After something of a lapse, I come limping back into the In My Kitchen fold with flowers, some great local South Australian products and more cookbooks!
Well, after a great run of being organized enough to get an In My Kitchen post up every month for over a year I crashed at the gates a few months ago and it has taken me this long to get back on track. Nevertheless, here I am for September’s roundup. The roundup is hosted by Sherry’s Pickings, but I’m not sure how to link up to the other posts, so I’ll just give you a glimpse of what I’ve loved of late.
It’s my birthday week this week and among other things, I received this glorious bunch from my youngest – it’s brightened up the kitchen considerably.
I know I shared a lovely haul of great cookbooks last week, but since then I received these two beauties from Lonely Planet. Available next week, From the Source – France and From the Source – Mexico add to the Lonely Planet Food series begun a while back. Both of these books share classical and regional dishes and the stories behind their creation and creators, along with with rich, colour photos.
Lonely Planet has scoured the globe for more than 40 years to find the world’s best places to eat and drink on the road and share their knowledge through this series. Sourcing authentic food and drink from the kitchens of local cooks, street food stalls, village bakeries, family-run bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants, the From the Source series of cookbooks brings a taste of the world into your kitchen.
I’m not too long home from a wonderful holiday in Scotland and England. We spent a week travelling around the Outer Hebrides – an experience that far exceeded expectations and one I’ll never forget. One afternoon my friend Ginny and I went to the local regional agricultural show (as you do). Aside from the setting, in the glorious Lewis scenery, it was similar to Australian country shows, including the cake stall. I grabbed a copy of the locally compiled cookbook so I could recreate some of the treats I enjoyed, back home.
I’ve recently been thrilled to receive some of the local products I’m so very fond of, too. Robe Dairy, which I introduced you all to a few weeks back, sent me a selection of their gorgeous soft cheeses. These can be found in the Foodland at Frewville, for those in Adelaide, and I’d urge you to find out what day they deliver and grab some. This is exceptional cheese.
I also announced the new food festival that is coming up here in Adelaide soon, Ferment the Festival. Some of the South Australian food sponsors of this event are Coriole, Tuckers Natural, Pangkarra and Bracegirdles Chocolates, whose delicious goodies were given to those of us at the launch.
And finally – as regular readers are aware, I’m a bugger for cake. I usually prefer to bake it myself, but when it comes to lamingtons I’m more than happy to forgo the mess in my kitchen for the great locally-made Kytons Bakery lamingtons. Kytons have recently unveiled their new branding and, to celebrate, sent me a selection. So, no prizes for guessing what I’ve been eating for lunch this week.