day goodies?  I picked up this tea cozy at Chapters.  Just perfect for a pot of tea.

I adore the thick wool felt and cheerful simple red stitched stars.  Although, perhaps I just like saying "tea cozy."
What kitchen would be complete without a good knife set?  I was so very fortunate to receive a knife set for Christmas.  I had no idea how having really sharp knives would make such a difference with food preparation.  And, I am fascinated with how they are neatly displayed and organized.  As someone who was not born with the "neat and tidy" gene, something that comes to me inherently organized is a wondrous thing.

And, of course, I must mention my new wooden chopping board which is exceptionally large and exceptionally heavy.  It was a gift and an absolute delight.  Again I had no idea what a difference having a large work surface for food preparation would make in the kitchen.
New favourites, new discoveries.  I think I'm off to a good start.


lvroftiques said...

Hi Chloe!
We must be in the same state of mind because I just finished crunching down a piece of toasted homemade garlic bread with butter...yummm.. (snow outside).And I'm finishing it off with a nice spot of earl grey tea with my pot topped by...yes you guessed it....A new tea cozy!....OK I like to say "tea cozy" too! Lol!
Yes it is amazing how having the right tools can make a huge difference! With new knives and new cutting board you are channeling some great kitchen karma! *winks*....Oh and I'd never heard of Damsons/or damask plums before (Thank you wikipedia).....With a name like "damask plum" I'm bound to love em! Thanks for sharing...Yes I do love when wonderful unexpected things occur like this *winks* Vanna

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thank you for stopping by the Back Porch and thank you for the lovely comment.

Damson Plum Jelly is my husband's favorite. The plums are pretty scarce so he doesn't have it often. He remembers his grandmother gathering plums from trees on the farm and making the jelly/jam.

special 'k' said...

Making my mouth water. Thank you so much for sharing. What a beautiful space you have created my very first visit here I will follow on my way out so I know my path back here. Perhaps you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. I look forward to engaging more throughout the year and beyond. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely space and idea!
Making my mouth water. Thanks a bunch for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, you've created such a lovely "treat" vignette. Love the plum, and your tea cozy is lovely. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

That sounds yummy!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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