Welcome to my Kitchen for the month of September. September is a great month, it’s a month of promises. It’s the month of Buddy’s birthday, he’s 4 this coming weekend. Wow, where has that time gone? Canberra was seemingly looking warmer, brighter, cheerier, September is here! But, it’s still cold in Canberra, at the moment it’s freezing cold, wet, windy and cold. We saw the briefest glimpse of things to come, this past weekend, 18 degrees, it was almost summer, but there is more sun to come, there is the promise of warmer nights, longer days and Spring is here. Well, should be here. You can practically smell it. The cherry blossoms are blossoming, the Wattle trees are flowering bright yellow, and Hayfever is in the air. Who else is downing the antihistamines religiously each morning? Me, otherwise I’m a sneezing blubbering hot mess all day long. Spring is my most favourite season, but damn, do I suffer the entire 3 months of it.
Anyway, enough of the sinus concerns, a trip to Bali’s been had and thoroughly enjoyed, a 40th birthday is long gone, and there’s been some seriously fruity cookin going on here, so 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 September…
…is many a box of tissues and not Ryan Gosling. I wish…
…are all my pretty things I bought on my trip to Bali. It seems like a lifetime ago that we went for our 8 day trip to hot, balmy, busy, cheap, exciting Bali. I wish I could show more photo’s of my trip, but I stupidly deleted my SD card whilst trying to figure out how to transfer them over to my new hard drive. Will just have to go back, c’est la vie.
So, I have spoons, fans, salad servers, bowls, more spoons and the coolest bottle of Lychee spirits. Have I tried the Lychee spirits? No. It smells like something that gets squirted out of an automatically timed bad room deoderiser every half an hour, but hot damn that’s a pretty bottle. What am I going to do with it?
…are these divine wooden Balinese bowls of different sizes and shapes. These bowls were my splurge. They’re so gorgeous I just had to have them. I have used the mini one at the front as a salt pig, it’s adorable. I’m very much looking forward to the warmer weather which means more bbq’s, parties and get togethers so I can show these babies off.
…are all these pretty spoons. A girl can never have too many wooden spoons. And I’ve given a few away to friends, they’re so handy, this is only half of what I bought back. Those little forks will be perfect for picking summer antipasto out of rustic little bowls, or a smoked oyster out of its tiny tin coffin and the long spoons are perfect for stirring chocolate through thick, rich, chocolate thickshakes, during hot summer evenings, reaching down to the bottom of tall glasses to get every last drop of melted chocolate goodness. The salad servers are absolutely massive, they don’t fit in my drawers, they’re so long, so they’re permanently on display. But, you know what? I’ve never owned a pair of salad servers.
…are these divine thatched net covered bowls. I kept seeing these bowls at a lot of the market stalls and they came in so many colours, I fell in love with them and wistfully pined after them each time I spotted a new colour or pattern. But they were far too delicate and I didn’t trust that they’d come back in one piece so I didn’t buy any. They’re also quite bulky, with the netting stretched over the frame and there’s no way I would’ve fit them in my suitcase with all the other must have Balinese purchases.
It’s lucky my mum loves me and she’s savvy enough to buy a set for me whilst I wasn’t looking and bring them back in her luggage, even though we were living out of each others pockets for the 8 days at the resort. I love my mum and I love my birthday present.
So pretty and with such intricate hand painted designs, they’re being proudly displayed on my kitchen shelves.
…are the cookbooks I received for my birthday, my family know me so well. Now to find the time to actually read them.
…and last but by no means least, is a box of Blood Oranges, from Red Belly Citrus. Well, it was a whole boxful, it’s now empty. But, I saved a lot of the skins and some juice so I could come up with even more recipes, considering I’ve done about 4 blood orange posts in the last month. Gee they’re lovely and so versatile, I’ve done both sweet and savoury dishes, with a mulled wine (or two) chucked in there.
Thanks for dropping by and checking out what’s in my kitchen. Head over to Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what everyone else is up to.