In My Kitchen… March 2017

I’ve decided to do a little bit of a different take this month and I hope you’ll understand and enjoy it. As you know, I love making videos and I have been sharing my In My Kitchen post via video for the last few months. Over on YouTube I’ve noticed that people love to share a favourites video for each month, so I thought I’d combine the two. Call the video February Favourites, and then share it with the March In My Kitchen blog post.

Because of this, I’m going to be sharing not just kitchen items, it’ll still be mostly kitchen items, because that’s where my passion is, but every now and again there’ll be a few other items pop up.

Deep Fried Mussels

Jay loves kayaking and when he does he loves picking some mussels of the jetty. We so lucky in Portarlington that we can get beautiful locally grown mussels for such a great price, just $5 a kilo, but we love the ones that Jay gets just a little more. We find that they aren’t sandy and they’re free. For the last couple of nights we have had the exact same thing for dinner, mussels in a tomato sauce with pasta, and it’s wonderful! Do you ever have the same thing for dinner multiple nights in a row? But we do love a lunch time treat of crumbed mussels.

Destination Simple*

After reading Brooke’s blog and listening to her podcast for some time, I pre ordered her book as soon as I had heard that it was coming out. When it arrived I was so pleasantly surprised. It’s a gorgeous tiny, hand bag sized book, it’s a easy but inspiring and thought provoking read. It’s full of wonderful rhythms and suggestions to help create a simpler life.


I’m obsessed with borrowing from the library, but every now and again there’s a book that has a huge wait list or they don’t have a book that I’m after. I’ve been putting it off, but after Christmas I had a little money and thought it was time. Honestly, I can’t believe I waited so long. I love reading on it, you can read it inside, outside, in complete darkness, or super bright sunshine. LOVE IT!

Surplus tomatoes

What a treat it is to be able to walk outside and pic tomatoes, or any fresh produce right? We’ve been making mussels with tomato sauce; tomato, bocconcini and basil pizza; eating toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches, and tomato and onion pie. What’s your favourite way to use tomatoes?


Speaking of excess, we’ve been loving making preserves from excess garden produce. We’ve made bread and butter pickles from zucchini and cucumbers, zucchini relish and also black berry jam from black berries we foraged when camping a couple of weeks ago.

Norpro Ice cream Moulds*

I saw these moulds on a youtube video and loved the simple design and knew they’d be simple to get the ice creams out of. I love that I can make ice creams for us to snack on and know all of the ingredients that have gone into it. I’d love to know if we can buy reusable icy pole sticks.

If you’d like to have a look at some other In My Kitchen posts head on over to Liz of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. Thanks for hosting Liz! x

6 thoughts on “In My Kitchen… March 2017

  1. Great post and video! What a great idea. I must check out Brooke’s podcast and her book. I am envious of your blackberry bush! Lucky you!

  2. Thanks for the great post Clare. I love getting a glimpse into other people’s kitchens each month. We made the most delicious fresh tomato pasta sauce from tomatoes, onions and basil grown in our veggie patch yesterday. It was the best I have ever tasted.

  3. Clare, here’s to the simpler life. Sounds like you’re living it and finding continued inspiration to do so, yay! Sometimes we eat the same things “night after night”, too. Good flavors bear repeating. Enjoyed your video! Your kitchen looks like a lovely, sunny place to share your thoughts. My favorite way to serve tomatoes is to slice them thinly atop pizza, or alongside egg dishes of any kind. My hubby’s favorite pickles are bread ‘n’ butter… haven’t tried making them myself yet. (Maybe this summer?) Blackberries (here) won’t be in season until June/July. Let the preserving begin! Thanks again for this delightful “live’ glimpse.

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