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Friday, October 3, 2014

In My Kitchen, October 2014

Wild flowers from my love; all secretly picked in the paddock while he was out and about checking sheep and tanks.


I have found a shortcrust pastry recipe that has helped to boost my pastry making confidence.  It started with lamb shank and chickpea pies made from a previous lamb shank dinner.


With the off-cuts I made small jam tarts.


We have been picking leafy, green bouquets of celery.  Home grown celery is almost as good as a bunch of flowers don’t you think?


A slab of chocolate brownie and a batch of chewy rolled oat and sultana biscuits to keep hungry workers and children nourished.  


One afternoon I had a quiet, creative moment in the garden and dreamt up these mini skewers made from rosemary and olive twigs.  Later, I used them to skewer chocolate dipped strawberries for a special birthday celebration.


Indulgent yet easy to make, this dark chocolate and cinnamon scroll covered in a shower of icing sugar proved popular in our house.  The recipe came from the winter issue of Fete magazine which has been added to my list of favourite reading material.  


Are you cooking or growing or creating?  I hope so!

As always I am linking up with Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  Thanks for hosting this fun kitchen tour Celia.  

57 comments :

  1. So many good things Jane. I adore your skewers and will shamelessly copy your idea. All your baking looks as delicious as ever - you deserve your bunch of flowers (and celery).

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    1. Please shamelessly copy Anne...isn't that what it is all about. The thing is we all put our own twist on these ideas!

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  2. There is SO much good baking going on in your kitchen. It's lucky we don't live close by anymore otherwise I'd be "dropping by" for tea all the time!

    The flowers are lovely - that's such a nice, thoughtful gesture.

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    1. You would be so welcome to drop in Mel. Do you know we went to the Pooncarie races on the weekend and I am sure I saw your body double; same haircut, same friendly face, same style. I am guessing it wasn't you!!? x

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  3. You have been very creative in your kitchen Jane. Everything looks so delicious and made with love xx

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    1. Thank you for your kindness Kate. Happy Term 4! x

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  4. How romantic your "love" is! I am impressed! Enjoyable blog again Jane.
    Love
    Tennille
    xox

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    1. Thanks Tennille, so many flowers in the paddock here at the moment! x

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  5. That bunch of flowers is more beautiful than anything you could buy at a florist x

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  6. Hats off to you Jane for your gorgeous little pies. I'm still finding my feet when it comes to pastry. Your baked goodies look delicious especially that scroll. Yum!

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    1. Thank you Kirsty, lovely of you to call in and comment.

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  7. Looks very delicious in your kitchen! Love the fresh celery. The photo of those little skewers is great. Thank you for your IMK post!

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  8. Hi Jane, what a beautiful bunch of wildflowers and what a wonderful man to pick flowers for his love. My Peter does that too. Love all the goodies in your kitchen, especially the celery (home grown is best!) and that beautiful bun. xo

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    1. I know you are a huge home grown celery fan Lizzy...it is wonderful to be able to pick 'just enough' isn't it? I find myself using it much more than I would if I was buying it. x

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  9. Gorgeous post and pics! Loving the flowers and the celery .. :)

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  10. Beautiful things happening in your kitchen Jane. Love the little rosemary sticks. The jam tarts just jump off the page and I hope you share your trustworthy pastry recipe with is next time.

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    1. I might email you that recipe to you Francesca, if you are interested. It is from the Bourke Street Bakery cookbook.

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  11. It's so satisfying making your own buttery pastry from scratch isn't it. It makes such a difference in flavour to the final dish.
    That beautiful bouquet of wildflowers... you lucky lady. x

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    1. Yay for homemade pastry! Thanks for calling in Zara x

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  12. Jane, Everything looks yummy, including the little person behind the celery.

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    1. You are kind Glenda, thank you for calling in.

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  13. looks bright and cheery as befits the spring - gorgeous baking and bunches - what a sweet bunch of flowers from your love and those scrolls really look like they have my name on them (never heard of Fete magazine - will look out for it)

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    1. Thanks Johanna. You might like Fete...it has lovely thick pages and and is full of nice food, clothes, photography and people without too much commercial hype x

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  14. Your man is a treasure Jane, picking all those gorgeous flowers for you! And it's great when you get a pastry recipe that just works isn't it? Your pies and tarts look delicious! As does the dark chocolate scroll - perfect brunch food! xxx

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    1. Yay for pastry and pies and tarts Celia! Can you imagine not enjoying food? xx

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  15. jane..a bunch of wild flowers picked by your man must beat any commercial confection any day..and the tomato tin you've put them in looks so right for them..and your cooking looks dreamy..seriously..and magazine worthy..love the celery and its prop and skewers are a work of genius..x

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    1. You are so kind Jane. Who need commercial confection...whether it be flowers or food? x

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  16. Jane, I love everything in your kitchen this month. The wild flowers areco beautiful, and I adore the skewers - just gorgeous!!

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  17. What pretty wildflowers! And those jam tarts look exactly like the ones my nan used to make! x

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    1. Thanks Naomi, it seems I do a bit of nan cooking! x

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  18. jane, what are the blue wildflowers? i recognise (enough) the yellow and white ones, but a not sure about the blue. as always, a beautiful and inspiring post.

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    1. Thank you e, the blueish/purple flowers are Salvation Jane which are more of a weed than a flower but colourful nonetheless!

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  19. So many lovelies here indeed! The celery is gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you, fresh celery is great isn't it?

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  20. I'm also loving everything in your kitchen this month and your photo's are gorgeous. Love the tomato tin vase for those beautiful flowers, so sweet and your scroll looks so delicious.

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    1. Thank you so much Vicki, you are very kind!

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  21. What a delicious kitchen you have this month.... and the flowers are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. How lovely your hubby picked you flowers and your pasty looks fantastic.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.
    :-) Mandy xo

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    1. Thank you Mandy, the flowers were very thoughtful!

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  23. What lovely looking pies. I like the olive branch addition to rosemary skewers, how brilliant!

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  24. There is always some gorgeous baking happening at yours Jane. I love the scroll. And homegrown celery is just as good as a bunch of flowers ;)

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  25. Your blog gets more beautiful by the minute, Jane. Love those olive and rosemary skewers!

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    1. You are kind Christine, thank you!

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  26. Just wondering if you could share the link for the pastry and biscuits you made. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    1. I will work on emailing you both recipes Kathy, thanks for calling in!

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  27. Hi Jane! Thanks for the peek into your kitchen, those brownies and the swirl look relish! :)

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