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In My Kitchen – July 2014

I can’t believe it’s that time of the month again. June has come so quickly and slipped easily into July without me noticing. It’s quite scary how quickly time flies when you’re a blogger. I think it’s the thought process of coming up with one or two posts a week, and getting the timing right for publishing said posts that makes time go quicker than it should. Who else thinks that? When you’ve got a project on the boil, time just disappears? It could also have something to do with me wishing time away so I can get on that plane and scoot off to Bali with Tweenie for 8 nights of pure relaxation and no worries, drinks at the pool bar and nights of exotic Indonesian treats 🙂

Anyway, July is finally here and it’s time to jump into Celia’s In My Kitchen stories, and see what everyone one across the bloggin world are up to.

In My Kitchen this July…

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…is a pair of sunnies, a borrowed sari and my first passport for my first overseas trip; a special trip with my parents, my sister and her family and Tweenie and I for my 40th birthday. We’re staying at the Ramada, and I am beyond excited. SO and Buddy are hanging at home, as SO prefers his feet firmly planted on Aussie soil. And as much as I love my little man, this holiday is something I’ve been promising Tweenie for the last 5 years, and I’m sure I can save up for the next 20 years and take Buddy. When I’m 60…

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…Are radishes fresh out of my winter garden. Where nothing else has grown, I have two quite sizable rows of radishes. I planted sweet peas, radishes, cauliflower, spinach, parsnips and carrots. Quite clearly they weren’t planted in time. Oh well, it was my first shot at winter veg, who knows, they might pop up in time for spring. Now to come up with dishes to use the radishes in. And can one eat the leaves? They’re quite prickly in some spots, so will need to do some research.

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…Is a brand new baking bowl from the Essential Ingredient in Kingston. I’ve always coveted my Grandmother’s old fashioned baking bowls, just like these but in cream. I quite fancied them in blue so bought one when I was last in. I think I’ll buy the whole set, gradually adding each size when I have some spare cash lying around. Lol, as if.

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…Is a bowl of Herman the German Friendship cake starter. A friend at work gave me this starter before she took off on maternity leave, and she was given it by her grandmother, who is German and she’d been keeping hers alive for 10’s of years…no not really. She made it herself, but I thought my story had a much better nostalgic ring to it, and I’m sure there are starters out there that have originated from German or Amish grandmothers handing it down through the ages.

And so I shall start the tradition myself! I’ve been feeding it and stirring it for the last 6 days and after being ill with gastro all weekend, I finally feel ready to face the kitchen again. Tomorrow maybe. And I shall be making a raspberry and white chocolate friendship cake to start off with. I’m really excited about this. I will admit that as soon as I got it home I put it in the fridge, overnight, which is the easiest way to kill it. Whoops. But a day next to the heater vent and a good feed soon saw it bubbling away merrily and puffing up to twice it’s size. It’s pretty cool having something growing on the benchtop, in a bowl. On purpose.

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…Is a big container of smoked bacon bones from Jordo’s Chop Shop, my local butcher. I made the most fantastic soup with them, a yellow split pea bacon and curry soup, a take on the classic pea and ham soup (I really must do a post on it as it was goooood), and can’t wait to make another batch and freeze some of it. I gave most of it away to our new next door neighbours who moved in on one of the worst days in Canberra, where it just rained and rained. A hot, steaming bowl of this soup, with spoons (as who the hell knows where their cutlery is when you move houses?) soon warmed them up and they were very grateful. (And yes, that is a wee little piggy tail right there!)

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…Are free range eggs. Yes, the girls are laying again! We’re getting two eggs most days. Which is great as SO only just bought 3 dozen from the supermarket. I think it’s because on the advice of my good friend from Gunning Bum Nuts, Theresa, we took off half the roof and put in chicken wire to increase the sunlight, as chooks need up to 8 hours a day to lay. And since ours only get out when we’re home they were in the dark, really. Just in time for all the rain, the poor ducks. Anyway, they’re back on the lay and hopefully it’ll be more than 2 out of the 5 laying soon.

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…Are my new Raco pots, from Ariston. They were a freebie with my induction cook top, although at first they weren’t going to cough up the goods, after a very strongly worded email about Harvey  Norman salespersons and upselling of products and vast amounts of money being spent, and the well-known quality of goods and Customer Service…Voila, delivered they were! Which was good as I only had 1 pot and 1 pan that worked on the brand new induction. SO was not going to be happy had I had to fork out for pots n pans as well!

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….And another of my freebies, my first Chasseur French oven. Love. It. I’ve only made one dish in it so far, a lamb hot pot, best lamb hot pot I’ve ever made. Not saying that because it’s the only lamb hot pot I’ve ever made…

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….I’ve got two jars of homemade pickling things – a jar of Italian pickled eggplants (my recipe, my dads eggplants) and a colleagues olives from her garden. I tasted an eggplant today and it was still very pickeldy even though it’s in EVOO not a brine as such. Obviously need a few more months. Bring on summer so I can get these beauties out on a Charcuterie platter, on the deck with some bubbly!

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..And finally, are my first delivery of Nespresso pods for my Mother’s Day present, my coffee machine. I don’t know how one is supposed to choose what sort of coffee to buy, there’s literally tens of tens of different types of pods! Remember how I bought my machine in May for Mother’s Day? Well, I shortly ran out of pods and it’s been sitting neglected on my benchtop without any pods as I kept forgetting to order some. SO has said I’m allowed one coffee per day. That equates to .92c per day on coffee. Geez, thanks honey, such a spoiler he is, nothin’s too much for his woman…;)

That’s me done for the month of July. Cannot wait to do one in August with all my purchased goodies bought back from Bali!

Head over to Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what everyone else is up to.

 

20 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – July 2014

  1. Wow, lots of good things happening in your kitchen, Fran. Do hope you’re feeling better! Happy cooking.

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  2. Hope you have a fantastic time in Indonesia – wish I could fit in your suitcase! I’m just loving your blue ceramic bowl and blue French oven – I have a thing for blue at the moment (even thought I’m a red girl!) Nice meeting you through IMK

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    1. You’ll probably notice that I’m a red girl too, but when it’s free you don’t argue the colour! I’ve just fed the chooks out of my ceramic bowl, and it makes me feel like a country chick, lol. Don’t think my grandma would approve 😁

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  3. We love our Nespresso machine and as soon as I have used all but 1 sleeve of pods, I’m on line and ordering the next lot! Just work your way through all the coffees and get your favourites! I have been wanting a Chasseur pot for too long now… 😦 That friendship cake starter sounds like a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing your busy kitchen this month! Liz x

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  4. Good luck with your winter vegies. It is our first planting as well. We are having the most success with Chinese vegies and leafy greens. We also have a new Nespresso machine and experimenting with different coffee strengths. Have a great time in Bali.

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  5. Wow, what a terrific post! I loved peeking into your kitchen this month — so much going on! I am still awed that you got all those pots as freebies from your induction purchase. Good for you, and they look like nice pots. Love the look of those radishes and free range eggs, too!

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  6. Oh you do inspire me to actually make use of my kitchen Fran. 🙂 Love your sunnies, and happy adventuring in Bali, can’t wait to hear all about it. Love Nespresso, the Volluto is my fav. 🙂

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  7. Fran, Bali! How fabulous and warm after freezing to death in Canberra! I love those gorgeous mixing bowls – I saw Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall using one on telly the other day, but I think they’re too heavy for me to lift and store, so I’m resisting! And what a fabulous neighbour you are – I’d be so happy if I moved in next door and it was cold and nothing was unpacked and you brought me hot soup! 🙂

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  8. I love old fashioned baking bowls too. I have one from John Lewis. The radishes look incredible. What beautiful colours. I am new to what’s in your kitchen, so my post is a bit late. It is up now if you would like to read it. Have a great week. Emma.

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