Hello friends and welcome to my kitchen for another year.
Just before Christmas my friend Paula gave me a baguette tray that she and her husband picked up at an auction, as you do. I get very excited about proper bread equipment and couldn't wait to experiment with a batch of semi-sourdough baguettes from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook. This was my first attempt and I was pretty happy with them. My technique needs a little fine tuning which is a perfect excuse to make another batch.
A little rockmelon from my garden alongside a chook egg, just for scale. These rockmelons are a miniature variety, raised from seed. Although I didn't expect them to be quite this small they smell and taste magnificent.
I am having mixed success with garlic storage so have decided to experiment with freezing whole cloves. So far so good and an unexpected bonus is that the individual cloves are much easier to peel straight from the freezer.
Homemade nectarine and peach ice cream topped with honey and flaked almonds. This is a simple and healthy ice cream option adapted from this recipe.
Lastly, a little paper bird that my daughter, Annabelle, gave me for Christmas. I love the fact that she chose it herself and was so excited about giving it to me that she spilt the beans weeks before Christmas. Bless her.
Every month Celia hosts this kitchen tour through her blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Celia's blog is full of information on food, gardening, good living and so much more. Just recently I turned to Celia for advice on upgrading my food processor. So much valuable knowledge can be gained from the blogging community, it continues to amaze me.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?
Are you cooking or experimenting or taking a break?