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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 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 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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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 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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In my kitchen…

…are wonderful handmade cards from young friends…

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…are thimbles cobbled together from leather scrap. I don’t like using a lame to hold my razor blades, but I was cutting my fingers to shreds as a result. These were simple to make and work well…

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…is a craft kit from Reverse Garbage…

My first projects were little sequined bags and a couple of god’s eye weavings – does anyone else remember learning this traditional Mexican Indian craft at school?

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…are chocolate coated glacé fruit – Buderim ginger and crystallised lime…

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I gave my sister-in-law Penny a tempering lesson, then sent her home with a starter pack. She bought bags of Callebaut 811 from Costco during her visit…

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…is another Costco find…

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We’ve been taking turns leafing through this fabulous picture book. It has over 2,500 stunning photos and illustrations…

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In my kitchen…

…is a little Japanese tea set, which I brought back from San Francisco…

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…is a shrimp fossil from Lebanon. It dates from the Upper Cretaceous period and has been preserved in exquisite detail…

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…are two slabs of focaccia – a vegetarian one for Millie, and a ham, fig and cheese one for Johnny…

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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 October and send your link to our new host, Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

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In my kitchen…

…is a double batch of our high hydration sourdough, shaped into boules and ciabattas. I bake all the loaves in my enamel roasters…

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…was a quarter turkey Römertopf roast, with stale sourdough stuffing. This quantity is always more than enough to feed our family…

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The following day, my clever hubby turned the leftovers – including the stuffing and the cranberry sauce – into a delicious pasta dinner…

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…are dark Belgian chocolate rochers

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…was a batch of shortbread, made quietly and gently one Sunday morning…

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…are cans of sustainable tuna by John West. I was so happy to find these for sale at Costco. If you’re interested in reading more on the topic of sustainability, there is an excellent Choice article here, and John West’s FAQ page here

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…is a stuffed sourdough roll, filled with Italian prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, cheddar cheese and broccoli rabe from the garden…

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…is the latest delivery from Cactus Skincare.

Charlie from Hotly Spiced put me on to this company a couple of years ago. Serendipitously, owner Deborah used to live in our neighbourhood!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not very girly, but I find Deb’s products excellent, and I use them daily. They don’t make my skin feel icky like a lot of the big name brands do…

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…was a Römertopf roast duck. I’m always so chuffed with the duck fat and concentrated stock leftover – I stash them in the fridge and freezer for later meals…

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…are glasses cases, made from scrap fleece. It’s always nice to dust off the sewing machine for a quick project…

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