I really cannot believe December has rolled around already! This year my 'foodie' gene has kicked in and I have been preparing for all things Christmas in the kitchen.
As always, I thank the lovely Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for this IMK series. I look forward to each months posts, and the opportunity to tour into kitchens from all over the world and chat with some lovely bloggers. Check out the growing number of participants on Celia's blog.
In my kitchen this month there has been a lot of bottles of alcohol opened. Not for drinking, but for soaking and a bit of baking. Firstly, here is my 'boozy fruit mix' which I will soon bake into a monster Christmas cake. Look at how glossy and shiny all the fruit and nuts are. Right now, it smells amazing, and it has been soaking for about 4 weeks.
Next up is my attempt at homemade vanilla extract. I have vodka and bourbon, and have popped in an equal number of split vanilla beans into each. They have been soaking for 2 weeks, and already the aroma from each is amazing. I hope to bottle these beauties in about 6 months time.
In my kitchen I baked a lovely apple cider bundt cake. I just happened to have pumpkin spice mix on hand (I acquired it from USAFoods.com.au). The cake was simply delicious. Real 'fall' flavours and perfect at this time of year for a Thanksgiving treat.
In my kitchen was an order from Aussie Farmers, from the 'Naked 'n Fresh' range from Spade and Barrow. The fruit and veg looks a little wonky and misshapen, but it is still perfectly good. At only $20 a box, I couldn't resist.
In my kitchen this month was a batch of rhubarb muffins, and leftover stewed rhubarb.
In my kitchen this month it was my birthday, and we celebrated with a lovely tropical sponge cake, purchased from 'The Cheesecake Shop'.
Lastly, in my kitchen this month are Christmas treats. I doubt whether they will last uneaten until Christmas day ; )