In My Kitchen… July 2014

In my kitchen…

…the Breville All-in-One is getting a work out.  Jalna sent it to me and I’m absolutely loving it.  It’s such a great size and is super easy to clean and store.

Breville All in OneIn my kitchen…

… is my mum’s childhood cookbook.  I borrowed it over the weekend to make the rock cakes, it’s the recipe we always used as children and still my favourite!

childhood cookbookIn my kitchen…

…was a cake plate of profiteroles.  J and I tend to watch Masterchef the day after it airs (due to it being cold and not getting a full nights sleep just yet, we are usually in bed VERY early). And after the croquembouche episode, J asked if I’d ever made choux pastry, I hadn’t so we thought we’d give it a go.  These were absolutely amazing, sadly there’s only one left now, and I’ve designated it J’s.

profiteroles eaten profiterolesIn my kitchen…

… the first dozen of eggs that we’ve had to buy since we had chickens, glares at me.  I wanted to make lactation cookies for a friend who needed a boost, so we had to buy some.  I think we’re going to need to get some new chookies.

free range eggsIn my kitchen…

… are these two jars.  Found in a local op shop.

Maxwell and Williams coffee and sugar jarIn my kitchen…

…some dark beer waits to be poured into the slow cooker, with beef cheeks, mushrooms, carrots and other treats for a winter warming meal.

Monteith's black beerMy my kitchen…

…is a 4 litre tub of local olive oil.  This tin costs us $60 and we probably buy one a month.  I don’t know if that works out cheap or dear but I like buying locally, so I don’t care.

springfield olive grove

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40 thoughts on “In My Kitchen… July 2014

  1. That tin of oil has me swooning with envy. There’s a local guy who has olive oil so I might try doing something similar. Great idea. Sad about buying eggs. That always gave me the sad face too.

    You have so much going on in your life – I’m glad you had profiteroles. 🙂

  2. Those profiteroles look the business I’m not surprised they didn’t last long. BTW nice new blog layout I hadn’t noticed before.

    1. Thanks Nancy, there’s a few little bits and pieces happening on the blog. The profiteroles were amazing!

  3. It is annoying when the chooks go off the lay in winter or when they are malting, but they will be back with a vengeance in spring. I love the profiteroles- I have never made them but should try one day.

  4. Those profiteroles look perfect. So, I guess now is not the time to get chooks for the first time, like we were planning! A great selection of goodies, thanks for sharing!

  5. How wonderful to have your mother’s cookbook from so long ago. My mother used to make rock cakes all the time and I loved them – always preferred them to scones. I love the look of your profiteroles. I would love to have chickens as this week alone I’ve bought 3 dozen eggs xx

  6. I have 2 wonderful cooks books that have all the basic recipes in them, I haven’t go them written anywhere else so they are treasured! I just got a Thermomix and apparently it makes amazing Choux pastry, so Im going to give it a try today and see if it is that good! Thanks for sharing, Liz x P. S, i would be drinking that lovely black beer 🙂

    1. I have a similar cookbook, a collection of all my favourite recipes. I don’t know what I’d ever do if I lost it! I’d so love to get a thermomix!

  7. Clare, your profiteroles are luscious-looking! I also like your recipe for incorporating black beer into a slow-cooked stew… and what a treasure your Mom’s cookbook is!

  8. Lucky you to get beef cheeks. Something I really want to use for cooking. Enjoy your Breville. I love the brand 🙂

  9. Clare, the profiteroles look fabulous – amazing for a first attempt! And it’s annoying having to buy eggs, isn’t it? I really struggled with it when the last lot of girls weren’t laying, and I’ve decided in future that I’ll pay City Chicks to retire this new lot when they slow down – I really DO want backyard eggs! 🙂

    1. Thanks Celia! I didn’t know that you could retire your chickens to City Chicks, that great to know!

  10. Haha RJ asked me the same thing during that episode, you were much speedier than I getting to it, they look brilliant. The oil is roughly the same as for a good grocery store bottle and local always wins, nice one! I have a similar Breville contraption, the immersion blender is prob the best I’ve owned (on my third brand ;D). Thanks for the peek!

  11. G’day! Love your profiteroles and also believe like the book that Kitchen Fun IS for every one! 🙂
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  12. You’ve never made choux pastry before? Your profiteroles look absolutely amazing – I wish you had more left over cos I’d be right there 😉 Which recipe did you use? The actual MasterChef croquembouche recipe? Did you blog about it? Thanks for giving me inspiration to try choux pastry

    1. Nope, I’d never made it before. It was the actual Masterchef recipe from the Zumbo cookbook. It wasn’t as tricky as I expected.

  13. Mmmmm profiteroles. I love profiteroles but rarely make a successful batch and they’re always disappointing if I buy them. We’re just about getting by with the one egg a day that we’re getting from the hens. I hate it when I have to buy eggs.

  14. your kitchen looks all cosy with cooking and baking – love those profiteroles – and never heard of lactation cookies before but had to check they weren’t made with mother’s milk (phew!) and your mum’s cookbook has such a cute cover

  15. Those profiteroles look amazing. My husband would love his own chickens. I am new to IMK so my post was a bit late. It is up now if you would like to read it. Emma.

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