In my kitchen – April 2014

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For the first time in a while I actually have quite a bit going on in my kitchen. At 3am on my Birthday while I was feeding little Ollie, I decided to buy myself a few presents on Peters of Kensington. I may have gone a little overboard.

In my kitchen is a pie bird that I have wanted for ages. I haven’t really made all that many pies but now I’ll have to. In my kitchen is a new 2 cup measuring cup to replace the one that I dropped last year.

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In my kitchen is a new quiche dish after my old one mysteriously cracked in the oven. I used it this week to make my crustless zucchini quiche but I’m going to give the recipe on the bottom a whirl at some stage.

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In my kitchen are a few new baking tins. The only thing that didn’t survive the move when we moved into our house was my rectangular tart tin. The base disappeared never to be seen again so it was time for a replacement. I’ve always wanted mini tart tins and a Madeleine tin as well. I thought the bundt tins were a little larger though so I may have to get a few more of those.

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In my kitchen are three sizes of pyrex baking dish. I always borrow mum’s when I need to make something like potato bake so I thought it was time I got my own. There is also a little enamel pie dish which is more of a prop than for actual baking.

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In my kitchen are some samples of raw snack bars and balls from At One (gifted). These guys are a husband and wife team based in Noosa who make a range of healthy, raw, natural snack products made from the best healthy ingredients with no sugar and no additives. They’re currently selling at the Wednesday Jan Powers Farmers Markets but hoping to start selling in stores some time soon once they have raised enough funds for the first lot of packaging and to create their website.

The flavours I tried were lemon chia raw superbar, cacao and incaberry raw superbar and cacao brownie raw superball and fig and white mulberry raw superball. My favourite was the cacao and incaberry but my sister was taken by the lemon.

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In my kitchen are some Easter tea towels, a gift from my mum. I’m sure you’ll see them in a photo or two in the next few weeks.

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In my kitchen are some new goodies from Barilla (gifted). So far I’ve only used the Pappardelle but I have an idea for a bit of a slow-cooked pasta bake with the ricotta sauce.

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In my kitchen is a jar of muesli topper that I made myself after being too cheap to pay for the one at the health food shop. I filled it with sunflower seeds, pepitas, chia seeds, linseed, quinoa flakes and chopped walnuts.

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In my kitchen is a pretty new whisk and matching spatula, a gift from Miss Victoria for my Birthday. Thanks Miss Victoria I love them!

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In my kitchen are two new little mason jars with handles and lids. I was very excited to find them in my local junk shop for $2 a jar!

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In my kitchen is a beautiful cake plate to match my tea cups. It was a Birthday gift from Miss Sydney and Twinnie. I’m still trying to find a cake worth of it.

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In my kitchen is some fancy apple juice I picked up from a local market recently. I have been using it for my bircher muesli and was very excited to see that I can buy it through my fruit and vege delivery service.

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In my kitchen are some mini capsicums purchased from the same market. I bought them so I can dry out the seeds. I also gave some to a family friend who has a much greener thumb than me just in case mine don’t work.

What about you? What’s in your kitchen this month?

Don’t forget to pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to have a peek in other bloggers’ kitchens.

 

24 Comments

  • nancy

    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    There is so much going on in your kitchen Claire! You can never have too many tins or pyrex dishes but I never seem to have the right size or shape. Apple juice on muesli sounds delicious.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 2, 2014

      I totally agree Nancy… no such thing as too many! The AJ is so good.

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    I love Peters of Kensington. I’ve bought many things from them over the years and I continue to shop there frequently. I love all your goodies – what a lot you have going on! And yes, being up and doing night feeds can lead to some ‘interesting’ purchases. Thanks so much for your beautiful postcard – gorgeous! Ollie looks so adorable. He certainly was of a hefty size for a first-born! xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 2, 2014

      They’re great aren’t they? Good prices and quick postage and really good customer service. You’re very welcome, thank you for his gorgeous outfit! Wasn’t he? We call him Buddah baby.

  • Ohh late night online shopping is a bit dangerous lol you did well!! Those mason jaes were certainly a bargain! Great goodies!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2014

      It’s funny the next morning when I look through my open web pages and find all these shopping carts full of goodies that I’ve wanted to buy then thought better of it.

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    Wow you had a lot pf fun shopping. In my books there is never too much kitchens equipment. Looking forward to seeing the crops.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2014

      Nope I don’t think you can ever have too much kitchen equipment. Could you tell Will that too?

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Reply Reply April 2, 2014

    Holy cow.. what a lot of shopping in the middle of the night. You’re my kind of gal!

    I like Peters of Kensington too. I bought my Whirleypop from them not too long ago.

    Happy April!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2014

      Haha it’s easy when little Buddha baby feeds for an hour at a time! Happy April!

  • Gemma

    Reply Reply April 3, 2014

    Love reading your blog Claire!!

  • Francesca

    Reply Reply April 3, 2014

    What a find- those mason jars with handles. I have never seen any like this.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 3, 2014

      Aren’t they great? I got some in a gift shop a few months ago but they were $8 each with no lids to these were quite a bargain!

  • celia

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    Hahaha…shopping while breastfeeding in the middle of the night – I’m just glad PoK didn’t have an online store while I was doing that, or my house would have been filled to bursting point! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re done so well though – I can’t survive without my pyrex jug or mixing bowls, and those mason jars are a fabulous find. Hope all three of you are getting some sleep, Claire! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 4, 2014

      It’s very dangerous Celia! We are actually. Last night the little guy slept 10.30-4.45 then 5.45-8.50!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    I love that Jasper Conran plate! The pattern is beautiful. I’d love it on wallpaper ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    Reply Reply April 4, 2014

    G’day! I LOVED reading your post today Claire, try!
    Almost made me want to SQUEAL!!! VERY unique, just like you!
    Thanks for your kitchen view this month too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 4, 2014

      Aww thanks Joanne! Lots of goodies this month aren’t there?

  • Sally - My Custard Pie

    Reply Reply April 5, 2014

    Love that cake plate – so beautiful…and the tea towels from your Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures

    Reply Reply April 14, 2014

    I love Sutton’s juice Claire. We bought a dozen in October but are down to one – my favourite, Granny Smith & Ginger. I haven’t opened it yet but am waiting for the perfect moment and will then savour it. A bit of retail therapy is never a bad thing and I’m sure the new mums of the world are all the happier for the introduction of the internet. Happy first upcoming Mother’s Day. xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply April 14, 2014

      Thanks Fiona! They’re delicious aren’t they? I’m so glad I found them through my online grocer too. They’ve been great for my bircher muesli. Granny Smith and ginger sounds delicious!

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