Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What's in my kitchen, July 2014

In my kitchen is... 

Truffle infused olive oil. This was an absolute bargain buy from Aldi, at $3.99 for 200ml. I love truffles, I love olive oil, this was bound to be a hit!
Truffle oil yumminess
So far I have used it drizzled over a button and enoki mushroom risotto (Ellie and mummy approved indeed!), added to a homemade semi dried tomato and basil pizza and to jazz up some roasted pumpkin and potatoes. It has not failed me yet!
Mushroom risotto - made even better with truffle oil
In my kitchen is... 

Home grown lemons from my dad's tree (and maybe a sneaky passionfruit too!). This is half of what he gave me, and I have grand plans for this batch. I plan to make some preserved lemon, freeze some into lemon ice cubes and do some baking for Ellie. Is there anything else I should consider? Any favourite recipes?
Lemons on display in my favourite bowl
In my kitchen is... 

A tea maker from T2. I've been eyeing these devices off for awhile, and finally was convinced by their 18th birthday sale where everything was 18% off.


This nifty little device is perfect for my oversized cups and works well to brew up delicious beverages. I am still nauseous so have been experimenting with different tea combinations in case that helps. The winner at the moment is a combination of Turkish Apple together with a Lemongrass and Ginger blend. I make this one both hot and cold, and it seems to be helping out with Attila a little. Plus it keeps up my fluid intake. Apologies for the bad lighting in my night time photos.

In my kitchen is... 

Bowls of pear crumble, because well, crumble! Made for me by a friend to indulge my sweet tooth, it is delicious, and I've been stopping myself from eating huge portions of it and then trying to justify it saying the 'bump wants it'. That never ends well, so I've been restricting myself to dainty portions, best served with some raspberry coconut ice-cream.
In my kitchen is... 

A glass straw. In a further effort to increase my fluid intake during the colder weather, I've been carrying around a drink bottle all the time. The only issue was, it has a rather wide neck so I tended to tip it on myself often. No more with this straw! Instead of using a plastic one which doesn't break down easily I now have a lovely shiny glass one which I can just throw in the dishwasher when it gets a bit manky. I have to say, it also makes whatever I'm drinking feel just a bit posh... making me want to drink more so I can use the straw. Displayed here in a shot glass with a fabulous looking Donna Hay cake picture in the background (as an aside, photographing a glass straw is rather hard!). I bought this one online from Glass Dharma because they offered a bunch of different diameters and lengths which was helpful in making sure it would a) fit my bottle and b) suit the things I like to drink.
I haven't been eating much lately, nor have I been shopping so I feel like this is another lean IMK post... I have grand intentions to remedy this next month.

I am linking this post in with Fig Jam and Lime Cordial's monthly In My Kitchen event. Go have a peek through other kitchens around the globe!

What's in your kitchen this month?

20 comments:

  1. I think your kitchen this month is not lean at all. Any kitchen that starts off with Truffle anything is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Liz x PS That straw is really cool!

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    1. Well, yes truffle anything is delicious. Thanks for stopping by! x

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  2. Lots of goodies indeed! Love your glass straw :)

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    1. Thank you! They also come with colours and decorations on them... so pretty.

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  3. I didn't know glass drinking straws even existed! I will have to buy one for myself. I feel so terribly wasteful throwing out plastic straws all the time. Thanks for sharing!

    I am very jealous of all of your lovely lemons! I would probably make lots of lemon curd with them.

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    1. I have a friend who makes the most amazing lemon curd!

      Glass straws are fabulous. They're much hardier than I expected too, so quite easy to carry around. I feel like I'm doing my little bit for the environment :)

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  4. Oh, I've got Aldi goodies in my IMK but not as good as the truffle oil, I must have missed that one!

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    1. I was so excited to see it too!

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  5. Truffle oil! Wow, what a find! I think I might have to go to Aldi now. Beautiful kitchen.

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  6. The glass straw sounds so cool. Love your tea flavour combination :)

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  7. Love the teas and the glass straw is very cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Thank you for visiting Emily! :)

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  8. I'm so glad I'm not the only one to spill water all over oneself when drinking. You would think by my age I'd have mastered the art of fluid consumption, but apparently not! I hope your straw does the trick. I love the new tea brewing set up too - and am all for oversized mugs - as well as the look of your crumble.

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    1. I continually think that there are lots of things I should have mastered by my age also :) The straw is marvellous and helps immensely! I wish I'd ordered a few more in different lengths now as I think they'd be gorgeous displayed in a glass somewhere as well. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. Lisa, what an amazing buy on the truffle oil - I saw some at Aldi and now wish I'd bought it as well! The lemons look wonderful - you can zest and freeze the rind as well, before you squeeze them - that way whenever you need zest for a cake, it's on hand! :)

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    1. Freezing the zest! Genius....I can't believe I never thought of that before! I'm always looking for some when baking and usually don't have it to hand. No more! Thanks for the tip Celia :)

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  10. I love T2 tea!! Melbourne breakfast is my current favourite. I'm not a fan of truffle oil though. I've used it once in pasta and didn't like it at all!! I hope the nausea settles down for you.

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  11. Lisa, I can only imagine how wonderful your risotto was with the truffle/olive oil! Makes me wish we had an Aldi's in our town... How nice of your friend to make you a Pear Crumble, and what great self-restraint you have! Loved your glass straw, too -- hope you're feeling better and staying hydrated!

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