In My Kitchen November 2012

Welcome to another little tour of my kitchen.

This post had to start with a photo of amazing chocolate made by Celia.  I was fortunate enough to win 500 grams of dark chocolate goodness in Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’s Million giveaway.  I would have been happy with one block but we have been savouring no less than 6 different chocolate blends.  This was a very generous giveaway.  Visit Celia’s latest blog post for more chocolate treats!

Two lovely old teapots thrifted by my husband on a recent trip to country South Australia.  The floral arrangements were put together by our children.

Fresh strawberries picked straight from our garden.  I cannot believe how good these taste and smell.

A bowl of freshly set home made yoghurt.  As a family we consume a lot of yoghurt and recently I have been making my own.  It really is easy and is something I should have been doing years ago.

If you are not really into meat you may want to look away for the next photo.

We recently slaughtered a heifer* which will keep us supplied with beef for many months.  The home butchering and meat preparation is something Terry normally handles but this time I decided to take care of the the tongue and tail myself.  I treated the tongue in a similar way to corned beef by soaking it in a brine solution and then simmering it slowly.   The taste reminded me of corned beef although the texture was more gelatinous.

The tail was put into a big pot along with the beef cheeks, plenty of vegetables, stock and seasoning and cooked very slowly until the meat almost came off the tail bones.  This was a hearty and delicious meal.

Lastly, a test batch of white sourdough dinner rolls.  Next month I am making 210 of these for a wedding.  I cannot wait to get stuck into a big bread project.


What is happening in your kitchen at the moment?
Please share!

*Heifer: a cow under three years of age which has not yet had a calf.


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    Sarah @ Chantille Fleur

    October 31, 2012

    That chocolate looks so yummy!
    We recently got the home butcher in to do one of our steers. This is the first time we've done beef of our own, and we are really happy with the results. It's so much tastier than shop beef!
    Happy November!
    Sarah xo

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      Jane S

      November 1, 2012

      Thanks Sarah, anything home grown/home raised/home made seems better doesn't it?

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    Missy Piggy

    November 1, 2012

    That beef tongue looks so soft, like velvet (what did it feel like to touch…bumpy I bet). I've never had tongue before but it's on my "list". Your STRAWBERRIES look PERFECT! I haven't planted mine yet…wonder if it's too late. And that bread…I'm desperate to try and make my own bread…probably not a sourdough though. Did you have a yoghurt recipe (so many questions, I know)!

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      Jane S

      November 1, 2012

      Thanks Mel, the tongue was soft but abrasive is rubbed in the opposite direction! I will share my yoghurt recipe.

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    November 1, 2012

    Oh tongue – I cannot seem to cook you to make me love you! I've tried several times. Any tips for our next kill? I could seriously devour a few of those sourdough rolls at the moment! Breastfeeding mama craves good bread! I'm salavating!

    Not much is happening in my kitchen at the moment unfortunately – MY OVEN IS BUSTED! And the new one is 2 weeks away. Blergh. Getting tired of one pot wonders!


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      Jane S

      November 1, 2012

      No real tips on the tongue cooking Amy, this was the first time I had cooked it. It tasted OK but an acquired taste perhaps. I remember breastfeeding and turning into an eating machine. Wish I could send you some bread. Good luck with the oven x

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    November 1, 2012

    Jane, you know how relieved I was that all the chocolate made it to you intact, especially given the 30C temps we've been having, but it's so nice to be able to see it all still looking good! Thank you! 🙂

    Such sweet teapots, and you're so clever to grow strawberries, we can't seem to manage it, between the slugs, birds and Pete's brother's dog! 🙂 And 210 bread rolls! Good on you – I wouldn't be game! 🙂

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      Jane S

      November 1, 2012

      I will keep you posted on the bread rolls Celia…it will be a baking challenge!

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    November 1, 2012

    Our strawberries are still green but are getting bigger. I cant wait to try them.
    Good on you agreeing to make all those sour dough rolls, your kitchen will be busy.
    And yes I agree a yoghurt recipe please?

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      Jane S

      November 1, 2012

      Thanks Zara, I will share the yoghurt recipe!

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    November 1, 2012

    As children, we sometimes had to encourage the calves to drink milk from the bucket and seeing your photo reminds me of the rasp of their tongues as they sucked our fingers.
    Your strawberries look perfect; I best they tasted delicious sun warmed, fresh from the garden.

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    Jane S

    November 1, 2012

    Thanks Anne, tongues do have a very distinctive feel don't they?

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    Simon Leong

    November 1, 2012

    that heifer tongue is a little freaky to see. i must live such a sheltered foodie life.

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    e / dig in

    November 1, 2012

    i adore your found teapots. flowers in teapots have such an old fashioned charm.
    i've never thought about making my own yoghurt. well, i have, and then filed it under the "life's too short" category. but i love using natural or greek yoghurt in baking – so tangy and moist in a cake.
    good luck baking all those rolls. i can smell their warm bready aroma from here!

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    letters from the country

    November 2, 2012

    Those chocolates look amazing Jane..and the rest of your meals look fabulous too. You always make me feel like heading out to the vege patch.

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    November 3, 2012

    Hi Jane, congratulations on being a winner. I have sampled Celia's chocolate so I know how lucky you are.

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    Lizzy (Good things)

    November 5, 2012

    Lordy, I can hardly believe it's November already! Bet that chocolate is yummy. I don't like the tongue either… yikes! But the strawberries, delicious. Guess what I had for dinner tonight?

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    November 6, 2012

    Everything looks fabulous as always Jane, especially those freshly picked strawberries – yumm!!!

    Jodie 🙂

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    Christine (FoodWineTravel)

    November 6, 2012

    Hi Jane, Lovely to meet you in Adelaide. Those strawberries look delicious! We've just started to get a few strawberries off our own garden and the flavour this year is amazing.

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    November 9, 2012

    Beautiful strawberries! I take my little boys strawberry picking every spring, they love it. How do you make your homemade yogurt? Looks wonderful. Good luck with your bread project. I'm sure you'll get on just fine! 🙂

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    Sara - Belly Rumbles

    November 13, 2012

    I have never seen tongue before it has been cooked, sliced/diced and served. I never realised they are spotty.

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    Kitchen Butterfly

    November 14, 2012

    Oh wow – the chocolate notes look wonderful. Celia is a master chocolatier. And I like seeing the beef and tail, two cuts I'm very familiar with. Interesting treatment of the tongue. And the yogurt looks wonderful – reminder to self, make yogurt!!!!