Thursday, 1 December 2016

In My Kitchen - December 2016

What do I have in my kitchen this month?  Not much folks, not much.  I have been running around like a headless chook, without much to show for it.  I bet you all feel the same with the Christmas rush kind of knocking us over and hauling us along with the tide.

But there's always something new, so let me show you a few things that have come into my kitchen recently:






another gorgeous (Safu) tumbler from Magnolia Mountain  


I keep buying the amazing and beautiful work from Magnolia Mountain.  You basically have to be on their mailing list to get any of their items as they sell out immediately!







and of course, I bought a copy of our lovely host's book 



I am really looking forward to reading it.  Hubby and I travelled to Hungary some years ago in our younger days and really loved it. The food was wonderfully cheap, and the public transport in Budapest was fabulous.  So I can't wait to read about Liz's Hungarian family.






addictive salted caramel popcorn  



The lovely Marisia makes addictive fudge and popcorn, and sells it at local markets, as well as being a hairdresser and a mum!  You can find her around the Brisbane markets here and there.





home made breadcrumbs



Well, sort of home made.  I didn't make the bread, but I had some wholemeal bread that needed using so I zapped these to put in the freezer for later.  So satisfying isn't it?






my homemade tiramisu plus my new knife!  



I made a big batch of tiramisu to take to a friend's dinner.  I added loads of Frangelico and Kahlua; no point in making it otherwise. The knife is an el cheapo from Big W, but it is fabulous my dears. The air pockets actually work, and food just slides off the knife when you cut it.  Who needs to rob a bank first to get a decent knife?  Not me.






I had my morning iced coffee in my glow-in-the-dark martini glass - why not? 






our mate Mel's cooking school (Vanilla Zulu) is inside this mag.   








had to buy some mace for gingerbread 






weird isn't it?



The mace looks like dried seaweed to me.  Weird stuff, but smells great. You probably know it is derived from the waxy, red covering of nutmeg seeds, which are enclosed by the covering and are inside the nutmeg fruits.  It always amazes me what people think of using as food.  I mean, who looked at that and thought - "yep, looks great to eat". But thank goodness they did.






and then I whizzed it in the coffee/spice grinder 






and decanted it into a tiny jar with a paper funnel made by Mr P.   





and here it is ready for baking duties 




Everybody is welcome to show off their kitchen goodies on Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things blog.  Get your post up by the 10th of the month, and let Liz know you want to join in the fun.


30 comments:

  1. It's the way it is at Christmas isn't Sherry. My mum has said she wants to come over and do some Christmas baking but Christmas week. A bit too late if you ask me! I think your spice grinder looks like my old one - a Breville. I was devastated when it finally died but got a nice Bodum grinder to replace it.

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    1. Yep this is my ancient coffee turned spice grinder. I love it! And hope it never dies. Such a stalwart of the kitchen.

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  2. Hello darling friend, happy December. Oh, I know the headless chooky thing, trust me! Thank you for the very, very kind shout out, both for IMK and also for your kind words about my book. Happy December xxx

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    1. Happy Summer to you Liz! Eeek again to the rushing by till Xmas. So much to do....

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  3. Haha I love what you said-no point in making tiramisu otherwise!! :P A lovely look into your kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Lorraine. I don't seem to have got much done even tho I have been super busy.

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  4. The cover photo on the magazine looks incredible. I must purchase a copy of Lizzy's book. The popcorn looks really yummy. Yes, it's such a busy time of year and it seems you need to be in two or three places at once xx

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    1. oh yes that popcorn is so moreish. and i don't even like popcorn:) all those bits that stick in your teeth:) I could do with a clone of myself to help me do all the Xmas stuff. have a good xmas charlie.

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  5. I always love having a peek inside your kitchen Sherry. That salted caramel popcorn though... :)

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    1. thanks Jem. it is good stuff that popcorn.

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  6. You do in fact have lots of good and interesting foods in your kitchen!

    Mine is here: http://maefood.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-in-kitchen.html

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  7. I like the idea of starting the day with glow in the dark coffee! Your tiramisu also looks very impressive and you have sparked off a craving in me for popcorn :) All the best for Christmas, hopefully without too much running around (although I am sure we all have a fair bit of it to come).

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    1. Hi kari. I am feeling a bit tired already:). Merry xmas to you and yours.

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  8. Thanks Mae. I will check out your IMK post soon.

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  9. Oooooh, your tiramisu set my tastebuds tingling! But I will have to settle for homemade caramel popcorn instead. A lighted martini glass filled with spiked chocolate could ease the disappointment - it looks quite festive.

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    1. The iced coffee tasted so much better in that glass! Merry Xmas.

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  10. What a scrumptious looking tiramisu, definitely lots of alcohol! Your tumbler is just gorgeous as well. You've taught me something too, I never realized what mace looked like. I knew where it came from, guess I just never pictured it! I'm nowhere near ready for Christmas so I'll be running around in a daze as well.

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    1. And interestingly the mace is bright red before they dry it. So pretty. Have a great Xmas Gretchen.

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  11. The glow-in-the-dark martini glass looks like a lot of fun!

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    1. it is that christine. i nearly threw it out not realising it lit up:)

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  12. I need to get cracking as I have nothing ready. Love your glow in the dark martini glass and as you say "why not". Hopefully Lizzy's book will be available on amazon at some point. Beautiful Safu tumbler Sherry :)

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    1. thank you for dropping by. isn't xmas rushing towards us? i think liz can arrange an order of her book to you. just let her know...

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  13. Sherry you have so many interesting things in your kitchen. I do love handcrafted pottery items. I do love mace, but its not an ingredient i use a lot only in nutroasts and this time of year it gets used. I do love the smell. And I do love reading books with recipes, hope you enjoy the Memoir. Happy christmas to you

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    1. hi shaheen
      i have started reading Liz's book and it is really fascinating. what a life her dad led. the world is full of amazing things.

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  14. yes why not have a light up glass I say! The tumbler is lovely-- great purchase!

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  15. I am keen to get my hands on Liz's book, it looks like an interesting read.

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