Sunday, December 1, 2013

In My Kitchen - December

This month's In My Kitchen will be a bit of a wrap up of last month as I had lots of comments asking me about the purple cauliflower and spices. Thanks for the comments I love it!!

Also please check out At My Tradition and feel free to join in and share your tradition for this time of year with us. This is my offering.

In my kitchen....
....is the magically aroma of Christmas.
The spices from last month's in my kitchen have been bagged up or put into jars ready for whenever you need an emergency dose of Christmas. They will be a table gift on Christmas day.


 
In my kitchen....
....is the answer to all the purple cauliflower questions.
  • The flavour is the same
  • The colour fades a little with cooking but this variety did not  turn white when cooked
  • Blanching it and tossing into an acidy vinaigrette turns it hot pink!!
  • Thinking back to my Science of Gastronomy course adding bi carb soda would turn it blue...yum

 I left it a bit too long before picking so it looked a bit like coral
 
 It doesn't look the most appetising cauliflower cheese but I loved it.
 
 Delicious as a salad with broadbeans too
 
 
In my kitchen/garden.....
....are small pots of herbs growing to be a gift for each of my guests at Christmas. I have planted, basil, thyme and parsley seeds which will then get a bow added before the big day. It doesn't look like it in the picture but there are little green leaves sprouting so I think we will be on track in another 3 weeks.....worse case scenario I have a nursery up the road for any emergency lack of growth lol
 

 
In my Kitchen.....
....is an abundance of Christmas baking which I will eventually get to documenting the recipes for, maybe I'm just really really prepared for next year!
 


 
They come in regular and xtra large...
 

 In my kitchen.....
.....is a note book of all my baking plans which is totally inspired by the bake off pictures, I just wish I could get down on paper the images in my head.
 
The result of all these dreams is a Christmas CroquenNutbouche and a whole heap of dishes!


Thanks AB, you have to do everything around here!
 
Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens.

36 comments:

  1. G'day Jason and wow, can I come to your kitchen and play? TRUE!
    Love the colorful broccoli and love science experiments...Your Christmas CroquenNutbouche is quite unique like you too!
    Thank you for sharing this month's kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Hi Joanne, I was just thinking we would play well together when I saw your kitchen! I'll pop back to comment there.
      cheers
      Jason

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  2. Jason, I just left a comment but it disappeared. Hope it came through on your end. (Please delete this one if it did!)

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    1. Hi Kim, no sorry, what a pain this was the only one I got, but thanks for stopping by :)

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    2. Jason, I'll give it another go. The designs on your baked goods are so pretty! I also loved your idea of an emergency dose of Christmas (ala spice sachets.) That's a scent I could inhale year-round -- or before tackling a pile of dishes. ;) Glad to hear you had some help!

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    3. Jason, I'll give it another go. The designs on your baked goods are so pretty! I also loved your idea of an emergency dose of Christmas (ala spice sachets.) That's a scent I could inhale year-round -- or before tackling a pile of dishes. ;) Glad to hear you had some help!

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    4. Thanks Kim, I count my blessings every day to have such a good kitchen hand, or as I am informed i'm on a "bloody good deal" lol

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  3. That's it. I'm coming to your place for coffee and cake! Lovely round up. Happy baking!

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    1. You are welcome anytime, i'll pop the kettle on
      cheers
      Jason

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  4. Jason, you spun sugar!! What a star you are! How great that your purple cauli kept its colour, and love the look of all your Christmas baking! And can I just say that the spices in organza bags is a genius gift idea? They look so festive! xx

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    1. hehe not quite a star yet, there are varying results (yes I really must measure!) :)

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  5. Hi Jason. I can't believe how organised you are. Your guests sure are lucky to be at your table. All the best for the festive season.

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    1. It's all an act lol my biggest problem is i'll keep thinking of new things and want to do more and more, I need to learn restraint :)

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  6. Your Christmas CroquenNutbouche is just magical.

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    1. I love those drawings in your kitchen book. And that is a serious amount of baking!

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    2. Thank you, it's almost ready but I think i'll blog it as a work in progress. I do possibly go over board with the baking (never) but practice makes perfect.....

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  7. Such a lovely idea to pot up herbs for guests, and to grow them yourself makes them even more special. Nice touch!

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  8. Such a lovely idea to give potted herbs to your guests, and handmade is always such a treat. Nice touch!

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    1. Thanks, fingers crossed they are ready in time

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  9. I love all the spices in a bag! Star anise and cardamom pods are my favorite. I make a chai tea mix that is pretty with spices, too.
    The notebook with your Christmas ideas for baking is such a good idea. I make lists that I keep from year to year and add or subtract according to the recipients comments. But a notebook makes more sense!
    Thanks for sharing- I'm going over to see your tradition sharing next!

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    1. Hi Heidiannie, I'll have to give your chai tea a try, I love the idea of it but haven't found one I really like. I think the frustrated artist gets to play in the notebook, there is just a desire to be creativity regardless of the medium, plus no calories in the pictures lol
      cheers
      Jason

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  10. Inventive and so well prepared for Christmas! The purple cauliflower looks very successful.

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    1. Thanks Anne, I loved the caulies they will be a repeat in the garden for sure
      cheers
      Jason

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  11. So many interesting things happening in your kitchen...I'm not surprised that you don't have a chance to blog about it all :) I know the feeling...so many ideas and little projects going on but not enough hours in the day. But thank goodness Christmas comes along each year! Loved your gift ideas!

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    1. I know where does the time go?? It's easy fixed though, who needs sleep? hehe
      cheers
      Jason

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  12. Can I put an order in for a large mince pie please? I have to admit to being a complete Christmas bah humbug so there won't be a tree or cookies going on and I'll have to live vicariously through pictures like yours. Although I may pinch your idea of giving every one a herb pot that is genius.

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    1. You can order any time:) my advice with the herb pot is start in October (or buy seedlings)....I'm out there every morning giving them the Christmas deadline chat but they aren't quite micro herbs yet lol

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  13. Loving the look of that cauli with the vibrant green beans. I'm not doing any Christmas baking this year which is a blessed relief at it was nearly 40c in the week before Christmas last year. Still, it seems strange not to be making at least some. Your guests are very lucky - the fruit cake with nuts looks particularly yum. Happy Christmas DBS - TIFFIN

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    1. Hey Tiffin, Merry Christmas to you, that is one of the downside to OZ life the heat from Christmas baking! Although it may snow this year the way Melbourne weather is going. Hope you stay cool.
      cheers
      Jason

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  14. Hi Jason!

    I'm impressed with your Christmas preparations - those goodies look divine! And now I know what to do if I get my hands on one of those purple caulies! Thanks for sharing!

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Marian,
      thanks, the caulies were delicious and I suspect a good way to get kids to eat veg with all the colour (no kids can't test the theory)
      cheers and Merry Christmas to you!!
      Jason

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  15. Your Christmas CroquenNutbouche is spectacular! All your baked goodies look amazing! I can just imagine how grand it smells in your kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Marianne for stopping by, there is nothing more joyous than the smell of baking :)
      cheers
      Jason

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  16. that purple cauliflower is just mesmerising!!!! :)

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  17. Ha! I know that view of the kitchen sink well! What a gorgeous coloured cauliflower.

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