I’m lifting this idea for a post from my friend Celia, over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. She’s far more organised than me and does a monthly post on interesting happenings in her kitchen. I’m not sure that I can promise to have a fascinating kitchen on a monthly basis, but there are one or two things in there at the moment I thought I might share with you this week. I’m beginning with the sunset on Monday (2 January) evening. While technically not actually in my kitchen, it can be seen in all it’s glory from my big kitchen windows so I’m pretty sure it counts. I took this shot with my DSLR on manual and did no post processing at all – so you can see that the camera class I took seems to have paid off somewhat.
There are still a few of these sweet little Cranberry Orange Shortbreads left, surprisingly. I found the deliciously simple recipe on the Foodista website here. They are very quick to make up and the recipe makes loads. I rolled the dough into logs and froze it, cutting off and slicing just what I intended to bake. Of course, I just had to tweak it a little and added extra orange rind, some juice and a dash of orange flower water.
There are plenty of fresh eggs in the kitchen at the moment. The hens are laying very well and I can’t seem to give them away quickly enough. At the moment some of our eggs come with that special little extra something. We gifted the hens all of our prawn heads and prawn shells from our Christmas feasting and they were more excited than I’ve ever seen them. This has had an unexpected side-effect and now some of the eggs that were laid subsequent to the prawn-fest are ever so slightly prawn flavoured – not the taste I was after in my baking, unfortunately.
The gorgeous drop in this stunningly sexy bottle is my new favourite tipple of choice. St. Germain is an elderflower-based liqueur and is made from Alpine Elderflower blossoms hand-picked by only the most rosy-cheeked and rustic of characters, preferably whilst wearing cloth caps. It was a ridiculous extravagance, but I’m being very prudent with it and only sharing it with those I value most. It is wonderful added to a glass of chilled French champagne and I’ve also macerated strawberries in it and served them with clouds of soft, whipped cream – heavenly.
This little sweetie is the last bear standing from a kilogram of Lindt chocolate which I won just before Christmas in a competition on another Australian food blog, Eat, Drink and Be Kerry. The choccy arrived just before Christmas and beautifully graced our Christmas table, albeit briefly. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know how I feel about chocolate and therefore what a special little Christmas miracle this win was.
These two packets of very special Italian nougat are something of a windfall for me. I bought them on an accidental shopping trip I made to Bottega Rotolo, here in Norwood, just before Christmas. I was popping in to have a super-quick look at the superb products they stock at Christmas time, with absolutely no intention of buying anything, honest! But really, I ask you, what on earth is a girl to do when presented with some of the very best in Italian confectionary. Of course I purchased one or two items – just for Christmas gifts, naturally. Somehow these two didn’t make it to the pile under the tree. Heh!