Monday, April 23, 2012

In My Kitchen: April 2012

Joining Celia and her 'In My Kitchen' posts - head on over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial and join the fun...

So technically, I've had this post ready for a couple of weeks now but it was the taking of the photos that let me down and has meant that yet again, April is almost over before I publish it.  Hmmmm need to work on that....!

To the point at hand....In My Kitchen this month...

.....some two dollar pumpkins picked up courtesy of a road-side honesty stall on the way back from Stanthorpe last weekend.  Three to be had in all - one for our neighbour-friends, one to our friend-friend and one for us.  Last night it made its miraculous transformation into an amazing pumpkin soup that will feed us for the rest of the week and then some!  I have saved some seeds because I plan to be eating this one again!

In My Kitchen.... some of my friend Mrs H's delish home-made, home-grown grape jelly.  We stopped in for wine, cheese and nibbles on our visit out her way last weekend and this was on offer.  I must say I was most unladylike in my hasty consumption!  Divine with my favourite camembert and water cracker, washed down with a glass of my favourite red.  She snuck me a jar to take home when we left and it has since been stored safely and securely in the pantry, somewhere towards the back, perhaps obscured from plain view by something unappetising like oats or pasta!

In My Kitchen...

...a bottle of Vincenzo's finest!  It has been a long time since I've had a bottle of heaven on my shelf.  A trip to Stanthorpe is not complete unless there is a bottle of this in the car on the way out!  How long I can last with rationing it remains to be seen but truly, good things in life are meant to be enjoyed aren't they?!  MMMMmmmmm chocolate!!!

In My Kitchen...

...are the spoils of a weekend away to the amazing fruit orchards of Stanthorpe.  A big box of seconds apples and mandarines, which taste so much more amazing than anything I could possibly buy at any shop here in town....

....some big, fat, juicy cloves of local garlic.  Some of these have been put into the veggie crisper in the fridge in anticipation of planting out and trying to grow my own crop.  Just need to look into when to actually plant them...!

And finally....In My Kitchen.... a raspberry cutting from my mum's partner's neighbour (you with me?), patiently biding its time and soaking up the beautiful autumn morning sunshine coming through the kitchen window until such time as I find the time and motivation to plant it into its chosen spot in the backyard.  My motivation is of course entirely dependent on the rusty, purely cosmetic tank currently in the chosen spot in the middle of the yard away from anything resembling a downpipe, being removed to another location!  I have high hopes for some form of action this weekend...!

So that's it for what's happening In My Kitchen this month.  Hopefully next month I will be better organised and get a post out earlier, though I'm sure I said the same thing last month!

Pop on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and see what's happening in the kitchens of other won't be disappointed and you'll meet some lovely people!


  1. Some really cool stuff this month, Shelley, thanks for sharing! The chocolate port liqueur sounds amazing. Love Queensland blues, and good luck with your garlic - we've given up this year, as ours never seems to do quite as well here in Sydney, and I'm pretty sure the wet weather we're having won't suit them at all! Can't wait to see your first crop of raspberries! :)

  2. Thanks Celia. Just think how even more amazing the chocolate liqueur tastes!! It's a challenge not to drink it like cordial!

    I too can't wait for the raspberries to grow and prosper - I'm dreaming of the day!

  3. Dear Shelley, I am loving all the fresh produce in your kitchen this month! You are my kind of cook. Those roadside stalls are the best, aren't they. We have just discovered one that sells fresh corn on the cob, and free range eggs. The chocolate liqueur sounds wonderful too. Happy cooking.

  4. Thanks Lizzy! I'm off to the kitchen right now to start making some sauces and pastes and goodies with all my fresh food loot!

  5. You have some great looking food items up on your blog!
    Those pumpkins are beautiful- the raspberry plant makes me smile- I've planted quite a few with the anticipation I'm sure you are feeling.
    And the garlic is such a promise for the future!
    Thanks for sharing!


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