A quick look at what is making me smile In My Kitchen at the moment.
Unfortunately I missed out on Fig Jam and Lime Cordial‘s October In My Kitchen food blog roundup as I was travelling and nowhere near my kitchen at all, however I’m back in the saddle for November with some of the travel loot. Do make sure you check out the other fab food bloggers who contribute to this popular kitchen roundup by heading to the link above!
It’s a pretty fair bet that there will always be chocolate somewhere in my kitchen, especially after a trip to Italy and Paris. There was initially quite a lot more to this haul from the famous Guido Gobino in Torino and Benoit Chocolats in Paris, but – well you how it is.
I’m also utterly incapable of being in Hong Kong without grabbing some tea. This time round I bought this delightful selection of Oolong, Pu-er and Jasmine pearls to keep my blood/tea ratio in tip-top shape. God forbid I should run out of tea.
Speaking of tea, I received this lovely surprise in the post a few weeks back. The tea and travel mug are from a new range at Your Tea, who sell a selection of herbal, health and traditional teas. I have yet to try the delicious-sounding Apple Nut Crumble, but the travel mug is very schmick indeed and comes beautifully packaged, making it a great gift for the tea-lover in your life.
This very clever book found it’s way to me just before I went away on our trip. Written by Adelaide’s Lisa White, who is herself dairy-intolerant, the book was created to fill a gap in popular mainstream cooking shows and cookbooks with regards to those who suffer from food intolerances. The Alternative Kitchen offers tools, techniques and substitutes for those who need to cook without using common ingredients. It’s a must-have for anyone who has a dietary intolerance. Check out the website for details on how to get the book.
While I’m mentioning cookbooks, I’ll be sharing my review of some great new titles from Murdoch Books in the coming week or two. These three titles made me rub my hands in glee when I found them in the post and to add to my joy, both Annabel Crabb and Matthew Evans will be here in Adelaide for book launches in the next few weeks. “A Simple Table” by Michele Cranston, “Summer on Fat Pig Farm” by Matthew Evans and “Special Delivery” by Annabel Crabb are just three of the wonderful food titles that Murdoch have recently published – and are perfect Christmas gifts.
This beautifully packaged and presented treat is a traditional fig cake from the island of Vis in Croatia. It was given to me by a friend who has recently been cruising around the Croatian coast (a tough gig, but someone has to do it) and was a delicious and attractive addition to my cheese board – briefly.
Finally, my eldest daughter presented me with this delightful Adelaide city plan tea towel. It is from a selection of very stylish designs from a local couple who also produce a range of cushions, tea towels and prints. The range is inspired by ideas of travel, place and home and marketed under the name Where North Meets South – because one half of the partnership is Australian and the other is Scandinavian. We recently gave one of their Adelaide prints to a friend who has relocated to Melbourne – just so that she can find her way home.