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Saturday, September 1, 2012

In My Kitchen September 2012


Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.  Thank you once again to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun kitchen tour.

Firstly, home raised pork hocks freshly smoked in our smoke house.  These are destined for at least one batch of pea and ham soup before the weather gets too warm.


Bad tempered yabbies freshly caught from the dam.  These were actually used as blatant bribery on a kind man who is going to help us build our wood fired pizza oven.  More on this later!


As we prepare for our annual sheep shearing these well worn thermoses and the generous lunch box make a regular appearance in the kitchen.  Lunch and smoko supplies are replenished each night ready to sustain hungry workers for another day.


I recently purchased this Scullery Made Chocolate Marmalade tea from my friends at Fine and Sunny.  It contains black tea, cacao nibs, carob and orange zest.  With a subtle chocolate aroma it is a treat without being too sweet.


Another batch of sourdough fresh from my oven.  The cut loaf was an experiment containing a handful of chopped dried figs and walnuts.  Served with a little honey it made a delicious Sunday brunch.


A selection of fresh vegetables, nuts and home preserved chillies all purchased from road side stalls and a street market in Mildura.  I love buying food from the person who has grown it.  It just makes sense doesn’t it?


A bunch of goodness picked straight from my garden.  Happy days!


Have you bought any tasty ingredients this month?
What good things are happening in your kitchen?

37 comments :

  1. your kitchen is full of the most stunning produce jane..i am really impressed by those hocks..fancy being able to make pea and ham soup with your own smoked hocks..i love buying from roadside stalls too..it feels good to be buying direct from the grower..

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    1. Thank you Jane, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to do these things!

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  2. Jane You are very lucky to know where the food you eat comes from, not all supermarket food can be trusted. The closest I get to wholesome food is this morning markets!

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    1. Thanks Monika. We are indeed lucky.

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  3. Oh Jane, all that good eating from start to finish. You had me at the soup. I love Pea and Ham and I can only imagine how delicious it is with your own home grown, home smoked pork. How special is that! Yum!

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  4. Firstly - I LOVE LOVE LOVE you new blog header, and the simple white layout is tops! Is it your photo (it's making me hungry). I have to say I'm a tad jealous of your smoked hocks (and your smoke house). So exciting in your kitchen...as always!

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    1. Thank you Miss Piggy...it was time a spring clean. Yes my photo :)

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  5. It's all happening in your kitchen. Loving all the homemade, homegrown goodies.
    x

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  6. I would do almost anything for a fresh yabbie Jane! Must be time I went visiting. Good luck with shearing.

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    1. Thank you Kate, please call in for a yabby any time!

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  7. All I can say to this post is I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

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    1. Thank you Sarah, you are very kind!

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  8. You make so many loaves of bread at a time! Do you sell them or just gobble them up? I'm endlessly impressed by the way your bread looks- picture perfect and puts mine to shame :)

    xo Lilly

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    1. Thanks Lilly. I used to sell bread but not at the moment. Now we just eat it...not all at once though, I make a big batch and freeze it.

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  9. Once again, supreme garden envy! I founf my first green pea this morning and was beside myself with excitement. Only one pod though - not quite a meal yet :-)I really love seeign your garden hauls.

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    1. Thank you Liz, enjoy your pea crop!

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  10. Good evening Jane, I love the new masthead on your blog! Just gorgeous. And wow to the goodies in your kitchen. The pork hocks... mmmm... that's what my lentils, purple carrots and parsnips will combine with for soup next week when Peter comes home. I would love to taste yabbies again. I think I have only eaten them once or twice. I love that you are experimenting with the bread. A task for my retirement bucket list. See you soon xoxo

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    1. Thank you Lizzy...waiting for some cooler weather before any soup making in my kitchen. Please call in for a yabby any time!

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  11. Gorgeous ham hocks - currently feeling serious envy. I love the roadside stalls in the Riverland - they're brilliant.

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  12. You have a smokehouse! I'm so envious. Another beautiful post Jane. Proper workmanlike lunchbox and thermos and as usual your bread looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Anne, in reality the smokehouse is rather rough and homemade but it serves the purpose!

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  13. Oh Jane, I love this post! I am enamoured with everything in your kitchen!! Those ham hocks are just fabulous! And the yabbies - I am so jealous!!! Love the lunch and smoko equipment too. Your new header is just lovely too! I SO enjoy reading your posts!!!

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  14. Jane, you have your own smokehouse?? I am sooo in awe. That thermos and eski has seen some miles, I'm sure they'd have lots of stories to tell. And I can understand perfectly about buying from the grower - if I could do it always, I would. No carrots from our garden yet, but lots of greens! xx

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    1. Thank you Celia, your garden is looking lovely!

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  15. Hi Jane! Love the new look of your blog (I remember that post too!) Everything from your smoked pork hocks, to the veggies, to the sourdough bread looks amazing. What a tasty meal that pea soup will make! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. i love your kitchen! smoke house, sour dough, fresh veges.....love!!!

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  17. Yes- these posts are all so yummy! They make me anxious for cooler weather to make soup and more bread. Thanks for sharing, Jane!

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  18. Hi Jane, I am sure I commented before. I must have been rejected:( I bet those hungry workers are well fed. Glenda

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    1. Thanks Glenda...apologies if your original comment disappeared!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane