In My Kitchen… March 2015

You’d think that at some point I’d stop being surprised by the months rolling on, by the change of seasons, and how each year it seems to happen quicker that the days, months, years that have gone before.

I’m sitting here in shock and a little disbelief by the fact that I’m now writing March.  But here goes.

In my kitchen…

… is, well, my kitchen.  It’s a mess today.  I’m loving the light provided by our huge sliding doors, and I’ve been using the kitchen table to style my photos.  I’m really getting into #7vignettes and #eatfoodphotos, and I’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into styling the photos.

I’m also taking extra special care to style beautiful shoots for this here blog.

my kitchenIn my kitchen…

… is a kombucha starter kit that I bought from The Happy Parent Project.  I haven’t started anything yet.  I’m a bit nervous to be honest.  Have you ever make kombucha? What are your tips?

kombuchaIn my kitchen…

… are these two beautiful meats, both of which I’ve been saving for a special occasion.  The Otto, brought home from Tassie by my mum and dad, is a prosciutto wrapped cheese and the Istra Smallgoods Chorizo is a favourite when dining out.  I’m yet to cook with chorizo, what’s your favourite way to use it?

meatIn my kitchen…

… are 3 bottles of sun-dried tomatoes.  We’ve been so fortunate this year to have been gifted so many tomatoes from friends and family.  So before they all went mushy in the fridge I decided to dehydrate some and put them in oil.  I haven’t tried them yet!

sundried tomatoesIn my kitchen…

…was 12 bags of dried sourdough starter.  Nine have been posted (one already been named Bob), one gifted to a friend and 2 still sit here waiting to be sent out.  I’ll be drying some more soon, let me know in the comments below if you’d like one.

dried sourdough starterThank you for taking the time to stop by and have a peak into my kitchen, I really do appreciate it.  If you want to check out some others, head over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

28 thoughts on “In My Kitchen… March 2015

  1. Snap on the sundried tomaotes Claire – I’m new to dehydrating…can you maybe tell me a bit about how you do yours? I sliced my tomatoes but am thinking maybe I should just halve them instead so they are a bit meatier. I had a chuckle at your messy kitchen, it’s funny isn’t it whats behind our ‘posed’ photos!!! Cheers Jan

    1. Sometimes the whole posed-ness of shoots get to me, but mostly I just think they’re really pretty.

  2. Loving your kitchen, I have tried Kombucha but I think it failed, thinking of trying again with a continuous one. I am interested in your dried sourdough starter – how do you use it once it has been dried? Please send me some THANKS

    1. Thanks Louise. I send out instructions with the starter. I’ll send you an email to get your address.

  3. Love the little glimpse into the goings on in your kitchen! I think you can’t go wrong making a big Spanish paella with the chorizo – you could live of it for a few days 🙂 I’d love a sour dough starter if you had extra spare? xx

  4. Loved seeing how you are setting up your photos. I just did a food photography and styling workshop so I’m constantly taking shots to try to improve. If you have any starter left over I would love it give it a try. .

  5. The sourdough starter is going to take over the world soon. I think I have sent out at least 10 too. How exciting! Well done you taking part in the two photo challenges. I always have good intentions then forget!

  6. I love kombucha. So many yummy flavours from bubbly apple cider to tangy apple cider vinegar flavour. Then you discover second ferment with fruit and spices and its like flavoured mineral water but better. Although the one I’m drinking now tastes like passion pop! And yet it’s good for you. My kids are all under three and love it too as a drink or in Bircher muesli

  7. How fantastic, you’re sending starter out. Is yours related to Celia’s Priscilla? I have just made my first IMK post, all about Pussy Galoaf, our daughter of Priscilla! 🙂

  8. How fortunate to be given so many tomatoes and what a great idea to make your own sun-dried tomatoes. Well done on putting in such an effort into styling what ends up on your blog – I need to do the same! xx

  9. My favourite way of cooking with chorizo is in a Spanish paella with chicken or just vegetables. I would love to try some of your sourdough starter if you can spare any. Thanks for the blog. I always enjoy it.

    1. Judy, I tried to email you to get your address but it bounced back. If you get this, please email me, I’d love to send you some.

  10. Very nice pictures.

    Kombucha is fairly easy, since you work with sourdough it should be a snap. It needs feeding, same as sourdough. Unfortunately I’m the only one in my family who drinks it so it started to overwhelm me.

  11. The tomatoes look smashing and I bet when you crack them open you’ll swoon with excitement. I would. I’ve never made kombucha but I have a friend who always has some on the go. I don’t think it’s all that hard because she’s a kitchen tragic from way back. 🙂

  12. Love kombucha here and it’s easy once you get into the swing of it. This is how I do it:
    – boil 1L of water, add sugar and stir, bring back to the boil, add tea and turn the heat off
    – leave the tea to steep for 20min (or until cold if you forget)
    – remove the scoby from the jar (clean hands is fine) and put on a plate. The newest scoby is always on top, doesn’t matter if you tear it a bit getting the old one off.
    – add about 10% by volume of the old tea to the jar, add your new cooled tea and top up with filtered water. Add the scoby back in.
    – cover and you’re done.
    – remember to write down the date so you know when to start checking the brew, I do about 1 week in summer and 2 in winter.
    Tanya from The Cook’s Pyjamas just did a great post on a continuous brew kombucha.
    Have fun!

  13. Hi Clare, i’ve finally got around to all the IMK post for March, just in time to start agin for April! 🙂 I love all your produce this month and it is good to know that I’m not the only one who has a mess in my kitchen… I also have lots of tomato, but no dehydrator! Another thing to add to the list 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Liz xx

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