Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Kitchen Imp and a Lava Stone Necklace

Lava Stone Necklace
Time for more lava stone! 
I love the texture. Some beads have holes that go all the way through! They are paired with black onyx.
This necklace is available at Etsy.

The Kitchen Imp
I bought Jim some spices and tea! The Kitchen Imp on Etsy is a place for tasty spices, salts and teas!
The Dukkah can be used in various ways. It is made up of almonds, sesame seeds, coriander and cumin. It could be mixed with yogurt to create a veggie dip. It could be mixed with olive oil for a bread dip. It can also be mixed up to create a salad dressing. It can even be used as a bread substitute on chicken.

The Harissa is a Moroccan spice that includes aleppo pepper, ginger, paprika, cumin, caraway and cayenne. Sure to get the creative juices flowing in the kitchen! We have already added some to a veggie soup and it was fantastic. A little bit of this spice goes a long way!

The Chai Tea is made up of Assam tea, Ceylon tea, black tea, organic cardamom, organic black pepper, organic cloves and organic crystallized ginger.

The Genmaicha green tea includes organic green tea and organic toasted rice. Doesn't this look amazing? It tastes just like the real deal you get in a Japanese restaurant! I guess their secret ingredient is the rice.
Genmaicha Tea
In this shop you can also find sweet curry. As a curry fan, this sounds delicious!
Sweet Curry
Teas can also be purchased loose.
Pitta Tea
This is intriguing....chile sugar! It comes with a recipe for hot-sweet brownies. I bet this is a feast for the taste buds!
Chile Sugar
How about a Moroccan rub for meats or fish? You all know I don't eat meat but used to flavor veggies sounds delicious.
Moroccan Rub
So if you are a tea lover or enjoy cooking (or both) stop by The Kitchen Imp

Creative cooking ideas can also be found on The Kitchen Imp's Facebook page. I think these new spice (well, new to us) will inspire our dishes!

As always, thank you for stopping by. I hope your 2014 is starting out great! ~Val


  1. You find the neatest things, Val!
    Thank you for sharing them here.
    I love the wonderful texture of the necklace, and the black is perfect to show it off.
    Have a great week ahead!

  2. i do love the green tea you get in the restaurants. interesting about the rice - must really mellow out the flavor.

    the necklace beads are very unique.

  3. Your lava stone necklace is very striking!

  4. Those lava stones have a nice look and texture :) Mmmmm chai tea!~ The Kitchen Imp looks like a wonderful shop full great goodies! Nice week Miss Val!

  5. YUM! all those spices, and Chai ... you had me at hello! As for lava stones, your piece is very pretty paired with onyx ... don't know if you remember a post I did quite a while back with my experience with lava stones where I broke the thread repeatedly .... and swore off these beads! you have managed to tame them :)

  6. I love the way you've combined the beads and lave, outstanding necklace. Isn't wonderful one doesn't have to travel to enjoy all of the worlds wonderfulness :-), the Kitchen Imp is well stocked.

  7. The lava beads sure have an interesting texture! Your creations are so unique!
    I love spices and teas - off to check out that shop :)

  8. Hi,Val:
    Fantastic necklace-lava presented here by You looks so elegant in the composition with the black onyx.
    Interesting spices and fine teas.That one with the rice must be really fabulous.
    I have discovered here one shop in Karlstad.They have the 'food from all of the world' and I also buy fine and unique spices there.
    Warm Greetings and All the Best

  9. Your lava stone necklace is beautiful! And I will certainly be checking out the Kitchen Imp...I'm always on the lookout for new and different ingredients to spice up everyday cooking. :)

  10. the lava beads are so interesting....but I'm not so sure about the spices. I'm not very daring when it comes to food. lol

  11. Fun stones and a beautiful necklace!
    The chili sugar sounds tasty. I love sweet treats with a bit of heat!

  12. I love the necklace! How pretty would that look with a grey or cream colored sweater!

  13. Lovely necklace! Black stones are beautiful.
    I wish you a wonderful new year!

  14. Happy New Year Val! I love the lava stone necklace, lava stones are so cool! Thanks for sharing the link to the kitchen Imp, I have been looking for some new spices to try this year and it sounds like they have a nice variety. I hope you enjoy all your cooking adventures this year.
    Everyday Inspired

  15. Lovely necklace!!! Happy New Year for you, dear Val!!!
    Have a good week!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  16. That stone is intriguing! Perfect for a poolside barbeque. And thank you for sharing your yummy goodies :)

  17. Your necklace is stunning!! Love it! Your new spices, salts and teas, look all so yummy! Big Hugs ;o) I'm still shoveling snow!! ;o)

  18. Oooo.... I love the lava stone! What a unique necklace, Val :) And the hand stamped earrings from the previous post are simply lovely. Have a wonderful day!

  19. Oh, I like the lava stone! We really enjoy experimenting with different spices. I'll have to check out The Kitchen Imp!

  20. Thanks, Val! I'm tickled that you're enjoying the spices. I can't wait to hear what you do with the Birdseye Chile Sugar.

    And to Val's readers, If you mention that you read about my shop here, I'll give you a bonus packet of organic mulling spices through the end of January.

  21. these are very interesting :)

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  22. Gosh, I LOVE those lava stones. They're just beautiful! I enjoyed your review of the year in the previous post too. Congratulations on all your successes!

  23. I think that chili sugar
    will be so useful in my kitchen
    I love sweet and spicy anything and everything.

    Lovely necklace.

  24. Wow! What can I say? ... intimidates me! Plots look!
    Great post! I congratulate the ability and talent to curiosity to me!
    I will always be coming back for more: *

    Katherine Unique

  25. That lava necklace is beautiful! I love the texture on the lava stone. It reminds me of the moon. And thank you so much for introducing me to that Etsy shop. What you've shown is right up my alley. Going to check it out now. :-)


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