I have always considered myself quite a nice person. I like food of all shapes, flavours and colours. From every country and continent. I don’t discriminate, I am an equal opportunity eater. It’s only the doctors who say I’m intolerant. And certain foods who refuse to tolerate me. They certainly refuse to recognise and respect my right to eat them without major physical discomfort and distress.


Gluten and lactose are not my friends.


Despite the negative attitudes surrounding me from many of those I love best, (cakes, ice cream, hot toast) I decided to become a chef. Not always easy when you live in a bread and milk filled world. I like to think that this has helped me become a better person as I embrace my differences and refuse to let the gluten get me down. I believe InTolerance. I am the InTolerant Chef.

Food should not be about what you can’t eat, but what you can and what you enjoy eating. This blog is about my journey of cooking and eating and discovery. It’s not a definitive guide to allergy awareness nor do my intolerances make me an expert. Your body is your responsibility, not mine. I only know what works for me.


I can tell you this..... No glutens were harmed in the making of this website.

May 9, 2014

In My Kitchen- May 2014


 

I"m Baaa-aaack!

So sorry Dear Readers, I know I left you abruptly for a while, but yet-another-health issue and yet-another-surgery and stay in hospital took the decision right out of my hands
Thankfully, Mum and Dad are here on a visit to look after me as I convalesce and also to give BigJ and the girls a well deserved break. They have all been wonderful at putting up with me and taking turns to be my personal slave while I've been stuck in bed. It's nice to know I've trained them so well  :)

 Perhaps it's fitting then that as my last post was  In My Kitchen- April  that my first post back should be In My Kitchen- May. This is to link up with lots of other lovely bloggers in Sweet Celia's In My Kitchen Roundup over Here at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. It's lots of fun, so feel free to join in and give us a sneaky peaky Into Your Kitchen too


In My Kitchen...
Is this cute little Dumpling Kit that my Mum gave me. I can hardly wait to put it to good use- yummo!




In My Kitchen...
Is a Two Timer! Perfect for my busy kitchen where there's always more than one thing cooking at once. Another gift from my lovely Mother




In My Kitchen...
Is a couple of bags of Dehydrated Mango. All organically grown and dried by my Dad from his own trees. Some years the trees are prolific producers and luckily this year there was lots to share




In My Kitchen...
Is a great, big bottle of Lemon Grass Syrup. Delicious in soda water, especially with a sprig of mint and a couple of kaffir lime leaves for extra yumminess




In My Kitchen...
Is a set of Antique Kitchen Canisters. These belonged to my Grandmother and are in great condition. They'll happily guard another generation of tea and sago on my kitchen bench from now on




In My Kitchen...
Is a knitted cute Cup Cosy made by MiddleC. With Winter well and truly making it's minus 2*C presence felt this morning, I can rest assured knowing my Earl Grey will stay hot till the last delicious drop




In My Kitchen...
Is another new Cookbook. I got this one at Costco where the book prices are very reasonable and always manage to temp me. I haven't had a good look through it yet, but the bits I've seen certainly look tempting




In My Kitchen...
Is a cute Cup and Saucer from MiddleC, who knows that I do indeed take my tea very seriously. There is little margin for error with a good cuppa, yet sadly, not enough people care to master the art




In My Kitchen...
Are the last few tomatoes from my garden. The frost has finished off the rest, but these little gems are so sweet and juicy that you can still taste Summer in every bite




In My Kitchen...
Are the first of my Autumn Saffron crop
The long red stamen is the part that is dried and sold, the bright yellow pollen and purple petals are discarded. Every day I harvest just one or two flowers, but the honey-ish scent is strong enough to sweeten an entire room as they dry out in the sun




In My Kitchen...
Is the rest of my garden harvest.
the task of digging the root crops fell to Dad while Mum handled the above ground beds. My little patch is a far cry from their big organic farm, but I still think we did pretty well


 A close up of my Potatoes and Jerusalem Artichokes





In My Kitchen...
Is a Chocolate Raspberry Trifle made by littlej. She saw the recipe in one of my cooking magazines -maybe Donna Hay?- and presented me with a shopping list and the expectation of a trifle dish. She did a great job, but was a bit disappointed that we didn't get a photo before the layers started to run. I can tell you that it was absolutely delicious, but it took us a week to get through and I'm sure I suffered sugar withdrawal when it was finally gone!





For My Kitchen Garden...
Is a wonderful Quince Tree from my dear friend Pony and her boys. One of my favourite fruits with the prettiest blossom around. Aren't I a lucky little Chef indeed!



So Dear Readers, what's going on in Your Kitchen this month?





 

22 comments:

  1. Oh no, hope you're ok love? Sending you lots of healing vibes xx

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  2. Hi Bec... sorry to hear you've been unwell again, hoping everything is on the mend! So glad to see your IMK post, as I was missing you!

    Love your grandma's canisters! They are gorgeous! That book looks like a beauty! And the double timer, I want one! : )

    Get better quickly xo

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, I've sure missed my bloggy buddies too :)

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  3. Aww bugger about the surgery. I'm glad your mum and dad are there with the rest of the crew to look after you. Speedy recovery thoughts from me to you.

    Your kitchen gear is outstanding this month! I love that two-timer!

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  4. You have so much going on this month! I'm so sorry to hear you've had more surgery; I do hope this is the last of all the procedures for a very long time. I do love the look of so many of your things including the two-timer, how handy!, and I'd love to try the dried mango and how lovely to still be harvesting your own tomatoes xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie, things are getting better thanks :) Hasn't the warm weather been lovely, certainly my tomatoes are loving it xox

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  5. Becca, I'm so glad everyone's been taking such good care of you - you're such a wonderful human being that it's not surprising that you're surrounded by so many people who love you. Love everything in your kitchen this month - thank you for taking the time to put the post up. Love the dumpling kit (I'm guessing it has a little fold in half mould) and LittleJ's trifle, but can I just say, I think MiddleC's cup warmer is a genius idea! Feel better soon xxx

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    1. Awww shucks Celia! I've definitely been going stir-crazy :) Yep, the dumpling press folds in half to keep things nice and tidy. I was really surprised how hot my cup stayed with that cosy, at least three times as long! Hope things are good for you too xox

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  6. Welcome back darling! We've missed you. And there is so much deliciousness in your kitchen! I hope you're feeling better soon and that that is the end of the surgeries.

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    1. Thanks sweetie, I've missed everyone so much too! At the moment there are two birthday cakes in my kitchen- one chocolate and one blue. The house certainly does smell delicious! xox

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  7. Sorry to hear that you've been unwell. On a more positive note, that is rather exciting that you are growing your own saffron. I love the idea of the double timer as well :)

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    1. Thanks Taryn, it's so fresh and fragrant- delicous!

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  8. Good to hear you're back! Another nice collection here. I particularly like the pretty purple knit, as well as the cute canisters. Keep well!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    1. Thanks Julie! I just need to find the perfect spot to display them :)

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  9. Being where it is warmer I am lucky to have a star fruit tree full of fruit with my lemon trees and guava trees bearing, so my kitchen is full of those lovely smells.

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  10. Hope you recover speedily! Lovely goodies in your kitchen, especially the Jerusalem artichokes which I first tasted last month in England :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the Jerusalem artichokes nice rich, nuttiness- yummo!

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  11. Becca, I truly hope you're feeling better now! (I'm late making my comments.) No fun convalescing, although it sounded like you've had loving assistance! Your Grandmother's canister set is right where it needs to be (greatly appreciated, treasured, and put into use daily) and your "Two Timer" is something I've never seen, but could definitely use! I'm also trying to smell your saffron through my computer screen... what a wonderful scent that must be. Take care!

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  12. I've never seen a cup cosy before, but love the idea. My tea is always getting and I am forever zapping it in the microwave to get some heat back in it. Must try and find myself a little cup cosy now.

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