I am late with my “In My Kitchen” post this month and it is for good reason. The first of November came and went and, to be honest, there was nothing new, or even remotely interesting, in my kitchen. I was in Perth and our Perth kitchen has been pared down to the bare minimum. To make matters worse, I could not even show you some produce from my vegie patch.
All that changed when I arrived in Bridgetown. 😀
Firstly, as you can see, there are two strawberries, in my Bridgetown kitchen.
I am aware that Bizzy Lizzy has a big bowl of home grown strawberries in her kitchen but compared to what was on offer (see below) on November 1st, two strawberries are very exciting. They are the first strawberries I have ever grown and, they say, “from small things big things grow”.
I must admit, my two strawberries have been strategically placed so you can’t see where the local millipedes have had a bite or two.
Also, in my kitchen…
Is a brown onion. It is the first of many, I hope. None of the others have fallen over but this one had, so I decided to pick it.
Also in my kitchen…
Is a very steady supply of asparagus. Two months ago, I did forewarn you that, by this time, I may be sick of asparagus. Well… I like asparagus, but a little goes a long way. I also have quite a few beetroot in the fridge and have a ready supply of avocados. I am not sure what I am going to do with the beetroot. We have had baked beetroot and I have made beetroot and chocolate muffins. Maybe, I will use some in a salad. Hopefully, we will have a bit more variety from the vegie patch soon.
There is not much produce to be had in my Perth garden but there are curry leaves from my curry tree (Murraya koenigii). The curry tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree but does ok in Perth. It is growing under my Cocos Palms. Its leaves are used in many Indian and Sri Lankan dishes.
On 1 November, there were kaffir lime leaves in my kitchen from my small potted kaffir lime tree. There were also cardamom leaves but I am not sure whether you can eat them so I decided to quit whilst I was ahead. See, now you can understand why I delayed my post and why two millipede-eaten strawberries are so exciting.
In my kitchen:
Is a pot stand. It has been in our kitchen for, at least, 30 years. It sits next door to my stove. It was made by the father of my old mate, Jann. Jann’s dad is no longer with us but his pot stand is. That’s what is so wonderful about making things. When you are long gone, your handiwork will still be around, used and loved by someone.
In my kitchen:
Is a tray Maus made. I think it is one of the first things she ever made. She made it before she had any power tools – the dove tails were all cut by hand. This tray is in Bridgetown and we use it almost every day.
Is Maus’ Gran’s sugar bowl. This sugar bowl demonstrates how different Maus and I are. If it was my grandmother’s sugar bowl, it would be sitting in the back of the cupboard, unloved and tarnished but Maus regularly polishes her bowl and it gets used regularly.
Whilst on the subject of trays, which we were …
In my kitchen:
Is a tray made from Tasmanian Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum). Tasmanian Sassafras is found in Tasmania’s native forests, where it is one of the dominant species. It, generally, grows in well-drained rainforests in cool damp conditions. I bought this tray when I was in Tasmania visiting Jann (whose dad made the pot stand) years ago.
In my kitchen is:
Another tray. This one is decorated with decoupage. Maus has been collecting wine and beer labels for thirty years now and was going to get into decoupage one day. I bought her the tray because I loved it and thought it would show her just what she could do with decoupage. Alas, the wine and beer labels are still in boxes somewhere but the tray is well loved and well used.
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.