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Friday, February 1, 2013

In My Kitchen February 2013

The hot January weather and school holidays have meant that this month as a family we have enjoyed a lot of outdoor cooking and eating.  We have cooked yabbies by the shores of a local lake, enjoyed morning smoko on the verandah with friends and tested our skills cooking in the wood oven.  

Firstly, a jar of homemade relish, an enormous home grown onion and a bunch of gum tree flowers all given to us by a thoughtful friend and her family.
   

My first batch of pita bread cooked in the wood oven.  I am slowly starting to understand the rhythm of cooking with fire and have learnt that the entire key to success is patience.  


A fresh Silver Perch caught by my Dad on an Australia Day camping trip.  We cooked this  simply by coating the fillets lightly in plain flour and frying them in a little olive oil with salt and pepper. Fresh fish, caught locally is really the best fish to eat, in my opinion.    


These small tomatoes are the Thai Pink variety which I had not heard of before Jodie kindly sent me the seeds.  The fruit (in my case) was small but tasty and the plants have been very resilient.  My photo has not truly reflected the beautiful, pearly pink colour of these little gems!  


Some generous visitors recently left us with a bucket of these amazing peaches and suggested I might give them to my chooks!  Instead I sprinkled them with ground coconut palm sugar, vanilla and ground cacao before roasting them slowly.  Sorry chooks.  


Lastly, a batch of scones straight from the wood oven.  Feeling the squishy scone dough come together in my hands before watching it rise quickly in the oven made me very happy.  In my excitement I forgot the egg wash, do scones need egg wash?  
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My friend Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial  hosts this fun tour and makes it possible for us   to catch a glimpse into some very interesting kitchens around the world.  Why don't you join in the fun.

What is happening in your kitchen this month?

*the sprinkle for the peaches came from Beach Organics.  

56 comments :

  1. Wow those pita breads looks amazing. Delicious photos!

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  2. Everything looks wonderful - the pita bread and scones look perfect! And your poor old chooks, going peachless.

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    1. Thank you Mel, yes the chooks missed out! They do get plenty of other treats though :)

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  3. Well done Jane. Another productive month in your kitchen. Your wood fire baking looks great.

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    1. Thank you Kate, we are slowing finding our way with the wood oven! I am looking forward to winter when we can really get stuck into it!

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  4. i love that all your wonderful goodies were home grown or produced or caught!

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    1. Thank you Jane, it has been a good month for home grown/produced or caught food :)

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  5. Those tomatoes are so pretty! And peaches, yes please. I'd like to order those from your kitchen. I've never heard of that combination before, sounds delicious. Almost every meal I make in my kitchen at the moment (for dinner) is coming from a recipe book that I'm aiming to conquer every recipe in this year!

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    1. Thank you Lucent, which cookbook are you cooking your way through?

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  6. As ever your kitchen looks productive and delicious Jane. It sounds as though you're having fun with your wood oven and judging by your scones and pita bread, you're getting to grips with it.

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    1. Thank you Anne. Yes, we are slowing learning by trial and error!

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  7. Always plenty of deliciousness at your place, Miss Jane! When I grow old, I would like to come and live at your place. ; )

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    1. Thanks Lizzy! We could offer you and Peter a caretakers job...watering the garden, tending the olive trees and pottering!

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  8. I want to eat those scones right now!

    Is it too late to bake now...

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    1. I wish I could call in for a chat and share them with you Michelle!

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  9. Mmm- your kitchen is making me hungry!
    I'm off to make some scones-Which certainly do not require an egg wash when they look that good! :)

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    1. Thank you Heideannie, apparently my grandmother just brushed her scones with milk. I might try that next time.

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  10. I love your kitchen posts! And I am SO jealous of your wood oven lol!
    Happy Saturday!
    Sarah xx

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    1. Thank you Sarah Jane, great to see you joining in the fun!

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  11. that pita bread looks incredible - i want to make it. i also want to wood oven...... wow.

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    1. Thank you Muppy, you could make this pita bread with no problems I am sure :)

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  12. Oh my goodness Jane!!!
    Everything looks delicious.
    And I totally understand the learning curve that is cooking on wood.
    We've been a bit lazy with ours over summer and mostly replied on the gas but I do love that sloooow heat.
    I hope you have the most wonderful weekend and that the back to school thing is easy and fun. xx

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    1. Thanks Kate. I often think of your wood oven adventures when I am tinkering with ours!

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  13. Those peaches look so good, if only I could grow them for myself. In the kitchen this month is going to be a lull, we are transplanting new seeds into the garden, though my first efforts of lettuce should be ready for picking.

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    1. Thanks Lizzie, I wish I could grow peaches like that too! Looking at your last blog I can see you have been busy with your seeds. Thanks for calling in.

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  14. What a lovely kitchen you have in Feb Jane! Your pita breads look fantastic and is that a falcon ware tray your lovely fish is resting on? I have a slight enamel ware obsession at the moment!! Love your use of those beautiful peaches too!!

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    1. Hello Mrs M, on the back of my tray is some Chinese writing and Reservoir, Made in China written in English. It was a clearing sale find and is in almost brand new condition. I love enamel too. Thanks for calling in!

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  15. Jane, what I love, what I really love in your kitchen this month, is the fact that everything in it has been homemade, freshly caught, or grown by someone you know! How absolutely marvelous is that!! It all looks delicious too - and I'm especially taken by the delicate shine on those pretty tomatoes! Thanks so much for sharing! xx

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    1. Thank you for the thoughtful comment Celia. As you have said previously, homemade/homegrown/home caught gives us a little freedom from the supermarket doesn't it? x

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  16. Peaches like that - to the chooks! Not when they look so pretty! I think I can smell them from here :)

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    1. Thanks Naomi, good luck for school this week!

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  17. LOVE the look of those pitta breads billowing up with hot air. I see now i'm going to have to read up on your wood fire project. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I appreciate your comments!

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  18. i keep seeing scones everywhere! time to make a batch. and no, those scones do not need egg wash Jane - wonderful as they are!
    those pink tomatoes are amazing. i've been growing tomatoes this year for the first time and it's a task (laterals! staking!) but the rewards are worth it.
    finally, i love your label for the pickles. very colourful.

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    1. Thanks e, yes home grown tomatoes are certainly worth the effort. The pickle label came from Red Tractor Designs...you may have heard of them. They make lots of lovely paper things!

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    1. Thank you for calling in Ben & Ting!

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  20. Wow all of these looks amazing. I wish those peaches were sitting in my kitchen.

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    1. Thank you Amber. Yes, I wish I had grown the peaches...one day maybe. In the interim I will have to hope these visitors call again in the summer time!

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  21. Hi Jane, everything looks so good, especially the scones and peaches!

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    1. Thank you Catherine. I look forward to reading about your Bali adventures later today!

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    1. Thank you Christina, they were delicious!

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  23. As always Jane a delightful glimpse into your kitchen and those pitta breads are awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks for calling in Paula. The wood oven is great for the pita bread.

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  24. Lovely kitchen Jane! I think that your pitas look fantastic as do those colorful peaches! Glad to hear that you're getting the hang of your wood fire oven (soooooooo lucky).The tomatoes are beautiful too- i've never heard of this variety. So pretty :)

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    1. Thank you for your generous comments Emilie!

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  25. I'm so glad that from your seeds you were able to harvest some yummy tomatoes Jane... Everything else in your kitchen looks as amazing as ever... :)

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    1. Thanks Jodie, your seed package was so thoughtful!

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  26. What a great idea to roast those peaches - they look divine. Why waste them on the hens!
    I'm a wee bit envious of the tomatoes - I have officially given up trying to grow them after 6 seasons of failures.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, sorry to hear of your tomato challenges. They can be like the holy grail cant they?

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  27. Wow! Those peaches would have been amazing, I love the flavours you used. Gorgeous post Jane :)

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  28. Glad you rescued those peaches, Jane! They look amazing. Love the look of those Thai Pink tomatoes too. Do you know if it's possible to buy the seeds? Would love to plant some in my garden.

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  29. Hi Christine. You can buy those tomato seeds from Green Harvest online. Good luck!

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