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In my kitchen…

…is a dark chocolate owl, made using these moulds from Candyland Crafts.

The owl is hollow and made with our 74% Tanzanie chocolate blend.  The detailing in the plastic moulds was exquisite…

In my kitchen…

…are four loaves of homemade sourdough ciabatta, our new pane de casa, or house bread.  Small Man is eating like a horse at the moment, and will demolish a loaf a day, before and after dinner.  Thankfully, it’s the simplest bread I make…

In my kitchen…

…are four rainbow trout, stuffed with baby leek, young ginger and parsley.  They were drizzled with thick soy, olive oil and a little flaky salt before roasting in a 200C oven.  We covered them with foil for the first 10 minutes, and then finished them off uncovered.  Nothing makes my starving younger son happier than having an entire fish to himself…

In my kitchen…

…are tinned Italian tomatoes.  Australian tomatoes have suffered so badly from the rain that it’s been uneconomical for us to make our homemade passata.  Additionally, the couple of batches we did make recently were watery and flavourless.

Thankfully, my mate Johnny at the cheese shop has started stocking the  fabulous Mutti range of Italian tomatoes and sauces.  Ignoring all my BPA concerns, I’ve stocked up on two types – the baby romas, and the San Marzano.  The latter are quite expensive ($3/tin), but ever since we’ve bought them, Pete has refused to use anything else.  Sigh…

The San Marzanos are grown in volcanic soil, and are the sweetest, thickest tinned tomatoes we’ve ever tasted.  So thick, in fact, that they often need to be diluted down with wine or water in a sauce!

The baby romas are fantastic – the small tomatoes keep their shape in the tin and often the finished dish will still have whole tomatoes in the sauce.  They’re far more affordable, at $20 per dozen tins.  And they’re much better than the tinned cherry toms we’ve bought in the past…

In my kitchen…

…is a new Emile Henry baking dish, in the most gorgeous aubergine/fig colour.  I found it at Peters of Kensington, reduced from $79 to $23.

I’m currently in the process of retiring all my heavy Le Creuset and La Chasseur cast iron pieces, and replacing them with Emile Henry cookware. I know the cast iron is magnificent, but honestly, the cookware was getting too heavy for me to manoeuvre and they were always such a bugger to wash!  The Emile Henry is lightweight, the Flame range goes onto the gas hob, and the dirty cookware goes straight into the dishwasher.

In my kitchen…

…is a little winter rhubarb from our garden.  We never knew that the stems would grow quite red in the colder weather…

We stewed the rhubarb with a little sugar and some of the frozen blackberries that we bought in Marrickville, and served it topped with Pete’s homemade Greek yoghurt and a little maple syrup…

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

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