Saturday, November 2, 2013

In My Kitchen - November

Here I was thinking I was so organised having November's In My Kitchen ready to go by the 2nd and I see there is already a whole Contiki world tour of kitchens to explore! (I'm probably still the only boy)

In my kitchen......
.....is a set of adjustable baking frames that retail for $130 but for me $14 yay Ebay!!
 In my kitchen.....
.....is a 1000* year old woman's weekly recipe card *(possible exaggeration). It is not from the original set from my childhood, but I can't remember if it was from an op shop or a set I saw at a garbage recycle shop. It is the only one I have kept, a Christmas staple but now days I'm off pudding duty as AB's mum makes their grandmothers recipe. I still make it for Christmas in July which often happens around August.
 
In my kitchen.....
.....is the left overs of AB's birthday cake! Hip! Hip!
AB adores Chico's (I can't stand them) so they feature heavily around the birthday celebrations. This is Chico ice cream I made for him. This year I messed about with the Fraisier cake but replaced the strawberries with Chicos and added choc chips to the crème patissiere. I happy with it as a first draft but will tweak a few elements before the next birthday rolls along.  

 

In my kitchen.....
.....is a whole lotta spices. I have bought a couple of bulk bags for some upcoming crafty gifts. I'm not sure there will be enough sesame seeds as I'm using truck loads for my fig and pistachio loaf and the chickens go wild for them! I guess birds and seeds it makes sense.
 
 
I'm my kitchen.....
...is an invitation
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In the style of In My Kitchen, in December I invite everyone to join "At My Tradition..."
 
This is an opportunity for everyone to share their end of year traditions, Christmas, Chanukah, other religious and non religious celebrations or non celebrations. What do you do? What to you eat? What you wear? (too personal??) 
I would rather know about and acknowledge everyone's various beliefs and traditions than adopt the "offending no one" beige approach.  
 
Write a post in December and send me a link so I can share it with everyone. It is open to everyone it doesn't have to be food related.
 
I don't want to give anything away but I may have first hand knowledge of helping out the jolly man in the red suit........
 
Thanks to Joanne who planted a seed with one of her comments and also Celia whose concept I'm borrowing.
 
In my kitchen....
....will be 2 beautiful purple cauliflowers. They were a complete surprise in the garden as I had forgotten I planted them and saw them as under performing broccoli till I noticed their gorgeous purple glow. I might pick them and freeze them for the Christmas table.
 
 
Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens.

30 comments:

  1. Best birthday cake ever in the world!

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  2. I adore your cauliflowers. Brilliant colour. I'd love to join in your christmas challenge, but somehow you're going to have to remind me closer to the time!

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  3. Hi Jason. You poor baby being the only boy. I am sure you will cope!! I need more details on those adjustable baking frames (in case I need some). What do they do? What are they for? Normally a picture is worth a thousand words but not in this case.
    I am not so sure about your birthday cake. It is a wee bit naughty. That cauliflower is weird. Tell me it has been photoshopped.

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    1. Hi Glenda, the baking frames keep everything lined up if doing layered things like an opera cake etc, not sure what i'm using them for but at that price I could let it go.
      Mother nature is responsible for the cauliflower, not an airbrush or Photoshop in sight.
      why is the cake naughty?

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  4. Honestly, before reading this post, I'd never heard of a Chico before (except, of course, a chico roll :)). I LOVE your purple caulis, do they taste any different from regular ones? And the baking frames were a fabulous find!

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    1. I think chico's are more of a Victorian thing as I don't remember them growing up (nsw), just jelly babies. They are a choc liquorice, I'm not a fan lol
      Not sure about cauli, I have a suspicion they will turn white when cooked. Might need to do a raw salad to keep the colour.

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  5. Why are you going to freeze those gorgeous cauliflowers? I'm assuming they taste OK? I'm going to have to pop back over to see what you make with those spices of yours too. An eclectic IMK post!!

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    1. Hi Nancy, I was going to freeze them only so I could have them for Christmas lunch I don't think they will survive another 2 months. I would say they taste the say as white cauliflower, I'll keep you posted :)

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  6. G'day Jason and great kitchen view!
    LOVE vintage recipe cards and never heard of baking frames before, so thank you for allowing me today to learn something new!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Celia's IMK

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    1. Hey Joanne, thanks. A couple of people have asked about the frames so I better hurry up and blog using them......although at this rate I think I'm full till January lol some much to blog so little time :)
      cheers
      Jason

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  7. Those caulis! What an incredible thing to discover in your garden. Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, I was thrilled as they got zero attention, It's been just over a year since the chickens arrived so I think they are working their magic in the garden....when not eating it!

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  8. I'm wondering what crafty thing you are doing with the spices? The Christmas posting sounds good to me for December- I'm in. And I'm looking forward to hearing more about the frames, as well.
    I've had the purple cauliflower and it does indeed change color when cooked and tastes just like, well, cauliflower! :)

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    1. Hi Heidiannie, thanks for the tip on the cauliflowers, so raw will be the way to go to keep the colour. Look forward to hearing about your traditions:)
      And all will be revealed with the spices....its a fine line with Christmas posting when is too early?? I might start on Easter eggs soon as they'll be in the shops soon lol

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  9. Love those little baby Chicos… and that recipe from the AWW is a cracker!

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  10. Thanks Lizzy, gotta love a good pinch of nostalgia

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  11. fabulous post. There seems to be a vintage/nostelia theme going on in everyones kitchens so far that I've seen. I like it.

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    1. Thanks, it's interesting the way you look at "stuff" in your kitchen when you have to write about it.

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  12. I want the baking frames they were a real find. I cant believe you have those gorgeous chicos on your cake. Very cute. I sure he loved it eh?. I would be over the moon if I found a purple cauliflower in my garden

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  13. I love your kitchen and this post made me laugh. The chico cake especially brought on the giggles because I didn't know what a chico was. My first thought was, "He made ice cream out of chiko rolls??? weird." Then I googled them.

    Great post.

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  14. Love politically incorrect chicos too. Have you steeped them in vodka for a chocolate flavour? Highly recommended. That cauliflower is brilliant! I'm also tendering my RSVP to join your Traditions party. Thanks.

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    1. Hey Fiona, no never put them in vodka, might have to try as I don't like them only AB does, but the vodka could help lol
      I'm so glad you'd like to join my tradition, it should be exciting from the response people have given so far. cheers Jason

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  15. Thanks Maureen,
    I have made meatlovers icecream in the past so anything is possible!
    It seems that the chico must be a Victoria delight as lots of readers haven't heard of them
    :)

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  16. Do you think the cauliflowers would keep their colour if they're roasted? Guess it doesn't matter as they're a bonus but they look fab.

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    1. Hi Anne, i'm not sure about the colour when roasted. I used one in a salad where I just blanched it and the colour did hold. There was a bit of magic too as if I put the hot cauliflower into the dressing rather than water, the acid turned them a bright fluro purple/red. I'll give roasting a go and let you know.
      cheers
      Jason

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  17. fantastic cauliflower - I wish I could discover such gems in my garden (yeah I know you need to plant them first). Love the chico cake and am intrigued by the baking frames (never heard of them). Will think about your event - sounds like fun

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