Friday, 4 April 2014

In My Kitchen: April

I always enjoy The InTolerant Chef's 'Kitchen Snap Shot.' What's not to love about food, cooking, kitchens and a little voyeurism?  It is part of Fig, Jam and Lime Cordial's monthly 'In My Kitchen' Round Up so I thought I'd join in the fun.


In My Kitchen...new stools
Since we moved in I've been on the look out for some affordable wooden stools and I've found that they are surprisingly hard to come by. When I saw these advertised on special in our paper I made the trek across town with the boys and I am very happy with my purchase.  I love a good place to perch around a kitchen.

In My Kitchen...Nan's things.
My Nana recently turned 84 and due to some health issues she has had to move into a retirement village.  This has understandably not been an easy thing for my Nan; trying to condense your whole life into one room of belongings and watching other people declare your things as 'junk' or needing to be thrown out would be quite confronting and upsetting.  Nan asked us to come by and select some items for us to keep and here are a few of my selections.  The biscuit barrels are easily the thing I recall most when I think of Nan's kitchen.  It was such a treat to open the lid and be surprised by the contents, oh how exciting when it was a Tic-Tic biscuit, even better if it was yellow!



In My Kitchen...new ingredients.
My first trip to Costco resulted in this coconut flour and these Inca berries and I found the coconut sugar at my fruit and veggie market the other week.  I got all excited as they are ingredients I have read about on numerous blogs but now I don't really know what to do with any of them, any ideas??  I also got some pink Himalyan salt cheaply at our local NQR, at least I know how to use that.

In My Kitchen...from the garden.
Our new veggie gardens have started slowly but I have just picked these tomatoes - I'm not sure which heirloom variety they are but I am seeing then in a tomato and bococcini tart.


In My Kitchen...MJ's art


Until recently, when MJ would proudly show me his drawings my responses included 'I love the colours you've used', 'Tell me about what you have drawn' and 'Well done, you've filled the whole page', yep, I had no ideas what he had drawn!  So the conversations are much easier now I can recognise the people and the sun and the trees and the water!


Any ideas for cooking with coconut flour and coconut sugar?

Keep smiling
Dani xx

12 comments :

  1. Welcome to IMK land. I loved reading about your child's art. It is so good when you can finally recognise some reality. You are in for a good time as the art begins to take over your kitchen.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome. His favourite is currently box construction at kinder, they are a little harder to manage. I haven't quite worked out the ratio of display time, to hidden away time to sneak into the recycling time!

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  2. G'day Danielle! Congrats on your first IMK post, true! Love your first photo and love peeking (but being invited lol) in other people's kitchen! Great post!
    Thanks for your kitchen view this month too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Hi Joanne, thanks for reading. I think there is a little voyeur is all of us!

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  3. Those tomatoes look beautiful! And I've never seen such a huge bag of coconut flour... that stuff absorbs liquids like a sponge so that bag will go a loooong way! I make a killer coconut flour banana bread. It rarely lasts more than 36 hours in my house ;)

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    1. Costco doesn't do things in halves! Your recipe sounds like the type of thing I should make, I've even got a few very ripe bananas on the bench that need to be saved...

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  4. Thanks for the peek into your kitchen and such a treasure to have your nan's things :)

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  5. Those early drawings are so precious as are your Nan's things. Your kitchen is immaculate!

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  6. Ooh, snap! I have that coconut flour AND that brown cookie jar in my kitchen - I use it as a salt holder, and it came from my elderly neighbour's house. Your kitchen is very tidy indeed! Thanks for playing! :)

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  7. You have a beautiful and clean kitchen - I love the little arrows showing where everything is in the kitchen - your Nan's things must be very precious - I wish I had more things from my Nan's kitchen - she had some flour sugar and salt cannisters that I loved which the biscuit barrells bring to mind.

    Coconut flour is something I have but rarely cook with - it is great in fudgy brownies and biscuits or cake like http://kitchen-maid.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/treat-me-triple-coconut-choc-cake.html - I did hear someone say that other day they just like to eat coconut sugar by the spoonful - it is yummy but I am not sure that is quite what we should be doing with it :-)

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  8. I love the peek into your kitchen! Such a beautiful space, I imagine lots of inspiration and creativity happens here! I'm thinking coconut flour cookies or brownies would be a great treat.

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  9. Those stools are great! Such a beautiful light kitchen! How much fun is it to learn about using new ingredients.

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