Wednesday, 1 January 2020

In My Kitchen - January 2020!

Okay folks, this is a quickie!  It's NYE tomorrow and I've got heaps to do, as have you I'm sure.  So let's make it snappy, my dear and virtual friends.  For the first, brand-new IMK of the brand-new decade, here we have:



good Aussie vinegar, olive oil and salt 

I always buy Aussie olive oil; it's great quality even if it can be a bit too grassy sometimes:-)   That's just 'cos our olive trees are young and sprightly, rather than ancients like the Italians and Greeks.



homemade Worcestershire sauce on the go

Every Christmas, I make a batch of this homemade sauce.  It ferments away in the dark, walk-in robe for two weeks, making the whole bedroom smell like a fish factory (just kidding, sort of).  This time the jalapeños were amazingly hot, so the sauce is a real kicker.  We love it!



homemade mango chutney

I made my usual Christmas batch of mango chutney.  There are some good cheap mangoes around this time of year.  And you can see Mr P.'s tub of tomato sauce he made for sick friends, in the background.  I made the meatballs though!



and there were tim-tam truffles

I think these truffles were my best in a long time!  That mix of dark and milk chocolate biscuits with a big spoonful or two of Nutella...  (Recipe on the blog - check the archives, my dears.)



tea towel signed by the Kransky Sisters

As per Christmas tradition, we go to see The Kransky Sisters, along with our mates the Barrel-Makers (not their real name - tee hee).  The lovely ladies - Mourne, Eve and Dawn - signed the tea-towel for me.  It was our friend Johnny's 18th birthday, so they signed his tea-towel and took lots of selfies with him.  Such a fun afternoon.  Check them out online; they are so funny.  



another book about food

Can't wait to get stuck into this one.  M. F. K. Fisher was such a well-loved food writer; the American version of the English Elizabeth David perhaps.  These are essays, plus a few recipes.  I reckon How To Cook A Wolf will be fab!



Dreamfarm gadgets

I knew the Dreamfarm factory was in Brisbane, but I didn't realise how close it was, till we were driving around recently.  I saw the sign, and yelled out Stop! to Mr P. - which he did, and we rushed in.  I bought a couple of things, and sneakily Mr P. bought me these two little treats.  The spadle has a handle which bends around to become a straining spoon or a ladle.  We had to check the website to work out how it works.  Are we getting old and feeble-minded?  Tee hee!  Oh yeah, we are for sure.



the Christmas turkey monster!

Nearly forgot to show you the four kilo monster bird with about two kilos of stuffing (dressing for US readers) inside, and a whack of bacon wrapped around the carcass.  Delicious I must say!


That's it for now, my lovely virtual friends.  Please do join in!  All and sundry are welcome to be part of IMK.  (Just a bit of FYI - I'm taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks, so I probably won't comment till mid-Jan.)


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44 comments:

  1. I'm adding in a comment from Mae:

    Linkup looks good now. Your kitchen is always full of great new things. That olive oil looks delicious. I hope you are spared the terrible fire situation on the other side of your continent. And happy New Year!

    mae

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    1. thanks Mae! brisbane is ok firewise, tho it has been very smoky lately. so sad for the areas in the fires.

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  2. I just decanted my batch of Worcestershire sauce! Homemade is the best! Happy New Year, Sherry - enjoy the MFK Fisher!

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    1. where did you get the recipe from david? would love to check it out, to see how different from mine? happy new year. cheers S

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  3. Hehe loved seeing that monster turkey! A very Happy New Year Sherry! I hope you have a wonderful 2020 :D

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    1. thanks lorraine. so far, the year is being ... interesting...

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  4. I must try making my own Worcestershire sauce! May 2020 hold all that you need :)

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  5. Happy New Year, Sherry!! So I've never made my own Worcestershire sauce, but I had to chuckle thinking about the smell coming out of your closet right now. That would be enough to wake you up each morning! :-)

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    1. just as well we love the end product:) happy new year david.

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  6. Happy New Year Sherry. The Kransky Sisters tea towel is awesome. homemade sauce and mango chutney is always a winner in my home.

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    1. happy new year shaheen. hope you have a fab 2020!

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  7. I didn't know The Kransky Sisters, are still going!
    Enjoyed this post and thanks for the share.

    Hailing from Sydney but settled in QLD, left in 2014 for a spot of long-term travel. Still on the road but have been marooned in southern Italy for a while... ;-)

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    1. wow marooned in italy sounds good. thanks for dropping by my post. happy new year!

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  8. Wow, you've been busy. That turkey monster looks crazy!

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    1. hi jeff
      yes it was a monster. we had to empty the stove of shelves so we could fit it in. happy new year!

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  9. Happy new year to you from Florida. Not the warm beach part, the soggy swampy part, lol. My husband would love that bacon wrapped turkey. I’m a fan of turkey but he tolerate s it, unless it looks like yours.
    Yum to the chutney and I love your new kitchen utensils.

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    1. hi tina
      yes the turkey was pretty darn delicious. i love turkey, esp. turkey meatballs :-) thanks for stopping by. happy new year.

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  10. Oh how fun!!! I want to play! What are the rule or guidelines?

    The sauce and truffles look delicious and mango chutney is one of my favorite condiments on earth.

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    1. hi intrepid angeleno!
      the rules are simple - just put up a post with your latest kitchen dishes, gadgets, recipes, cookbooks, even things you have grown like herbs and veg. etc. Add your post to your own blog, then add it to the link here. check out my sidebar for more info. hope to see you here in IMK land very soon! cheers sherry

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    2. Thank you, Sherry! The sidebar has exactly the info I wanted. And the little badge. So it looks like every month I have until the 13th to link up. I hope I have something shareable soon so that I can join in. Meanwhile, I will read everyone else's amazing posts! So much kitchen talent out there!

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    3. will look forward to your contribution, I.A. cheers S

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  11. I love how you've got your own labels on your mango chutney Sherry. My brother is the one who makes all his own chutneys and jams. I'm going to see about getting some labels made (rather than him just writting on a sticky note) for him for his home made produce. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year!

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    1. thanks Unknown. hubby does the labels up for me. but you can buy lovely labels with little string ties on them too. Happy new year!

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  12. Happy new year Sherry - hope you have a good blogging break - well deserved if only for all the IMK momentum you keep going! Love your home made goodies and your book. I had never heard of Dream Farm until Christmas but got a few of their implements for christmas and love them so it is great to see you also have them and that they are from Australia. I'll just link up my IMK post!

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    1. thanks johanna. IMK is fun but can be a bit of a drag some months. no not really. i love seeing everyone's posts! i love dreamfarm... my supoon is the best!

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  13. Happy New Year Sherry and best wishes. The Krank sisters sound like fun, although I have never heard of them before. Your Christmas turkey certainly looks big... bet it was tasty. Thank you for keeping the IMK community going... cheers :)

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    1. you're welcome moya. yep the kransky sisters are marvellous fun. happy new year to you!

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  14. Loads of interesting stuff in your kitchen this month! Actually there's no agreement in the US whether to call stuffing stuffing or dressing. (If you're in Pennsylvania Dutch country they call it filling!). General agreement is that if it's in the bird, it's stuffing. If you bake it in a dish, it's dressing. But the name question still causes lots of arguments. :-) M. F. K. Fisher is wonderful -- haven't read her for years. Bet you'll like her. Happy New Year! And have a well-deserved break.

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    1. happy new year KR. hope you had a wonderful holiday season. cheers S

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  15. Happy New Year Sherry! It's nice to join your kitchen this year too. :)
    Your homemade mango chutney sounds wonderful.

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    1. thank you veg hog! the chutney was particularly wonderful this year, i have to say (modestly).

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  16. Happy New Year! That turkey is amazing, wow! I bet it was delicious. I think the nomenclature is stuffing inside the bird and dressing in a casserole. But the terms are somewhat interchangeable. And I love all of M.F.K. Fisher's writing. She is a joy. I'm glad I have a couple of days to get in my post, I've been down with a cold the last few days and am very delayed.

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    1. hi liz
      i am very much looking forward to reading her book(s). hope you are feeling much much better now. happy new year to you. x

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  17. Loved your turkey, Worcestershire sauce and interesting by Fisher book. Sorry I missed doing an IMK, life has been hectic and now I am writing this from the airport . Can you believe it. Happy New Year my friend.

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    1. ooh i hope you're having a wonderful holiday pauline! we just got back from melbourne which was fun but exhausting. so much fun, family and friends in one huge hit... happy new year!

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  18. Jeez, your cooking is incredible! And that turkey! Sending hugs your way. Hope you are safe. Feeling very sad about what is going on over there.

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  19. Thanks so much Abbe. We are fine and safe here in Brisbane but it's heartbreaking what is happening down south. All those poor people and animals. Hope you had a lovely festive season. Happy new year. Cheers Sherry

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  20. You turkey looks amazing Sherry. I am so sad when I see the fires devastating Australia. Are you effected ?

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    1. no we are fine here in brisbane; thanks for asking Gerlinde. it is pretty tough for a lot of people here though. thanks re the turkey - it was delicious. thanks for dropping by my post. cheers sherry

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