In my kitchen – March 2015

Pineapple Pete

Sugar paste tools

There is a bit of cake decorating theme in my kitchen this month. A lovely friend won a big pack of baking and cake decorating goodies and thinking she would never use them, gifted it all to me. This is just a tiny selection of the sugar paste moulds and cutters. I think I am almost set for life. I’m rather intrigued to use the light bulb moulds. My brain is ticking trying to come up with an idea.


There are also heaps of stensils. I’ve never really used stensils but I will be keen to give them a go now I have such a selection. Other than for making icing sugar dustings look pretty, what else would you use them for?

Icing tips and tools

In my kitchen there is a box of new icing tips and tools. One day I will master them all. One day.

Cake decorating books

In my kitchen there is a stack of decorating magazines that came with the accessories. I think originally it was one of those newsagent things where you collect a new magazine and tool each week. I’m slowly making my way through them. While the cakes and goodies all look really impressive, the instructions make me think I might be able to tackle some of them. We shall see.

Pineapple Pete

In my kitchen is a pineapple hand-picked by Shannon aka The Naturopath’s husband. Aren’t pineapples just beautiful? You don’t see them with the tops on very often now do you?

Bread recipe

Last week I had a very exciting mail day opening the mail to find two little pressies. The first was a hand-written recipe from Mrs Sydney. She messaged me as she was making it and then after taking a bite said it was the best bread ever. Of course I had to have the recipe. Thanks Mrs Sydney! I can’t wait to try it.

Scone cookbook

The other pressie in the mail was from my lovely cousin who lives interstate – the ultimate scone book. It is packed with scone recipes the way they used to be written when people knew how to cook. You don’t see temperatures just ‘a hot oven’ and timings are more like ‘until they are golden.’ It did make my first batch of pumpkin scones a bit tricky but I figured it out and they were just perfect. Thanks Cuz!

Bonnie Beef meat

In my kitchen is a selection of beef from Bonnie Beef. If you are in Brisbane or on the Sunshine Coast you really need to try these guys’ beef. It is so very tasty. Their sausages are the closest thing I’ve tasted to the amazing ones my uncle used to make on his property from his own hand-butchered meat.

I’ve written about Bonnie Beef before so check out this post to see who they are and what they’re all about (free-range, nasty-free, very well treated cattle). They have a new ordering system where you can select individual items and they deliver to Brisbane on Fridays and Saturdays for free.

When I say ‘they’ I mean the farmers. It’s the way we should all buy meat if you can’t go out to the farm yourself.


In my kitchen the cookie jar is full which it hasn’t been in a long time. When I noticed my chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe photos were terrible, I took it as a sign I needed to make them and re-shoot. In my kitchen there is also a new backdrop. That’s right I’m a tiler now. Ok so I can only tile onto a board when I don’t have to cut anything but I think I did ok for a first attempt.

What about you? What’s in your kitchen?

Don’t forget to have a sticky beak around other bloggers’ kitchens. Check out everyone sharing theirs over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.


  • Elizabeth

    Reply Reply March 26, 2015

    I’m finally getting around to all the IMK post this month… just intake to start again for April 🙂 I totally agree re buying from the farmer… it is always the best and tastes so much better!! But I need another freezer! i can’t wait for you to post that persian bread…. looks like it could be a good one! Thanks for sharing Liz xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 31, 2015

      Very true Liz! Yes I must get onto making the bread.

  • Victoria Walton

    Reply Reply March 24, 2015

    The pineapple looks so good! I am lucky enough to have relatives in Fiji and oh my, eating pineapple straight from their tree is a whole other experience. The bright yellow colour is beautiful and then the taste hits you. Amazing

  • I can’t wait to see all the cakes and stenciled goodies you’ll make for us, Claire. I’m going to have to look up Bonnie Beef. That looks good.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Haha we shall see. Yes do look them up!

  • My Kitchen Stories

    Reply Reply March 8, 2015

    Wow Claire some really interesting cake decorating items there, look forward to your creations

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 9, 2015

      Hopefully I can figure out how to use them all.

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply March 8, 2015

    I love the sound of the Bonnie Beef and I do wish we could order it in Sydney. I’m sure we must have similar opportunities so I’ll investigate. I do like to know the meat I’m eating has come from an animal that was well treated. I’m not sure what you can do with those stencils – I don’t have any and have never used them xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 8, 2015

      Apparently in Victoria there are heaps of options but not too many up there. x

  • Kavey

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Absolutely love the front cover of that scone book, isn’t it fun and appealing?
    Kavey (first time joining IMK!)

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 8, 2015

      It’s very cute isn’t it? Happy first IMK!

  • Lisa

    Reply Reply March 7, 2015

    Hi! Love the cake decorating tools, I’m not good for decorating myself but I look forward to seeing your creations!

    You can grow pineapples from the tops quite easily (I have many of them growing in the garden as I can’t stand to throw them out). They grow in pots, but it’s a labour of love, not produce as it’ll take a year or two to get one pineapple… 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 8, 2015

      You’re kidding? That’s so exciting I’m going to plant mine! Thanks for the tip.

  • Miss Sydney

    Reply Reply March 6, 2015

    You’re most welcome. Lucky you didn’t rip the recipe! Maybe not the bear stationary for recipe sharing… I’ll improve next time. The pineapple is gorgeous

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 6, 2015

      Haha yes very lucky I saw that it was written on straight away!

  • good luck with all the cake decorating. a friend of ours grows his own pineapples in his front yard. surprising how many people don’t recognise the plant!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply March 6, 2015

      That’s so cool! I would love to grow pineapples but they take up quite a bit of room for just one fruit don’t they?

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