In My Kitchen… April 2014

In my kitchen…

… there’s a lot happening.  I’m feeling as though life is not going to ever slow down, and at the moment I’m ok with that.  I’m having a daily cry, dealing with hormonal changes, adding a new member to our family and household and trying to find a balance between being myself and being mum.  There are definitely ups and downs, mostly ups though (for which I am very thankful) and every where I turn there’s something new to learn.

I’ll be on the blog and social media when I can, so posts may be few and far between, but as I’m sure you can all understand, my focus has shifted slightly and I’m taking the time to learn my new role.

In my kitchen…

… J and our friend Lachy were chopping and grating a bucket of apples to put into their newly created apple press.  The end goal is to be able to make homemade (from scratch) alcoholic apple cider.

IIMK apple press

In my kitchen…

… is half a box of Bionade’s newest flavour, Cola.  I was so excited to receive is the day after I got home from hospital, I’ve been having one everyday since.  The new flavour really is delicious and guilt free.

IMK bionade

In my kitchen…

… sits a beautiful bunch of flowers that were delivered today from our amazing doula.  She was invaluable throughout the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, in the hospital and in these post-natal days.  Such a wonderful support at the end of the phone, at any time of the day.

IMK flowers

In my kitchen…

… waits a bowl of sourdough hot cross buns.  It’s waiting because it didn’t rise very much today, and last year the ones I made were quite dense, so I’ve decided to let these rise for a bit longer.  Hopefully, I’ll bake them tomorrow.

IMK sourdough hot cross bunsWhat fun things do you have in your kitchen this month?  Head on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what’s happening in other kitchens around the world.


22 thoughts on “In My Kitchen… April 2014

  1. I can’t believe you actually have time to write up a post to be honest! Homemade apple cider sounds fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. Congratulations on such a big week last week.

    1. Nancy, he’s a great napper, giving me a good amount of time in the mornings to get things done.

  2. Go Clare!
    Oh yes the daily (sometimes more like hourly) crying is different isn’t it? Don’t worry it does ease up.
    It’s a big adjustment but you sound like you’re doing brilliantly. I think I managed to bake a loaf of banana bread at 2 weeks and it felt like I’d achieved something like finishing a marathon! For me, getting back in the kitchen and doing a bit of writing is what made me feel like me.
    Looking forward to hearing more about this apple press.

    1. The crying is crazy! It seems to be lessening these days, but then there’s a day where I just need to cry. I felt the same about cooking and getting back into the kitchen and blogging.

  3. I’m amazed that you have time even to write this.
    We make cider from scratch – it’s good fun though the results can be a little uneven. We never know how alcoholic our cider will be until we open the bottle (which is all part of the fun).

    1. Thanks Anne. The boys have had a lot of fun with the apple press, and there’s a few variations of cider on the go.

  4. good luck with the new baby – such a huge change and no instruction manual – just a lot of cuteness and love to make it all worthwhile 🙂 hope your sourdough hot cross buns work out well – I am hoping to try my first sourdough HCBs this year s0 maybe need to give them plenty of time

  5. I think you’re amazing – I went underground for the first six months of Big Boy’s life. How you manage to keep cooking and blogging through it all is amazing! The apple cider sounds like a fabulous project, and is it HXB time already? I must get started. Take it easy, darling girl. xx

    1. I can’t believe it’s HXB time either, but they were delicious and I think I need to make some more this week. I needed to get back into doing things that feel normal for me, so cooking and blogging were a must.

  6. G’day and congrats on cooking, blogging and keeping up with real life Clare, true!
    Your flours and hot cross bun dough brightened my day! Thank you!
    Thanks for your kitchen view this month too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. Thanks Sally! Things are just cruising along, slowly but I’m getting back into the swing of things.

  7. Patrick and I saw one of your photos (of the home-made bread I think it was) on Instagram soon after Elliot was born, and we looked up at each other saying the same thing but differently – we wouldn’t expect any less from you! We’re thinking of you and your lovely new family!

    PS I’m just about to start stalking your archives for that tomato sauce recipe you said you’d post. I’m curious! xoxox

    1. Haha thanks V. I needed for things to be normal, so cooking/baking and blogging are the only way. I’ve started writing the tomato sauce post, it’ll be up this week.

  8. making your own apple cider is the new home brewing, isn’t it? cider this that and everything is really big in tassie at the moment. i prefer pear cider myself.
    good luck with the new baby!

  9. I found I had lots of time for the first two months because she slept the whole time. Then she woke up and it hasn’t stopped since 🙂 Make sure you are kind to yourself. I look forward to hearing more about the cider.

    1. Yeah, I’m finding that there’s quite a bit of time where I’m able to cook or write. I’m sure once he wakes up a bit and then starts moving around he’ll be a lot more demanding.

  10. Yeah, anyway, like I was saying on the comments page on my own blog…I knew I’d read but not commented. I’ve seen you tweeting about Bionade before and now I recognise the bottle in shops so as a social media influencer, you’re doing a good job! Quite frankly, I’m surprised you can find the time to blog at present but perhpas it keeps you centred. See you around. xx

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