Welcome to my Kitchen for the month of November. I don’t know about you, but I can see, smell and feel Christmas from here. Tis only a Reindeer pellet throw away. I adore Christmas and everything to do with the season. I feel instant cheer when I see Christmas decorations, when I hear Christmas carols, and when I think of the food I’ll make and consume over the festive period. I can’t wait to see all my extended family, and I spend weeks thinking of ways to make it as enjoyable as possible for all my close friends and family, to extend the welcome to my home, to create new traditions and to make as many life long memories as possible for my kids. Quite frankly, stick me a white faux fur trimmed red velvet skirt suit and I’m Mrs Fricken Clause. In my kitchen this month, you may notice a theme.
In My Kitchen this November…
…is a big shiny bowl of locally grown cherries. Nothing screams Christmas louder to me than cherries. My grandma always had a bowl of cherries on her kitchen bench over the Christmas period and we would gorge on them until we were sick. Along with scorched almonds (that’s a reminder for me to buy some), chocolate peanuts and sultanas and red striped mint boiled lollies. Man alive, I’m going to miss her, this being our first Christmas without her.
…is a lovely big bowl of Red Belly Citrus blood oranges. I did a post a ways back on these gorgeous globes, and low and behold another box showed up on Tuesday afternoon! What a surprise and a special treat. Thanks so much guys, my friends and family thank you for the glaze for their baked Christmas hams this year.
…because I made a couple of jars of blood orange marmalade. The guys at Red Belly insisted it had to be a boozy marmalade, so instead of a traditional spirit added to the boiling mix, I added red wine. I thought that this would pair well together, as I love the two combined in a mulled wine, and I think it did. It’s much chunkier than a store bought marmalade, and will go brilliantly as a glaze for a baked Christmas ham. Lucky I have so many blood oranges as the first 4 jars have already been spoken for.
…is a bottle of Gourmet Salted Caramel sauce, from the Aldi’s Gourmet range. It’s pretty darn good. Tweenie had a tooth pulled this morning in preparation for braces so I made her a salted caramel cashew nut thickshake, blitzing unsalted cashews with the milk and then adding lots of sauce and ice cream. Just what the Dr ordered I reckon.
…is the most adorable tin love heart that Tweenie bought me at her school fete. She told me that it should hang in the kitchen cos that’s where my heart is. God bless her cotton socks, she’s such a sweetheart.
…are a number of Christmas items I’ve picked up over the last week or so. I bought a red Christmas Pudding steamer, to team with the theme; a Christmas tree cake tin, how do you think a Christmas tree shaped Christmas cake would go? The cutest little Christmas spatulas, one can never have too many spatulas, don’t you think; a couple of packs of candy Christmas decorations for cupcakes and whatever else I bake; and a bunch of reusable wall decals. These shall go on all our windows. I may need more.
And a couple of packets of Christmas soy melts, Mistletoe and Christmas Pudding. At $5 a packet, handmade and each lasting up to 7 hours of burning, my house will smell like Christmas for an entire 6 to 8 weeks. SO is over it already. Bring it on, I say.
…finally are the last of a number of bunches of purple, heritage and orange carrots I bought at the Capital Region Farmers Markets. I paid $100 for a whole stack of fresh, local produce and will be doing a post on just exactly what you can achieve over a fortnight with just $100 of fruit and veg.
I roasted these with some extra strong EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and they were so sweet, caramelised and full of flavour. Pity not a single one of the 3000 seeds that Buddy threw into the vegie patch in Autumn produced a single carrot. Oh well, maybe next season.
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. See you next month. December. Sqeeeeee, can’t wait.