My kitchen! Well, my investment house kitchen. The 30 year old kitchen was well overdue for a makeover. Now the fun starts choosing a design, cupboard profiles and colours.
In my kitchen... I made gift baskets for neighbours and colleagues, filled with biscotti and fudge. It was my first time making biscotti, and it turned out a treat. I think my oven was too high for the first bake, hence the cracked 'loaves'. Any biscotti making tips are welcomed : )
It wouldn't be Christmas without a good old mince tart. I think we tried about 5 different ones this year, and these ones from the CRFM in Canberra were just lovely.
I finally cracked open my 'Christmas melon', aka a piel de sapo, about a week before Christmas. It was finally ripe, mildly sweet, and had pale green flesh. Similar taste to a honeydew, but didn't have the sweet-in-your-face punch. I wouldn't say I'd go out of my way to pick one up again, but my curiosity was satisfied!
Continuing the fresh food theme... I vow in 2015 that I will shop more at local markets, local butchers, and fruit and veg stores. The quality of the produce for sale from 'the big 2' supermarkets just doesn't cut it for me anymore. Plus I don't know where my supermarket fruit and veg comes from, nor how far it has flown, or if its been in cold storage for extended period. Here are cherries and plums we bought at the Sunday 'trash n treasure' markets in Macquarie ACT, straight from the farmer.
In my outdoor kitchen... my fruit and veg patch is thundering along. I ignored it for a couple of weeks in December and found my tomato plants nearly doubled in height and my tiny spindly sugar snap pea seedlings had grown into a lively bush, with their tendrils outstretched and cuddling the capsicums!
In my kitchen... is locally made saffron. I couldn't believe saffron is grown and produced in Bungendore. The producer is Windview Farm.
So, what's happening in your kitchen?
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Happy New Year everyone!