In My Kitchen – October 2012

In my kitchen:

Is proof I didn’t compost all my Rangpur Limes (aka mandarin/lemon crosses).  This is a small sample of the cordial I made.  We gave away as many as we could find homes for and then started squeezing.  The cordial is amazingly good.  We like it better than the lemon cordial I made earlier in the season.  I used 3 litres of juice, 1 kilogram of sugar and ½ teaspoon of metabisulphate (to preserve it).  I brought it all to the boil and then bottled it – very easy and no guilt.  All up, I made 9 litres.

In my kitchen:

Is my latest haul of goodies from Peter’s of Kensington on-line store.  I just love that site. They have such a variety of goods and all for very reasonable prices.  They are also very good if an item arrives broken or chipped.  The little blue baking dish is a replacement.  The first one arrived with a very small chip in it.  I sent it back – reply paid mail – and a new one arrived shortly thereafter.

My haul included these oven proof dishes.  The large ones are for individual pies and the small ones are for crème brûlées.

I think it is so much nicer to serve pies with no base in individual dishes (It is, virtually, impossible to cut the pastry and serve it like the magazine photos.)  I have been wanting to make individual pies all winter so I decided to buy these dishes ready for next winter.

I liked the crème brûlée in the big dish but I think individual dishes would be nicer so next time I make crème brûlée, it will be in these guys.

Also, in my haul were these lovely Corningware Etch Cornflower ramekins and dishes.  I seem to have been buying a lot of blue things lately so we have now officially decided that blue it is for our country kitchen.  The little ramekins will be useful for a myriad of things but I especially like the idea of individual blueberry and apple crumbles.

In my kitchen:

Is another lemon meringue pie.  My friends think the purpose of this blog is for them to view available dishes and then put in special requests:).  Lemon meringue pie is proving popular.  I don’t really know why; maybe it is its glam look.

In my kitchen:

Is this beautiful butter dish, a gift from my friend, Debbie.  It is Portmerion, Stoke on Trent – wild rose design.  It is just divine.  I am a very lucky woman, indeed.

In my kitchen:

Is what, to the untrained eye, may look like ordinary parsley but this is very special parsley for it is parsley from my garden!!  Yes, folks, I am now picking from my vegie patch!!  Tonight, we had silverbeet/rainbow chard, parsley and mint from the afore-mentioned vegie patch.  I love it so much.  I have wanted a vegie patch for years and years and years and now I have one.  I just stand and stare at it in wonder.  I will be doing an update soon to show off its progress.

In my kitchen:

Are the dariole molds I bought at Chef’s Warehouse on my Sydney trip. I am filling them with one of my favourite desserts – buttermilk panna cotta.

In my kitchen:

Is the finished product – buttermik panna cotta with cumquat syrup.  The recipe is here.  It is a wonderful dessert, so easy to make and it is cumquat season.  Yippee!  My neighbour, Renate, has a tree full of cumquats.  I am thinking of visiting her real soon:)

In my kitchen:

Is this cheerful plate I bought when I was in New Zealand a few years ago.  I bought it at Christchurch Airport whilst in transit.  It is hand painted and marked ‘Splashy 386’.  You can’t but smile when you see such a bright, cheerful piece.

So what is in your kitchen this month?

If you would like to see what is in other bloggers’ kitchens this month, visit Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  Celia hosts In My Kitchen each month.

37 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – October 2012

  1. I am having a lot of fun popping in to see what is in everyones kitchen. That is some haul you have there. I love the cornflower blue Corningware Etch! I also like a lot of small baking dishes and ramekins. I like picking up vintage bakeware here and there, they have many small dishes…and they are fun to collect. The colorful dish did make me smile! 😀 Thanks! 🙂

  2. Hi Glenda! What lovely things you have in your kitchen this month. I’m glad you found a use for all of those ‘mandarins’. Beautiful pie too.

    After reading your comment on my site, I realize that I owe you a Vitamix custard recipe! This one must’ve slipped my mind!

    Here is the link for the original recipe:
    https://www.vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/V/A/Vanilla-Custard-Sauce

    As you will read in the recipe, this custard was tested on a specific model. I’m not sure which one you have so you might have to adjust the processing time (longer or shorter). It is helpful if your ingredients are at room temperature too. Also, I prefer to use cornstarch over flour and use 3 egg yolks in my custard recipe. I had success making my version in the Vitamix, so maybe you can use your own personal recipe too? And finally, the consistency of this custard is sauce like, but not as thick as a pudding.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Good luck 🙂

    • Hi Emilie, I must admit I got a bit impatient and made the recipe out of the book that came with the Vitamix. I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I will try again with cornstarch and 3 egg yolks. Thanks for the link. Have you got the dry bowl as well? I have, and use it all the time. I grate parmesan cheese in it, crack wheat and grind anything I want finer than it came.

      • I agree, the original recipe wasn’t my favorite either. After my first attempt, I read online that some had success while others did not… who knows why. Hopefully you’ll find something that works or maybe it’s back to cooking custard the old fashioned way! Yes, I do have the dry bowl and it’s fantastic 🙂

        • Hi Emilie, I am not that keen on ‘cooking’ in a blender. That is why I haven’t been interested in all the Thermomix hype. I just thought I would give it a go when I saw yours.

  3. that lemon meringue pie does look glam – and you are filling me with yearning for more individual pie dishes – love your pretty butterdish and colourful plates – gorgeous colours in your kitchen

  4. Wow, so much happening in your kitchen! I think I’m the only person who does not have a lemon meringue pie in their kitchen – such a sad state of affairs. And well done re the vege patch – I grow stuff on my balcony and LOVE it out there.

  5. What a lovely collection. Blue is my fav colour too, and I have realised there is NO blue in my kitchen!! It seems to be restricted to my wardrobe.
    Fresh parsley from the garden…that must have been a wonderful dinner. Look forward to the progress on the veggie patch 🙂

    • Hiya ME&F.
      Thanks for visiting. I know that everyone in Perth can grow parsley, mint and silverbeet but at least I am doing it.
      Buy some blue…

  6. What a good idea, my special request for next time is the Creme Brulee!!! It should look lovely in those blue dishes.
    I like the New Zealand plate by the way, very querky.

  7. Glenda, I just love it all! I laughed when I saw your big PoK order – you’re hooked now, and I know the feeling! 🙂 I’m so glad you found a use for your “not Tahitian” limes. 😉

    The lemon meringue pie looks amazing, no wonder you’re getting requests, and I have one too – next month, can you please show us the plate the pie is on if you haven’t already done so? It looks magnificent. And I can’t tell you how excited I am that you’re eating from the veggie patch! It’s just the best feeling ever, isn’t it? 🙂 xx

    • Celia, I have been hooked for a long time. At first, my excuse was ‘I have two kitchens’ but now both kitchens are extremely well stocked … (sigh). Now we seem to say as I press the button ‘we can afford it’. What does that mean? I think it is just acceptance that this is what makes me happy.

      My ‘not Tahitian’ limes have all gone. Yesterday, I stripped the Lemonade tree, the Meyer tree and the Valencia orange tree so the saga continues. I am not going to make marmalade because we don’t eat that much of it and I usually get a gift of one or two jars a year which lasts us. I am thinking of glaceing (is there such a word?) some of the oranges.

      The plate? You have us scratching our heads. I will certainly show it off next month, but we are not sure where it comes from. We think Israel. It was a gift from a friend with whom I have lost contact. I use it all the time. It is virtually flat which is great for sliding pies onto.

  8. Wow what a haul you have. I notice you have some lovely Speigalau glassware there, some of my favourite. The Dariole moulds you bought are fantastic aren’t they? I look forward to seeing lots of great dishe s cooked in these.

  9. Glenda, such a stash of good things in your kitchen this month! I love the Corningware Etch. One of the PR companies sent me a pie dish and the oblong baker, in the moss green. Just gorgeous. In fact, my latest asparagus recipe features Etch. I love the white bakeware too. I have a huge collection of it, many of which I bought from secondhand stores! The butterdish is gorgeous and I want a slice of lemon meringue pie and a serve of panna cotta right now, please.

    • Hi Lizzy, I really do like the Corningware Etch. There is a wide range of sizes and shapes in the dishes. I am thinking of putting more of it on my Christmas list. We still have some buttermilk panna cotta so you are more than welcome to one if you drop in:)

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