In My Kitchen October 2012

Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.  Thank you once again to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this kitchen tour.

Home made muesli makes a regular appearance in my kitchen.  I like to use organic rolled oats gently roasted in locally sourced honey.  To the oats I add almonds, good quality dried fruit, mixed seeds and some shredded coconut.  Served with natural yoghurt this is my favourite breakfast.

Recently I have found myself making more slices than usual.  Depending on the recipe they can be quicker to bake than cakes, I find them easier to cut and they travel and freeze well.  This Banana Slice from the CWA Classics cookbook was particularly moist and delicious.  If anyone is interested in the recipe please let me know and I will post it.

I almost squealed with delight when I recently spotted these Queen B candles at my friend’s shop Thom, Dick and Harry’s.  Terese is always bringing beautiful things into our country town that we would otherwise have to buy online or wait until we travel to the city.

A plate of homemade hummus made for my daughters recent birthday afternoon tea.  I harvested my first piece of garlic especially for this occasion.  The cloves are not yet fully formed but they still gave the hummus that essential garlic kick.

A bunch of sweet peas from my garden.  I am asking myself why I have not grown these before.  They were so easy to grow and the sweetly scented flowers fill my heart with joy!

Sourdough balls waiting to be rolled out into pizza bases for a big family pizza gathering.  More on that later.

My brother grew an enormous pumpkin and my friend Sarah was then inspired to paint it.  How special to be given a piece of art created by a friend.


I know many people in the blogging world are reading this book by Rohan Anderson.  For anyone who is interested in real food, good living and self sufficiency you will love this book.  Whole Larder Love is full of practical advice and beautiful photos.  It is also very funny in parts.


Are you cooking or reading or painting?
What is happening in your kitchen at the moment?


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    October 1, 2012

    You got yourself a copy of the wonderful book, yay. It is amazing isnt it.
    All your making and baking looks and sounds delcious.
    And such pretty sweet peas, my favourite flowers.

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    today i

    October 1, 2012

    Jane, I would love to visit your kitchen! it seems so warm and so much lovely food. Monika

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    Missy Piggy

    October 1, 2012

    I cannot believe ALL of those pizza doughs you have rolled out – contemplating just one gives me heart palpitations. Is the banana slice recipe "easy" – like could I make it? If so then I'd love a copy of the recipe. Ta!

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    October 1, 2012

    Hi Jane. Another book to buy, great!!

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    October 1, 2012

    So many lovely things to Comment on Jane…
    I love sweet peas, so pretty and that perfume. Heavenly. I keep forgetting to plant them though. My Dad always planted them on St Pat's day, and it's always my intention to follow suit, I hope I remember next year. I'd like to grow them on our old rainwater tank.
    That pumpkin painting is fab btw x

    p.s. just got the Kitchenaid back from the 'fixit shop'

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    Lizzy (Good things)

    October 1, 2012

    Lots of good things in your kitchen again, Ms Jane! Love the sweet peas, the hommus and that book sounds wonderful too!

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    October 1, 2012

    Your hommus looks very nice indeed. Purple sweet peas could life be more perfect. Your friend can really paint. How lucky are you. Good luck with the pizzas

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    Sometimes Unwilling Guru

    October 1, 2012

    Hello! I found you the other day and came back to visit,your cooking is fantastic and your blog is fun to read and a taste of what I left behind when we moved to WA (used to live out near Ivanhoe Mt Hope area). Missing the time to cook and sew but still make garden time!! And yes Im painting today,with oils ,may be good maby disaster !! looking forward to visiting again! PS I hope to be driving back through your area early next year!

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    October 1, 2012

    You have an enviable collection of enamel ware I see Jane!

    There's a rooster curry simmering away in our kitchen.

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my blog Jane, I always appreciate you coming to visit.

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    humble habit

    October 1, 2012

    Felt like my own kitchen seeing your post. I have been making much the same a little obsession with slices has hit our place, and the muesli and the bread and then you even had the same enamel plates as I do, i loved that.

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    October 1, 2012

    Another beautiful post Jane. Your enamel plates look good and yes, please post the recipe for banana slice. That's going to be some pizza gathering. Incidentally, your sourdough baking has inspired me to have another stab at sourdough (with a certain amount of success recently).

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    e / dig in

    October 1, 2012

    thank you for the book recommnedation, as you now i love reading about food and eating. i have just reserved this at out library. i can smell those sweet peas from here – they are a favoutite flower of my mother's. and do you use oil on your toasted muesli? i have seen that in recipes and wondered how necessary it was. i shall make my own toasted museli once day!

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2012

      Hello e, yes I do use a little grapeseed oil in my muesli, I think it helps the honey stick to the oats but certainly could be unnecessary.

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    October 1, 2012

    Jane, I always so love peeking into your kitchen. It's always such a gentle, peaceful place. Your muesli looks delicious, the flowers and dough and painting are all gorgeous, and the candle is very elegant. Did you know you can make those? Your kids might enjoy the activity – it's very therapeutic. If you're interested, there's a post on it on my blog here:

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      Jane S

      October 2, 2012

      Thanks for the link Celia, this sounds interesting!

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    Kate @ Kate Writes

    October 1, 2012

    I find I often make slice too Jane. I forgot about that particular one though! The pizza dough was fabulous. I can't wait to see more pictures and share too. Kate

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    October 2, 2012

    Just discovered your lovely blog. Gorge photos 🙂

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    October 2, 2012

    Our dad always grew sweet peas on a trellis at the end of the veggie garden, he loved the smell too.

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    My Experiments with Food

    October 2, 2012

    I think flowers are the best way to cheer up a place or a heart. And your sweet peas are such happy flowers!
    The hummus looks really inviting. Am sure it would have vanished fast. Have never had homemade Muesli before. Looks like the perfect way to begin the day.

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    October 3, 2012

    Sweet peas and lovely candles, muesli and hummus- it all looks very lovely!
    The bread balls look very industrious- thanks for the peek into your kitchen!

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    October 4, 2012

    I'm also a big fan of home made muesli, it beats bought cereal any day. I have a bad habit of eating it at cereal o'clock time- otherwise known as 9pm.
    Lovely kitchen happenings.

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    October 5, 2012

    Oh Jane – the banana slice and the hummus look divine!! I have that wonderful book, whole larder love, on my "to buy" list – I can't wait to get a copy soon!!

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    October 5, 2012

    your muesli looks wonderful! Sweet peas remind me of my mother 🙂

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    October 7, 2012

    Hi Jane,
    your muesli looks delicious and how great is the CWA Banana Slice?!? I don't really like the taste of bananas but this one had me hooked! Yours look amazing….

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    October 18, 2012

    I used to insist on stopping at Thom Dick and Harry's when we passed thru! Am going to get Whole Larder Love too as you're not the first to recommend it! xx