It’s not only the first day of a new month but also the first day of a new season. Here in the Southern Hemisphere we are now officially in winter; my least favourite season. So far, it’s not too bad and I dare not complain after the harsh winter those living north of us have just experienced. So here’s what’s happening away from the cold and inside my cosy kitchen. In my kitchen I have a new cookbook. At most schools, children are invited to bring in $10.00 and stalls are set up and they can buy a gift for their mother for Mother’s Day. I can tell you from a wealth of experience that some of the items are absolute duds and great acting skills are required to not give a crushed look when you unwrap the gift. I don’t know if it’s the school Alfie’s going to or whether he actually is wonderful at choosing gifts, but the things Alfie has chosen for me have always been above and beyond my expectations. This year it was this cookbook, Taste Bake. Fantastic and what great value for $10.00. I’ll look forward to sharing the recipes with you.
In my kitchen I have another new cookbook. Archie also gave me a cookbook for Mother’s Day. It’s the Planet Cake cookbook and a cookbook I have been wanting for quite some time. Planet Cake is a shop in Sydney that is hugely popular for it’s sculpted cakes; so popular that they released a few cookbooks sharing their techniques for producing beautiful and pretty cakes. Given my love for making sculpted cakes, I thought this was a very thoughtful gift.
In my kitchen I have all these ginger products from The Ginger People. Ginger is not only full of flavour but it has many medicinal uses and all the products I’ve been given are even more so because they’re organic. I’m looking forward to trying the sushi ginger and the minced ginger will be very handy for Thai stir-fries. The Traveller’s Candy would be very handy if I had a boat trip to look forward to because ginger is useful for curbing seasickness. As for the crystallised ginger, I have a Christmas in July event coming up and I will use the ginger to make a glaze for a baked ham. The ginger syrup really interests me and I think it would be great on pancakes and this month I’d like to also use it to make a ginger syrup cake.
In my kitchen I have also been given a new range of products from the Simply Honest company. The company is Australian owned and all their products are non-GMO, have aluminium-free raising agents, contain no added preservatives or vegetable oils. The range contains a quick scone mix, an original pancake mix, a Mr Brownie mix, and the Queen’s Chocolate Cake and icing mix. What’s very refreshing about the range is that the ingredient list on the back of the boxes reads like a recipe of natural ingredients you would be creating in your own kitchen. If you get the chance, do check out the Simply Honest website – it’s lots of fun.
In my kitchen I have a gift from Arabella. As well as Mother’s Day, in May I also have my birthday. Arabella gave me a shopping list pad that I can stick to my fridge. There’s a pen attached so there should be no more excuses for forgetting to buy what’s needed. She also gave me a couple of tea-towels which is very handy as a lot of my current tea-towels need to move on to their next stage of becoming cleaning cloths. Arabella also gave me some post-it notes. There has been a lot of tension in my kitchen lately because I’ll buy things for the Hotly Spiced kitchen only to have them devoured even before I can use them for my blog. As Arabella is usually the culprit, she thought the post-it notes could be put on the sacred items and she would know to back away. So far it’s working nicely.
In my kitchen I have two lovely girls who had an outing to Alfie’s rugby match. Unfortunately, it had been raining heavily and the ground was soggy and both my girls came home covered in mud. It was into the torture chamber and the expression on their faces tells you exactly what they thought of their treatment.
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