Thursday, 1 March 2018

In My Kitchen - March 2018

So, the Year of the Dog has started off the blocks with a bang.  I barely saw February flash by, did you?  Mr P. and I are both dogs, Chinese horoscope-wise I mean, so this is our year.  So far, it has been strange and different and new.  I figure it is a year of change, and change can be either good or bad.  Who knows what else the year will bring?  But I've been lucky enough to get a few new goodies in my kitchen, so let's have a look.

I know you know the drill, but here it is again:


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



Here in my kitchen:



semi-frozen tomato juice

Yep, I bet you were wondering what that is.  The grocery store delivered a feeble brand of tomato juice to me, which I was going to pour down the sink.  Then I thought - ah ha - freeze it and use it in stews and soups.  Et voilà!  Very useful.




gorgeous new mug


I bought this one at the Hobart Airport on our way back home to Brisbane.  It really spoke to me!  Made by a local artist Mark Knight; speckled with cute dots on the inside - the mug, not the potter.




yep just like the label says 


Bought this one at an info centre at Mt. Field National Park, about 60 kilometres north-west of Hobart.  We took a lovely walk through the temperate rainforest, up to Russell Falls.  Such a lovely day.   





sweet little chestnut wood tumbler


This was another Tasmanian find, which I bought in a wonderful deli cum greengrocer cum wine store cum kitchenware-store cum florist ... well, you get the gist.  Needless to say I was in foodie 7th heaven.





as per the label :=) 


Funnily enough, I got this in Tassie, but it is a Queensland product.  Oh the irony of going all that way to get it:=)




yep another bottle of mystery sauce 


I can't resist the siren call of the Japanese grocer, so I was there again last week buying more fishy rice crackers and this mystery sauce.  Hopefully, it is a type of soy sauce, but who knows? 




guess?!


This is my fave smoked salt of all time, and I have tried quite a few.  This one reminds me of childhood; rainy days in the mountains and heading off into foggy lanes ... It is divine, my friends.




rice crackers


As you can see, they are 100% - something!  Very hard to bite into, but delicious nonetheless.  Probably full of MSG and salts and artificial flavours - or maybe just full of dried fish.  Dried bonito flakes are a recurring theme in Japanese snacks, I have found.

Well, as usual, I have other things to show you, but that will have to wait.  My patience (and yours) only goes so far:=)  Tee hee.  I refuse, I refuse I tell you, to say that awful LOL.  Hoping to see many of you keen blogger types here this month.  Cheers!



   

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Sherrys Pickings

46 comments:

  1. Hi Sherry,
    As always, I'm fascinated by the Australian products that come into your kitchen. I love the wooden tumbler and beautiful mug. You can imagine how far away Tasmania seems to me!

    Posting a summary of the previous month in my kitchen seems to make sense to me, so again I have a post up and ready this morning, the end of our February but already March where you are. So here we go again, have a great month.

    best.... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Mae for being number 1 IMK blogger again this month. Cheers sherry x

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  2. Lotta good stuff in your kitchen! I don't know whether I'm a dog, snake, whatever -- need to look that up. :-)

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    1. Thanks kr. The good thing is you only have a birthday every 12 years so you end up being really young :)

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  3. I love all of your stuff---all the mystery ingredients and especially that cool mug and tumbler.

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    1. Thanks Debra. The Japanese store is always full of mystery:)

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  4. Hi Sherry, just added my link. So many lovely things to pick up in Tassie, the little timber timber is gorgeous. A crash course in Japanese might be needed....

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    1. hi sandra
      thanks for dropping by and joining in IMK this month. I did study japanese at Uni but that was many years ago:) cheers S x

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  5. Oh that apple balsamic sounds delicious!

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    1. thanks glenda. tassie is so wonderful. i could spend a fortune down there:)

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  7. Ooooh... Caramelized... Apple... Balsamic... thick, sticky and sweet - the label alone has me swooning. Is the smoked Yakima salt local for you? or from my USA Yakima? Just curious/

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    1. hi Dee
      yes it is indeed from the US Yakima! my fave for sure. it has such a wonderful aroma. and yep the balsamic is delicious. cheers S x

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  8. Hi Sherry! I think that's ponzu sauce (from reading the Japanese of which my Japanese is definitely not 100% accurate haha). I'm joining IMK this Sunday! :D

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    1. Hi Lorraine
      Looking forward to your imk post. Ponzu? Mm interesting. Cheers S

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  9. Smoked applewood salt sounds amazing! And your new marble mug is gorgeous. Thanks for hosting the linkup once again. =)

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    1. thanks Jen. the salt is sooo delicious. the smell alone is enough bliss for me. yep that mug was irresistible. cheers sherry x

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  10. Sounds like a fun Tassie trip. I am smitten with your smoked salt and even more tempted by your prose about it - if you ever are looking for a new job, definitely think about writing descriptions of smoked salt for a living. That cup is mesmerising and I really love your japanese mysteries and the idea of freezing tomato juice!

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    1. hi johanna
      thanks for your kind comments. yep i was pretty happy i thought of freezing the juice 'cos it was too awful to drink:) it's always a wonder and heaps of fun at the Japanese grocer. cheers sherry x

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  11. Hi Sherry,
    I try to leave comments on other people's IMK posts, as that seems one of the most enjoyable parts of having lots of people blog together. However, the moderating software for "Jen loves eats" says I'm not allowed to comment. This is after I enter the comment and try to post it. I'm writing it here in case it's not her choice to avoid comments from the IMK family (or maybe just from me?)...

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae
      I’ll try to leave a comment on her blog tomorrow and see how we go. I have problems on some blogs too. And I just have to keep trying till it works hopefully:).

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    2. Looks like my comment went thru ok on jen’s Blog, Mae. Maybe try again. Good luck.

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    3. No luck. Just won't let me comment. Too bad.

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  12. Hi Sherry! I love using things to the very last bit...saving the tomato sauce was genius. Sometimes they make the best additions to dishes. I was looking at your February IMK and the Nameless Child was so touching. Such a thoughtful gift. After a long break, I was able to join in again. Thanks for hosting. Take care!

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    1. hi Laila

      isn't the Nameless Child a beautiful piece of art? i just love her; glad someone else does too. thanks so much for joining us here again at IMK. lovely to have you. cheers S x

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  13. Hi Sherry, I also love the ethnic stores and go a little crazy even though I am not sure what things are. Hopefully they are not full of MSG for you. Love the little cup or vase or salt container?? Beautiful wood. That caramelized apple balsamic vinegar sounds yummy. Thank you for hosting.

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    1. Hi Liz
      Yes it is the sweetest little cup. Not sure I want to fill it with liquid tho:). Don’t want to ruin the wood. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers S

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  14. Lots of lovely things in your kitchen. That little wooden cup is so sweet. I love shopping in Asian stores too... so many delicious things to discover. I'm also a Dog (in the Chinese zodiac) so I've been taking full advantage of the beginning of *my* year :-) Thanks for hosting!

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    1. the year of the Dog is being very interesting and challenging so far. looking forward in trepidation to the next few months:) Cheers S

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  15. Sherry, I loved your pickings this month. especially your one of a kind mug, wooden tumbler, and your resourcefulness with tomato juice! Sadly, I have to bow out from posting (can we say crazy busy month and hello "60?!") But, I'm looking forward to taking a peek in everybody else's IMK asap. I've resorted to the generic "LOL" far too often... what does that mean, really? Here's to expressing ourselves eloquently and descriptively (without resorting to "text" verbage and/or emoticon lingo)... I have more to say than that... next month. LOL! ;)

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    1. Hi Kim
      Thanks for dropping by anyway. I appreciate the comment :). I know what you mean about being busy etc. This year is a weird incredibly fast rollercoaster for us! Heaven knows what is coming. Have a great month. Cheers sherry xx

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  16. Interesting.. thanks for sharing

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    1. Hi Jessica
      I have a feeling you’re not a real person but I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers S

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  17. The wooden tumbler is gorgeous. I'd love a set of them! And thanks for the idea to freeze tomato juice, what a great save and an easy way to ensure you always have some to hand for stews / soups.

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    1. Hi kari
      Thanks for stopping by. Yes I think the tumbler is adorable too. My freezer is my friend:). So handy especially now we have a new fridge with freezer drawers. Cheers sherry x

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  18. I love your new mug - it would go perfectly in my kitchen!

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    1. Hi Tandy
      It’s a cutie isn’t it? Thanks for being part of imk this month. Lovely to have you here. Cheers S x

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  19. Those are some interesting items in your kitchen Sherry. Love that mug. Happy late Chinese New Year!

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    1. thanks Jem. year of the Dog is all about the changes for us. cheers S x

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  20. Phew I still made last minute! I can't believe it's already the 10th March! But as always, it's nice to take part in this challenge, and I see that you have some really nice stuff in your kitchen.

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    1. I know what you mean. This year is flying by isn’t it? Thanks heaps for joining us! Cheers S x

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  21. I so want to try the apple balsamic and the smoked salt - awesome.
    I haven't linked my IMK post yet, but am hoping to do so in the next few hours - like you I cannot believe it is already March!

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    1. Hi shaheen
      Lovely to see you here. Thanks for joining us. Cheers sherry x

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  22. Hi Sherry, love all your Japanese goodies and the apple balsamic sounds delicious. Love the mug and little wooden tumbler. Always handy to have some tomato sauce in the freezer for a quick pasta meal :)

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    1. Hi Moyà
      Yes I do love my freezer. Great to have stuff lurking there. Cheers S x

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