June has arrived, and with it brings winter... and a snowy BANG! Temperatures in and around Canberra have plummeted and lashings of snow abound in nearby towns. Minus 5 degrees forecast for us for the next few days, so some frosty mornings are ahead.
Cold nights... call for comforting foods. I can't wait to cook up these dried fruits. Directions are to simmer in a little water and brown sugar, then serve with cream.
In my kitchen... is a new pan. This one, a cast iron pan, and its fantastic for cooking steak.
For my cookbook collection... are new books. The waffle recipes will go a treat in my waffle maker, the 'sniff swirl & slurp' will hopefully expand my knowledge about wine, the Lodge cast iron cookbook will definitely get a work out with my new pan, and lastly the 'At my Mother's knee' is a beautiful book with stories and recipes from celebrities and their families. The photography in it is just wonderful, and the pages are done in a scrapbooking style. It would make a wonderful present.
After recently visiting my parents-in-law in Toowoomba, Qld, we came back with a bucket load of macadamias. They grow them in their backyard. I think I have perfected the right amount of effort to use with the hammer to hit them just once to open. I have cracked about 20 so far... probably 250 to go!!
In my kitchen... is a pewter Chinese wine set I picked up for a bargain at the local trash 'n' treasure Sunday market. Such wonderful craftsmanship. The Shou Xing, the god of longevity is holding a peach, a sign of longevity, and there is a peach leaf on each of the cups.
In my kitchen... is a late (!) Christmas present from my sister in law who lives in Plano, Texas. Its a Yolk Fish, and he's a cutie pie. He's used to pick out the yolk from a cracked egg.
A new chocolate bar has gone on sale in Australia, and it is distinctly Australian! Cadbury teamed their dairy milk chocolate with salted caramel and Vegemite. Yep, Vegemite. I like it! It is sweet from the caramel, and the Vegemite gives it a umami like taste that lingers after the piece has gone.
Speaking of confectionery... a recent trip to a new USA Candy store scored me some Tabasco chocolate. I think I'll have a some milk on hand, just in case I need a little cooling off when I taste it!
Last sweet thing, I promise... a delicious rum and raisin caramel fudge. So, so glad I got the small tub! It was divine.
Thanks for taking a little peek into my kitchen. What's happening in your kitchen this month?
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