Since TSLL began I have shared recipes that I have enjoyed making and eating. The two prerequisites for a recipe to be shared on TSLL were they had to be delicious and adhere to simple instructions. Since that time, a few other underlying themes have emerged, much of which was inspired by the French culinary culture: quality, moderation and enjoyment (rather than excess, processed food and deprivation) that has shown itself to be the key to living well and respecting one’s health.
Upon moving to Bend, Oregon, in the summer of 2015, I have had greater access to seasonal as well as unique ingredients that I otherwise had not been able to acquire. And I have not let that opportunity go unappreciated. With nearly 40 new recipes added since I arrived, my culinary curiosity has only increased.
Today, I am excited to debut the first episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen. A vlog series that will have new episodes (8-10) each season (currently, I am beginning with one season a year) airing each Saturday morning to begin your weekend.
As shown in the images above, my exploration at the farmers markets in my community have been abundant and quite fruitful. And what is even more exhilarating is having the opportunity to always learn something new: whether it be being introduced to a new vegetable or fruit, or a different idea for how to prepare a particular food discovered at the market. Most importantly, as I shared during the summer of 2016 with TSLL’s Capsule Menus, I continue to strive for a seasonal appreciation and a deeper understanding of food, and it is often at the market where I learn exactly what is in season, and upon seeking out particular produce, asking the farmers how they recommend preparing the food they have brought to market.
The Simply Luxurious Kitchen will help viewers to discover how to enjoy the everyday cooking that will elevate the quality of our lives. Incorporating seasonal fare and sharing skills and ideas that will help you navigate successfully in your own kitchen, viewers will discover how to “dance” so to speak with the produce and necessary cooking fundamentals honing the methods to making a delicious vinaigrette or a salad with the produce you happened to find at your local market, or an appetizer with what is available in the refrigerator, so that year-round you can make delicious, yet simple meals. Ultimately, the new addition to TSLL destination is to enable viewers to feel confident as well as enjoy stepping into the kitchen, so that they can become the chef of not only their meals, but of their lives.
Cooking for me is analogous to navigating and thriving through life. When we don’t know how to do something, it can be intimidating, but it is with time and practice as well as attention to how something functions that enables us to thrive. Each of us will add the spices or herbs available to us based on where we live and what our budget allows, just as each of us will bring unique talents and strengths to the table of life. The first step is often understanding what those talents (spices) and strengths (herbs) are. And then discovering how to use them to their fullest potential.
Today I want to invite you to step inside the kitchen with me (the first episode will be in my rental cottage in Devon, but future episodes will be in my own kitchen in Bend, Oregon) and begin to discover how to elevate the everyday and enjoy every bite.
Some readers and my own family have inquired as to why I waited to debut the first episode on December 15th. Well, you may or may not know that today is International Tea Day. And as someone who loves her teas, I thought debuting the first episode of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen on this particular day fit perfectly with what the focus was going to be in the pilot episode.
After all, I found myself in England, and every cup of tea I savored was delightful. Since I wasn’t in my own kitchen, I wanted to share something that showcased the destination I found myself. The answer was as obvious as well, drinking tea in England: tea!
Have a look at the pilot episode and discover how to make a delicious pot or cup of tea every time, when and where my love for tea began, as well as the health benefits of choosing to make your drink of choice (besides water) a hot cup of tea.
- All of the episodes will appear on TSLL blog, as well as Youtube and iTunes under the new podcast title: The Simply Luxurious Kitchen (subscribe to Youtube here and iTunes as well).
Below are the show notes as promised with all of the details discussed in episode #1:
- Fortnum & Mason teas
- Palais des Thés – Montagne Bleue (my go-to black, lavender infused tea)
- Mariage Frère — Vert Provence (my green tea of choice)
Victoria Hotel in Victoria, Canada (aka Fairmont Empress)
- Make reservation for high tea here at the Victoria Restaurant
The Health Council of the Netherlands study on the benefits of tea
Where to find the yellow mini teapot in episode #1: During my trip in England, I visited Barnstaple and popped into a secondhand shop while strolling in the city center. What I found was this butter-yellow teapot for £2, and I couldn’t pass it up. It now is at home with me in Bend. In an attempt to find teapots, some similar, you might prefer, I have done some shopping for you below.
~Fortnum & Mason Burleigh Teapot (4 cup)~
~Fortnum & Mason’s Classic Glass Teapot (2 Cup)~
~Sur la Table porcelain teapot (42 oz)~
~English Tea Store Porcelain teapot (2 cups)~
~Kinto Pebble Porcelain teapots, three colors~
~Teaz Omniware 1.06 oz teapot, turquoise (more colors available)~
~Le Creuset small teapot with infuser, red(other colors available)~
The tea cup and saucer was also found while I was traveling in England at a weekly market in South Morton for £3.
~Tea and Tea Cups and Saucers:
~Brasserie All-White Teacup & Saucer, W & S~
~Fortnum & Mason Breakfast Blend (one of my favorites from F&M)
~Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey Tea (classic bergamot with hints of a light, delicate orange flavor)
~Fortnum & Mason Queen Anne (a black tea which is featured in the picture below)
~enjoying dessert at Fortnum & Mason’s whilst sipping a pot of Queen Anne tea~
~Discover all of TSLL’s recipes here, organized by meal or food type.
~Shop TSLL Kitchen Boutique to discover all of the culinary tools I use and recommend here
~Discover how to rent the Devon Cottage seen in the video (and below) on your next vacation to England, or find one similar in the English countryside.
Discover more about my trip to England in the below posts:
- My Discoveries in the Devon Countryside
- The Perfect Trench is Personal
- London Perfect: A Traveler’s Sanctuary
- 16 Ways to Simplify & Make the Holidays Pleasurable
Thank you for stopping by and checking out the new addition to TSLL. I cannot wait to share the first season with you in the fall.