Sunday, 2 August 2015

In My Kitchen August 2015/My Sunday Photo 2 August 2015

Well, July was a month to hunker down and keep warm in old Brisbane town:)  We had a cold spell with Antarctic winds so it brought sleet and snow to the border towns of Queensland and New South Wales.  I keep telling people it does snow in Queensland! We ended up with the inevitable winter lurgy, which I am still trying to shake.  

Never mind, it is the most glorious day outside with clear blue skies and lovely sunshine.  And what about that wonderfully luminous blue moon the other night?  You can well understand how primitive peoples would have worshipped that glowing goddess.

I was still getting belated birthday gifts in July - lucky me!  Books galore and other treats.  Mr P. and I took our usual pilgrimage to Stanthorpe, where it snowed just a bit further south, and we got hopelessly lost in the backblocks with a storm coming, no GPS or phone signal, and very little petrol.  We managed to make it out alive, just!



isn't she amazing?  in her 90s and still going strong having forged a family dynasty of cooks 

this is a delish relish from the QLD wine growing region near the NSW border  

bought this at a market in Stanthorpe; Mr P. has decided this belongs to him!  

I can't resist Nigel.  Love his floppy hair and great recipes 


a spurtle for my niece's birthday   

soft nougat - just the way I like it 

Mr P.'s fave jam from Stanthorpe  

and cream liqueur for a friend, also from Stanthorpe 


olive oil straight from the farm 

local (Stanthorpe) fudge  

Bush Buddha - gorgeous artwork from local artist Maggie Brockie  

this is sooo good to cook with!  Mr P. got it for me from Colorado, lovingly handmade  

this looks interesting - can't wait to dive into it   

and this is a funny one I bought for myself; the chicken pie recipe calls for 3 chooks! 

It was a great (if cold) month, full of treats and adventures.  It is going to be 27C tomorrow so it feels like Spring is coming early. Join in with Celia from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial, who keeps us all in check for In My Kitchen each month.  Where bloggers from all over the world "meet" to show off the goodies and produce they have discovered and/or worked with recently.  (I am also posting this as my weekly My Sunday Photo contribution with Bush Buddha being the star attraction).  And a final note: Selma,one of our fellow IMK'ers passed away last month.  All the best to her family at this sad time.



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50 comments:

  1. The bush buddha is so cute! Lots of other interesting purchases too. Your weather sounds crazy - from snow to 27 degrees!

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    1. thanks sarah. yep we have crazy weather for sure. it is rather warm this evening and tomorrow will be quite warm.

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  2. That's a mighty fine haul! I love the Bush Buddha as well, gorgeous! :)

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    1. she is such a fab artist. i love her works.

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  3. What weather-wow! Some lovely gifts you have there too.

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    1. yep we like to keep it interesting. and never mind the earthquakes we have had this week also. plus bushfires in the Blue Mountains where they had snow 2 weeks ago.

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  4. I am so envious of those cook books Sherry especially the Grandma one, great photos x

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    1. hi cathy yes i do love cookbooks way too much:)

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  5. The Bush Buddha is so cute, love all your other offerings too

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    1. hi zena
      he is so cute. she is such a great artist. she makes such lovely things; all meant to represent the landscape around her - ie the granite rocks and the dry landscape.

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  6. That Bush Buddha is adorable - I want one! #MySundayPhoto

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    1. hi mary yes it is totally adorable. i have 2 of her wombats also - just divine.

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  7. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon and the weather improves!
    Wonderful photos x

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    1. thanks kim. i am off to the doctor this arvo as my jaw is killing me! hoping it is just an infection.

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  8. I want one of those Bush Buddhas

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. aren't they cute? i love my wombat ones also.

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  9. Lots of lovely things in your kitchen :) I love Nigel Slater books, not got this one..

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    1. hi claire
      isn't nigel the best? i love his shows too.

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  10. Lots of lovely stuff there! Big Nigel Slater fan here too, he writes some lovely cookbooks. Enjoy :)

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    1. hi lisa
      he is terrific! can't wait to delve into the recipes.

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  11. Love your souvenirs from Stanthorpe, such a great foodie area but to brave that weather demonstrates your dedication :)

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    1. we both love cold weather and snow so this was great! thanks for visiting! :)

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  12. What a great post today Sherry and love your spurtle, your bush buddha and the New England cookbook looks delightful! Thanks for this month's kitchen view too!

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    1. thanks joanne. i had a great time collecting all these lovely things.:)

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  13. The Buddha is so cute! You have nice loot and they all look yummy! #mysundayphoto

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    1. thanks merlinda. i love the buddha too. he is very cute.

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  14. Sherry, we watched that "blue moon" setting over the lake and it was absolutely gorgeous. Nice to know there's another 'star gazer' in the IMK bunch! It was also neat to read about your Antarctic winds (not so fun for you, though) -- we get the effects of Arctic winds here sometimes. We literally are on opposite sides of the world! Loved all of your kitchen goodies, your cookbook collection, and especially that handcrafted wooden spoon. Oh, and fudge! ;)

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    1. i am a keen follower of the moon and I love to check out the ISS each night it is visible. That spoon doesn't look like much but because the carver is also a cook, he knows how to make it just right. It feels perfect in the hand and does a smashing job of stirring:)

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  15. Sherry, Is there anything left in the shops? Everything looks great.

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    1. :)) I think i bought everything last month! well some were presents. and i bought myself the bush buddha as my birthday gift to me:)

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  16. Wow, how beautiful are those wooden utensils. And that fudge looks to die for! Many wonderful things in your kitchen this month, thank you for sharing x

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    1. hi ania
      yes i am really enjoying my loot this month:)

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  17. So many fun things in your kitchen this month. Strawberry jam is one of my favorites! Nice collection of cookbooks.

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    1. hi gretchen
      i am completely addicted to books. the house is overflowing. hubby loves strawb jam, while i love cherry or raspberry. the French black cherry jam is so good.:)

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  18. Nigel Slater - sexiest voice on TV - love his shows and books. Also love my holey wooden spoons.

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    1. i know what you mean about his voice! yep holey spoons are so useful..

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  19. I remember a postcard from Stanthorpe where someone had hosed down their old hills-hoist and it ended up with foot long icicles. Brrrr. You are going to have to explain what a spurtle is, it's a complete mystery to me.

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    1. hi stella
      a spurtle is an ancient Scottish implement meant for stirring porridge. they work a treat!

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  20. You weren't kidding when you said books galore! I want the fudge, cream liqueur, and the olive oil! It's been a good month for you. Happy Birthday!

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    1. thanks nikki! yep i had a great month. so many goodies- lucky me!

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  21. What an absolute treasure trove. Loving your cookbooks. Nigel Salters books are always so good to read as well as cook from.

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    1. i can hear his voice when i read his books. it is so distinctive. thanks for dropping by:)

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  22. What a bunch of goodies! Enjoy all of these Sherry...lucky you. And I also love New England Larder yummy things :)

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    1. hi Jem
      yes he makes great stuff at new england larder. I was indeed lucky.

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  23. ooh some wonderful purchases! Let us know which preserve is your favourite! -Cate from IMK

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    1. Hi cate
      I just tried that strawb jam today. Delicious! The best I have eaten. It was great on scones. :)

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  24. I love that Bush Buddha – he's so cute. More lovely wooden spoons Sherry – you know you really should do a post about all the spoons you have! I'm quite jealous of that Food In England book – I really enjoy food history.

    Ps: I love Nigel Slater too. A crowning moment was a tweet I received from him.

    Pps: You're out and about all the time. You really should be joining in my A-Z Guidebook travel linkup. This month it's 'C' http://www.tiffinbitesized.com.au/a-z-guidebook-travel-link-up/

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    1. wow fiona. i am jealous! a tweet from nigel S. I was really amazed and pleased when marian keyes the irish writer and baker started following me on Instagram. that was a huge thrill!
      P.S. i have joined in the travel linky for A and B, and C is on the way next week:))

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  25. Hi Sherry, the Bush Buddha is really very cute, and I love the wooden spoons! Frontier food cookbooks are always solid meals, it's fun to read and try historical recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. thanks emily! i love cookbooks, especially old fashioned or community ones.

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