In My Kitchen – November 2012

Strawberry

We’re finally enjoying some lovely warm days in Canberra and our garden is loving it! The kitchen is overflowing with vibrant fresh produce and we’re feeling pretty pleased with ourselves because much of it has come from our own garden. Pictured above is the first strawberry we reaped this season. How gorgeous is it? So deliciously flavoursome too.

Carrots & Onions

We’ve been harvesting beautiful carrots and these amazing red onions that are very mild in flavour. I drizzled some extra-virgin olive oil over a big tray of sliced onions and slow-cooked them in our pizza oven till they were sweet and heavenly.

Broad Beans

We’re enjoying lovely broad beans too. I’ve been steaming them and tossing them in butter. But why oh why does something so lovely have to be so much work? I’ve read that if you pick them young you can eat them with the inner shell still on, but for me it detracts from the taste. So, in the quest for perfection, I’ll stick with shelling them twice.

Avocados

These perfect Hass avocados aren’t from our garden, but rather were a gift from Wingara Wine Group. Vineyard manager Craig Thornton picked them from trees adjacent to the vines on Deakin Estate, near Mildura.

Deakin Estate Moscato and Deakin Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Deakin Estate, one of the Wingara brands, makes a Moscato that picked up a trophy at the 2012 International Sweet Wine Challenge. And, in a case of coals to Newcastle, its Sauvignon Blanc is the biggest-selling imported Sav in NZ.

There are some great recipes on the Deakin Estate website for yummy creations such as Limoncello Soaked Sponge Cake ‘Tower’ and Pistachio Shortbreads with Rosewater Mousse.

Lindsay & Edmunds Teddy Chocolates

More bragging, but also in my kitchen this month are these teddy chocolates that Maurie and I made ourselves. We did a fun class with Canberra chocolatier Lindsay and Edmunds, which I’ll be writing about in a future blog post.

Eat Drink Blog 2012

This fantastic assortment of products was in the goody bag that I brought home from Eat Drink Blog 2012 that I recently had the privilege of attending in Adelaide. I’m so looking forward to trying these great South Australian products.

U-Brew It Beer Hamper

And finally in my kitchen this month is this wonderful beer hamper that I was lucky enough to win in a raffle at the 20th anniversary dinner for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Such a worthy cause and I was thrilled to win the second-prize hamper with contents donated by U-Brew It. As well as a voucher to make our own brew (something I’ve never attempted before), it includes Budweiser beer, a big jar of pretzels and a huge packet of beer nuts (which I have it on good authority make the best satay sauce!)

If you would like to see what is in other bloggers’ kitchens this month, visit Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Celia very kindly hosts In My Kitchen each month.

14 Comments

  • A lovely bounty from your garden there, Christine. There is nothing quite as pleasurable as bringing in a basketful of home grown fruit and vegies. Broad beans are so fiddly, aren’t they! Our strawberry patch is coming along very happily again this season. Yum!

    • Christine Salins says:

      Hi Liz, Broad beans are so delicious but yes, they are fiddly. To me, they’re a bit like chestnuts in that the rewards are great but you certainly have to work for them!

  • Emma says:

    Those carrots look terrific. You must be patient people. Carrots take forever from seed!

  • Heidi says:

    Love seeing all the produce- your summer looks to be quite delicious!
    The avocados look simply scrumptious- gifted avocados are high on my list of good fortune!
    And good for you on the chocolate bear pops; They look lovely and tasty!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Gary Lum says:

    I wish avocados weren’t so expensive.

    • Christine Salins says:

      Hi Gary, I can’t say I’ve noticed that avocados are very expensive. But then, all fresh produce seems reasonably priced to me, if you compare it with the price of packaged food.

  • Beautiful looking homegrown produce – especially that stunning strawb!! Yumm 😀

  • Oooh Chris, please tell me the secret! When I make chocolates on lollipop sticks, I always end up with chocolate running down the stick a little bit – what’s the secret to your clean finish? And your garden produce looks wonderful – we can never seem to grow onions here – they take forever and never really fatten up. I love the look of those red ones, and your fat carrots too! We’ve given up growing broadbeans, as I’m the only one who will eat them, and as you say, they’re so much work!

    • Christine Salins says:

      Hi Celia, No great secrets with the chocolate teddies, other than to work fast and to do the ears (the fiddly bits) first. Perhaps it was the design of the moulds that helped, but we didn’t seem to have a problem with chocolate running down the stick. I’m amazed at how well the onions have done – perhaps it’s because it’s a little drier here. Very easy to eat them raw, as they are so sweet.

  • Maureen says:

    I think I’d enjoy being in your kitchen AND attending that chocolate class. 🙂 Lovely meeting you in Adelaide.

  • Glenda says:

    Your produce looks fantastic as do your teddy bears. I have tried to temper chocolate twice now and have failed both times. I will try again ….

    • Christine Salins says:

      Hi Glenda, The Lindsay & Edmunds class provided quite a few tips for tempering chocolate (which I’ll include in a future blog post). They have a wonderful machine that makes light work of it!

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