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In My Kitchen June 2015

05/06/2015 | By

Where has the year gone?! It’s time for Junes In My Kitchen roundup.

The French Baker - In My Kitchen June 2015

Once again, it’s time for  Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’s popular roundup of things which are making our hearts beat a little faster in our kitchens. Bloggers from around the world join in on this linked monthly post and you can check out loads of other gorgeous kitchens – head to Celia’s site for the full list.

I have another beautiful new cookbook in my kitchen this month. The French Baker was sent to me by publishers Murdoch Books as a review copy. It is full of delicious things that will make my heart – and hips – swell. More from me on this book later.

Fresh pasta from Eveleigh Markets in Sydney - In My Kitchen June 2015

Fresh pasta from Eveleigh Markets in Sydney – In My Kitchen June 2015

ALL the salted caramel things! - In My Kitchen June 2015

ALL the salted caramel things! – In My Kitchen June 2015

I spent last weekend in sunny Sydney, attending the last few days of the annual Sydney Writers Festival. While most of my weekend was taken up with listening to writers talk (and fighting the crowds to get from one venue to the next) I did manage to squeeze in quite a bit of great food, including a trip to Eveleigh Farmers Markets. The above was part of a very naughty haul which also included a divine salted caramel eclair and a wicked panna cotta lamington, both of which vanished rapidly. The salted caramel popcorn and salted caramel rocky road from Sweetness Patisserie made it home, but not for long, and I have plans for the gorgeous fresh, organic, hand made pasta from Pasta Emilia this week.

Celia's chocolates - In My Kitchen June 2015

Celia’s chocolates – In My Kitchen June 2015

Anyone who is a regular over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial will know that Celia is an amazing chocolate maker and an extraordinarily generous soul. We caught up for breakfast, some shopping and a gallery visit while I was in town and she gave me some of her delicious handiwork. That, too, is almost all gone now.

Taylors Wines -In My Kitchen June 2015

Taylors Wines -In My Kitchen June 2015

We have no roadside mail delivery here, so have to go into our small town to pick up the mail each day. Occasionally I get a delicious surprise in the post and such was the case on the day I found this selection from Taylors Wines Promised Land range. The range includes five red wines and five white wines, is of excellent quality and priced to make you smile – do check them out next time you are looking for a fun drop.

Irish dancers - In My Kitchen June 2015

Irish dancers – In My Kitchen June 2015

One of my dearest friends has recently returned from a trip to Ireland to visit her husband’s family and bought this cheeky, bright tea towel home as a gift for me. The River Dance phenomenon was quite a surprise to many who, like me, had learned Irish dancing as children, for I certainly have no memory of Irish dancing being that much fun. Nor do I remember it being as brightly coloured as this – I’m glad to see times have changed.

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  1. Liz (Good Things)
    05/06/2015

    Oooh, that popcorn looks delicious, Amanda… yum! Did I mention how envious I felt that you went to the Sydney Writers Festival? That’s on my bucket list, for sure! Loving the French Baker book too, will you please bake something for me from that? xox

  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    05/06/2015

    I can just see you doing Irish dancing with that gorgeous hair of yours bouncing in the sunlight and a smile bigger than all outdoors. I too have received some of Celia’s gorgeous chocolate and swooned with every bite.

    Wonderful peek into your kitchen, Amanda!

  3. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    05/06/2015

    Salted caramel…. the taste of 2014/2015. I do wonder what the next amazing food craze to strike will be?! Celia’s chocolates are wonderful, lucky you being gifted with her delightful sweet treats. 🙂
    You learned Irish dancing? Have you got your dance on as an adult? I love it, my brother and I were obsessed with River Dance, to this day if I hear the album it makes me smile picturing us mimic the dance in the backyard like pros. Haha!

    Happy Friday and a fabulous weekend to you.

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    05/06/2015

    I thought for a moment that you had Pasta Emilia in SA but then I remembered your visit to Sydney! A shame that I didn’t get a chance to meet you then. Next time 🙂

  5. Hotly Spiced
    05/06/2015

    It would have been lovely to have seen you while in Sydney but I understand you would have been on an extremely tight schedule. Maybe I should head back down to Adelaide! I love your river dance tea towel. And yes, Celia is so very generous – I’ve never once seen her when she’s not bearing gifts xx

  6. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    05/06/2015

    I love the look of your cookbook. I will be interested to hear your thoughts on it. The salted caramel popcorn sounds divine.

  7. mimi
    05/06/2015

    I can’t wait to hear about that cookbook!

  8. Kate
    06/06/2015

    Book and popcorn can be enjoyed together – best combo ever !!

  9. Tania | My Kitchen Stories
    06/06/2015

    Wow you were lucky when you were here. sounds like a great festival. Celia told me she really enjoyed your breakfast and trip to the vivid display. That’s sure a cute teatowel.

  10. Kim | a little lunch
    07/06/2015

    Amanda, your description of IMK as a venue that makes our hearts beat a lil’ faster couldn’t have been more apt. I love salted caramel anything, homemade pasta, chocolates (by Celia, no less), and wine. That gorgeous cookbook and colorful tea towel at the beginning end were like icing on the top and bottom of your post! Thank you. Pitter pat, pitter pat…

  11. Joanne T Ferguson
    07/06/2015

    What a great book and look forward to what you recreate Amanda and what a cute tea towel!
    It is always a bonus experiencing Celia’s chockies!
    Thanks also for this month’s kitchen view!

  12. celia
    08/06/2015

    If I’d known you’d studied Irish dance, I’d have asked for a performance when you were in town! Come again soon! Bring Megan! It was a hugely fun morning, thanks for making time! xxx

  13. Jennifer @ Milk and Honey
    13/06/2015

    I definitely have some serious goodie envy going on. I browsed the that cookbook in the bookstore the other day and made a mental note to go back and purchase it as a later date. They featured some of his recipes in the latest Delicious mag which made me want to own the book even more… And that PASTA!!!

  14. Beck @ goldenpudding
    26/06/2015

    What a lovely haul! And it’s lovely to see the Sweetness products everywhere as the original shop is just around the corner from my sister’s house. Their passionfruit marshmallows are incredible 🙂

  15. Cate
    29/06/2015

    that book looks so tempting, and what a sweet teatowel! Such a good month for IMK!

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