In My Kitchen August 2012

Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.  Thank you once again to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this fun kitchen tour.
Firstly, this vibrant selection of home grown citrus and homemade marmalade all produced from my Mum’s suburban garden in Adelaide.  We don’t often get a chance to swap fresh produce so this was very special.

On my kitchen bench is this adorable little handmade basket, also a recent gift from Mum.  I love the organic shape, resting in my hands it feels just like a bird’s nest.

A batch of simple, yet delicious banana muffins caught on camera in the morning sunshine.  These disappeared quickly.

Within this hessian bag are some enormous potatoes which our children found very interesting.  We do buy in bulk but not usually to this extreme.  This big bag was a very generous gift.  Mashed potato anyone?

Warm chocolate self saucing pudding with cream.  There is probably nothing that brings back memories of my childhood more than this dish.  It is plain, simple, warming and delicious.

I am harvesting a steady supply of winter vegetables such as broccoli, beetroot, and spinach with a little mint to put in wherever some greenery and freshness is required.

What is happening in your kitchen at the moment?
Are you making or harvesting or trading any produce?
Is it still feeling like winter at your place?


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    July 31, 2012

    We had our first good rain here (WA) in what feels like ages. Poor farmers.
    Annabel (my youngest) is in charge of our small vegie patch this year – she planted rocket, brocolli, carrots, pak choy and spinach. Plenty for us and the snails!
    I love self-saucing chocolate pudding too Jane. Yum! And thanks for posting recipe btw. Yet to try it out, but I will.

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    Chantille Fleur

    August 1, 2012

    That little basket is so cute, what a lovely gift 🙂
    Sarah xx

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    August 1, 2012

    Jane, that bag of potatoes is enormous, no wonder the kids are interested in it and the potatoes. I love your basket, what is it made of? And your cooking and produce look great. Glenda

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      Jane S

      August 2, 2012

      Hi Glenda, the basket is made of grevillea fronds and was made in Darwin 🙂

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    Mama Smith

    August 1, 2012

    That citrus is such gorgeous colors- love it! Everything looks delicious but I must have the recipe for that chocolate pudding. I could eat that for dinner happily 🙂


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      Jane S

      August 2, 2012

      I will try to email you the recipe Lilly!

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    August 1, 2012

    So true the pudding even brings back childhood memories for me in my Aunties kitchen – yum.

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    August 1, 2012

    I was very envious of your Mum's Pink Grapefruit…I have had a yen for it this winter but can't find it anywhere here! Enjoy…

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    Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

    August 1, 2012

    Yummy Jane! Your mother's marmalade sounds delicious! And your pudding…. mmmmmm! I think I need to make one tomorrow night. Peter said 'Thank you, Jane'. Love the bag of spuds. How enormous are they! And look at those cuties of yours. ; )

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    humble habit

    August 1, 2012

    It all looks so good and yummy, i want some of that pudding and My golly are those spuds enormous or what?

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    August 1, 2012

    Jane, what a great post! I love your mum's basket – my friend Nic has just started weaving as well, and they're incredibly beautiful, but lots of work. Does your mum used waxed linen thread? The pink grapefruit looks wonderful, and I can't believe how huge those potatoes are! Chocolate pudding is just the thing for this weather – I can't photograph brown food, but you seem to do a magnificent job of it! 🙂

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      Jane S

      August 2, 2012

      Hi Celia, my mum didn't make the basket, it was purchased in Darwin and is made of grevillea fronds apparently. I almost didn't include the pudding photo…brown is hard to photograph, but you are very kind 🙂

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    August 2, 2012

    I love that basket! It does have a nest look about it- I always seem to have wooden objects to put into baskets that size and shape.
    And the potatoes are amazing! I love growing potatoes because the truly are treasure from the ground- your children are so precious examining the potatoes in that bag.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    August 2, 2012

    The colours of the fruit and marmalade are so vibrant and your vegetables look like a still life. Hessian sacks of potatoes bring back memories of years ago; I can't remember the last time I saw that and certainly not with spuds that size.
    Beautiful things in your kitchen as ever. Thanks for sharing Jane.

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    e / dig in

    August 2, 2012

    life continues to be sleepy and quiet in my garden in hobart; i don't expect to see much movement for a couple of months! however we have had some good rain this week and a couple of decent frosts – i always think frosts are good for things like cabbages and kale (i always remember the word "vernalisation" from my high school biology lessons, many MANy years ago!).

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    August 3, 2012

    Hi Jane!
    I really enjoyed taking a peek at what's in your kitchen. I absolutely love your photos, especially the lighting. The citrus and marmalade must be wonderful. Do you happen to have a recipe for those banana muffins? They look delicious. My kids will love them. Thanks 🙂

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    tea with hazel

    August 3, 2012

    what gorgeous photos son's all time favourite is a self saucing chocolate's the perfect thing for a cold winter's night with a big dollop of cream..x

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    Christina @ The Hungry Australian

    August 7, 2012

    Lovely post – your kitchen looks inviting and friendly and full of lovely aromas and tasty food.

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    August 7, 2012

    Lovely post Jane! I really enjoyed reading about your kitchen. Such warmth in your photos and descriptions!

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    Johanna GGG

    August 16, 2012

    How lovely! I love chocolate pudding – makes me feel all nostalgic because I eat it far less now than I did as a child! Love your big potatoes – they are crying out for baked potatoes (I can never find potatoes big enough to bake) and your home grown citrus is fantastic

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    Sometimes Unwilling Guru

    September 27, 2012

    MY look at the size of that spud!!! We dont see many good ones over here in WA too watery not those from Viccy