In my Kitchen April 2015

 

I missed you guys! March was an absolute blur! There was so much going on in my life I completely missed last month’s IMK! I was preparing dumplings, sausage rolls, pulled pork, veal cutlets, potato salad and coleslaw, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all our friends & family, for our annual Australian Grand Prix party. April is the time for Easter (especially chocolate Easter eggs), footy (go Swannies!), my sister & husbands birthdays and daylight savings ending (sad face!) This means dinners will have to be organised earlier while it’s still daylight.

a.MissFoodFairy's Grand Prix party IMK APRIL2015

Above is the view from our balcony of the Australian Grand Prix. I’m a bit of a rev head, especially when it comes to the classic cars. My fave car this Grand Prix is pictured at the start of this post. The amazing Australian Roulettes were in perfect formation, the F-18 was mind blowing – this beast brings the biggest smile to everyone’s face and the Qantas 747 was flying so close it made us all hold our breath!

A BIG happy belated birthday goes out to Celia, we hope you had a wonderful celebration. Celia from Fig Jam & Lime Cordial is our wonderful host for our kitchen sharing every month. We’d love to see what’s in your kitchen.

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairys IMK APR2015 #1. . . is Spanish condiments (clockwise starting from the back left) – Chipotle sauce, dried Ancho chillies, dried Chipotle chillies, Spanish smokey paprika and Merquen – smokey chilli flakes. On a food journey with my girlfriend, from Commercial Cookery, we visited Casa Iberica deli on Johnston St, Fitzroy, lunched at the Vegie Bar in Brunswick St, Fitzroy and found the best couscous ever!

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairy's IMK APR2015 #2. . . is the best couscous I’ve ever eaten, so far. After eating lunch at Vegie Bar, we asked the chef about the couscous – it was light, fluffy and very tasty. The chef told us he buys in bulk at Nuts about Life in Lygon St, Carlton. A short car ride later and I was in heaven – nuts, grains, pulses, organic flours, spices everywhere. Just amazing! I’ll be back to get more yummy produce for sure. Above, you can see the difference between store bought couscous (back) and the couscous purchased at Nuts about Life.

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairys colourful utensils. . . is lots of colourful utensils. For some reason, I keep losing my one teaspoon measuring spoons, so I bought some really colourful and bright measuring spoons – which shouldn’t get thrown out by mistake! The orange & blue utensils I picked up in Coles for our Grand Prix party – the colours looked great against the chequered tablecloth and they’re reusable – very happy 🙂

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairy's IMK APR2015 #3. . . is some tasty snacks I picked up from Woolworths in Geelong. They’re roasted capsicum and feta hommus chips. They were really tasty, even eaten as a snack by themselves. I haven’t seen them at my local Woolworths but I’ll buy up big next time I see them!

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairy's IMK APR2015 #4. . . is $3 worth of vegetables! I turned the cauliflower & parsnip into a puree and the beetroot into boiled diced beetroot via Rick Stein’s Under a Mackerel Sky, which I’ll turn into a dip. I hope to share these recipes with you soon.

In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairy's IMK APRIL2015 #5. . . are cookbooks or more importantly, novels & reference books – what’s my kitchen without at least one, right! I found the Aromatic Herbs and Spices: seeds & barks by Jill Norman at an op shop for 50 cents each (I have Jill’s other reference book Spices: roots & fruits from February’s IMK). Rick Stein’s Under a Mackerel Sky, which I’m halfway through, was found at a bookstore for $10 and I couldn’t go past Matthew Evans’s The Dirty Chef for $15.

And, in case you missed them, my latest recipes are In my Kitchen . . .

a.MissFoodFairys dumpling wrappers #1a.Miss Food Fairys pork & prawn potstickers #4a.Miss Food Fairys Sichuan chilli oil #2
. . . dumpling wrappers, pork & prawn dumplings and Sichuan chilli oil. Enjoy & I’ll see you all next month – hope it’s good for you x

Advertisements

36 thoughts on “In my Kitchen April 2015

    1. There’s nothing like seeing the Grand Prix for free & having our friends & family join us, sharing good food & laughs (and the roar of the engines!) Lovely seeing you again Liz, see you next month

      Like

    1. Thank you Beck – that couscous is the fluffiest couscous I’ve ever had 🙂 I’ll never go back to store bought again! I just love veggie and cookbook bargains – always smile knowing I had a good bargain-hunting day. Lovely meeting you, see you next month for IMK

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Kavey, it’s lovely meeting you. I love #IMK and the inspiration that comes from everyone’s kitchens, from all over the world. I love the Merquen – smokey chilli flakes. I think it’s overtaken my smokey paprika love 🙂

      Like

  1. Nicole, do you actually live close enough to see the GP from your balcony, or were you staying somewhere that you could see them at the time? If would be amazing if you could actually watch it from home! (I know nothing about motor racing, sorry).Thank you for your birthday wishes, and love all the treasures in your kitchen – all those veg for $3 (!) and the colourful spoons, and the Spanish ingredients. I’ve seen that pimento tin before – nearly bought it just for the picture on the front! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes Celia, we live directly opposite the Grand Prix track, which is Albert Park Lake. We are very lucky to wake up to this view everyday! Those sunset shots I take are from our balcony too, which we can see from our kitchen. I liked the pimento tin too but found it very difficult to open – lets just say the tin is no longer here 🙂 Thank you for a wonderful linkup #IMK I just love it xx

      Like

  2. I’m going to mention Casa Iberica deli and Nuts about Life to my Melbourne resident sister 🙂
    I love cookbooks and foodie memoirs. I’ve read The Dirty Chef but will keep an eye out for Rick Stein’s Under a Mackerel Sky.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Lovely having you here Emily (I have received your other message too just now!) Looking forward to experimenting with the chillies – will keep everyone posted. I just love all herbs & spices and researching them. See you next month at #IMK

      Liked by 1 person

    1. I had never been there before last month. I’ll be going back for some amazing saffron I saw there in the next month or two. Lovely having you in my kitchen Cate – happy cooking in Germany with your new kitchen x

      Like

    1. Thank you Vicki. I still haven’t used my dried chillies – I’m waiting to be inspired by them. I love finding inspiration in cookbooks which I think is why we all have so many, am I right? 😉 Lovely seeing you in my kitchen, see you next month for #IMK x

      Like

    1. I don’t blame you for staying away from South Melbourne beach over that weekend! It can be a bit of a zoo. I just love fast, load cars & planes 🙂 Thanks for sharing in my kitchen with me Jennifer x

      Like

    1. Thank you Joanne. Aren’t the Roulettes just amazing, we are very luck to have such amazing pilots here. Still searching for inspiration with the Spanish chillies, but it will come to me. Happy cooking x

      Like

  3. Hi Nicole! Great IMK, love the herbal/spice books and those chilies! The dumplings look delicious. Don’t worry about the spoons, I’m sure they are in good company; they must have run away with my measuring cups because mine have gone missing! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Like

    1. Did you live close to the Grand Prix track once Sandra? I just love it – such a rev head I know, I can’t help it 🙂 Casa Iberica had some wonderful saffron I think I may have to try once mine runs out. Lovely seeing you again Sandra

      Like

  4. Its always very exciting to find a new place to get ingredients. Chipotle and ancho are really my two favourite Mexican ingredients, I just love them. I use Spanish smoked paprika in almost everything i can- I cant get enough of it. Hope that April involves much more food cooking and friends

    Like

    1. Thank you Tania, I hope I have some time to ‘smell the flowers’ this month or maybe I’ve come to terms that this year will be busy for me. I haven’t used my chipotle or ancho chillies yet – do you have ideas? Lovely seeing you Tania – happy cooking x

      Like

  5. I LOVE the roulettes! And what a fabulous assortment of goodies, especially books, you have in your kitchen! xo

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s