Is my new storage box that Maus made. As you all know, we alternate between two houses. We have well-stocked pantries in both houses but there are some things we just don’t want to double up on. So we take a number of items back and forth in case we need them in the other house. I usually use a cut-off wine box for the job but Maus decided it just wasn’t up to scratch. My box fits perfectly in our oversized esky. She is such a sweetie, sometimes ….
Is my new biscuit docker.
With a bit of nagging, Maus eventually came good. Now, when I make round biscuits, I can dock them in a perfect circle. 🙂
In my kitchen:
Is some chilli jam. Last month, I featured yet more chillies from my garden (they are still coming). Elizabeth, from Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, suggested I make chilli jam with them. Here is a link to the recipe. Thanks, Elizabeth. It is a very nice recipe and very easy to make. The only issue I had was when to stop cooking it. Elizabeth said to cook until it is the consistency you want. This is easier said than done. I usually make jam too thick so I was a bit cautious, but this time I think I left it a bit runny – oh, well, it still tastes the same. I made nine small jars. Six went to a charity stall and I kept three for myself, which I figure is plenty.
Is a wonderful vinegar mother. Look at that woman go!! This is the jar I featured in last month’s IMK post. What a difference.
I now have three vinegar mothers going and know how to easily produce one. Next step is to try, again, at making vinegar from fruit, not from commercial wine or apple cider. Back to the drawing board.
In the meantime, a tablespoon a day will keep the doctor away.
Is this magnificent filet crochet tablecloth. It was my mum’s and it is totally hand made. The story behind the tablecloth is lovely. My grandmother had seven daughters and she planned to make a tablecloth for each daughter. Sadly, she developed cancer and died, aged 39, before all the tablecloths were made. She was in the middle of making one when she died. One of her dear friends finished it. I think mine was that tablecloth. Isn’t that a lovely story of love and friendship?
Is the start of something great, I hope. Recently, my sister was staying in my house looking after my dogs and came across a pattern for a lovely filet crochet tablecloth that she had given me many years ago. The pattern originally belonged to my cousin, Jennifer. When I first saw it, I loved it. It has a teapot, cup and saucer, sugar bowl and spoon and milk jug along each side. In each corner are the words 5 o’clock tea. I have crocheted one jug and you can see the words 5 o’clock tea being formed in the first corner. At the moment, I am really enjoying it but I get bored easily and wonder how I will go doing all four sides. I will give up-dates of my progress (if there is any).
Are the last of the pomegranates. I picked these guys ages ago and put them in the cool room. The other day was wet so I decided it was time to do something with them.
… which made about one cup of pomegranate molasses. For those who are interested, here is the link to the pomegranate molasses recipe. It is very simple to make. Again, the only hard part is working out when to stop cooking. Last year’s was a bit thick – this year’s is a bit thin. Poor me.
Is a big bowl of dried liver. To be honest, there is always a big bowl of dried liver in my kitchen. It is the only treat my dogs get. They absolutely love it. It is easy to make and is much, much cheaper (and better for them) than buying commercial dog treats.
In my kitchen:
Is some spiced creamed honey from Nannup. Maus bought it at A Taste of the Blackwood which is a Bridgetown food festival showcasing food produced in the Blackwood River area. The spices are a very nice touch.
Is my collection of bread bags we bought in Portugal last year. For some reason, I missed them when showcasing all my purchases from the trip. Maus bought them. I did ask, as she bought the third one (the lovely embroidered one, bottom right), why we needed three bread bags but she was not deterred. It sits nicely in the linen cupboard and the other two get used regularly. I think cloth bags are the best way to store bread.
In my kitchen:
Is broccoli and more broccoli. We eat a lot of broccoli so we are getting through it. One day, I picked four heads, blanched them and froze the florets. We probably won’t have enough to last until our summer crop is ready but it will be close. Next year, I plan to be self-sufficient in broccoli.
Is this magnificent fennel bulb. Alas, I didn’t grow it. It is a gift from my generous neighbour, Renate.
I made a lovely fennel and orange salad with half of it. I haven’t decided what to do with the other half.
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.