In my kitchen – November 2014

Garage sale finds

Paddington tea

I don’t wish to alarm you but there are less than 50 sleeps until Christmas. Can you believe it? It is also time for my second last In My Kitchen post for 2014 so I will get straight to it.

In my kitchen is a beautiful and seriously good smelling lemongrass and green tea hand-poured, natural soy candle and some fancy organic peppermint tea bags from Paddington Tea (gifted). You know how I love a fancy tea bag – it makes a cup of tea extra special I think. Their teas and candles a beautifully packaged and would make a rather nice Christmas gift.

Pic's peanut butter

I my kitchen are two jars of the best peanut butter I’ve ever tasted (gifted). I discovered Pic’s at the Good Food and Wine Show last year and promised Ollie he would get to try some this year. We got a jar each and are both powering through our existing jars so we can get into these.

Forage Bircher Muesli

In my kitchen is a 1kg bag of Bircher Muesli from Forage (gifted). All Forage cereals are made from the best quality, natural ingredients they can find and they’re all Paleo. I was pretty impressed with the amount of goodness packed in. No cheap fillers in sight.

Kale powder

In my kitchen is homemade kale powder. I sprinkle this in Ollie’s food for a little health boost.

Beetroot powder

In my kitchen is some homemade beetroot powder. After making the kale powder I thought I’d experiment with other veges too. I used this to make some beetroot wraps (recipe coming soon) and I’m experimenting with making a whole rainbow of powders.

Change the way you eat

In my kitchen is a new book ‘Change the Way you Eat’ by Leanne Cooper (gifted). It’s basically, all about the psychology of eating and how food has become less about nourishment and more about something to control and do battle with. It teaches how to get away from that thinking.

Now I’m already in the food as nourishment camp but I’m really interested in reading about how other’s view it. I’ll admit I haven’t gotten far into this yet but I’m taking a little coastal trip next week and it’s coming with me.

Junk shop styling finds

In my kitchen are some junk shop styling finds. I was a bit too excited about these I will admit and have an idea for the board already. I’m still thinking of something for the chalk boards.

Garage sale finds

In my kitchen are a few more styling goodies picked up at my friend’s garage sale for a steal. Literally a steal, she told me to take them. You might have spotted the knife in my Crusty Italian Bread photo earlier in the week. Thanks L!

Pretty straws

In my kitchen is a collection of paper straws. I use them for my smoothies every morning and every time I pop into the junk shop I grab a new box. Now I’ve started keeping three from each box for photos. This is my favourite range so far. Pastels are so pretty.

 

What about you? What’s in your kitchen?

If you’re nosy like me and want to peek in some other bloggers’ kitchens, pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and have a look around.

26 Comments

  • I love what’s in your kitchen, Claire! I’m still in the food is entertainment camp but I’m edging closer to the line. 🙂

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply November 7, 2014

    Your Ollie has to be the best fed Aussie baby. I do love those paper straws and I use them all the time in my kitchen too xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 8, 2014

      He’d be one of the biggest eaters I’d say! x

  • Diane

    Reply Reply November 8, 2014

    I do love reading your In My Kitchen posts, Claire!

    In my kitchen this afternoon is….cooked playdough for the small children at Church tomorrow. It took me back to when I made it for my boys over 30 years ago – wonderful memories. I wish I could attach the photo – lovely smooth mounds of pink, yellow and blue.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 8, 2014

      Oh how lovely Diane! I might have to get the recipe from you!

  • Gretchen

    Reply Reply November 8, 2014

    Lovely new props. I too enjoy the paper straws, as do my boys! The kale powder sounds nice, I will have to try making that sometime. Thanks for opening up,your kitchen.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 9, 2014

      You’re welcome Gretchen. Oh I bet the straws are great for getting kids to drink healthy smoothies.

  • Francesca

    Reply Reply November 9, 2014

    I love your retro kitchenalia- once you start collecting these babies, you’ll see more in your travels.

  • Diane

    Reply Reply November 9, 2014

    Claire, you can easily find the recipe for cooked playdough on the Internet – I use the Playgroup Association recipe, which has 2 cups of plain flour. And I just make half quantities of each colour. The kids at Church loved their playdough!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 10, 2014

      Thanks Diane! Glad they liked it. They must love you!

  • LeAndra

    Reply Reply November 11, 2014

    Despite your best efforts, I am a bit alarmed that there are less than 50 sleeps until Christmas! I’m just trying to embrace the season and have started dabbling with Thanksgiving dishes. So what’s in my kitchen right now is a giant mess!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2014

      haha sounds like my kitchen on a daily basis! I’m a bit alarmed by it too LeAndra don’t worry!

  • Joanne T Ferguson

    Reply Reply November 11, 2014

    G’day Love the homemade powders and love peanut butter crunchy too!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view also!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 11, 2014

      Thanks Joanne! I can’t wait to get into the PB!

  • Fran

    Reply Reply November 11, 2014

    I love that knife Claire, that’s seriously cool and the tea strainer is great. My daughter and I have just gotten into loose leaf tea and I’d love to find lovely items like this to use. Makes the tea drinking all the more pleasant. Lovely to look into your kitchen this month.

  • celia

    Reply Reply November 16, 2014

    Oooh your homemade powders look wonderful Claire! I’m sure they’d give a huge boost to the colour and flavour of your dishes. And you made me laugh with your promise to *Ollie* to get him peanut butter.. 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 16, 2014

      Haha he holds me to it Celia the cheeky thing!

  • Elizabeth

    Reply Reply November 16, 2014

    Your kitchen looks amazing this month… Umm do you have a recipe for the kale powder… I’m assuming dring it in the oven then mill in the Thermi? Liz xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 17, 2014

      That’s is Liz… 100C fan-forced oven like you’re making kale chips until it is totally dried then whizzed for a minute or two in the Thermo. x

  • Sandy

    Reply Reply November 20, 2014

    Peanut butter is always delicious – but the “best” peanut butter you’ve ever tasted – WOW, must get my hands on some of that stuff and give it a try!!!!!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 20, 2014

      I’m not kidding Sandy it’s amazing!

  • Miss Food Fairy

    Reply Reply November 23, 2014

    Hi Clare, I’m just loving your kale & beetroot powders – is this done with a dehydrator? I think I need to get one! I have the same jars for all y herbs & spices (the one pictured with kale powder) Sounds like a very interesting book, may have to keep an eye out for it at the library. Where do you get that peanut butter from? Is it only online or is it in a store? Thank you for a peek in your kitchen – lots of goodies 🙂 Good seeing you again, see you next month at IMK

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 24, 2014

      Hi Miss Food Fairy. I didn’t make those powders with the dehydrator just in the oven at 100C for a few hours but I will try the dehydrator next time. I would love to have all my herbs organised in the pretty jars! You can get the peanut butter online here http://picspeanutbutter.com/

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