March 4, 2013
In My Kitchen... March Edition
Time for a new month, time for a new season, and time for another In My Kitchen Post!
This is such a fun way to catch up with some other Bloggy Buddies and find out what's happening in their kitchens around the Blogisphere and around the world.
Bought to us all as usual by Dearest Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, check out all the other IMK posts at her blog here:
In My Kitchen this month is....
some very interesting flavoured honey that I'm looking forward to playing around with
A spanking new toaster that can now have it's own Gluten Free side! We decided it was time to replace the old one when we caught littlej using a rubber band to secure the lever to a metal spoon she had tied underneath the toaster- right next to the wiring........ 'I told you it was broken!'
Another bumper crop of zuchhini.... so many zuchinni!
Also a great crop of tomatoes, and a just a sprinkling of beans.
Last year we had so many beans that I even put up an extra arch/trellis in anticipation of this years crop- but hardly a bean at all :(
A whole heap of processed tomatoes ready frozen for the lean winter months. I just find it easier to freeze than to bottle them, and less storage space too.
Packed full of my homegrown: onions, garlic, bay, thyme, and whatever else is on hand at the time. Perfect for pasta sauce, ragu, stews or braises- such a time saver!
A bowl full of compost scraps. The garden feeds us, we feed the garden... Win Win!
Another new cookbook! I enjoy cookbooks that focus on doing one cuisine well, explaining the culture as well as the cuisine is a real insight into the philosophy behind the food
Some awesome gluten free Beer, sent by the lovelies at O'Briens. How exciting indeed! I have to say though, that I've never been a big drinker, and gluten full beer was totally off my radar, but this is really nice and I've been doing some great recipes with it too- stay tuned :)
So my Dear Readers, do you prefer to bottle, can or freeze, and what's going on in Your kitchen this month?
Posted by The InTolerant Chef ™ at 4:15 PM
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Aren't gardens fickle? I wonder how farmers manage it sometimes. Last year we grew more bishops crown chillies than we knew what to do with, this year our big plant hasn't even produced one yet! We have had oodles and oodles of beans, but not a single tomato and our zucchinis which seemed to do so well for a while have now keeled over with the wet weather. You're so productive, Becca, I'm sure you'll be relishing in your garden produce well into winter now that you've put some effort into storing it. And very happy to hear you have a new toaster.. ;-) xxxReplyDelete
It's sure tricky Celia, I know it drives my Dad to distraction sometimes, between droughts and floods and bushfires- all in one year!! Most of his crops have just rotted in the ground with the wet at the moment, while down here we have such dry weather it's ridiculous. Hasn't this year been unusual? I really do enjoy bringing a bit of the Summer Sunshine to my table on a cold, frosty winter day :) xoxDelete
There is a lot happening in your kitchen this month!ReplyDelete
Your new toaster looks like a mean machine! It looks fab! That blackcurrant flavoured honey sounds very delish as does your Gf beer to try! :)
There sure is Sophie! It's so exciting to find some new ingredients isn't it?Delete
Love your home grown veggies and that cookbook! Your kitchen is very pretty!ReplyDelete
Why thankyou Zirkie! It's my favourite room in the house :)Delete
Ooo I must agree. I've never been presented with so many tomatoes in my life until this years bumper crop from everyone :) So happy! And mmmm honey!ReplyDelete
It has been a bumper crop indeed Msihua! I wish it was the same for my beans though- I think it's just been waaay to hot and dry :)Delete
Wow! What a lot of lovely things. Love your very smart toaster and so glad you got a new one before someone ended up with very frizzy hair. Love your zucchini but what a shame about the beans! And love your tomato freezer bags - you are so well-prepared for the cooler months xxReplyDelete
Thanks Charlie! I was certainly rather alarmed to such an inventive solution- thank goodness for Safety Switches! I love harvesting from my garden, it makes me feel so rich- and then incredibly guilty if I don't utilise it properly. Go the freezer! :) xDelete
I love seeing your veg- all winter long I've been looking and enjoying the produce down there- and it is coming on Autumn for you now, isn't it. I like frozen tomatoes too, they are easier for me to use later- and for some reason they just feel safer.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing- that honey looks like it would be great on toast!
It is funny seeing what's happening on the other side of the world isn't it Heidiannie? It's hard not to feel jealous sometimes for sure :) I've had a couple of jars go funny, so I find freezing just a bit happier too!Delete
Oh my gosh! Your garden is bountiful!! I love all of the goodies coming from it. I love your line about "the garden feeds us, we feed the garden!" We feel the same way here. I am jealous of your tomato crop though. WHile most of our garden thrived this winter, our tomatoes did not survive our hard freeze. We literally had hundreds of sweet 100's just ready for ripening and lost them all. :( I am planting more this weekend to make it through our spring and summer, but am still mourning our loss. LOL Thanks for the fun tour of the happenings in your kitchen this month! :0ReplyDelete
Thanks Kim! Oh no though, fancy losing all those little lovelies! We get a lot of late frosts here as well, and it's hard to guess just when to plant out. I planted four lots of cucumbers this year, but our severe heat wave just killed them all off :(Delete
Hi Rebecca, that is one fancy toaster:)ReplyDelete
I too have tomatoes galore. Actually, I will be glad when they have finished. I am not sure I can use all that I have preserved. I prefer to bottle my tomatoes as there is already too much in the freezer.
Why thankyou! I have to admit that sometimes the garden provides an embarrasment of riches, doesn't it? I have so many bottles of relish, chutneys and preserves that I just can't fit any more in the pantry!Delete
love the sound of that jam!ReplyDelete
Thanks Milktea :)It's very nice indeed!Delete
That honey sounds interesting. Look forward to seeing what you do with that. And your toaster is very swish indeed.ReplyDelete
Thanks Sherilyn! I'm loving the extra wide slots in the toaster, and I'm thinking of making a fancy-pantsy type muesli with a yummy gloss of the honey :)Delete
Freezing is the easiest of course and it probably depends on the amount of time that I have! A lovely roundup this month Rebecca! :DReplyDelete
Thanks Lorraine! Freezing certainly is the easiest way to go, and the quickest :) I love seeing what's going on in kitchens around the world! xDelete
So many tomatoes, and mine are all still green. How odd, especially given that we live in the same city! Thanks for the peek into your kitchen Bec.ReplyDelete
That is weird isn't it Lizzy? Maybe mine get more sun? I can hardly wait until I get my kitchen makeover though :)Delete
What a great garden you have, everything is cropping so well. I tend to make pesto with the basil and give loads away. The herbs I use up and my tomatoes never survive the bush turkeys. Freezing is the easiest if I do have a surplus :)ReplyDelete
Thanks GG! Ooh, I love pesto too, aren't fresh herbs wonderful indeed. My parents have bush turkeys around their farm too, but the dogs keep them away from the house- they don't seem to keep the bandicoots from digging up the garden though :(Delete
This is fun! :D The purple beans look so cool, I had no idea those exist!! And I really like the idea to freeze herbed tomatoes (homegrown? I suppose). I really wish to cook more advance and freeze it, but my freezer department is so small that I just don't have the space. Hopefully that will get better in the new apartment!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kath! The beans go bright green when you cook them though- isn't that weird? I have a huge big chest freezer, I hope you have room for one in your new place :)Delete
I'm loving all that home-grown produce! Last time I tried to grow my own tomatoes they cropped really late - well past salad season! It didn't occur to me to freeze them (doh!). You've inspired me to try again though. Food always tastes best when you grow it yourself...ReplyDelete
Thanks Louise! I hope you have more success this time with your garden, I'm hoping my capsicums fruit before the frost gets them though. You're so right, food is always so much better indeed when you grow it yourself!Delete
Oh, such a lovely lot of home-grown produce, Bec. I'm especially envious of your tomatoes as I can't grow them here in the hills at all.ReplyDelete
What a shame Amanda, I wonder why that is? I have to admit I love the smell of the tomatoes on the vines before I even pick them :)Delete
love the look of that cook book, i've got a good friend from Burma, would love to look at the recipes, and that tomato sauce - perfect idea :)ReplyDelete
There sure are some yummy ones in this book Muppy, and it's not a book I've come across before. The tomato sauce sure is handy for busy days too :)Delete