In My Kitchen – September 2013

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for allowing me to participate In My Kitchen September 2013. This month, in my kitchen are …

eggplant

We discovered the Samford Markets which are held on the second Saturday of the month. They have two stalls selling seedlings. We found some mandarins at 10 for $2, and a bag of Listada de Gandia eggplants for $2.50.

mandarins

We have been eating lots of mandarins from the markets and the supermarket. The strawberries have come into season at a great price. We were gifted some bush lemons – which were rather ugly but perfect for the juice and I made Lemon barley water with them.

sept-herbies

I’ve been experimenting with Herbie’s Spices. This month I have Vanilla Bean Sugar, Ockkah – an Australian version of Dukkah (with hazelnuts, sesame seeds, coriander seed, pistachio, akudjura, wattleseed, salt and native pepperberry) and lastly a Bread Maker’s Seed Mix (with sesame, black sesame, toasted sesame, nigella, blue and white poppy seeds and ajowan).

sept-lindt

As Lindt chocolate was on a great special I decided to do a taste test of their Creation range. The only one I was missing was Creme Brulee. The divine hazelnut was creamy with little crunchies of nuts. The velvety vanilla almond was a rich caramel with the texture of slivered almonds. The sumptuous orange was the perfect combination and my firm favourite of the three.

Last night we watched the finale of Masterchef and I was surprised Emma won. I was backing nice guy Lynton. I also caught the repeats of The Great Australian Bake Off and again backed the wrong person thinking that Maria would win. But in retrospect I can see Nancy was pushing her skill level and that was the reason she won.

We’ll see if Recipe to Riches keeps me entertained to the end. Matt thinks it’s a very clever advertising scheme. I wonder if the brands will have staying power.

Posted for In My Kitchen September 2013 hosted by Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

10 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – September 2013”

  1. I too was backing Lynton to win, but I picked Nancy – that amazing bread basket that she made cemented it for me!! I’ve watched one episode of Recipe to Riches and wasn’t particularly drawn in, I’ll have to give it another go! 10 mandarins for $2 is a fabulous bargain 🙂

  2. I love the bowls the mandarins and egg plant are in. Have you tried the sea salt and dark chocolate combo yet? It’s my favorite and right after comes the orange. The salt flavor may not be in the “series” you are testing though.

  3. Those eggplants look absolutely perfect, Emma! They’re one of my favourite veg, and I didn’t know Herbie’s were doing a bread-seed mix, thanks for the heads up – I’ll be sure to look out for it next time I’m in the store! 🙂

  4. Emma, those mandarin oranges are lovely (as are the eggplants) — what a treat to get them fresh locally. Farmers’ markets are the best! So are spices… and chocolate. 🙂 My favorite combo is chocolate and orange, too.

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