Monday, March 2, 2015

In My Kitchen - March 2015

In my Kitchen this month it's about preparing for the future, sharing and a bit of luck.
 
In my kitchen...
....is the result of the annual tomato day.
 
A very small batch this year, just 20kg compared to the 100kg 2 years earlier.
 
I'm not a real "EYE-Talian" so it's just AB and I turning the press and putting the basil leaves in the bottle.
 
I would really love one year to do the huge full on tomato day with a crowd, the music playing and when we are all molto stanco (very tired) refuelling with an enormous bowl of pappardelle just glistening with the fresh tomato sugo, a touch of chilli and parmigiano. (not too much sugo though)
 
Mamma mia how many clichés could I get into one image.....
 
The sauce is really the only way I like tomatoes...yep I'm odd.
 
 In my kitchen...
....is the joys of friendships.

I was lucky enough to be given some moorish preserves, you can probably tell from the jars being almost empty before the photo was taken.

The cucumber pickles were made by Carly who I interviewed as part of the video Eurovision and Inclusion. We had a great afternoon filming which ended with a dinner of slow cooked lamb neck and chickpeas, with condiments brought by the guests! (that's really how you do it)

Carly's fiancé Adam made a hot and flavoursome chilli sauce and her mum made the fig jam and chilli jam...only a tiny bit left. I love that though we have never met Jeanette and I have exchanged fruitcake, pickles, jam and actually I better think of something to make next.......

 
In my kitchen...
....is a loaf of bread I made as an extra/prop to go with an upcoming post about a mystery ingredient.
 
I just wanted a quick slice of crusty bread as the base and didn't want to wait the time for a sourdough loaf.
 
As I put it in the oven I did a "half arsed" slash and am so annoyed by the result as it looks better than any sour dough loaf I have managed!!!!!!
I will keep practicing...
 
 
In my kitchen...
...is the spoils of a trivia night win!!

Who knew staying in school could lead to the reward of gin!

The Melbourne Gin Company gin is a match made in my kitchen for some Sinkonah tonic syrup, which has a much deeper flavour than premix tonic water. (hence the half empty bottle, yum)
On my to do list is try the syrup in an ice cream mix for a G&T icecream.

*not sponsored, I purchased or won the items with my team's cleverness 

In My Kitchen....
....is a lantern inspired by Celia's Chinese New Year post, I'd had some envelopes left over from last year....so once I grabbed some more it set to following the instructions.

 So easy even I managed it in about 10 minutes, the bonus is if you happen to hang it up side down just say you're from Hong Kong where they apparently hang the characters upside down to signify arrival.

I was told this on twitter by someone living in Hong Kong so I'm taking it as fact.





In my kitchen....
.....is the excitement of sharing the Chow Down to Eurovision with some wonderful bloggers.
 
Starting this week I will showcase 5 dishes that could represent Australia in the Chow Down to Eurovision 2015 as submitted by guest bloggers.
 
Stay tuned as you will have the chance to vote for your favourite dish and decide the winner!
 
What dish do you think should represent Australia?




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

What is in your kitchen this month?

20 comments:

  1. G'day and what a great post Jason and your Eurovision enthusiasm always brightens my day!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  2. I am still very impressed with your loaf, I hope I get round to making my own

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    1. What's holding you back Shaheen? there is quite the community of bakers on twitter if you want to have a bake along day to get it happening?

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  3. It's a sourdough-athon on IMK this month. I think your loaf is stunning. I use a razor to slash - quick and deep.

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    1. I think once you head into the world of sourdough there is this no turning back, and Celia does spread the sourdough like I spread Eurovision lol
      I bought a lame but it was hopeless, I'll try the razor!

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  4. Your loaf looks great, that's a fabulous slashed top too!

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  5. I'm glad someone else doesn't do perfect slashes on their sourdough - following your example I shall now just do a half arsed slash and hope my loaves look as good as your one. I've never heard of tonic syrup so will have to investigate.

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    1. Best of luck with the half arsed approach Anne, we can do this!!
      There are a few syrups around, hope you like it

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  6. Your loaf looks great and I love that tomato sauce party idea! :)

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    1. Thanks Emily, maybe we need an IMK tomato party?

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  7. Your loaf of bread looks fantastic! Love all the tomato sauce. I have finally gotten my husband to eat fresh tomatoes now an then, previously sauce was the only way for him too.

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    1. Thanks Gretchen, what was your secret to converting your husband?

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  8. Another non tomato eater! Have we talked about this? My friend Heather over at For the Love of Food also dislikes fresh tomato. There seems to be a few of us around. I'll be searching for that tonic syrup as soon as I finish this comments. It sounds like the one for me. Thanks as always for your thoroughly entertaining post. xx

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    1. I love it, we should start a non tomato support group, thought I can cope with a really good bruschetta but it has to be really good!
      Thanks for popping in, I tweeted you the link to the tonic and updated the post :)

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  9. Love the idea of an IMK tomato party, Jason! I can't believe that you batched 100kg of tomatoes a couple of years ago - that is impressive! Your loaf looks fabulous - I had a loaf which was too wet, let prove too long, forgot to slash and forgot to turn the oven down - it came out beautifully - I called it the Terminator!

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    1. Its so lovely having a voice and face to go with your comments now Selma!
      I am always amazed at how well these loaves turn out, love the Terminator idea
      cheers
      Jason

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  10. Looks Good this month! I'm not really a fan of Gin, but I know lots of people who are! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Liz, what could I offer you instead of gin?
      cheers
      Jason

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