In my kitchen (well, close enough…):
Is the second haul of olives, all packed up ready for the presser. This lot was a bit green when we picked them but it was a race to see who could get them first, the birds or us. This haul was about 150kgs. Maus and I took 3 days to pick them. We are now the proud owners of about 40 litres of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. It is so satisfying to use oil from your own trees.
Is a little sample of the oil. We are very proud of it. This lot is a beautiful golden yellow. It is the oil produced from the trees in the background of the top photo. BTW, the fence is to keep three little Bichons close at hand.
Are cherry tomatoes. They are certainly late this year but are finally producing like mad. As usual, I planted them in Spring but I had put loads of alpaca poo into my vegie patch which is, apparently, very high in nitrogen. As a consequence, the plants spent the first few months doing nothing but growing like mad. When they eventually decided to fruit, it was already late in the season. They are now at their peak but it is really too cold for them so they are not ripening that well. As a result, I am picking the fruit as it turns and letting them sit a few days in the kitchen to turn red. This lot made a lovely soup.
The San Marzano are looking particularly sick but the cherry tomatoes appear to have plenty of steam left in them. I guess it will just depend on how the weather holds out.
Are more cherry tomatoes. This lot are destined for tomato sauce. They were picked a couple of days after the previous photo. You will all be glad to hear that I have stuck by my resolve not to preserve any tomatoes this year. I am very proud of myself.
Is Jamie Oliver’s Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese from his book, 30 Minute Meals. I don’t have the book but my sister Juanita mentioned to me that she had been making this dish for her grand children and they love it. As she was speaking, my ears pricked up. I was already substituting the frozen broccoli in the freezer that neither Maus nor I can stomach (urrrr, take my advice, never freeze broccoli) for the cauliflower. The broccoli worked really well in the recipe as the cauliflower (aka the broccoli), is broken up into small pieces so the texture is not that important. We still have half a bag. I think the dogs will be getting it. If you have the book, check out the recipe. It is definitely a winner.
In my kitchen:
Are some moulds. Last month, when I showed my miserable haul from Melbourne, I forgot about my find at an Op Shop on Sydney Road, Brunswick. I bought two of this design. I immediately thought of my fledgling career as a chocolatier – and chocolate sticks.
Is a heart mould also purchased from that Op Shop and a …
triangle mould. I was still thinking “chocolates” when I added this to my haul but I wasn’t home long when my mind turned to soap. I am obsessed with making soap and thought they would make great little guest soaps so …
Are some cute little soaps made out of my Op Shop chocolate moulds. Excuse the glitter, I can’t help myself. I love a bit of bling. The little triangles are perfect but the little hearts are a bit naff and small for guest soaps. Now I am thinking I could embed them in a larger cake of soap but am not sure whether I can embed cured soap. Tania, if you are out there, …
In my kitchen:
Is another Melbourne purchase. It is a giant silicon ice cube mould. I already have one that I bought on a Sydney trip. It is great. The large ice cubes take much longer to melt than smaller ones. But when I saw this in Melbourne, I didn’t think of ice, I thought of soap. When you get into soaping, everything looks like a potential soap mould. I have already used it and the soaps turned out very cute.
In my kitchen:
Is another mould. This time I bought it specifically to make soap embeds. See, I told you I was obsessed. I guess I could also use it to make cute chocolates but I haven’t been doing much with chocolate lately. Maus is so desperate for chocolate, she has taken to eating the buttons straight from the bag.
In my kitchen:
Is some mastic. I recently made a mastic and rose water rice pudding (which was bloody nice and I should have done a post on it but it is a bit tricky taking photos when you have guests). Our guests were particularly interested in the mastic as they had seen it used on My Kitchen Rules or Master Chef (I am not certain which one, I don’t watch either) in a savoury dish. Interesting because I have only ever heard of it in desserts. Anyhow, for those who don’t know, this is what mastic looks like. I really like the flavour but a little goes a long way. If you are in Perth and wondering where you can get it, we bought this from Perth Lebanese Bakery in President Street, Kewdale.
Is this very cute tea towel. Tea towels are a killer to photograph but I just had to show off this one. We recently went to see Hannah Gadsby. She was in Perth for the Perth Comedy Festival (BTW, her show was called Donkey) and she was selling autographed tea towels to raise funds for Amnesty International. I love a good signature so Maus lined up to get one for me. I guess the autograph will wash out if I ever use it. Oh, well…
Are some more bad photographs of some very nice tea towels (I figured “in for a penny, in for a pound”). I think this one is just gorgeous. My sister bought it in Scotland. I just love the colours. As you all know, I am a bit of a pink girl. Some girls just never grow out of the pink stage.
Is another lovely tea towel. Juanita also bought this one.
Is a tea towel our neighbours in Perth gave us the other day as a little ‘Thankyou’. It is certainly very striking.
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.