In my kitchen – November 2013

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My kitchen is pretty exciting this month because my sister just recently returned from 4 months in Europe and mum and dad got back from 5 weeks in Fiji and Hawaii and lucky me, I got lots of presents.

In my kitchen is a papaya seed dressing mix from Hawaii. Now I’ll just have to wait for my greens to grow back so I can use it.

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In my kitchen is a beautiful new bowl from Morocco and a special Spanish spice mix. The bowl was used the night I got it and I’ve been enjoying my pre-dinner nibbles in it every night since.

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In my kitchen are some pretty cupcake liners. I’m thinking some sort of banana cupcakes will have to be made in the monkey cups. Agree?

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In my kitchen is a serving fork. Originally, in Fiji, these were made for tribal chiefs to eat with so they didn’t have to use their hands. This was back in the cannibal days. Kinda gross right?

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In my kitchen is a packet of sugar cane skewers. I’m thinking these would be perfect just as they say on the packet, threaded with delicious prawns and a simple marinade, cooked on the BBQ.

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In my kitchen is a packet of black lava salt. I’m not sure how to use this yet but I think it’s used similarly to regular salt with more health benefits.

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In my kitchen are two fancy meat rubs. These will be great for summer BBQs too.

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In my kitchen is a tiny cookbook brought back from Italy by my sister. She stayed in a home-stay type place for almost a week at the end of her trip and every night they cooked three course meals and everyone staying there ate together at the table. She sent me some seriously enviable snapchats and Instagram photos.

The recipes in here all seem nice and simple using fresh ingredients. I can’t wait to try them.

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In my kitchen is a lovely selection of Hawaiian teas. I haven’t opened them yet but I think my first will be passionfruit and orange – two of my favourite flavours at the moment.

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In my kitchen is a 2.5kg bag of chocolate ready for my chocolate making experimenting thanks to Celia’s tutorial. I have a few chocolate moulds somewhere (haven’t seen them since we moved) but I’m going to shout myself a couple more for my experimenting. I can’t wait.

Present from Celia

Would you believe that as I was writing this post, actually about when I was writing the chocolate part above, a courier van pulled up out the front. I’ve been ordering a few things online lately (Christmas presents I swear) so didn’t get my hopes up that the giant box would be for me, then I saw Celia’sย name in the sender box I got very excited.

It’s possibly the best thing that has ever arrived in the mail. As soon as I’d finished my lunch I gobbled up a chocolate freckle and a feuilletine chocolate. Celia, you sure know how to make chocolate. If I get anywhere close to yours I’ll be happy. I don’t think this box will last long. Would it be bad to hide it from Will?

I think my niece would go crazy for a chocolate golden ticket in her Christmas stocking and the other fancy mould will be perfect for Christmas chocolates. I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Thank you so much Celia! Can’t wait to bake with the flour either.

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In my kitchen is a small piece of coconut rough fudge from Port Fairy. It is possibly the best fudge I’ve ever had – so smooth and not too sweet – and it’s sold at a small stand at the Newsagent in the main street. They were so friendly too letting us taste all the flavours before we made our purchase.

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In my kitchen is a new copy of Jamie’s 30 minute Meals. There’s a bit of ย a story behind this. I was in a bookshop at Noosa contemplating whether to buy Save with Jamie or not. I decided to treat myself but the books on display were all piled under a couple of books that were fancily placed and I didn’t want to ruin the display. I spotted some more books on a shelf so grabbed it, paid and off I went.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised I’d bought the wrong book. In my defence, they both had Jamie on the front, blue and silver writing. Will promises that he’ll get me Save with Jamie for Christmas. Fingers crossed.

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In my kitchen is an old-school egg beater that I bought at an antique shop in Warrnambool on my trip to visit The Kiwi (aka Miss Victoria… may have gotten her name mixed up). She talked me into getting them and I’m so glad she did. Look out for them in an upcoming post some time soon.

I told you there was a lot going on in my kitchen. As always don’t forget to pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial aka home of the chocolate queen to take a look in other bloggers’ kitchens.

38 Comments

  • hi Claire
    I love all your Hawaiian goodies! Especially the black lava salt. I really want to go to Hawaii for a proper holiday (not just a 3 day stopover). Funny about 30 minute meals – it’s a fantastic book (as is Save with Jamie).

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 9, 2013

      I think it was a fortuitous mistake really. I want to go to Hawaii too!

  • heidi

    Reply Reply November 9, 2013

    There is a paradise in your kitchen!
    So many lovely and scrumptious ingredients and chocolates!
    A box of chocolates and molds from Celia to top it off- wow- Enjoy!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 9, 2013

      I know isn’t it exciting Heidi?!

  • celia

    Reply Reply November 9, 2013

    Claire, you’re most welcome darling, I’m glad it all made it there without melting! Hope you have fun with all the treasures in your kitchen this month – so many interesting things! The Moroccan bowl is particularly lovely, and I can think of heaps of uses for the sugar cane skewers, it will be fun to see what you end up doing with them! xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 9, 2013

      Thank you again Celia I’m so excited to get started! x

  • Terrina Fairbrother

    Reply Reply November 9, 2013

    YUM!!! You have some exciting things to play with there!!! Thru reading your blog Claire I discovered Celia’s and I too am looking forward to tempering some chocolate too!! Good luck and I dare say you will let us know how you get on ๐Ÿ™‚

    I bought some Lava Salt while visiting NZ, it was served to us with some fancy bread and olive ail for dipping. I’m gluten intolerant ๐Ÿ™ but tried some anyway… It was so good I bought some. We use it on steamed veges as a luxury!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 9, 2013

      Ooh yay! We’ll be experimenting together. That sounds like the perfect way to enjoy the salt. I love fresh bread with oil and salt.

  • Pat Machin

    Reply Reply November 9, 2013

    You have some lovely things in your kitchen. It’s so nice to have things which mean something like your family’s trips. I especially love the Moroccan bowl.

    How nice of your sister to bring you a little cookbook. I’ve got cookbooks from all over Europe and the USA that I’ve brought back with me from trips and they are such fun to look through.

    Chocolate, I will leave to you! Somewhere along the way, I missed out on the chocolate gene ~ most unnatural, I know.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      Thanks Pat. I am a very lucky girl this month! Happy to eat your share of chocolate.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    My goodness, what a haul! You were certainly thought of by your family while they were away. How special is that?

    Isn’t Celia’s chocolate wonderful? She sent me some when I wasn’t feeling well. Gone in a jiffy!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      Very special indeed! Oh my goodness it is good!

  • The Life of Clare

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    What fabulous things you’ve got. That box of chocolate us making my mouth water! I have one of those eggs beaters too, although I don’t use it very much.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      I don’t think mine will get much use either Clare but it’s so pretty!

  • Glamorous Glutton

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    Thanks Clare for the insight into your kitchen and all your fabulous new goodies. GG

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    Yes, you certainly have a lot of new things in your kitchen. I love the bowl from Morocco and that place where your sister stayed where all the guests sat around and ate together sounds like the way I’d like to see Italy. How kind of Celia to send you so many treasures xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      It sounds wonderful doesn’t it?! Celia is too kind!

  • Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    Your family is wonderful Claire, so many wonderful goodies! Especially love the look of those vintage egg beaters and the cannibal serving fork!

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    G’day and wow Claire! GREAT kitchen view this month, true!
    Can you adopt me to visit? lol
    Really enjoyed your post today for a variety of reasons and make me smile, brightening my day too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Celia’s IMK

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2013

      Thanks Jo! I sure can. Pop by any time!

  • Jas@AbsolutelyJas

    Reply Reply November 10, 2013

    So.Many.Presents! And such fabulous presents at that – your family obviously knows you very well. I am also a bit creeped out by the cannibal fork, but that would make for a very interesting dinner party anecdote…!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2013

      It’s a bit creepy isn’t it? I don’t know if I could use it to serve meat after hearing its origins.

  • Fiona @TIFFINbitesized

    Reply Reply November 11, 2013

    I’m coveting that black salt! I have lots in my collection but none from Hawaii and certainly not black. I wonder if they have volcanic salt in NZ? Good luck in your chocolate making adventures – especially in sticky old Brisbane! Thanks for the tour.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2013

      I wonder Fiona. I’d say so? Thank you!

  • Gustoso

    Reply Reply November 11, 2013

    You have been lucky with your lots of lovely gifts this month. I particularly like the bowl. Jamie’s 30 minutes is his most popular book. Don’t believe the 15 minutes cookbook, they all take 30 minutes too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2013

      Haha yes they’re more for the recipes than the timing!

  • tableofcolors

    Reply Reply November 12, 2013

    Looks like foodie Christmas to me! How nice! And receiving packages in the mail is always special!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      It’s always exciting isn’t it?!

  • jason

    Reply Reply November 12, 2013

    Hi Clare, what a great mix in your kitchen. The chocolates look delicious and I love your old beater, brings back memories of having to whip the cream when I was at grandmas when I was a kid.
    cheers
    Jason

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      I remember using one too Jason! Quite a workout.

  • Glenda

    Reply Reply November 12, 2013

    Hi Claire, Wow that is the biggest IMK post ever. Everything looks great, especially your little bowl. Lucky you getting a show bag from Celia ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 12, 2013

      Thanks Glenda. Aren’t I lucky!

  • Anne Wheaton

    Reply Reply November 13, 2013

    Your kitchen contents look so good, especially the bowl and the chocolate. And the lava salt. All of it in fact. Do you think the Fiji chiefs ate particularly fat people? The prongs look very long.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 13, 2013

      Haha maybe Anne! They must have been rather large chunks of meat.

  • Bernice

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    that certainly is a nice stash of chocolate! you have all sorts of fun stuff in your kitchen thanks to all the travelers in your family.
    I would definitely go with banana cupcakes in the monkey cups but what to do about those pesky penguins?

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 15, 2013

      They’re a bit tricky aren’t they? I’m thinking maybe coconut but only because it might look like snow?

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