Sunday, June 8, 2014

In My Kitchen - June

Maybe I'm getting old but I think I have to start another In My Kitchen post with has it really been another month already??
At least it's not just me as when AB asked what I was writing he responded with "but didn't you just do that?"
Ok so that's how many sleeps till Christmas I hear you ask??????
In My Kitchen....... an epic purchase fail!
I had people over dinner but didn't have a menu planned so it evolved while shopping.....the best plan.
Dessert ended up as pandan ice cream with kaffir lime and coconut cake and chilli almond praline just to ensure every course had chilli!
I spied these coconut flakes and thought they would be a great addition to the cake for a garnish with height. 
One slight problem, I believed they would be crisp like a chip but no old wood shavings is probably a more accurate description!
I then soaked them in water thinking they might soften like a shitake mushroom which I thought could still work, but no, nothing changed.
So has anyone used them and what on earth do you do with them??? Potpourri??

Recipes for both will be coming soon
The cake was inspired by a bay cake I saw a while ago, I think from someone in the In My Kitchen gang.
In My Kitchen.....
.....are some cute little radishes that are not only delicious but so easy to grow they will be a permanent addition to my garden.
In My Kitchen.... a braided loaf I made as part of the Sunday Bake Club "inspired by another member" week thanks to Paul for his instructions. Now that we have done 4 braids, I think 6 should be the next adventure! Do I hear 8?
 In My Kitchen, and to be honest everywhere I go...
....Is a pedometer as part of the Global Corporate Challenge. I am not a competitive person I just have to win!!

It has actually been really enjoyable finding little ways to add more steps each day, especially that 30 minutes of fresh air in the middle of the day.

I had a goal yesterday to get to 40K so after walking over 10km I didn't know if I needed to lay naked in a vat of cake batter or call an intensive care ambulance!

The pedometer froze and stoped counting steps for about 1.5 hours before I noticed.....annoyed is not the word!!

I suspect they are not the most top quality/accurate item, has anyone got a Fitbit or the Nike version?
What are your thoughts?
Don't worry I didn't lie in the cake batter but I did make muffins......pants on I promise!!


  1. Hahaha...I'm glad you didn't lie in the cake batter! How frustrating for the pedometer to freeze like that! As you say, I don't think they're the highest quality bit of kit. LOVE the braided loaf - so clever! And the coconut flakes really are odd - I've noticed that there's a lot of coconut excess being turned into "products" these days (including coconut flour, which is made from the pulp leftover after it's been squeezed for cream and milk!).

  2. G'day and thanks for always make me smile and laugh when reading your post Jason and love your enthusiasm re HOW many days until Christmas! I think your are the Count Down King! :)
    Thanks also for this month's kitchen view!
    Cheers! Joanne

  3. I did the GCC one year - we called ourselves Team Betty. I, of course, was Betty Crocker. I think you will find that may flew by so quickly because of the Chow Down. Looking forward to hearing more about that pandan icecream. xxx

  4. Jason, your cake sounded wonderful, even if the coconut flakes didn't pan out. (I think you're onto something with the potpourri idea!) Sorry to hear about your pedometer going wonky, but at least you're still stepping out. Keep it up!

  5. What a shame about the coconut strips-I would have thought them crisp too! I laughed at the potpourri suggestion! :P What a gorgeous braided loaf too :)