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Thursday, August 1, 2013

In My Kitchen, August 2013

Welcome to another tour of my kitchen.  It is cold outside and there has never been a better time to be cooking!

A special birthday celebration seemed like the perfect time to test these quince and rosewater tarts.  Not only did they look quite pretty but they were a delicious way to end our meal.  Who can resist a tiny tart?  


As many of you know, farm work can be monotonous at times.  Particularly on a dark morning when the earth is covered in frost. One way of breaking the monotony and lifting spirits is with a warm smoko.   Although they are basic, bacon and egg sandwiches are always a popular choice.


Homemade sausage rolls come in at a close second in the smoko department.



When fellow blogger and baker City Hippy Farm Girl  recently posted a recipe for beer, cheese and onion bread it immediately appealed to me.  I used feta cheese and a bottle of stout in my version.  The rolls were dense and chewy with the little pieces of onion providing a hint of sweetness.


Golden beetroot pulled straight from the earth, heading for my kitchen.



Broccoli, kale, coriander and wongbok picked straight from the garden.  I have a lot of green things growing at the moment.


Are you growing or baking or harvesting at the moment?
Do you still stop for smoko at your place?

Please join in the fun and visit Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  So many people are generously sharing their kitchens with us!

48 comments :

  1. I love those tarts Jane! They are gorgeous. I am very sorry that I am not going to get to tour your lovely garden...thanks for sharing :)
    Kx

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    1. Thanks Kate, we will miss you! But, we hope to do it again soon if day 1 is a success. Otherwise, just come for lunch x

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  2. quince and rosewater sounds like a sublime combination jane..what did you put in the base of the tarts? a big cup of tea and an egg and bacon sandwich would certainly be good for morale after a freezing morning's work..and those sausage rolls look the bomb..do you cater for smoko every day? i'm picking broccoli too at the moment and eating it nearly every day..i only put in 8 plants but next time i'm going to plant double because it's so delicious and i love to be able to give it away..

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    1. Thanks Jane. The base or main filling was made up of mascarpone, rosewater, icing sugar and almond meal. Then you just basically 'melt' quince paste with a little orange juice and drizzle it over the top. I usually only do smoko like this when we have extra workers. When it is just family we fall back on more basic food to get us through the morning! Your broccoli sounds great, isn't it lovely to be able to give it away x

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  3. Such a cornucopia of good things in your kitchen, as always, Jane. Love a good bacon and egg sambo.... and that beetroot, wow!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy, I don't think many people can resist a bacon and egg sambo!

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  4. G'day! I am eating lunch as am eating now, true!
    Love your tarts and all your fresh ingredients....wish I could come through the screen and sample your bread too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  5. A kitchen full of goodness as ever Jane - all of it looks wonderful, especially the tarts and stout & cheese rolls.
    Smoko is a completely alien concept to us but something I think we should introduce in winter, especially if we can eat bacon & egg sandwiches.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I think our smoko would be known as morning tea at your place? For us it is sometimes the best part of the day :)

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  6. I just love your homegrown vegetables!!

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  7. Jane, now you've done it, I have to make sausage rolls this weekend after seeing yours! I can just imagine how welcome a warm smoko is after they've been hard at work for a couple of hours in the morning. Your little tarts and bread rolls look fabulous (as always!), and I love all your garden greens. We seem to be growing a whole lot of leafy greens at the moment as well!

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    1. Thank you Celia. I bet you make an awesome sausage roll x

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  8. Smoko sounds like my second breakfast. I think I've adopted some hobbit like tendencies in my grandmothering years. Love the look of those bacon and egg sandwiches and always go for sausage rolls!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Exactly Heidi, it is a bit like a second breakfast, especially in the colder weather. Thanks for calling in, I always appreciate you comments.

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  9. Lovely as always Jane! I wanted to join in this month but time escaped me! I've tried making baked beans and crumpets this week, and have been very pleased with how they both turned out.
    Hope you and your family have a lovely weekend!
    Sarah xx

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    1. You should blog your home made crumpets Sarah. Or maybe you have and I have missed it, I hope not. I bet they are delicious.

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  10. the problem with tiny tarts is that you can't stop at one! The excuse IS that they are tiny, so you pop another in your mouth, then another, then another ;)
    Great post Jane, I do love your IMK posts

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    1. Thank you Lisa, you are very kind!

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  11. Hi Jane, Those tarts! I would give a limb to have one of those puppies with my cuppa at the moment! They look devine. Smoko's (without the smoking) are a must I reckon! You can't beat a cuppa and biccy - or something warm like your toasties looks like heaven, to reboot, regroup and push on.x

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    1. What a great comment Donna! Yes, naturally there is no smoking at our smokos! Reboot and regroup...exactly. Thanks for calling in and I am so pleased your blog is back too. What will you come up with next!?

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  12. Quince & rosewater tarts...wow, I have no idea what that would taste like (you could post me one - LOL).

    You're beetroots look amazing!

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    1. Thanks Mel, I would post you a tart if I could!

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  13. Oh quince and rosewater tarts, how gorgeous does that sound!
    Those bread rolls look great too, stout I would imagine would give a great flavour in the bread. (Not being a beer drinker, I think all beer belongs in bread :-)

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    1. I have loved cooking some of your recipes Brydie, the bread was great.

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  14. Smoko sounds wonderful! And those tiny tarts look absolutely divine! Loved this peek in your kitchen!

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  15. Those tarts look delicious (that didn't come out the way I meant it!) and you've got to love egg & bacon sangas & sausage rolls for a smoko! :)

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    1. Tart is a funny word isn't it Naomi? I had the same problem writing this post. Thanks for calling in :)

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  16. your golden beetroot looks so pretty. i should try some (though i do love the traditional purply colour of beets_. and i am only growng green things at the moment, the scant amount that i do have growign at the moment.
    all your smoko treats look good but it is the golden beetroot that has stolen my heart this time!

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    1. Thanks e, traditional beetroot is lovely too!

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  17. i love your vege growing, im starting mine up again in a few weeks! cant wait!

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  18. I've been meaning to make Homemade sausage rolls for awhile now.

    The beer, cheese and onion bread sounds absolutely delicious.

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    1. Thank you, sausage rolls are always a winner!

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  19. Your home-grown produce looks so beautiful and fresh :-)

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  20. Well, I was straight over to City Hippy Farm Girl to check out that recipe (but then I came back!) The produce from the garden just keeps coming. I've got a brand new raised garden outthe back and am hoping to plant this weekend as the mercury is starting to rise in Brissie. Another lovely post.

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    1. Thank you Fiona. Happy gardening!

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  21. Jane, your IMK post was so heartwarming. I'm looking forward to doing more baking once it cools down here (we're at the tail end of summer) and your tarts and savory rolls are inspiring. Gorgeous garden produce, too! And that smoko? Love it! (By the way, is that malt vinegar lurking in the background?)

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  22. Thanks Kim for your generous comments. No, not malt vinegar. It is barbecue sauce, which is a thick, spicy sauce usually served with meat or savoury things!

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  23. Hi, a friend just told me about your blog- and I am impressed with your broccoli (it's all lovely really!) - I haven't been able grow broccoli here (Broken Hill)- it seems to not get cold enough- would love to know what variety you grow :)

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    1. Thanks for calling in Tab. I have grown two varieties of broccoli, Waltham which is a standard type. Also, Broccoli Raab which is an Italian style with a slight mustard flavour and quite fast growing.

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  24. Such a delicious collection this month - especially the greens!

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