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In My Kitchen November 2015

06/11/2015 | By

A quick look at what is making me smile In My Kitchen at the moment.

Chocolate IN My Kitchen Nov 15

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.

Tea in my kitchen Nov 2015I’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.

more tea in my kitchen Nov 2015

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.

The alternative Kitchen In My Kitchen

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.

More cookbooks in my kitchen

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.

Croatian fig cake In My Kitchen Nov 2015

Traditional fig cake from Croatia in my kitchen

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.

adelaide tea towel in my kitchen nov 2015

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.

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  1. Liz Posmyk (Good Things)

    Lovely things in your kitchen, as always, Amanda. Murdoch have some wonderful titles coming out, don’t they… you see some of the ones that I don’t… Matthew Evans and Annabel will be in Canberra too too… for literary dinners. Needless to say, I have booked. Happy cooking xxx

  2. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella

    I’m intrigued by that fig cake! I’ve never had anything like it but maybe my Croatian brother in law will know.

  3. Hotly Spiced

    How lovely to be given such a thoughtful, useful and practical gift by your daughter. I do love the fig cake! You certainly picked up some wonderful things on your travels. And so many new cookbooks! xx

  4. Ania @ milktoastandhoney.co.uk

    Beautiful things in your kitchen Amanda – I’d put that tea towel in a white frame and hang it on my kitchen wall 🙂 Happy November xx

  5. Tania | My Kitchen Stories

    Hello Amanda
    Travelling last month is now excuse. * Ahem….I am not jealous!. Love the tea from Hong Kong and Australia you have much amazing tea drinking times ahead. I look forward to the book reviews

  6. Veganopoulous

    Thanks for mentioning The Alternative Kitchen, I’m going to go and check it out! Your Adelaide tea towel reminds me that I need to go to the Melbourne Store here and find some similar Melbourne items 😀

  7. Louisa D

    The Alternative Kitchen looks to be very interesting, but I am most interested in when you might be adding HotMixPro recipes?

  8. Amanda

    Sorry, I don’t have a HotMixPro, or access to one so won’t be doing any recipes for them.

  9. @ChristineSalins (FoodWineTravel)

    We love buying chocolates as souvenirs of our travels – much more useful than buying things that clutter up the house! Am envying your chocolates from Turin and Paris.

  10. Kim | a little lunch

    Amanda, what a lovely assortment you’ve featured this month. Lol, “Back In The Saddle Again” is a popular tune here… I “jam” with guys who contributed to the original tune — good times! 😉 Key words in your post: “What’s making me SMILE at this moment”… that’s what it’s all about, xo… keep smiling, kiddo, and thanks for YOUR glimpse into IMK” Your link to The Alternative Kitchen caught my attention. So many folks suffer from food “intolerance”… why is that, do you suppose? The more “natural” the better… and Happy Holidays (in advance) to you, too. xo!

  11. Gretchen

    Chocolates are an excellent travel souvenir! The tea and travel mug look ,overly as do,the cookbooks. The fig cake sounds scrumptious, excellent for a cheese board indeed.

  12. sherry from sherrys pickings

    the tea mug looks very schmick indeed. i love a good tea towel, and of course more cookbooks never go astray in my kitchen. chocolates Yum!

  13. Nagi@RecipeTinEats

    If I have those in my kitchen, I’m absolutely sure I’ll just keep smiling while taking my sweet time in there. Everything is amazing, Amanda. 🙂