July 19, 2012
In My Kitchen
Well My Dearest Readers, I'm back from a wonderful holiday visiting with my parents at their farm on Queenlands Sunshine Coast.
It really wasn't meant to include a holiday from blogging as well.
I lugged my computer and all its bits and pieces up there, but for some reason there was no way possible I could connect to the Internet. I tried and tried, but as they live very rurally there was not even an Internet cafe that I could hook on too.
So for everyone who I missed commenting on, blog posts, twitter or such, I apologise. I will try and catch up with some of the backlog, but there are sooooooo many I might just start from scratch instead.
We did have a fantastic time though!
Apart from the farm goats and chickens, we saw wild quail, pheasant, wallabies, bandicoots, bush turkeys and even deer roaming around. This was on top of all the usual parrots and birds eating at the feeders, and lizards and frogs hiding around the rocks keeping warm.
So as I've just stepped off a plane, and have a million and one things to do, I will take a leaf from my dear friend Celia's blog http://figjamandlimecordial.com/2012/07/01/in-my-kitchen-july-2012/ and post an In My Kitchen Post for today, and promise to post a recipe very, very soon with some of my yummy souvenirs.
In My Kitchen is.... a jar of gorgeous Candied Lilac Flowers. I just love floral flavours and this is certainly a new one for me. I just need to find a recipe worthy of the yumminess....
In My Kitchen is.... Lovely Culinary Lavender Products including oil, honey, dried flowers and a plant!
In My Kitchen is.... some gorgeous flavoured salts, Porcini and Truffle, so luxurious!
In My Kitchen is.... a selection of Ginger lovelies from The Ginger Factory. Imagine, a whole kilo of ginger kibble for just $10!
In My Kitchen is.... a big tub of amazing Macadamia Butter. So rich and smooth indeed, so perfect for spreading on hot crusty toast for breakfast
In My Kitchen is... a stunning Turkish bowl gifted to me from Lovely Celia! Way to pretty to fill up with just any old thing- maybe some salted pistachios in the shell?
In My Kitchen is.... a bunch of Red Bananas. I've been looking for these for ages, now just waiting to ripen on the bench before taste testing
In My Kitchen is.... a HUGE bag of vanilla pods! When I opened the package up the smell went through the whole house and bought people running. There were 132 altogether, which at $75 worked out to just 57cents each. Now that's what I call a bargain indeed!
In My Kitchen... is a big bowl of dried strawberries and a pot of strawberry jam. We visited a pick-your-own farm... but more on that later!
In My Kitchen is.... a colony of Ants! BigJ apparently didn't do much cooking while we were gone, and the kitchen was happily taken over by a colony of ants. Unfortunately these aren't the only bugs around because in my kitchen is also the Vaporizer- spitting out streams of eucalyptus scented steam to hopefully clear up our sinuses. Luckily there are still a few days of holidays before school starts again.
So my Dear Readers, are all your holiday memories edible ones, and do you buy culinary souvenirs as well?