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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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In my kitchen…

…is a box of cherries, a gift to Small Man from his Great Aunt Liz, who purchased them at the farm door in Young on their way to Sydney. The lighter coloured variety are Eagles; the darker ones are the more traditional Supremes.  Both are superb, despite 2010 being a difficult season due to heavy rainfalls in the region.

In my kitchen…

…is a bag of the most amazing salt pyramids I’ve ever seen –  a gift from our ever generous friend Moo.  The crystals are huge!

In my kitchen…

…is a bowl of garden hodge-podge – today’s lunch. New potatoes, carrots, cavolo nero, tomatoes and parsley from our backyard were combined with chorizo sausage, rosemarino pasta (so called because the shape resembles rosemary leaves) and tinned lentils, finished with chopped preserved lime.  Incredibly tasty, even though it was simply cooked in water without any added seasonings!

In my kitchen…

…are bonbonnieres from the Jackhammer’s christening, for which the wee man wore a shiny white Elvis suit and cap.  Truly, I have the coolest friends…

In my kitchen…

…are six logs of freezer shortbread cookie dough, ready for last minute baking and gifts…

In my kitchen…

…are a bag of blueberry and oat cookies, a gift from Brydie, who accompanied them with the most gorgeous hand-drawn chicken card!

In my kitchen…

…is a gift from Iris, Andrea’s mother.  Every year she bakes us one of her pan de pascua, traditional Chilean Christmas cake.  She’s very secretive about her recipe, and rightly so, as it’s delicious!  I love that my friends’ parents feel the need to feed us – we had mince pies from Nic’s mum recently as well..

So tell me, what’s happening in your kitchen this festive season?

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In my kitchen…

…sits a dish of beetroot dip, made by roasting whole beets,  and then pureeing the peeled vegetable with a little garlic, olive oil, salt and a pinch each of ground coriander, cumin and sweet smoked paprika.  Very moreish!

In my kitchen…

…are several bespoke chocolate bars. One of nicest things about learning to temper chocolate is that it has allowed us  to create custom blends that we just can’t buy in stores.

Pete’s favourite is a  50:50 blend of Callebaut 811 54% and Sao Thome origin 70%.  I’m blissfully happy to be able to make it for him…

Small Man, on the other hand, is a lover of milk chocolate – these Belcolade Venezuela 43% bars (with just a little Callebaut Milk 823 added) were made for him, using fantastic “golden ticket” moulds from Candyland Crafts

In my kitchen…

…is a whole filleted Atlantic salmon.  The fillets will be divided into dinner portions for the freezer, the bones will be used in a fish stock and the head  will eventually become a Malaysian fish head curry.  Don’t laugh – the only thing I had to pin-bone the fillets with were my eyebrow tweezers!

In my kitchen…

…is a bowl of corn chowder, perfect fare for our cold Sydney weather.  Although I do confess to making it just so I could give the leftover corn cobs to the chickens!

In my kitchen…

…are three spelt sourdough baguettes, inspired by my dear friend Joanna’s blog post. The boys enjoyed a school holiday lunch of baguette hot dogs, with Dijon mustard and homemade tomato relish…

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

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In my kitchen…

…are some jars of pickled garlic, made with Diana and Ian’s homegrown produce and using a recipe from Pam Corbin’s wonderful Preserves book…

In my kitchen…

…I’m sipping on a cup of hot mint tea, made with a mix of Chinese green  tea and fresh spearmint from our garden. I’m drinking out of the most beautiful tea cup which my friend Donnie bought me from T2…

In my kitchen…

…is a plate of Australian tiger prawns, bought fresh from the Sydney Fish Markets.  Big Boy and I are going to have them for lunch today!

In my kitchen…

…are two gorgeous copper bowls.  I’ve longed for beautiful copper cookware, but have always been dissuaded by the hefty pricetag.  So when I spotted these two bowls at Chefs’ Warehouse for under $20 each, I couldn’t resist!  They’re serving bowls, copper on the outside, lined with stainless steel.

In my kitchen…

…is a half-batch of these seriously decadent chocolate brownies (the other half is in the freezer).  They’re simple to make, but the large quantity of sugar makes them a nibble-only food…

What’s happening in your kitchen this weekend?

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