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In my kitchen…

…are Amedei 70% dark chocolate medallions, made with the Syrian ma’moul moulds I bought from Harkola. The Amedei tempers better than any other chocolate I’ve ever used, but it’s very expensive. I buy it through lovely Tania at Lario International

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…are a set of beautiful blue plates, a gift from my friend Therese…

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…is a branch of curry leaves from Maude’s place…

I traded her for sage from our garden. We’ve had an abundant crop this year and have dried a bag’s worth for winter…

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…was Korean chigae for dinner, made using our now tried and tested recipe from Adam Liaw’s Asian After Work cookbook…

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…is a new Swarovski crystal bracelet, which I made as a “souvenir” of our daily walks by the water…

I wanted to capture the colours in this photo that I took a few weeks ago, but I’m rubbish with paints…

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…are hot sauces. I bought a discount pack from Fireworks Foods, but I’m not sure we’ll actually be able to use them all. The scorpion sauce is a bit terrifying…

Somewhat hilariously, the Devil’s Bitch Hot Sauce is the most delicious one we’ve tried to date…

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…was a delicious twenty year old Australian Hunter Valley Semillon. The perfect end to a long week…

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…was the latest sock pick up from Richard the podiatrist (story here in case you missed it). After Napisan-ing, hot water washing and tumble drying, forty pairs were delivered to the Mustard Seed Op Shop in Ultimo for handing out to the homeless. I kept a few pairs for my own feet and sock monkeys…

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…is buffalo scamorza – smoked buffalo mozzarella. It’s the best and most indulgent pizza cheese ever…

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Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen?

If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th April and send your link to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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…was a selection of baked treats from Patisserie Cocotte – the latest venture by our friends from the local French bistro. We popped in to visit their new store in Top Ryde shortly after it opened three weeks ago.  Everything was delicious and light…

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…are two salts. One is the fancy Fleur de Sel de Carmargue, which I bought on special in the US for $8 a box ($64/kg). The other is Olsson’s Australian flossy sea salt, which cost me 20c a kilo. They look nearly identical in terms of colour and grain, and both are naturally evaporated sea salts. Can you guess which is which? Big Boy couldn’t and they taste the same to me. I won’t be buying fancy salts again!  (PS. It’s flossy on the left and fleur on the right)…

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…was our first yee sang, prepared for the 15th night dinner (to celebrate the end of Chinese New Year). My neighbour Maude and I prepared it together and then, as is traditional, we all tossed it in the air with our chopsticks for good luck!

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As well as the yee sang, we also had roast duck and various side dishes. The leftover duck went into a red Thai curry the following day…

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…and the leftover curry became a noodle soup for lunch the day after that…

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…is maple water. According to Google, this isn’t just water dripping from a tree (as the photo implies) but rather the sap of the maple tree before it’s concentrated into syrup…

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It wasn’t overly expensive (about $1.50 a litre) but it wasn’t overly impressive either. It tasted like water with a quarter teaspoon of maple syrup dissolved in it. Which I guess is effectively what it was…

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…is a gift of magnificent purple garlic from my friend Alison…

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We kept a few bulbs for eating and broke the remainder up into cloves, vac sealed them, and then stashed them in the freezer to see us through the rest of the year. If you’re interested in freezing garlic, here’s a post I wrote about it a few years ago…

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…was dark chocolate rocky road, a birthday gift for my friend Kevin. It was filled with white marshmallows, roasted hazelnuts, cranberries and Buderim naked ginger. We ate the trimmings on the plate for dessert that night…

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…is a gift from Pete’s sister Katey, who recently returned from Patagonia. Dulce de Leche from Argentina tastes just like caramel fudge!

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…there is always sourdough bread. When I’m tired and the thought of making dough feels like a chore, I remind myself that it’s (quite literally) ten minutes of work and so much easier and cheaper than driving to the shops. These loaves were made following our high hydration overnight tutorial

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…is an exciting gift of sea buckthorn powder, sent all the way from Finland by lovely Laila. I adored the hand drawn ammonite fossil card her son made for me…

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…were deep-fried school prawns. We ate them whole – heads, tails and shells on!

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…were rainy day dumplings, made with free range pork mince, grated ginger, spring onions and baby broccoli raab from the garden…

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They were simply boiled and served with black vinegar and homemade chilli oil…

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If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th March and send your link to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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In my kitchen…

…are Laguiole cheese knives, bought on sale from Everten Online.

Did you know that Laguiole is a style rather than a brand? The good ones are still made in France and stamped accordingly, like these by Andre Verdier…

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The bee is traditional, but its shaping varies slightly between makers…

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…is the bargain of the month: Udder Delights Organic Triple Cream Brie for $3.97 a wheel. These had an early February expiry date and were heavily reduced at Costco (who usually sell them at the already discounted price of $12.99). I bought three wheels, portioned them up and stashed them in the freezer

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…is an 80s knitting project: a bacon and egg beret, complete with peas. The truly sad thing is that I can actually remember wearing it out to dinner when I was 19 years old…

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…is another ricotta cake. They’re getting better with each attempt…

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…is my Christmas fossil, a 400 million year old orthoceras slab. The unusual large specimen on the right has a clearly defined propulsion tube (siphuncle). It’s ludicrous that the retail price on this was $45, less than a good dinner in Sydney costs…

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…are chocolate wheels, made using the plastic ma’moul moulds I found at Harkola…

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Some designs were more successful than others…

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…was an ang pow lantern, made for Chinese New Year celebrations with my cousins. I wrote a step by step tutorial on these here

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…was a quick Römertopf dinner, made with our leftover Christmas ham, assorted fridge and freezer vegetables, moghrabieh, tinned chick peas, Herbie’s chermoula spice mix and water…

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After a couple of hours, I pulled out the bones and added a handful of small pasta, then put it back into the oven for another 20 minutes…

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It was very easy to make, and an ideal way to use up leftover ham…

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Finally, in my kitchen…

…is a new dishwasher.

After the extensive repairs we undertook in 2014, we managed to get another two and a half years from our trusty old workhorse, but we just couldn’t justify fixing it any more. Our old machine was installed on the 15th January 2002, and it lasted fifteen years and one week. I think that’s an amazing run given the heavy duty usage we’ve put it through!

So naturally, we’ve bought another Miele.

Here’s a really big tip for my fellow Aussies…if you’re looking to buy a Miele appliance, check out their Unboxed stores. These outlets are kept pretty quiet, but all the appliances they have on offer come with a full mechanical warranty and sell for about 25% off recommended retail prices. They’re out of their original packaging, and some will have surface marks or scratches, but all will have been fully tested before sale. In January, they had dishwashers starting from just $585!

The retail price on the machine we bought was $1,499 and the Unboxed store had it for $1,050. We went one step further and bought a machine with a blue dot on it (lightly run, usually a demonstration model) and paid just $900. It’s German made, whisper quiet and very water efficient…

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Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen?

If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th February and send your link to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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In my kitchen…

…is a family heirloom. Pete’s cousin Fiona gave us this bowl last week – one of the few treasured pieces left from their grandmother’s Royal Doulton set…

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…are Christmas cakes! We’ve now made four…

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As we’d changed an ingredient this year (we’re using candied lime in place of mixed peel), we thought we’d better taste test to make sure it wasn’t too bitter. Happily, it’s delicious and I suspect we’ll chomp our way through this one before the festive season. Our recipe is here

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…is a tray of roasted Ajani pasture-raised pork loin chops, with potatoes, sweet potatoes and pears. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe from his Naked Chef days and we can get it on the table in an hour…

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…was a Black Russian, made with Mr Black coffee liqueur and Grey Goose Vodka…

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…is the bargain of the year, a Riedel decanter picked up from a secondhand stall at the Christmas in Pyrmont Markets. Only it wasn’t secondhand, it was a brand new, still wrapped in paper, unwanted gift. And it cost me $5 (retail is $65)!

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…is a savoury slice, made from stale sourdough, prosciutto and pancetta offcuts, sun-dried tomatoes, milk, cheese and eggs…

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…are two bags of Amedei 70% callets, purchased from lovely Tania at Lario Imports, just in time for Christmas baking…

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…is a large pot of generic brown stock, made from leftover roasted duck and pork bones, and other bits and pieces…

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…were Römertopf slow cooked pork hocks, the bones of which went into the abovementioned stock (basic instructions here)…

After three hours of slow cooking, it was ludicrously tender…

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…are duck fat and pimenton sourdough twists

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Finally, in  my kitchen…

…is Benny! Fifteen years ago, Small Man made us (yes he did) make him a muppet.

Our then five year old sat at the dining room table for the entire six hours it took Pete and I to put this creation together. Benny usually lives in a bag in Small Man’s room, but he came out last weekend to entertain some younger family members.

I tracked down the instructions we used – they were on a DVD called You Can Do It! which appears to still be available if anyone is interested…

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If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th December and send your link to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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In my kitchen…

…is a gorgeous gift from my darling friend Kavey in London. She’s just started pottery making classes and sent me one of her first creations – this lovely wee elephant plate…

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…are fresh chorizos from Black Forest Smokehouse in Marrickville. Richard needs a day’s notice to make these to order. They’re wickedly good…

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…is a ribollita (Tuscan bean soup) flavoured arroz caldoso. With thanks to my friends Chicago John and Chica Tanya for the joint inspiration…

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…is Priscilla, showing off her impressive cleavage…

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…are Singapore orchids. I couldn’t resist them at $2 a stem and they’ve lasted well over two weeks…

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…is Karen the Owl, the latest of our rescued sock creations (instructions are here)..

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…is our first attempt at Korean chagae – kimchi and pork stew – following a recipe from Adam Liaw’s cookbook. The boys loved it!

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Finally, in my kitchen…

…is our little Lego charger cord holder. I admit to blatantly pinching the idea from an internet list I read. The backboard is held up with Blutack and the minifigure came from a garage set. It was nice to have a use for our twenty year old Lego…

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Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen?

If you’d like to write an In My Kitchen post, please do so by the 10th November and send your link to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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