In My Kitchen November 2013

by Amanda McInerney on 11/11/2013

Again with the kitchen posts? Who’d have thought it? I’m going to try for the trifecta this year – but don’t hold your breath! But seriously, for a wonderful peek in kitchens all over Australia head over to Celia’s place at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial where much more reliable bloggers than yours truly manage this kind of thing regularly!

Strawberry Teasers in my kitchen

I spent two gloriously gastronomic days on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria last week. With a group of Australian and international media, I was fabulously fed and hydrated by some of their wonderful regional producers, including Mick and Ann Gallace of the gorgeous Sunny Ridge Farm. Their strawberries simply have to be tasted to be believed. I picked some and shared them with friends over the weekend, one of whom opened his eyes very wide and declared that he had never, ever had a strawberry that tasted so good! At the end of the first day of the trip, I was delighted to find this box of freeze dried, lusciously chocolate coated strawberries on my hotel bed pillow. They are a truly remarkable explosion of flavour and a deliciously portable gift idea.

honey on a stick, in my kitchen.

I found these fabulous little Bee Pops at another spot on my discovery tour of the regional producers of Mornington Peninsula, at Pure Peninsula Honey in Moorooduc. I love bees and am very partial to honey (I brought back enormous amounts of it from my trip to Kangaroo Island). I think the idea of honey on a stick is a brilliant concept and a wonderful way to soothe the trans-seasonal sore throats in our house.

 figs in syrup in my kitchen

I stopped over in Melbourne for the weekend, to spend some time with old friends and took the chance to visit a couple of my favourite stores while there. I always manage to find something to entice me into the  risky waters of excess baggage in The Essential Ingredient and these tinned Kalamata figs in syrup were nearly enough to do it this trip (although the two kilogram bag of Dutched cocoa didn’t help). I exercised great restraint and only brought two tins home, but I can’t wait to try them in a cake or tart.

Books from Books for Cooks, in my Kitchen

A book shop is always very dangerous territory for my credit card and Books For Cooks in Melbourne is doubly so as I manage to justify all sorts of sins in there. I came home with this modest selection weighing down my backpack, including an interesting work on the social history of cattle. Possibly not the kind of thing to thrill every reader, but perfect for me as a cattle producer and consumer. I may also have one or two volumes coming later in the post, but it’s probably best if The Bloke doesn’t know that just yet.

Matale chocolate in my kitchen

I was very surprised to find this chocolate still in my kitchen last week, as I thought I’d gobbled the lot. It was sent to me by Matale Chocolate of Melbourne, who are producing a divine selection of high-quality, ethically sourced bean-to-bar chocolate. In the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that one of these packets is, in fact, completely empty and the other is only half full – delicious stuff indeed.

Cellar Door Wine Fest Social Media Ambassador

Finally, I want to share something I am outrageously proud of. I’ve been a very keen supporter of Adelaide’s Cellar Door Wine Festival over the last few years, writing about it here and here. It is a hugely successful event and one that showcases our remarkable wine perfectly. This year I’ve been appointed one of a group of social media ambassadors for the event. I am very glad to be formally associated with such an innovative event and thrilled to help spread the word about it, keeping my visual reminder in the kitchen for all to see. It may even go some way to justifying all the time I spend on social media! ;-)

Don’t forget, you can meet the rest of the In My Kitchen gang at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I’m very curious to see what the figs look like and how they taste!

Pat Machin November 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Hi, Amanda. Lots of goodies in your kitchen this month!

Congratulations on being appointed Ambassador for the Cellar Door Wine Festival. It looks like a great event.

I notice you have a Marcella Hazan book in your pile ~ that’s one I haven’t got, though I love her cookery books. Did you know she died at the end of September? I couldn’t believe she was 89 years old. Her writing is timeless.

Amanda McInerney November 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

HI Pat – yes, I knew she died, that’s why I was keen to read her book, I guess. It is her autobiography.

Helen (Grab Your Fork) November 12, 2013 at 1:13 am

Honey pops sound like a great idea but how gorgeous is that Matale packaging!

Mel @ The cook's notebook November 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

I love your collection of goodies this month, especially those figs! Must look out for those. Congratulations on being appointed social media ambassador – very exciting! And did you know it is the 100th anniversary of the Commonsense Cookery book? I wonder how much your edition varies from the current :)

Amanda McInerney November 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

Actualy Mel, I bought that copy (a 1941 edition) to compare it with the new centenary edition which you’ll see on this blog some stage soon.

Hotly Spiced November 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations on being an ambassador. I love the sound of those strawberries – sun-kissed ones picked straight from the farm always taste better than those you buy in the supermarket. Those kalamata figs sound really interesting – I’ll look forward to seeing what you do with them xx

Fiona @ Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures November 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I love the look of those figs even though they’re inside a tin! They sound divine. Well done on your ambassadorship – you’ve done lots of great work promoting your great State so you deserve it.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

Congratulations! They’ve chosen wisely when they chose you.

I’m eager for you to pop the top on those figs! hurry!

Anne Wheaton November 13, 2013 at 1:05 am

mmmm strawberry teasers sound divine. Congratulations on your ambassador status.
Your books look interesting – all of them.

Lizzy (Good Things) November 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Those figs caught my eye, Amanda… I am dying to hear if they’re delicious…. lots of goodies in your kitchen… congrats on your appointment too!

Joanne T Ferguson November 14, 2013 at 5:16 pm

G’day Amanda! The figs caught my eye first off, true!
Love those bee pops and congrats on being the social media ambassador too!
Thank you for this month’s lovely kitchen view!
Cheers! Joanne
Viewed as part of Celia’s IMK!

Bernice November 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Books for cooks!!! Oh I am very glad we don’t have one of those stores in Calgary :) I would probably have to work there to support my habit.
What a neat idea, social media ambassador! Congrats :)

InTolerant Chef November 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

So many goodies indeed Amanda! I really want to see what you do with those figs- and all that coca!

Celia November 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

Congratulations on the appointment, Amanda, you deserve it! Sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful time – love the bee pops, and those freeze dried strawberries look amazing!!

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