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In my kitchen…

…are a kilo of spunta potatoes.  We’re planning to grow this variety, so we bought a kilo at the markets to try them.

The spuntas are white skinned with yellow, floury flesh.  To ensure a fair taste test, I pricked the skins and dry-roasted them in a hot oven.  They were absolutely delicious with a little butter and salt…

In my kitchen…

…are challah loaves, my contribution to the Mellow Bakers’ October bake-off.  This Jeffrey Hamelman recipe uses two whole eggs and four egg yolks, resulting in a golden crumb.  In addition, eggwashing the crust gave it an amazing glow – as Joanna pointed out, it’s a little reminiscent of polished antique wood!

In my kitchen…

…are two bone china mugs from the new Maxwell & Williams Kimono range, bought for my mother’s birthday.  Bone china used to be prohibitively expensive, but in recent years the price has dropped dramatically, and these gorgeous, dishwasher-safe mugs were just a tiny $10 each…

In my kitchen…

…are thick steaks being salted, according to a method taught on the Steamy Kitchen blog.  Don’t worry – the salt doesn’t stay on the steaks; it’s there to draw liquid out of the meat to ensure a tender finished dish.  It works well too, although it’s important to ensure the salt doesn’t stay on too long, or the meat becomes quite salty (even though it’s washed off after an hour)…

In my kitchen…

…are Syrian figs – a new discovery for us.  We love figs, but we’ve mainly used Turkish or Persian (the little wild ones) until now.  These Syrian figs are sun-dried, smaller than their Turkish counterparts, and very sweet.  Perfect for eating straight!

In my kitchen…

…are treasures from Roula and Mary’s stall at Flemington Markets.  Below are baby king browns, oyster mushrooms, and fresh shitake from Korea.  Roula also gave me a container of magnificent dried porcini – when I lifted the lid to take a photo, the aroma filled the whole kitchen!

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

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Some photos of this week’s market purchases…

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The Korean stall had these gorgeous mushrooms – enoki, trumpet, shitake, baby and mature King Browns.  I combined them with some cheaper button mushrooms and a handful of dried porcini to make mushroom soup for dinner.  The different varieties provided the dish with a complex, satisfying flavour.

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Just look at this guy!  Cooked Spanner crabs (known as Kona crabs in the US) were just $6.99/kilo, so I was able to buy three of these for $7.50.  I bought them more for novelty value than anything else, as I’d never seen a crab that looked quite like this.  Most of the meat is in the body, with just a little in the claws and legs.

I picked all the meat, mixed it with Japanese mayonnaise and a little chilli sauce, then served it as a spread on thinly sliced sourdough bread.  Made a fantastic starter, but lots of work – I’m not sure I’d go to all that effort again.  Having said that, it’s always nice to try something different for a change!

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