Friday, 1 December 2017

In My Kitchen - December 2017

Can you believe it, my friends?  The last IMK post for the year already.  How did that happen?  I'm sitting here feeling a bit overwhelmed to be honest.  I tripped over a few days ago, and have done myself some damage.  So no housework or chores have been done, and I am sitting here trying not to move too much.  And there's so much to do before Xmas - eek!


You know the drill but here it is again:

Here are the options again to add your post:

1. Adding via the link button at the bottom of this post.  Instructions can be found on the sidebar of this page, under Add your IMK link
2. Comment on this post, providing a link to your post so I can add it to the linky list below
3. Email me: sherrym1au@gmail.com, with your link or any queries about the link process






limes in my kitchen 


Our friend with the lime tree handed over some more of his bounty.  Thanks Andrew!  I use them all the time - over fish or chicken or salads or just to clean my wooden chopping boards.




love Enid Blyton 

I adored Enid Blyton's books when I was a child.  I really wanted to be one of the Famous Five so desperately.  I even planned to climb out my bedroom window and meet up with a friend at midnight!  But I fell asleep before that could happen.  She might still be waiting...  How could I possibly not buy the book then?  The recipes look simple, so I will give it a go and report back in the New Year.




beautiful ceramic plate by Starr, a local artist


I just now took this photo, so the light isn't great.  We had a big storm this morning and it has stayed grey all day.  Weird Spring weather!  Starr creates beautiful paintings, and has now expanded her repertoire into ceramics.  Mm, I may have to give Mr P. a hint for Xmas gifts.




ice-cream container

This is fabulous and just in time for Summer.  It fits into the freezer door, and is shaped to make scooping easier.  I can't wait to make some ice-cream and try it out.  (There's actually a recipe coming up soon.)




soy sauce (?) hopefully

I visited the local Japanese grocery store a few weeks ago, and ended up with this little beauty - all in Japanese, so I'm really praying it is soy sauce!




delicious fudge from our friend Marisia

Marisia makes wonderful, creamy fudge.  She is a dynamo with a hubby and kids, and a hairdressing business, and the fudge business and a coffee truck... well, I am pooped just listing it all.  She can be found at lots of Brisbane markets.  Check out her Facebook page, and you will see her marvellous coffee van Effie, the gorgeous Ford.



well, these could be anything:=)


The tiny biscuits on the left were chocolate, I think - not sweet at all.  The ones on the right were curry-flavoured rice crackers, most likely.  They are kin to the 'soft salad' crackers we usually buy, which are the most delicious and ever so slightly fishy rice crackers of large dimension.  Sounds like something out of The Princess Bride, doesn't it?




gotta love a green Kit-Kat


These were very green and a wee bit bitter, due to the matcha flavouring.  Not sure I would choose to have these again, but they were interesting.  I really want to go to Japan, to the Kit-Kat museum, and check it out.  I need to try those seasonal flavours.




my home-made mustard

Mr P. is a huge mustard fan, so I have to make a big batch a couple of times a year.  It's always a bit different, depending on the honey I use, and the various herbs and tomatoes.


Just to let you know re. next month's IMK: it will be IMK Lite!  I am going to take a month off over Xmas/New Year but I will put up the link so you guys can add your post.  I will drop by to check it out, but will leave commenting etc. till after my summer hiatus:=)

Thanks so much everyone for joining in for this last IMK post of 2017.  It has been wonderful being your host, and I really hope to see you all again next year.  Merry merry Christmas to you all!





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38 comments:

  1. The end of the year -- amazing indeed! I hope your injury will go away fast so that you can enjoy your summer Christmas.

    Since in my own little blogging world I like to wrap up my kitchen thoughts at the end of each month, I've already done IMK and linked it here. Unlike the usual habit of most of the hosted bloggers, I have nothing at all that's new, but I followed my own kitchen theme: aromas and smells. I'm looking forward to the collective IMK!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae
      Always lovely to see you here first thing. This year... phew. Where did it go? Have a great holiday break and see you next year! Thanks for being an IMK stalwart! Much appreciated.
      Cheers
      Sherry x

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  2. Sorry to hear about your accident. Now take it easy Sherry. Christmas doesn't have to be huge- simple is a good approach. Delegate. I like the sound of those Matcha Tea kit- kats. Shopping in the local Japanese store is full of surprises.
    IKM Lite- hahha, great idea.

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    1. Oh yes Xmas will be very simple. Just me and hubby! Merry Xmas !

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting IMK this year - I am so pleased it is continuing even though I regret being a bit lower in commenting energy this year. Sorry to hear of your fall - hope you have some good reading like that enid blyton cookbook - I would love to hear how you find it as I loved enid blyton too. I love that plate and am in awe of you making your own mustard - I should try it as I love seeded mustard. And I would love to try the matcha kit kat - almost bought it a while back but was trying to show restraint - and then look how I regret it :-)

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    1. hi johanna
      it has been a hard week trying to get better quickly! yes it is amazingly easy to make mustard and i love that you can flavour it how you like. worth a go for sure. have a great Xmas. cheers sherry x

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  4. Hi Sherry, hope you soon recover from your "trip." Where's the Japanese grocer in Brissy, please share... Have a wonderful Christmas and we'll definitely catch up in 2018. Thanks for your IMK effort in 2017. :-) Sandra

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    1. Hi Sandra
      Thanks to you too for joining in this month. The Japanese store is in Alderley on south pine road Such fun going in there. Have a fabulous Christmas 🎄 xx

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  5. Oh my, what a brilliant idea - ice cream containers. I could use one, two or even three (or four). Love that plate by Starr. Just the sort of thing to serve something from the Blyton cookbook. I see it is illustrated by Quentin Blake whose amusing drawings are wonderful.

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    1. Hi debi
      Thanks for joining in this month. Yes I love Quentin Blake too. Such fun drawings. Have a great Christmas 🎄 xx

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  6. Hi Sherry I hope your injuries heal quickly.

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  7. Hi Sherry, here is the link to my post https://passionfruitgarden.com/2017/12/01/in-my-kitchen-december-2017/. All the very best for the month to you

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  8. OMG - I love matcha kit kats. I was once sent them from a blog reader and they were delicious and I have been trying to get my hands on some ever since!

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    1. hi shari
      our local Japanese store has all sorts of flavours. i adore that store! thanks for joining in this month. i know it is busy for everyone. have a wonderful christmas break. cheers sherry xx

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  9. Thank you so so much for hosting IMK, I am so pleased it continues and we all get to have a nosy in other peoples kitchen. I do like handmade things and that plate is gorgeous. I am really intrigued by the Matcha kit kat - I haven't seen it in the Uk Oriental supermarket, but will look out for it.

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    1. Hi shaheen
      Thanks for dropping by and for joining in IMK this month and this year:). Merry Christmas to you and yours xx Sherry

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear about your trip / injury. I hope you're on the mend soon! At least you have some delicious products to tide you through, and I love that Starr plate too. Please also share your experiences with the Enid Blyton recipes as I am so curious about what is in the book :)

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    1. Hi Kari
      Thanks for your kind thoughts. I can see it’s not going to be quick getting over this:(. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🎄 and thanks for being part of IMK this year. Cheers sherry x

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  11. Love your Japanese haul Sherry! Have a fun Christmas break and I hope you find it relaxing and joyful :D

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  12. Nice finds! LOVE to see brand/labels outside of the US!

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    1. hi Jennifer
      lovely to see you here. thanks so much for joining in this month. Hoping you have a marvellous christmas break. cheers sherry x

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  13. Dear Sherry, hope you're recovering swiftly and that your Christmas "ceramic plate wishes" come true. (Hint, hint...) How beautiful! I'm tickled to join you for the last IMK of the year (can it be?) and admiring your homemade mustard! That fudge looks terrific, too. :)

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    1. thanks Kim. i know, isn't it weird how quickly this year flashed by? thanks re mustard. it's fun to make and hubby loves it. cheers and happy Xmas xx

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  14. I am so going to get myself the ice cream container! Have a super Christmas and hope you recover soon from your fall.

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    1. Thanks Tandy. All the best to you too. And thanks for being part of IMK. Cheers sherry x

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  15. Yes December already indeed... :S I hope you'll recover soon! But you have some nice stuff in your kitchen, that children's cookbook is cute.

    Have a nice festive time and all the best!

    I added my link as usual. :)

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    1. Hi Veg Hog
      Thanks so much for joining us in IMK land again. Lovely to have you here. Have a wonderful Christmas 🎄 cheers sherry x

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  16. I hope you are doing well after your fall, pain in the...... I too loved (still do) any Enid Blyton book and I always thought George was my kindred spirit. I still occasionally slip into a Faraway tree chapter. I'm very interested in that ice cream thingy, had my eye on one last season as I really like the size and shape. Hope you got the soy sauce right and it's not eye wash or something! Thanks for keeping up the IMK, merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year, cheers, Maree.

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    1. Thanks very much Maree. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas 🎄 and all the best for the New Year. Cheers sherry x

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  17. Hope your feeling better Sherry after your fall. Love the ceramic plate and your homemade mustard sounds delicious with all the yummy ingredients. Thank you for hosting throughout the year and look forward to next. Best wishes for Christmas. xx

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  18. Sherry hope you are feeling better after your fall. Love the ceramic plate and the homemade mustard which looks delicious with all the yummy ingredients. Thank you for hosting the In My Kitchen posts throughout the year and look forward to joining next year. Best wishes for Christmas xx

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    1. thanks again! yep slightly better thanks.

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  19. Ouchies, Sherry. Sorry to hear about your trip. I hope you're okay. I, too, took a fall recently. Bloody hell it hurt. Thank you so much for taking over IMK hosting from me. Apologies that I haven't got a December post to share. So busy with the puppy and home and garden renos. Wishing you a delicious Christmas and all the best for 2018. xxx

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    1. hi liz
      getting better very slowly. making it hard to do Xmas stuff! how lovely to have a new puppy. i am thinking of doing the same. it has been 4 or 5 years since we had a dog. have a wonderful wonderful Xmas! xxx

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