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Friday, July 3, 2015

In My Kitchen, July 2015

It seems that lately I have either been baking or collecting.  

I mentioned in a previous post that we had been mustering feral goats.  More accurately, the men folk and my mother in law did the mustering while the kids and I mostly waited on the sidelines with the camera and supplies.  While we waited for the goats and the mustering team to descend from the hills and rocks we may have enjoyed cake and tea near a little fire we lit in the creek bed.  Food always seems to taste better in the world’s biggest outdoor kitchen, especially on a frosty morning.   


I can’t really explain why but baking paraphernalia just seems to find me.  This pile of battered bread tins came from the old Wilcannia bakery and apparently there are plenty more of them.  Of course, I will never use all of these but I would just hate to see them end up at the tip.  Can you imagine the floury, baking history in these solid old tins?  


A chocolate and walnut slice, recipe from the 2015 Red Tractor Designs calendar.  Packed with nuts, cocoa and rolled oats this slice proved to be robust enough to be packed up and sent to the paddock for cold and hungry workers. 


A bundle of old spoons, rescued from the shearer’s kitchen to be replaced with something more modern and hygienic.  These bits and pieces are destined for a peaceful, fulfilling retirement in my props collection.



Quince curd tarts, take two.  This batch turned out to be a much rosier colour than my previous attempt


Zara was a blogging friend and now, happily, she is a real friend who I meet for coffee and stuff.  Sometime ago she generously gave me this little collection including a piece of weighty pottery she made with her own hands.  Thank you Zara, you have a knack of finding the good stuff .


In other news I have finally joined Instagram.  I am still not sure my life is interesting enough to sustain my blog and Instagram but time will tell I suppose!

As always I am linking up with my friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Happy Friday, friends. 

31 comments :

  1. I also find food tastes better when it's been packed for a picnic! Perhaps it is the mindset that changes the taste?
    I love your "new" props. I need to get organised and get to the local antique store for some food props...I find food photography a tad frustrating as I lack the necessary props. New items just don't seem to look that great next to food.

    I enjoy Instagram, as another platform to share my photography. Most photos that I can't cram into blog posts get shared on there :-)

    I hope you have a good weekend,
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah...lovely to see you on Instagram! x

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  2. Welcome to Instagram Jane. I hope you are inspired, or just enjoy the pretty things others share.
    I bet those bread tins could tell some stories...what a find! K xx

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    1. Thanks Kate, inspired and overwhelmed by the goodness all at the same time! x

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  3. Hi Jane, love all your new, 'old' things, especially your bread tins. What a pity most will end up at the tip. I would love that walnut slice. Have you posted the recipe?

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    1. I haven't posted that recipe Glenda but I will email it to you!

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  4. I love the fact that you just sit down in the middle of nowhere, light a fire and eat cake! Your tins and utensils look as though they've been well used - the best sort.
    I have similar feelings about Instagram.

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    1. Anne...that is exactly what we do, we are often eating in middle of nowhere! It has been lovely to find you on Instagram!

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  5. How I love 'well used' items! I inherited my nana's bit's and bobs. I love using the same wooden spoon with which she stirred many a cake, scooping ice cream with the wooden handled scoop that filled my cones as a child. Always with hundreds and thousands. Your collection is beautiful and those items can now keep giving pleasure!

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    1. Thank you Linda, all of those old bits and pieces hold so many memories don't they?

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  6. Lovely post, as usual, Jane. My grandmother's kitchen utensils are my favourite to use. I've just found you on Instagram. I love it for its immediacy and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. (I am samstanleywd.)

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    1. Thank you! I am not sure if I have found you on Instragram or not...I am still finding my way. Just about to check :)

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  7. Always a delight to stop by your place, Jane and greetings from Cardiff in Wales! Love that slice... and so many other lovely postcards from your place xxx

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    1. Thank you Lizzy, happy travels!

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  8. hope you got lots of wild goats they are worth a bit at the moment aren't they..........
    now imagine the stories that the loaves of bread from those tins made have heard..............

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    1. The best way to enjoy cake! Thank you for calling in.

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  10. WOW I really enjoyed your post today and love how baking things naturally find their way to you!
    Thanks for this month's kitchen view!!

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  11. Your photos are lovely as always - that cake by the campfire is so inviting! love your quince curd tarts and the slice and spoons. Most of all my heart leaps a little to see you rescue the bread tins - it is not easy to buy a decent bread tin so I am glad these are not going to scrap!

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    1. Thank you Johanna, yes the bread tins are certainly of the old, no nonsense variety!

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  12. Your photographs each tell a story with the well used and aged utensils. I also have some much loved inherited baking and cooking pans/pots from my Mom and Grandmother. I imagine the ghosts of their dishes mingling with my own cooking.

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    1. Thank you Liz, it is lovely to have some cooking and baking history in the kitchen isn't it?

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  13. You're making me hungry again, Jane - I could go a quince curd tart right now! I noticed you'd joined Instagram, and I think I hearted every photo you've posted so far! x

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    1. You are very kind Naomi, I am still finding my way with Instagram. Sending you a virtual quince curd tart for morning tea x

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  14. Such a fabulous group of new old things Jane. Love the enamel soup ladles. I have a very similar green enamel soup ladle that I love using, it's wonderful to think of all the soup that it has served to families in its life time.
    That chocolate slice recipe looks and sounds great, on my blog post for this month I posted about some local walnuts I picked up, ready to bake into something yummy.I would love the recipe?
    Thanks for a peek into your farm life.

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    1. Local walnuts...how wonderful. I will do my best to share that recipe later today :)

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  15. What fun finds you have in your kitchen this month. I love the old tins and spoons. The picture of the cake outside is great, what a fun picnic!

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  16. How I love the spoons, baking tins and the little tarts! So much lovely history. Such a good IMK this month

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