In my Kitchen September 2014

MissFoodFairy's prosciutto, blue cheese, pear, walnut & rocket pizza

Another month gone (is this year going fast or what?) and we’re back with Celia at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial’s In my Kitchen. This is such a great way to meet new and wonderful people from all over the world who love sharing their kitchen and what’s in it every month.

School has been going gangbusters! No break, straight through to the second semester where I’m learning so many wonderful things, things that I would never have thought about having time to do in my own kitchen. Like making pizza dough – prosciutto, pear, blue cheese and rocket pizza and spicy chorizo and rocket calzone. Making pasta dough – herbed ricotta ravioli with a spicy capsicum sauce and ricotta gnocchi made with choux dough. Plus risotto, samosas, salads, deboning a whole chicken and making chicken supreme, deep fried Sichuan quail and slow cooked squab. Phew! That’s only half of what was made during the month at school!

And of course there’s no shortage of new cookbooks for me to learn from – well, it was my birthday! So on that note, let’s start . . .

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's new Thailand cookbook

. . . Thailand – The Cookbook. As you know I love Asian cuisine and love Thailand, especially Phuket. When my husband gave this to me for my birthday I was over the moon! It has over 500 traditional Thai recipes, some that have never been seen in any other cookbooks. There’s also some well known Thai restaurants from all over the world (Sydney included) where their chefs share some of their popular dishes with us – it’s pretty amazing!

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's new Gary Mehigan cookbook

. . . Gary Mehigan’s Favourites cookbook. This cookbook by Masterchef Australia judge, shares over 100 recipes and tips that are Gary’s favourites from 30 years being in the food industry. This cookbook is quite homely and inviting, the photos of the food and recipes are inviting and enticing. I’m looking forward to spending some time making these dishes – when school’s finished

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's new Heston Blumenthal cookbook

. . . Heston’s Fantastical Feasts cookbook is the recipes from his TV series of the same name. I am blown away with the work that Heston Blumenthal does with food and gastronomy. This cookbook is one I’ll drool over and be in awe of, but may never make anything from. He just inspires me. When I saw this cookbook for $10 (I know, bargain right!) I knew it was one for the collection.

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFaiy's new Eastern Oriental cookbook

. . . The Eastern & Oriental cookbook was also $10! Will Ricker has shared 80 signature dishes in this cookbook from his well known e&o restaurants in London. When I look in this cookbook I just want to cook everything from it! I can’t wait to get my hands dirty in the kitchen with this cookbook.

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's pizza dough

. . . my pizza dough, which doubled in size, from the day I made it at school to the next day when I brought it home. Pictured at the start of this post is the pizza I made for my husband, which is my new favourite pizza topping – prosciutto, pear, walnut, blue cheese & rocket (yumm!) If you haven’t tried this before I suggest you give it a try – it’s really a taste sensation! The base was exactly how we like it, thin with just the right amount of crunch and I don’t think I’ll ever buy another pizza base again! This dough can be frozen too for later use too, which is perfect for when I really want pizza but don’t want to wait for the dough to ferment.

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's basil

. . . fresh bunches of basil to make my basil and pistachio pesto – which is absolutely to die for! I ate it as a dip, I made a one pot chicken and pesto pasta (recipe coming soon), added it to my steak – yumm! – and used it on my beef pot pies for a little something extra. Pesto is so versatile, I have found a new love! What do you use your pesto with?

In my Kitchen . . .

MissFoodFairy's Malaysian sambal #4

. . . some freshly made, homemade (not by me unfortunately) Malaysian sambal. My husband and I went out for dinner with one of our friends, who took us to The Best Malaysian seafood laksa restaurant in Melbourne. I have tried a lot of laksas in my time and I have to say, this certainly was The Best Laksa I’ve had! I commented to the owner/chef that the sambal was absolutely amazing, can I buy some? She had told me a fresh batch just came off the stove if I’d like to buy some – ahh, yes please! It sure was straight from the stove, it was still hot! The flavours are truly amazing with the right amount of sweet, salty, sour and spicy in every quater teaspoon. This is not for the faint hearted and truly adds another depth to not only the laksa but to poached eggs, noodle and rice dishes or even seafood.

Hope you enjoyed IMK this month and I look forward to seeing you all next month for more fabulous insights into your kitchens! Oh and in case you missed it, check out the podcast I was featured in 🙂

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22 thoughts on “In my Kitchen September 2014

    1. I have so many cookbooks, as I’m sure you do – I can’t bring myself to count them! If it wasn’t for school, I wouldn’t have tried homemade pizza dough. Now, I’ll never buy store bought again. Lovely seeing you at IMK, see you next month

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  1. Love Thai food too and Phuket is a wonderful place. Nice collection of cookbooks and even though you may not cook from Heston’s, love when a cookbook inspires you to get into the kitchen and experiment. Pizza sounds delicious. Belated best wishes for your Birthday 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your birthday wishes Moya, you’ve made my day 🙂 You are so right about a cookbook inspiring you and Heston is definately one of those inspirational chefs. It’s lovely seeing you again, see you next month for IMK

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    1. Thanks Joanne. The sambal tastes as good as it looks – it’s great on eggs too! Do you have Gary’s book? Have you cooked anything from it yet? I’ve been a bit busy with school – I’m looking forward to holidays to try some of his recipes. Lovely meeting you

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  2. If you haven’t already, I’d love you to share the recipe for the dough. Did I miss it? I make dough/bread etc quite a lot and sometimes freeze ir but I’d been keen to add your pizza dough to my repertoire, Cheers. xx

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    1. I will hopefully be posting about some of the amazing dishes I’ve made at school very soon. I’m more than happy to share the dough recipe, when I write it down and practice it once or twice more. My husband loved it and he’s very particular about pizza bases but loved this one. It’s lovely meeting you xx

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    1. Thank you for my birthday wishes Celia. I’m loving being a part of your great party! I have tried Poh’s sambal recipe and it turned out really good but nothing like a true traditional chef making it for you – fresh! Thank you for stopping by, I know how busy IMK is getting (which is fantastic!)

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  3. Are you going to spill the beans about where you ate an amazing Laksa? Cookbooks are a vice! I’m on the lookout for a volume on Thai food, i’ll have to check that one out. Thanks for the peep into your kitchen Miss F

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    1. If you’re in Hawthorn, Victoria, Penang Coffee House is just the best laksa I’ve ever had! It’s a big call I know but unless you make it at home there’s not that many great laksa’s being made! Every time we head to Thailand I become inspired to cook their food when I get back home – I did do cooking in Thailand with a Thai restaurant chef which was amazing! This Thailand cookbook has so many dishes, it’s amazing! Lovely meeting you

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      1. I’m in Richmond. We’ve been devotees of Penang Coffee house’s laksa lemak, and their divine roti for 20yrs. Just thought you might have found something new and exciting! See you there…

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    1. Love cookbooks – can’t get enough, especially when they’re topics I love! Heston will have to wait for when I have time (and money) but he’s a great inspiration! Thanks for coming past. It’s lovely meeting you

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    1. I’m loving learning Commercial Cookery – it’s my passion 🙂 Everything I’m learning I know I never would have tried it at home by myself, but now I’ve done it I can’t wait to share with you all everything I’m learning. Thank you for coming by. It’s lovely meeting new people through IMK

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  4. Wow, your kitchen is full of such fun cookbooks and great food. It must be fun to cook from all those Asian cookbooks. I cook a lot of Asian food, but only have 2 cookbooks specifically for Vietnamese food. I’d be interest in hearing about the Thai cookbook, as I am looking for a good, comprehensive Thai cookbook. The pizza topping combination sounds fantastic!

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    1. I certainly learn a lot of amazing techniques from all my cookbooks. Things that I could never learn from just eating Asian cuisine, that’s for sure 🙂 I will be more than happy to let you know about the Thailand cookbook – I’ve marked plenty of recipes to try 🙂 Good to see you again

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    1. Thank you Emma – I just love all cookbooks! I’m a bit scared to count exactly how many cookbooks I have in my collection :0 Definitely give that pizza topping a try – you won’t be disappointed!

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