For a while now I have been enjoying the monthly In My Kitchen blog event hosted by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. I love the opportunity to peek into other people’s kitchens from around the world. But you can only be a passenger for so long. Sooner or later you need to join in. So without further ado …
It has been a busy couple of weeks in my kitchen. I bought ten kilos of organic Tegan Blue plums from the local farmer’s market, which then meant I actually had to do something with them. I bottled the majority of them for use in crumbles through the winter months. I make a huge batch of crumble that I store in the freezer, then when I
need want desert I dump a bottle of plums into a dish, top with crumble and dessert is ready by the time you’ve eaten the main.
I made a small batch of low sugar Spiced Plum Jam with the rest of the plums. I have long wanted to preserve grapes in some manner, so I also made a small batch of Grape Ketchup. I think the recipe needs more tweaking but grapes have disappeared from my local market so that will now need to wait until next year. I poured some over chicken wings and roasted them. They were good but next time I will marinate them to see if the flavour penetrates the chicken.
I have a label programme that enables me to easily make labels for my jams. By labeling them I always have a ready gift should I need one (and I also don’t forget what was in the jar in the first place).
I made a batch of lime curd from some limes a friend gave me. No fancy labels on these ones – they are just for us.
There are now many, many limes in my kitchen. These ones are from my parent’s trees. I will juice most of these and freeze them in lime curd size batches so I can make curd when limes are scarce. I might also try to make a lime pickle if I can find a recipe that takes my fancy.
New cookbooks are a given in my kitchen. I bought these with a gift voucher my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday. I was curious about the ‘I Quit Sugar’ book after reading a couple of reviews. We don’t eat a lot of processed sugar in our house, but I still found the book to be full of interesting and well researched information. It has a very good selection of recipes for savoury snacks and breakfast to replace all those traditional sugary options. I haven’t had a chance to read Hugh properly yet.
I have been waiting for Jude Blereau’s new book since I first learnt she was writing it. I have been lucky to experience a few of the recipes in her classes so I know they are good. This signed copy was given to me by my lovely friend Sue.
This tea cosy was my Christmas present from mum. After much nagging she caved in and knitted it for me. It is one of my favourite things in my kitchen. Now all I need is a cover for my little tea pot (Only seven months till Christmas mum – just saying!).
And finally a Nutty Granola slice straight out of the oven. Maybe now The Princess will stop complaining there is nothing to eat.
I hope you have enjoyed a peek into my kitchen. Head over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what is going on in other people’s kitchens this month.