Saturday, 1 June 2019

In My Kitchen - June 2019

June and it's finally getting a bit colder here in sunny Brisbane town.  Still sunny but cool.  We are heading out soon for sushi and I may have to wear a big scarf!...  And I did indeed put on my warm winter coat and a scarf last night.  I'm sitting here now with two scarves, and socks on my feet (well, where else would I have them?  Silly me.)  Brrrr....

Let's get to it, my virtual friends.  And don't forget to join in this month.  I wanna see you all right here! :-) 

So, in my kitchen:



home made hummus

I whizzed up a batch of hummus one recent morning, adding some lime pressed olive oil.  So delicious!  And so good for your gut health.




bags of grated cheese heading for the freezer 

I had a block of cheddar and one of parmesan in the fridge, heading to oblivion, so I grated them up and shoved them into the freezer.  So handy, so thrifty, no waste:-)




yep another cookbook for the shelves

This book was put together by generous cooks and photographers to help farmers in need who have been living under the terrible stress of prolonged drought then flood.  Many farmers had been hand-feeding their stock for months, only to have them swept away and/or drowned in recent floods.  So heartbreaking for them.  Proceeds from the book go towards helping the farmers.




more salt! and some sprinkles

Who could resist Nonna's spaghetti sprinkle?  Not me.  A mix of herbs, chillies and spices, ready to be thrown over pasta and olive oil.  Gotta try it soon.



a fancy shark peeler from friends

Lady J. and Lord N. came to dinner bearing gifts including this shark peeler: it peels, it shreds, it slices, it juliennes - a master of all trades in fact:-) 



raw local honey

They also brought us this raw honey from up the coast, at Mount Kilcoy.  As you can see, it is an Aussie product, and unprocessed.  And it has a cute bee on the label.  Winner!




Mr P.'s birthday cake

I forgot to put up a photo of hubby's cake last month, so here it is.  I made Nigella's birthday custard sponge, and went wild with chocolate ganache and sprinkles.  I think she'd be proud.



as per the label

I'd just run out of the curry powder I use, so I dashed out to the local spice store to grab a packet, and noticed this cute little supoon.  Yes it is indeed a supoon.  Perfect for scraping out tall jars etc.  I thought of giving it away as a gift, but I loved it too much.




a gorgeous little bowl by Starr

I have a beautiful cup and saucer and a plate made by the delightful Starr, so I had to add this sparkly little bowl to my collection.  It is full of colour and shine; just so pretty.


I hope you all can join in IMK this month, my friends.  Always a treat to see what has been happening in your global kitchens.  And please email me with any problems when linking.  I know the new system can be a bit chaotic at times.  Cheers!  



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54 comments:

  1. Got my post ready to link up on June 2 (which will be your third!). I love reading your posts, especially as you talk about winter scarfs as I pull out my sandals and shorts. :) Love the spices and again, your pottery! Farmers all over the world are experiencing trials and tribulations. Glad to see funds from the cookbook will go to their cause.

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    1. hi debra
      thanks for dropping by my blog. am looking forward to your post. funny isn't it how the seasons are so different? I mean we all know they are, but it is so interesting to have a 'real' person tell you about it:-) cheers sherry

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  2. Supoon? New word to me, but the all-powerful google has loads of them for sale! They come in many colors with many types of handle. Maybe I need one!

    The rest of your new things are neat too.

    best.... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. hi Mae
      yes dreamfarm who make the supoons are an aussie company. they make heaps of other interesting things too. thanks for stopping by and joining in this month. cheers S

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  3. Lots of great stuff! That birthday cake looks so tempting!

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    1. thanks Angie. the cake went down a treat.... cheers S

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  4. Yes a cooler time has arrived finally in sunny ole Brisbane, in fact quite cool. Apparently the minimum temperatures in southern Queensland broke a lot of May records. Some places were down to minus 6 even.
    Mrs P has become a master of the hummus. So tasty. Her new spoon is a wonderful gadget.

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    1. hi Mr P. hummus is so easy and good for you too. love it for breakfast.

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  5. Ooh that cake looks scrumptious.

    It tickles me to see the sachet of Sri Lankan curry powder. What type of curry did you make?

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    1. hi Nil
      I don't actually use it for curries as i make up my own, but i do use it when i want to quickly spice up egg and lettuce sandwiches or something like that. It's my fave variety of curry powder.

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  6. A fine June kitchen collection indeed. Now I'm way on the other end of the world and I thought we had about anything one wished for but I've not seen or heard of spaghetti sprinkles, much less a supoon. I must research these.

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    1. hi Rob
      i have a large supoon and now this small one. the small one is very useful for getting into tricky bits:-) cheers S

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  7. The supoon reminded me of my 'ergonomic' bent-handle snow shovel which is good for pushing snow. Checked Amazon and they do have some "fun" gadgets!

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    1. Hi judi
      No need for snow shovels here:). I do love a gadget! Thanks for dropping by.

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  8. Ooh why is it called a supoon? Am I missing something there? :) Thanks for hosting Sherry!

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    1. Hi Lorraine
      Not sure why a supoon but I think it's because it supports itself on the little neck thingy. The bowl doesn't touch the bench so your bench stays clean:-)

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  9. I am early with IMK which is not like me at all, but I am pleased. Love the sparkles in the bowl, as you may know I do love pottery but don't have much of it in my home! That shark peeler looks vicious! I admire farmers around the world who are having such as tough time, farming is hard as it is in the best of time, so its good to see such a publication.

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    1. hi shaheen
      thanks for joining in this month. lovely to have you here. lovely pottery always cheers me up; looking at it and of course using it. you must get some for your kitchen:-) yep times have been so tough for the farmers; i hope things get better but with global warming ....

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  10. That bowl is truly delightful. So pretty. I have a suppoon but rarely use it. Great Aussie company! I know they work well but just haven't gotten into the habit of using it. Re: Cheese and zero waste. The most we use on a regular basis the couple of fistfuls of grated on the pizza every Friday night. I am wracked with guilt though as it comes pre-grated in a plastic bag. I looked to buy a block and grate it myself but it is no cheaper and also wrapped in plastic. I am on the search for a wholesaler who will send me a larger 2.5kg catering block as retail so at least there is not as much soft plastic waste. I laughed about your scarf comment - yep, winter is finally here. No autumn, just winter. Back to summer in late August though so enjoy it while you can.

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    1. yes it's difficult isn't it? bloody plastic wrap everywhere but at least the cheese tastes better when freshly grated. oh yes i am enjoying wrapping my scarf around my neck. tee hee!

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  11. Oh I do love your little bowl, it's very pretty.
    But, as I live in the very chilly Adelaide Hills where it is currently 4C, I have to smile at the idea of you rugging up. My sister lives in Brisbane, so I know how cold it doesn't get.

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    1. hi amanda
      i knew people down south would be laughing at our freezing 21C! but honestly it's cold in these old QLD'ers. no insulation, no fires ... thanks for dropping by.

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  12. Hi Sherry I can't find the energy for blogging anymore, but I'll continue to watch and occasionally comment. Let's catch up soon. Cheers Sandra

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    1. hi sandra
      i know what you mean about blogging. sometimes it takes so much energy and you feel there is not much feedback or point to it. but i do love doing it, so i will keep on! yes let's catch up soon. cheers S

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  13. Hi Sherry glad I managed an IMK this month, I have posted another comment but Ive no idea where it has gone. Lets see if this works!

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    1. hi Moya
      thanks for dropping by and being part of IMK this month. Looks like your other comment disappeared but at least i got this one.:-) cheers S

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  14. Hi Sherry, seems that worked...LOL :) Love the shark peeler, haven't seen one of those before. Love the little sparkly bowl, beautiful. Enjoy the cold weather and warm clothes, it's boiling where I live. Have a wonderful June :)

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  15. ooh definitely need to make some hummus soon. such a good snack, and you can make it so much more garlicky at home vs what you can get at the store (;

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    1. hi heather
      yes home made hummus is the best! i love it full of garlic and lemon. cheers S

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  16. Smoked garlic salt!? Sherry, where has this been hiding for my whole life? This sounds amazing. Speaking of cool spices, I found a roasted garlic powder recently, and that's pretty tasty. I'll have to watch for that smoked garlic salt, though! Stay warm, my virtual friend!

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    1. hi david
      yes i nearly bo ught a roasted garlic salt instead but i do love smoked items. it was a cold day today, and it snowed on the border with new south wales. unusual in sunny QLD! cheers S

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  17. What fun! Love the sprinkles and salts and more sprinkles! And the sparkly bowl! Happy June.

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    1. thanks Mimi. june has started off quite cold, so we know winter has arrived finally. it has been an incredibly long hot summer and autumn. yep i love sprinkles and salts too! cheers S

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  18. Beautiful bowl and beautiful cake too (I have similar sprinkles and haven't used them so this looks a great way to use them). Is the salt rocks that need to be ground - it looks it but do not usually see flavoured salts that need to be ground. I like the idea of freezing cheese and also of supporting farmers - it must be such a tough job - and yet so important

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    1. hi Johanna
      no the salt is ground. i know it looks like rocks tho:) Yes times have been so very tough for the farmers. really sad... thanks for dropping by the blog. cheers S

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  19. Can't decide whether I like the cake or the spoon more. I want both! :-) Fun stuff in your kitchen this month -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by KR. happy june to you.

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  20. It’s a great month! My favorite - the peeler! Now, if it would only wash the dishes, too.

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    1. it's my birthday month so I'm fond of it! yes that peeler is very sharp; I'm a bit afraid to use it. my track record with sharp implements is not good:-) thanks for dropping by david.

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  21. How funny that it's cold there, and it's getting hot here in California. Summer is coming. The birthday cake looks amazing. I love anything chocolate. It looks like you're such a good cook by all the delicious food on here. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. thanks so much sheri. you are very kind! cheers S

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  22. That bowl is stunning! And your cake looks scrummy :)

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    1. thanks so much tandy. it was a pretty darn good cake. thanks for joining in. cheers sherry

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  23. I love this event! I just hooked up. Tina from hot hot north Florida :-)

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    1. thanks tina. i appreciate you being part of IMK. enjoy summer!

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  24. That curry powder sounds wonderful and what a cute peeler. The sparkly bowl is beautiful, how fun to eat out of it. It's good to be back this month. Thank you so much for hosting Sherry.

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    1. and thank you so much liz! lovely to have you here in IMK world.

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  25. June in Scandinavia is also sometimes suitable for thick socks and scarves, but we also had a couple of hot days now. The smoked garlic salt sounds very nice! I have added my link above.

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    1. that's funny veghog:-) so cold even in summer? thanks so very much for joining in this month. cheers S

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  26. I love the new stuff in your kitchen this month - especially your shark peeler and supoon! I normally use my skinny rubber spatula to clean out jars, but that looks like it would do a much better job. I've been freezing for weeks now in Canberra, this time of year I always feel like I'll never be warm again. Sleeping in socks, wearing two jackets, etc. Thanks for hosting the linkup!

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    1. hi Jen
      yes it sounds freezing in canberra. it is as usual sunny with blue skies here and just a tad cool but i am still in a short-sleeved short! cheers S

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  27. Hi Sherry, I love this peek inside your kitchen. In fact, I'd like to be IN your kitchen right now -- it looks so good. Loved the birthday cake!

    Thanks for coming to visit me at Marmelade Gypsy!

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    1. thanks Jeanie. lovely to have you drop by my blog... cheers S

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