In My Kitchen… August 2014

In my kitchen…

… we have a new cider.  Picked up on a recent trip to Daylesford, we did a tasting and settled on one of the still flavours and their sparkling cider.  We bought a cider makers dozen, apparently that’s 14 (12 and 2 for free), so we picked up one each of their other two flavours.

Daylesford Cider


In my kitchen…

… are two of the most giant cauliflower and cabbage I have ever seen.  I bought the cabbage to make sauerkraut because my last attempt went mouldy.  Have you ever made it?  Any tips?  The cauli will get turned into soup.  What would you do with these enormous vegetables?

cabbage and cauliflower

In my kitchen…

… is a fresh bottle of coconut oil, maca powder and cider-vinegar.  We stumbled across this amazing stall at the Daylesford market and for a steal grabbed these three.  Do you use any of these three products?  What do you do with them?

coconut oil

In my kitchen…

… is the last two of my second attempt at making bagels.  They’re pretty delicious but they’re not quite right.  I love a dense American-style boiled bagel, but these are pretty light.  They didn’t sink in the water.  Have you made bagels?  I’m going to have another try, so I’d love your tips.


In my kitchen…

… there’s a small tub of marinated mushrooms.  We rarely eat mushrooms because we can’t find any that are grown locally.  So when I saw a stall at the market, and found that they were grown in Ballarat, I was pretty happy with their locality, so we bought 500 gm of seconds for $3, and these delicious marinated ones.  This week I’ll definitely be making a mushroom stroganoff!

marinated mushrooms

In my kitchen…

… this tart awaits it’s fate as my dessert.  J picked it up as a treat for me and it’s so cute with it’s glossy raspberries.

raspberry tart

In my kitchen…

… is a beautiful sourdough loaf of bread from the Red Beard Bakery in Trentham.  We had lunch there, the vibe was lovely, the food was delicious and the bread morish.  I also bought two ‘nice rolls’, I feel like they’re semi-hot cross buns, I’m hanging out to have one for breakfast tomorrow.

red beard bakery

Have you had a look at the other kitchens all over the world via Fig Jam and Lime Cordial?  What’s the best thing happening in your kitchen this month?

31 thoughts on “In My Kitchen… August 2014

  1. Lots of good things in your kitchen. My daughter and her friends were raving over the cosmetic wonders of coconut oil yesterday. I’ve used it in soap, but haven’t used it in the kitchen yet.

    1. Thanks Anne! I am yet to use coconut oil as a beauty product but am definitely willing to give it a go.

  2. Wow, I loved all the pics coming through my instagram feed from the Daylesford market yesterday. It made me want to get in the car and drive on up there! I think we may have to plan a family road trip one day soon…

    I love coconut oil. I use it in the kitchen a lot. Instead of oil or butter for frying. I have replaced butter in baking recipes with it too. I read about new uses for it all the time. A great product.

  3. Great looking produce up your way. I like the idea of you buying only local stuff. I try to do this whith fresh things, but lately it is cecoming more difficult with pantry items. The bread rolls from trentham look rather moreish- haven’t been to Trentham for years.

  4. Lots of yummy things here! I use coconut oil as a moisturiser and slather it all over my pregnant belly at the moment. I also use it for cooking and baking – one of my favourite ways is (coincidentally) in my homemade bagels. It adds a lovely faint taste I think. Mine are quite chewy – I use a mix of plain and whole meal flours to make them.

    I do love the look of the mushrooms and that bread roll, well you had me when you compared it to a hot cross bun. Thanks for sharing!

  5. How much salt did you use in your sauerkraut? That may have been why it went mouldy. I aim to use about 1 – 1.5% salt/weight of cabbage. Make sure all your jars are well cleaned before you start, and you are aiming to keep the cabbage below the liquid in the jar. If it rises above the liquid then use a clean hand or spoon to push it back down. Now is a good time to try again as it is not that hot.
    I love the look of your cider. I much prefer cider to beer.

    1. Thanks for all your tips Tania, I’ve started another batch of sauerkraut today, so I’m keeping my fingers cross that it works.

  6. Clare, I’ve never had bagels sink when I boil (“kettle”) them. I’ve been told by New Yorker friends that they’re not supposed to be the super heavy rock hard ones we get at markets here, but they ARE supposed to be a little chewy. Do you use malt in yours? I think it makes heaps of difference. Now I need to go and bake a batch! 🙂

    Looks like you’ve found lots of treasures at the market! 🙂

    1. I didn’t use any malt, or any sweetener in my bagels, but I definitely want to give them another go. Thanks for your tips.

    1. The bagels were pretty tasty, I want to have another go. Coconut oil is so versatile and I love it.

  7. All looks lovely. I’d love to go to Red Beard Bakery – have bought their bread at farmers markets a few times recently and it is delicious.

    I have made bagels (in my early blogging days) and had a look at the post which says they were a little light – I like dense but I was pleased that they were chewy on the outside.

    I am surprised you don’t find local mushrooms – there is always a mushroom stall at coburg farmers market and other farmers markets but I don’t remember seeing one at newtown farmers market on my recent trip.

    1. The Red Beard Bakery was so wonderful! There’ll be a post about it soon. We don’t tend to go into Geelong for our groceries, and can’t find any mushrooms on the Bellarine.

  8. I love your kitchen this month! I would make some curried cauliflower soup and some cauliflower couscous as well! I use coconut oil in everything, but I also use it to make my own deodorant! I find that it is fantastic and it is better than anything you can buy on the market today… some people may have a reaction to the Bicarb soda, but I never do! It is cheap and easy to make! If you would like the recipe just email me 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Liz x

    1. Coconut oil is pretty expensive here too, but I was super lucky to find this jar. He does a wonderful deal on 2kg tubs as well!

  9. I love the look of your marinated mushrooms. Good luck with your next batch of souerkrat and bagels – I haven’t made either! Your tart looks very good xx

  10. Isn’t Daylesford & surrounds a great place to investigate. We spent the QB weekend there and came home with lots of goodies. Was that cidery the one with the massive St Bernard that lies around? Red Beard Bakery is great, I believe they do classes as well. Who would have thought the stuff we used to slather over ourselves at the beach (coconut oil) would now be repurposed for in the kitchen? Thanks.

  11. Your kitchen goings on look amazing! Definitely cauliflower soup with the cauli. I would love to turn my hand at sauerkraut, or even kim chee (my absolute favourite fermented foodstuff!)

    I am also a cider fiend, and Daylesford is not that far away. I must visit. Thank you for the reminder.

    The house ha made no further progress in size. We are really happy with our two bedrooms and one bathroom. Housecleaning takes next to no time!

    1. Thanks Daffodil! Cauliflower soup is a great idea, I think definitely on the cards for this weekend. I’ve had another go at sauerkraut, I’ll let you know how it goes. The sparkling cider was my favourite!

  12. Hey Clare, found your blog in my internet travels and I like what I see, so I’m adding you to my feed reader. 😉

    Re coconut oil.. Years ago I gave up on coated frypans and bought two stainless steel Sunbeam babies, one is square, one is rectangular. They were quite costly to buy, of course. They are amazing for the most part – however, one issue I have always had with them is their lack of non-stick-ness. It didn’t matter what kind of oil I used, even butter, whatever I used would tend to stick. That was kind of ok, except when searing things like steaks and chicken often the meat itself would stick to the pan which was really annoying.

    Coconut oil has been the solution to this problem for me. I now use it as the oil almost exclusively except when I am making pasta sauces where I will add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, or if I am making crumbed chicken where I will add butter. None of those things will stick as long as there is coconut oil in the pan as well.

    I have used coconut oil to make chocolate with just coconut oil, cocoa and maple syrup then I put it into small pots in the fridge to cool. You can use it in place of Copha for chocolate crackles – and it is much healthier!

    I go to Costco every so often which is where I have found coconut oil to be the cheapest – they also have 1 litre bottles of pure maple syrup for the same price you get 300mls in the supermarkets. Last trip they also had agave. It is becoming a bit of a paleo mecca there because when you are eating paleo you use those things all the time and we are talking a lot cheaper than health food stores not just a little bit. Plus they have huge bags of nuts without anything added – the dried fruits unfortunately have a lot of sugar.

    I’m not eating paleo full time right now but I still love the nuts, coconut oil and maple syrup in place of sugar. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I love that you use coconut oil to fry in! I haven’t started using the coconut oil for cooking, just baking at this stage. But We really should use it for frying, because I’ve heard that it’s so good for you! I’d love to go to Costco, but it’s just so far away. If there was someone else in my area who was keen then I might give it a go.

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