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In my kitchen…

…is an elephant tea caddy, a gift from my dear friend Tezza some years back.  It now holds all my herbal tea bags…

In my kitchen…

…are authentic Malaysian prawn crackers, brought over by my cousin Doreen on her last visit.  They’re completely different to the little coloured ones that come with crispy skinned chicken in Chinese restaurants.  And believe it or not, the small dried crackers on the left expanded to the huge ones on the right when deep fried…

In my kitchen…

…is our old cast aluminium waffle iron. There is so much history in this piece of kit.  When we were twenty-one, Pete and I were living in a small apartment and we didn’t have any cookware.  What we did have was $100 to buy some stainless steel pots.  I was busy that day, so Pete went to the kitchenware store on his own … and came back with the waffle iron.

He was so excited!  It cost a fortune even back then, but he insisted it would last forever (and it has).  It had languished on the shelf for so long that the woman who owned the shop gave him a stainless steel saucepan for buying it. To this day, whenever we use it, I just smile and shake my head…

In my kitchen…

…are preserved limes.   They’ve been in salt for six weeks…

…and are now glossy and translucent.  I’ve figured out that I only need to make a small batch each time – I never get through more than a jar every few months…

In my kitchen…

…is Australian Bloodwood honey, bought recently from Richard the Bee Whisperer at Flemington Markets. It’s dark, tangy and not overly sweet…

In my kitchen…

…are straw spoons, a new find from Chefs’ Warehouse.  I love sipping hot chocolate through them, although I have to be careful not to burn myself. Pete thinks sucking hot liquids through a metal tube is an idiotic idea, but I think it’s great fun…

In my kitchen…

…is today’s harvest of chillies, waiting to be turned into harissa sauce

In my kitchen…

…are self-sown yellow pear tomatoes, grown from seed which originally arrived as a gift from Chris at Slow Living Essentials.  They’re nestled in the beautiful, long fingered hands of our firstborn…

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Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen this month?

If you’d like to do an In My Kitchen post on your own blog, please feel free  to do so. We’d love to see what’s happening in your kitchen this month!  Please link back to this blog, and let us know when your post is up, and we’ll add it to our monthly listing.

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Here are this month’s posts…

Amanda @ Lambs’ Ears and Honey

Christine @ Invisible Spice

Pam @ Grow, Bake, Run

Shelley @ All Litten Up

Misky @ Misk Cooks

Christine @ Food Wine Travel

Sue @ Sous Chef

Sally @ Bewitching Kitchen

Claire @ Claire K Creations

Shirley @ The Making of Paradise

David @ Cookbooks Anonymous

Pamela @ Spoon Feast

Heidi @ Steps on the Journey

Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots

Cecilia @ The Kitchens Garden

Lizzy @ Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things

Jane @ The Shady Baker

Tandy @ Lavender and Lime

Mandy @ The Complete Cookbook

Barbara @ Winos and Foodies

Glenda @ Passion Fruit Garden

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In my kitchen…

…is a tray of our ever reliable chocolate slab cake.  Big Boy asked me to bake it to “help” him study for his exams…

In my kitchen…

…is a tub of organic honeycomb, a gift from our lovely friend Moo, who tracked it down at one of his local Adelaide markets.  He told me that, short of getting on a plane to Kangaroo Island, this was the closest thing he could find to completely natural, unprocessed honey…

In my kitchen…

…is our “lucky” Elvis mug.  We don’t actually believe in luck, but I often make Big Boy a cup of tea in this before his exams.  It always makes him laugh, and I think that’s a good frame of mind to be in before a test!

In my kitchen…

…are interesting treasures from far away.  Lovacores, avert your eyes now, because on my bench I have a jar of Sardinian Bottarga (grated mullet roe), pickled baby onions in balsamic vinegar, and a treasured jar of Piment d’Espelette.  The Piment was a gift from gorgeous Anna of Five in Paris, who was in Sydney on holidays recently…

In my kitchen…

…is a messy, yummy apple pie – Small Man’s favourite dessert.  I tried to be artistic and decorated the top with a pastry apple – hopefully you can make it out in the photo below (it’s a bit tragic, I know).  Interestingly, the pastry, which is usually quite wet, was much firmer when made with our homegrown eggs – possibly because they’re fresher and the proteins are stronger…

In my kitchen…

…are bags of certified virus-free seed potatoes, recently arrived from Tasmania.  The plan is to grow four varieties over the coming year – Bintjes, Spuntas, Red Norlands and King Edwards. The first two batches have been set out to chit (sprout), and the rest are carefully stashed away in a lightproof box.  We’ve never grown potatoes before, and are quite excited by the prospect of having them fresh from the garden!

Tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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