Saturday, 1 November 2014

In My Kitchen, November 2014

In my kitchen this month... is a new, large, shiny, very powerful blender. Its an Optimum 9400 and it makes a smoothie in virtually nanoseconds! I have had it for a week, and experimented with a different smoothie each morning for breakfast.


A recent trip to Sydney involved just a little shopping (of course!). I picked up this gorgeous, rustic Mason Cash bowl at Victoria's Basement in the QVB. It is a great size for whipping up a batch of scones, or mixing dough for a couple of loaves of crusty bread.


A new beer I had not had before.. Mango Beer. It was very, very nice! kind of 'shandy' like with the fruit flavour cutting through the 'beer-iness'. I paired it with a roast chicken which I marinaded in a mango curry spice blend.


On a trip to Costco mid month, I spied a fruit I have never seen before. Its a 'piel de sapo'. Also known as a Santa Claus melon, or a Christmas melon. Why? Because it lasts until Christmas before it turns ripe! I haven't opened mine yet, as it is still firm. Inside it should be pale green and taste much like a honeydew.


Lastly is yet another book to add to my ever growing cookbook collection. This one is Margaret Fulton's Crock-Pot Cookbook from 1976. It is full of no nonsense, sensible cooking. Easy to find ingredients, and recipe categories including casseroles, soups, desserts, making breads and jams.  


I hope everyone has had a great month. This 'In My Kitchen' post is part of the IMK series which is run by the lovely Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Pop by her blog and check out the IMK posts from bloggers all over the globe.

Cheers, Kirsty

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    1. Hi Jennifer, and thank you. We had one similar growing up and dad used to make scones in it every Sunday morning. I wish I had kept it. I was a bit nostalgic in buying it, but I love that I now own it.

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  2. Kirsty that Margaret Fulton cookbook is a real find. Your bowl is indeed, very lovely. I have seen similar ones and have resisted- maybe that was a mistake :)

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    1. I think life is too short not to have lovely things Glenda. Thanks for stopping by, xoxo

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  3. I love your new bowl- I am very partial to this brand of bowl, new or old.

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    1. Thank you Francesca : ) I think its first foray into working life will be mixing up a lovely Christmas cake.

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  4. G'day! I could not get my eyes off you bowl and what a great Margaret Fulton cookbook...aren't they all!
    Thanks for this month's kitchen view also!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List

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    1. Hi there Joanne, I love that you love my new bowl. Can you believe Margaret Fulton recently turned 90! What an amazing woman she is. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. How exciting that you have a new blender. I hope you're having fun testing it out. I am intrigued by that melon too - I've never seen the variety before!

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    1. Kari, I can't wait to open the melon. I'll pop up a post about it when I do!

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  6. I absolutely adore your bowl!
    Have a wonderful month ahead.
    :-) Mandy xo

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    1. Mandy, thank you!! I think I will cherish using it more now after hearing everyones kind words, Kirsty xx

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  7. I love the blender and bowl! Enjoy using them. Mango beer sounds fantastic, I have never seen that before.

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    1. Gretchen, Matso's also do a lychee beer, and a chilli beer. I must keep an eye out for those! Thanks for peeking into my kitchen, cheers K

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  8. I hope you will share the inside of the melon when you cut it open :)

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    1. I sure will Tandy. I just went and felt the melon and its starting to give just a little. I think it'll be ready tomorrow!!! Christmas will have come early : ))))

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  9. Kirsty, I keep eyeing off those mixing bowls and resisting because I think it might be a bit too heavy for my hands - but oh, they are so very beautiful! I love how you found a bag of flour to exactly match the bowl! :) The melon is intriguing and we're planning a Costco visit today, I'm excited about all their Christmas stuff!

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    1. Celia, that bowl is not as heavy as it looks. Thank you about the flour, but it was the only flour I still had in a bag, all the other flour is decanted into containers!!! what luck the colour matched the bowl. The Christmas stuff at Costco is quite something. We are still working on the same roll of Christmas wrapping paper we bought when they first opened in Canberra(!)

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  10. Snap Kirsty! I just got a new blender too - it’s such a difference having a high speed one isn’t it?
    Beck

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    1. It sure is Beck. Now I can freeze yogurt and coconut milk (the drinking kind) and pop a couple of cubes in the blender, no problem. Nuts too whizz up a treat as well. Hope you are having fun with your new blender too.

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  11. Kirsty, your smoothie trials sounded like a wonderful way to acquaint yourself with your new blender! I'd never heard of a Christmas melon either. I love IMK!

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    1. Kim, it is indeed. Its just past 7am here today and I've polished off a strawberry, banana, oat, vanilla, yoghurt, almond milk smoothie. The strawberries came from my garden. Oh, that melon is getting close to being ripe!!! Have a great day, K xx

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  12. I have a mixing bowl just like that one! How fun to see that in another person's kitchen.

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    1. Snap Misky! It is indeed nice to peek into other's kitchens.

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  13. Thank you for coming over and checking out IMK, your mango beer has interested me, I recently tried chocolate beer. I also have an Optimum Blender, its pretty amazing.

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    1. Hiya Shaheen! I love IMK, its a great series and there are so many amazing blogs to check out! Matso's, who make that mango beer, also do a chilli beer and a lychee beer. I'll have to keep my eye out for those. Nice to hear you have an Optimum too. What do you mainly use your blender for?

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  14. margaret fulton is one of my go-to cooks. i love her recipes. i have an old encyclopedia of food that she wrote donkeys years ago, and it has lots of fab ideas. mango beer? interesting..

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    1. Sherry, I think most people would have at least one of her books in their collection. Can you believe she is 90!

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  15. Hi Kristy, what an interesting looking fruit, look forward to the taste test report.
    I have the same mixing bowl, it just feels right doesn't it?
    cheers
    Jason

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    1. Jason, too true, I just love using my bowl. That fruit is *almost* ready!!

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  16. Wonderful kitchen this month.... Mango beer, I'm not to sure about that one though!!! :-) thanks for sharing! Liz x

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    1. Elizabeth, thank you! I have since tried their Lychee beer, and its about on par with the mango. Very nice, and very refreshing.

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  17. Awesome blender :-)
    Victoria's Basement truly has some great finds hey - cute bowl!

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    1. Hiya Sandy, VB certainly does have some uber finds tucked in every corner. I was down on hands and knees pulling out my bowl from under a stack of shelving, and de-nesting it from a set of its kin. Oh well, its not like I knew anyone, or was heading back there any time soon!

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