I haven’t done an ‘In My Kitchen’ post for a while; mostly because I didn’t want to bore you with the mundane items that fill my kitchen in order to fill the mouths of hungry uni student and reluctant eight-year olds. Not terribly exciting!
But this month I do have a few things worth sharing. A few days ago I had lunch with Celia and Lorraine. And it is ingrained in them that food bloggers are generous souls and so arrived with takeaway containers filled with home-baked goodies. My heart sank because yet again I was under-prepared and had nothing in my bag to give them apart from my car keys and half-melted lipstick. Next time we get together; I’m going to surprise them – I’m going to arrive towing a trailer with an all encompassing assortment of home-baked goodies.
Lorraine gave me a pineapple and coconut cake. Being Lorraine, of course my expectations were high and I wasn’t disappointed because this cake was so moist and the coconut gave it wonderful texture. I actually attacked it before remembering to photograph it.
In my kitchen I have wonderful home-made chocolates. As you all know, Celia is masterful at making chocolates. She gave us gifts of her peanut butter chocolates. They are a beautiful, glossy and tempered chocolate filled with a salty peanut butter. They had a lovely smooth texture (note the past tense) and a richness from the dark chocolate. I had to hide these from Carl who could have kept going until he’d eaten more than the lion’s share.
In my kitchen I have Hazelnut Crunch Chocolates also made by Celia. They were very pretty with little bows on top of them and these were so good I felt rather indulgent enjoying them on a casual night in front of the TV.
In my kitchen I have a pretty jar filled with quince jelly. Celia’s husband made this and it is beautiful and glossy and sheer. This will be wonderful served with roast meats or even a cheese platter.
In my kitchen I have a few new cookbooks. My friend, Linda, gave me the Gweneth Paltrow cookbook for my birthday. I haven’t cooked anything from it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it its first outing.
In my kitchen I have a book that gives you recipes and produce from the Blue Mountains. This was given to me by Carl who found it on one of his many trips to the area earlier this year and thought I would like to see the wealth of produce that comes from the region.
In my kitchen I also have the latest cookbook from Spirit House. I haven’t cooked from this cookbook yet either because this book is all about cooking on the bar-be-cue and a few months ago our bar-be-cue ended up on the nature strip. We’re saving up to buy another one.
And these are the lovely things I currently have in my kitchen. If you’d like to show us what you have in your kitchen, be sure to link back to Celia who will include you in her monthly round-up.
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