In My Kitchen June 2012


Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.

Firstly, some foodie reading material.  This enormous CWA cookbook was a gift and it is a wonderful source of simple yet delicious recipes.  The photography has a distinctly Australian style and most of the recipes require simple ingredients.

A lot of bloggers have already written about Kinfolk magazine which is really more like a book.  I purchased my copy online through Pulp and it was so delightfully packaged in this red polka dot paper I did not want to unwrap it.  If you love photography and food Kinfolk is full of inspiration.  The dreamy pages are printed on heavy paper and with no advertising it feels quite special.

Sadly, this is my last tray of poached quinces for the season.

As the weather cools my basil is fading fast, my last batch of chunky pesto until next summer.

Home made pasta made to serve with a duck ragu.  Every time I make pasta I wonder why I don’t do it more often.  Apart from bread, it is one of the simplest yet most rewarding things to make from scratch.  Photography thanks to Annabelle (5).

My husband Terry cooked our interpretation of Billy Kwong’s Duck with Citrus Sauce for Mother’s Day in the camp oven.  Actually it wasn’t strictly in our kitchen, but at our campfire area.  Served with steamed greens from the garden it was a memorable meal cooked with love in the great outdoors.

A little batch of simple apricot jam tarts made with some pastry scraps.  These take me back to my childhood.  They were one of Mum’s standard treats always made with pastry off cuts from something else, such as a meat pie.


What have you cooked this month?

Have you read any inspiring foodie books or magazines?

Please share and join in the fun at Celia’s beautiful blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.


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    June 1, 2012

    Your little apricot tarts look delicious. My mother used to make a small treacle tart with pastry scraps (pastry case filled with porridge oats and enough syrup to soak in).

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    June 1, 2012

    All the photos look so delicious!!! I love the CWA cook book! I still have and use weekly, my high school 'Cooking the Australian Way' cook book / food bible. Its such a great reference for pretty much anything and provides a base from which you can experiment…

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    June 1, 2012

    Jane, such gorgeous photos! I hope that one of you making pasta goes on the cover of your cookbook! 🙂

    I've never heard of Kinfolk, so am going to check them out now. The tarts look delicious – we don't make jam tarts nearly often enough given how much jam sits on the shelves here, so thank you for the inspiration! And for sharing your lovely kitchen with us this month! xx

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    June 1, 2012

    It all sounds delightful, the reading, the cook books, the meals. My mother made rolypoly from leftover pastry. She spread it with jam and rolled it up to bake. My favourite, favourite treat.

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    Lizzy (Good things)

    June 1, 2012

    Dear Jane, such an inspiring visit to your kitchen, as always! I am in awe that you still have basil. Ours died with the frosts weeks ago. Peter (er, I mean, Santa!) bought me the CWA cookbook for Christmas, isn't it delicious. Love the duck cooked outdoors and the little tarts. LOL and the wonderful photo taken by your little one. I haven't heard of Kinfolk either, but I have now! Happy cooking, lovely!

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    June 1, 2012

    Hi Jane, Looks like you have been busy. I didn't know the CWA had a new cookbook out. Of course, now I do, I want a copy.

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    Mama Smith

    June 1, 2012

    Wow- amazing work in the kitchen. Pasta is something I have been wanting to try forever but haven't yet. Those apricot tarts look very special – yum!

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    June 1, 2012

    The pasta is lovely- and the fruit tarts a treat!
    I love your photography!

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    e / dig in

    June 1, 2012

    I too am envious of the basil and the quinces. basil died here a couple of months ago. i pulled a small pot from the freezer this week that i stored away at the height of pesto making season; it was okay but not quite the same. now your post is making salivate for its freshness all over again!

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    June 2, 2012

    Lovely blog Jane and your pasta looks beautiful. I can just taste everything from your wonderful photos..thankyou for sharing 🙂

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    tea with hazel

    June 3, 2012

    what lovely things you have in your kitchen jane..everything is so wholesome and fresh..i've always made jam tarts with pastry scraps children loved them and i was quite partial as well! love your new's stunning..x

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    Lucent Imagery

    June 4, 2012

    What a delicious wrap up of food! I love Kinfolk's philosophies and style too. And homemade pasta! That is on my list of things to make. Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

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    June 8, 2012

    That Pesto looks great – do you have a recipe you can share. I'm growing some basil on our balcony with the hopes of Pestofying it soon!

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    June 17, 2012

    Jane you blog is always sooo inspiring!! makes you want to go straight to the recipe cupboard and start! thakn you

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    June 17, 2012

    I swear by the CWA cookbook! It's amazing in it's simplicity but deliciousness! Your tarts look too good to eat (but that wouldn't stop me!). Yum!