Monday, September 8, 2014

What's in my Kitchen, September 2014

In my kitchen is...

Experimental ginger cookies. My friend came over and helped me bake a batch of the most delicious cookies. They are yummy anyway, but being something Attila will tolerate makes them extra yummy. Packed full of fresh ginger, walnuts, pepitas and other delicious things, these are one of my favourite things to eat at the moment when Attila won't let me eat anything else. We plan to change up the recipe a bit and turn them into lactation cookies for later on. Stay tuned for that recipe too.



In my kitchen is... 

Hugh Hamilton Ring-in Shiraz Cordial from the McLaren Vale. This was a gift from my fabulous baker friend who thought of her pregnant friend while on a wine tour. It's a non-alcoholic cordial made from grapes and packaged in a beautiful wine bottle, available from a vineyard, but it's not wine. It tastes remarkably like the real thing, and is delicious with both sparkling and still water. One of my favourite things right now! Mr Fork even serves it to me in a wine glass for added authenticity...


In my kitchen is... 

Jelly cups. Not the fun sort I used to make with vodka back in my younger clubbing days either. These are toddler friendly and perfect for the times when Ellie just won't eat anything else. Lately she has been teething again (when is she not!?) and there are meals where she flat out refuses to chew. We were spending a fortune on those pre-made cups with fruit, and I thought it was just as easy to make them myself. I kept a few of the cups, washed them and made up my own mix of jelly and whatever fruit I had handy. She thinks they're pretty awesome and I'm happier knowing that a) they cost a fraction of the pre-made price and b) I can sneak in extra fruit to make me feel like there is some nutrition there. Pictured is strawberry pieces in lime jelly.


In my kitchen is...

Cat Grass. Not edible and not for me, these luscious specimens were a gift for a friend. She has a vegetable garden and a visiting cat thinks it's a lovely place to lie down, usually on top of whatever she is growing. I saw this grass at my local farmers market and thought it might be just the thing to convince that feline to lie elsewhere. I haven't heard whether it was a success yet, but the little pots looked so lovely on the windowsill that I couldn't help take a picture of how green and delicious the grass looked.


In my kitchen is...

Red Bean and Taro Cake. I had a birthday recently, and I was absolutely spoiled. My mother in law made me a layered red bean and taro cake in the style of those desserts you get at yum cha to celebrate. I can't tell you exactly what is in it, but there is definitely coconut, agar agar, and of course, red bean and taro. It is absolutely delicious but very dense, and best eaten often and in small pieces.

 

In my kitchen is...
 
Fresh flowers. I adore flowers in the home, but I don't often spoil myself and indulge. I was thrilled to receive this beautiful bunch from Mr Fork and Ellie for my birthday. I'm a huge fan of oriental lilies and I'm waiting impatiently for these beauties to open up and fragrance my kitchen. 


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?

9 comments:

  1. Great things in your kitchen this month but that cordial as a wine bottle is the winner. Those cookies look very special too.

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    1. That wine cordial is sanity saving! I love that I can feel a little bit 'grown up' with a glass of red (cordial)!

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  2. Oh my!! I love ginger cookies :)
    I've attempted layered cakes (not taro/red beans, but panda/coconut) and it was a catastrophe! This one looks fabulous! :) Love the heart shape <3 :)

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    1. Oh I love pandan things. I can claim no credit for making this cake, only the eating of it :)

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  3. I am intrigued by that red bean cake! Your jelly cups look really cute too.

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    1. Alas I can claim no credit but I may have to fish for a recipe so I can duplicate!

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  4. My eldest son loves taro cake! It's very dense, as you say. And that shiraz cordial is fascinating - I've never seen anything like it! My kids loved jelly growing up, haven't made it for years, so I must do so again, thank you for the prompt. Bet you could make an awesome shiraz jelly... :)

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    1. WHY has shiraz jelly never occurred to me before? I love this idea!!

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  5. love the idea of the wine cordial. cute jelly cups too.

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