While Spring so far has been much colder than I would like, there’s plenty going on in my kitchen to keep my mind off the weather.
In my kitchen I have a birthday cake I made for a very special boy. He loves the Sydney Swans so I made in a cake in the team’s colours. It’s decorated with little footballs and boots that I was so thrilled to be able to find in the shops, rather than have to make.
In my kitchen I have some sausages from Beak and Sons. These sausages claim to have the highest meat content in Australia and come in lots of varieties including a preservative-free range. We were able to sample the Tuscan pork, traditional beef, and chicken and mushroom. My favourite were the chicken and mushroom. I removed the sausages from the casings then placed the meat along puff pastry, rolled it up and hey presto, had mini sausage rolls for lunch served with a spicy chutney.
In my kitchen I have a lot of ingredients I purchased from Food Estate to help cater for the upcoming birthday party. I have a large container of Maldon Salt. I certainly won’t need all of this for the event but buying in bulk like this is very cost effective. I also have hundreds of bamboo skewers in different styles and lengths to stab into canapes.
In my kitchen I have a massive and heavy, 5kg block of dark couverture chocolate that I was able to buy from Food Estate for just $25.00. Apparently the company that makes it had an over-supply so they discounted the chocolate to help move it quickly. Lucky me. I’ll use this for Miss Arabella’s cake.
In my kitchen I have cacao, an enormous tub of white fondant, and a 1kg bag of almond meal. All these ingredients are for the birthday cake.
In my kitchen I have a 5kg roll of very frozen puff pastry. It’s currently taking up a lot of freezer space but this week it will be thawing on the bench and used for making canapes. When catering for so many, buying in bulk is certainly best economically.
In my kitchen I have a very large tin of pickled and sliced jalapenos. Now, I certainly don’t need this many jalapenos for the party but there wasn’t a smaller tin. I can see we will be having a lot of Mexican food after the party. I also have a large wheel of brie that’s 60% cream. This is also for canapes and might not be enough – might have to beetle back to Food Estate for another wheel or two.
In my kitchen I have pork products. Here’s 3kgs of bacon, some prosciutto, and 1kg of chorizo, all for the party.
In my kitchen I have Rosie being carried around inside of Archie’s jacket. She could be saying, ‘rescue me’, but at least she’s keeping warm.
And I haven’t just been chained to the kitchen. I did get out with two of my boys for a bit of razzle dazzle. This photo was taken at about 1am by someone who thought you’d like to see a lot of the ceiling.
And now, I had better get back into the kitchen and on with the cooking – I have a bit to do!
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