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In My (post-Christmas) Kitchen

05/01/2012 | By

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. ;-)

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What’s in the box September 1/2

03/09/2010 | By

The link for the first box of spring!  How did that happen?  Where has the year gone?

We have had a little, tiny taste of sun and a hint of the better weather to come, but winter is coming back to nip at our heels agin this weekend so make the most of these wonderful soup veggies to keep warm.  If selling the cabbage to the family is getting tricky, here is a link to a wealth of cabbage recipes – surely something for everyone here!

Tangelos make their appearance in the boxes this week.  For those who haven’t come across them very often, Tangelos are a cross between a tangerine ( a relative of the mandarin) and grapefruit.  They are around through the winter and are quite juicy and easy to peel – great for lunch boxes – and they make excellent cordial and marmalade.  Home made cordial is just simplicity itself to make, tastes fantastic, has no funny colouring agents, makes a great gift if bottled nicely and is a good way to use up excess winter citrus fruit.  This is an old recipe and, obviously, any citrus can be substituted.  Citric acid is a natural preservative.

Orange and Lemon Cordial

3 oranges, juice and rind
3 lemons, juice and rind
5 cups water
1 kilo sugar
30 gms citric acid

Bring water, sugar, acid and rind to boil, dissolving sugar. Remove from heat, add juice.
Bottle in sterilized bottles when cooled. Strain if desired.
Printable recipe ORANGE AND LEMON CORDIAL.

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Tea time – Moroccan Mint Tea

30/06/2010 | By

One of the more, er, interesting aspects of life in the country is the wildlife. Now I’m not talking about the wonderful bird life that we enjoy, or the koalas that fight at night or even our beautiful black cattle. The kind of wildlife that has been preoccupying me of late is small, grey and furry – mice! At the end of every spring, as the weather gets colder and (hopefully) wetter these cursed little rodents start to try and find somewhere warm and cosy to spend their winter – and inside the house looks pretty good to them. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of something tiny and grey scuttling past me in the pantry or we hear small scuffling sounds in the cupboard, but often we don’t see them, just the signs of where they have been. It seems to be impossible to keep them out and I have yet to have any success with trapping them, so discrete little boxes of something tasty are tucked away in corners for them to find.

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