Saturday, January 3, 2015

In My Kitchen - Children of the Resolution January 2015

 
 
Happy New Year or "Operation: Cash in on the self hatred we create to survive" as the diet industry may know it.
 
Now this isn't going to be an anti diet piece, I just want to say in this time of life changing resolutions,  being healthy is a great goal but you don't have to hate yourself to get there.
 
2 years ago my resolution was to never eat anything from a restaurant with a drive thru and that's one I have kept, mainly cos the food is crap so it's not that hard.
 
I had thought about posting new resolutions but I don't think it is the right message.
 
I do have my own health goals but they don't come with a side order of "you're not good enough"
 
We are constantly bombarded with messages that we are not "whatever enough":
  • Tall enough
  • Short enough
  • Small enough
  • Big enough
  • Smart enough
  • Dumb enough
  • Hot enough
  • White enough
  • Black enough
  • Australian enough
  • Male enough
  • Female enough
  • Trans enough
  • Straight enough
  • Gay enough
  • Important enough
  • Followed enough and the list goes on.
Don't let anyone ever sell you this message because it is absolutely 100% fucking bullshit!
(yep swear jar)
 
You are brilliantly "You Enough" and that is all you ever have to be!
 
At this point I'll get off my soap box and show you what's in my kitchen while you have Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand singing in your head....enough is enough!
 
And by the way, this isn't a licence to be horrible or be a bully and claim you are just being yourself.....nice try! 


In My Kitchen.....
.....is not quite a cornucopia but the makings of a ratatouille from the garden. It is remarkable what remembering to water can achieve.
 
In My Kitchen....
...are some addictive zucchini pickles that I found on Lorraine's blog Not Quite Nigella. I do get a little buzz when I type a recipe into Google and the results come up with some of the IMK gang.
 
With zucchini being something I can grow well there will be many more batches, I used malt vinegar as that was what was in the cupboard and reduced the sugar as well you know I am sweet enough apparently....apart from the swearing before, sorry about that it's my first and last F word. 

My lunches have been pickles on sourdough and blue goat cheese...I have usually eaten it by 9.30am


In My Kicthen....
....is the joy of the blogging community brought to life.

The incredible (flirty) Celia sent me some of her sour dough starter Priscilla as I'm sure many reading this would have also received.
 
I was instructed that she had to have a glamorous name and so she was christened Conciabatta and we all know everything I do has to have a Eurovision connection.

Check out my Conchita Wurst Christmas angel....   

What was the most wonderful part of this process was that Celia held my and others hands through the birthing process and followed along on twitter to see how the loaves were progressing.

There was a real sense of community with the baking of these loaves and a great connection with people that have may have only met on social media.

Thank you Celia, I am not off the sour dough killer register yet but I know I am off to a great start..er...see what I did there!


 
 
 
 
 
From the first loaves to panettone, nothing like a bit of a challenge.....


Then Conciabatta moved onto oliebollen for new years and a sneak peak at Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 which will come to you live from Vienna!


In My Kitchen....
....is a wonderful Christmas sized block of cheese from the farmer's market. If he brings cheese, then yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!!

I'll be bringing you a lot more recipes this year developed with the delectable produce on offer at my local farmers market. I'm not on their payroll so they aren't sponsored posts but they could always pay me in cheese......though how does one declare cheese on their tax???
 
 
In My Kitchen.....
.....is probably the reason for my earlier rant, over the Christmas break I became older and wiser!
 
Yep, I hit 40!
 
My philosophy about age is that if the number doesn't get bigger it's because you are dead, so bring on the numbers!
 
I love that at 1 day old I was already expressing my opinion so clearly!
 
The Darling AB assisted with the recreation and had the pearls of wisdom when I complained I didn't know how to make the face..."well you've done it before!"
 
You may not believe that I didn't take a picture of my cake, but it's one I've already blogged so that is my excuse.
 
Thanks to Faye who tweeted a photo of the wonderful celebration with friends and family who I am very blessed and grateful to have in my life.
 

Some festive face fun....that sounds worse than it is!




Hope you all have a safe and happy break and look forward to this new year together...

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen, I hope I wasn't too ranty? If you're reading this now it must be ok...

Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens

34 comments:

  1. Well I thoroughyly enjoyed reading that post. Happy New Year to you too! Highlights were the Conchitawurst Christmas angel (remember you had me at Eurovision) and how to add taxation laws around cheese. Look forward to more readings in 2015! TBH XX

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    1. Thanks Donna, Happy New Year to you too, this year will be more Eurovision than you can poke a stick at! which seems a silly saying as the end of a stick isn't very big?!?!

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  2. I think the saying relates more to the action of poking? And there is much to be poked during EV! Look forward to sharing our pokes.....now that does sound wrong! ( too soon in our blogging friendship? )

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  3. Darling man, haven't we had a blast with the sourdough baking on twitter! You guys honestly make it all such a joy with your wonderful enthusiasm! I think acceptance and being kind to ourselves and resolving to shut our ears to all the vocal and subliminal negative messages is a glorious NY resolution to make! Love the look of all the garden veg and as I said on twitter, who in their right mind goes from first loaf to panettone to exotic European dumplings in the space of three days? :)

    Happy belated birthday to you - it sounds like you had a grand time! I've realised though that you are FAR TOO YOUNG for me, so I'm going to stop flirting now...hahaha

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  4. Ha ha, what a crack up! Love the eurovision relationship and the play on ciabatta. Does this mean she's easy to get going? No Donna Summer or Streisand here, that would just make the bread dough shatter! Is your post title anything cryptic to do with T - REX? Good song that was in its day. I really think EV has lost the plot a bit though recently, too commercial and mainstream for me.

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    1. Thank you, I usually can make a Eurovision or music reference somewhere in a post. I think EV can still come up with some rare gems :)

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  5. Yum... Your kitchen looks delicious as always!!! I will have to try those pickles zucchini as I love my pickle cucumbers :-)
    Glad to see you in the start... er, club I'm loving my sour dough too! Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

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    1. Thanks Liz, I'm glad someone likes my terrible jokes!
      Pickled cucumbers sounds a wonderful plan, pickle and sourdough bliss...

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  6. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and that bread looks fab!

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  7. Jason, this is my first time participating in In My Kitchen. I'm having such fun visiting everyone, glad sweet Celia told me about it! I think you're right about diet. So many people get really dogmatic about their diet. I try to just be reasonable. I do mention my organic diet and sustainability and all that, but I hope I do it in a way that might make someone possibly want to look into it rather than in a way that would make them feel bad about themselves. Your sourdough loaves look great!

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    1. Hi Jean, welcome to the gang, I look forward to popping into your kitchen.
      I agree, I'm all about choice and people doing what they want as long as it's not because they feel pressured to do, be, look like something they aren't.
      love my farmers market shopping, organic by default!

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  8. Loved your pictures of 1 day old vs. the present. And, I am so impressed by the baking! Your loaves are gorgeous. Really wish I lived closer for the sourdough starter.

    Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Liz, the starter is a world traveller so I can send you some if you'd like?

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  9. Jason, Jason, Jason - you never fail to entrtain though I am starting to wonder if I'm your long lost older sister. Donna Summer, cheese, Eurovision...the list goes on. Wonderful post as always and I think one of the things I love best about you is planning! You are clearly a planner. Whether it be an IMK post, your birthday, Christmas, Eurovision or #GBBO, you plan ahead, are organised and produce wonderful food, entertainment and posts as a result. Only 1 resolution for me this year and that's to read more blogs on a regular basis. I'm now subscribed to your blog, cheers Fiona xx

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    1. Fiona, Fiona, Fiona, I officially adopt you as my Eurovision sister! Thanks for saying I'm organised as it doesn't always feel like that. I do a lot of planning aka day dreaming aka inventing new ways to win eurovision aka not actually doing anything hehehe
      Thanks for subscribing and I've been inspired by your resolution to have a mini one......to be quicker to replying to comments!
      cheers
      Jason

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  10. Oh Jason, you crack me up! I love your Conchita tree topper, she's gorgeous. Whenever I read Eurovision I HAVE to youtube my absolute fav > Ukraine's 2007 entry of Verka Serduchka. I just played it now and bopped along. Can you imagine being at Eurovision in the crowd? What a crazy dazy party that would be! I love your starter's name of Conciabatta. May she bring you many crispy crusts, and holes of joy ;) Cheers, Kirsty xx

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    1. Thanks Kristy, you will see all the pics from the Eurovision crowd this year, Don't Boil The Sauce will be in Vienna!
      Brilliant song so I have just type Eurovision again so you have to listen to it twice

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  11. Great post and will be coming to you for tips as one of my baking New Years Resolutions is sourdough. Did Conchita Angel win the SBS Eurovision?

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    1. I can send you some starter if you need Paul?
      She should have won!

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  12. Love your posts Jason, always a great laugh. You will enjoy your starter ' whatershername' , as I have mine. Bread posting here you come.

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    1. Thank you, oh sour dough a whole new world to discover!

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  13. Did my comment go through, or was it eaten by the ether?

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  14. Wow - did you make your own panettone? I'm impressed!

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    1. Thanks, I'll be making more....even when it's not Christmas

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  15. Brand spanking new to your blog. Loved your Conchita angel- is she your creation or do they sell them in the stores? Magnificent. Very excited about the sourdough starter too. Thinking of trying to get one cracking in the winery- same yeasts? I don't know. Could be a disaster.

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    1. Welcome aboard Nicole, thanks for stopping by :)
      Conchita is the combination of a store bought doll, ebay bought dress and a black texta!
      From my understanding bread and wine yeast are different, I'm going to try and dry some starter, happy to send you some?
      cheers
      Jason

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  16. Twittering has been a blast! I am so impressed that you went from starter to pannetone to pastry in just a few days. I am still tinkering with the proofing! Happy belated birthday - that baby pic is the best!!

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    1. Thanks Selma, sorry I thought I'd replied earlier. Twitter is brilliant isn't it, feels wonderfully popular to wake up to all the notifications. Yes its early days in my sourdough quest

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  17. I'm laughing hysterically!! Especially over your beautiful Christmas angel. And your beard baubles. Happy 40th. It's a great decade. Happy 2015 - look forward to reading more of you blog (have also subscribed now).

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    1. Thanks Mel, looking forward to reading more of each other this year :)

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  18. Jason you are funny and I dont mind a little rant one bit. You have taken to sour dough like a duck to water. I love your festive beard which seems to be able to morph with each and every occasion. Happy 2015
    My Kitchen Stories. www.mykitchenstories.com.au

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    1. Thanks Tania, I am normally very decent with no swearing but this really got my goat! Have a great 2015, looking forward to stopping by your kitchen

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