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In my Kitchen June 2015

And as the calendar flicked over to June, so did the weather. Going from lovely Autumn days of     18°C and sunshine to freezing cold 13°C with snow in the mountains! They say it’s been the coldest Melbourne has experienced in 20 years! And you can tell – flannelette sheets on the bed, wearing ugg boots (wool lined casual boots), fires burning (pictured above at my sister’s house, which isn’t far from her kitchen) and wearing beanies everywhere I go! And the good news about Winter is it brings us warming soups, stews, casseroles, slow cooked curries and pies. I’m looking forward to testing some new recipe ideas I have. I’m just hoping I can get them ready before the sun goes down (at 5pm-5.30pm) – which can mean if there’s no sun, there may not be photos! What do I do in this case? Any ideas on natural-looking lighting to use? Join us as we explore all the goodies in our friends’ kitchens from all around the world. Hosted by the lovely Celia at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial, we’d love to see what’s in your kitchen too. Make a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy all the fun that is In my Kitchen. To start with In my Kitchen this month . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#7 . . . is our 3rd year Wedding Anniversary presents. I bought my husband a lovely crystal decanter and matching glasses. My husband bought me these beautiful Japanese blue pearl earrings. Bit spoilt! I somehow feel a bit like Julia Childs wearing pearls while cooking 😉 In my Kitchen . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#1 . . . is the brand new, you-beaut stainless steel steamer from Ikea ($9.95). I needed a new steamer that had quite small holes so I could steam my couscous. Steaming couscous is the traditional Moroccan way of cooking couscous, which is now my favourite way to cook couscous as it always turns out extra fluffy. In my Kitchen . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#2 . . . are new chopping boards, also from Ikea ($4.99). While at school, we used colour coded chopping boards to prevent cross-contamination. I needed a blue board for my seafood and fish as well as a new vegetable (green) board, as I can never have too many chopping boards! I only use wooden boards for breads and cheeses. In my Kitchen . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#3 . . . is a new spatula that I found at Aldi for $3.99 and my gorgeous new hot pink turner or egg flipper from Myer when they had 40% off utensils for $7.60 – bargain! I love them both, not only the funky colours in my kitchen drawers but the spatula is great for serving mash potatoes and the turner just feels perfect in my hand. It’s my new favourite gadget. In my Kitchen . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#4 . . . is Murray River pink salt flakes, which I bought at South Melbourne Market. My salts are stored in jars right near my stovetop for easy access. I just love the pale coral colour of this salt. In my Kitchen . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#5 . . . is ground ginger. There’s a place I found at South Melbourne Market that sells this brand of herbs and spices. They’re about $3.50 a packet and have no preservatives or additives. They fill up my spice jars perfectly. Ginger is something I always use in my Asian, African and Indian dishes. And the last item In my Kitchen this month . . . @MissFoodFairy IMK#6 . . . is hot chilli flakes, which for their hotness, they’re just a bargain! I get these from a little Asian grocer in Prahran Market. I spent a good 20 minutes in there (there’s only 6 aisles), just looking at everything. I can get lost in any Asian grocery store! What’s your favourite place to get lost? Recipe roundup for June – my no cream carbonara. MissFoodFairys no cream carbonara #7 Come join us. Write your post about all the goodies in your kitchen, linking to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial by the 10th of every month. Hope to see you soon 🙂

28 comments on “In my Kitchen June 2015

  1. that stove looks so cozy! I have those Ikea chopping boards too, housewares are expensive in Berlin. Such a good month for IMK!

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  2. I’m going to Ikea right now!!! I love that you found a couscous steamer and I could really use those HDPE chopping boards as well. Fantastic! Thanks Nic! xxx

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    • What did you buy at Ikea? Hope to see them next #IMK post. I always head straight to the kitchen section – I can’t help myself 😉 That steamer I bought is just the perfect size holes for couscous – I love the fluffy couscous it produces xx

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  3. Hi Nicole, Wishing you guys a very Happy Anniversary! Those are beautiful presents, love the color on those pearls. Will have to try cooking couscous that way. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Thank you Emily for the lovely wishes. I will hopefully steam some more couscous shortly & I’ll share the recipe – it takes a little longer than pouring water in a bowl with the couscous but it tastes so much better! See you next #IMK

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  4. Elizabeth

    That fire looks divine… I would love one here on the Gold Coast, but I would probably only light it 4 times a year 🙂 Happy Anniversary, those earrings look beautiful and so you should wear pearls if you have them 🙂 I have that Ikea spatula too, but mine is green 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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    • You’re right, I don’t think you would need a fireplace in QLD! But they’re perfect for the cooler nights for sure 🙂 Thank you Liz for you lovely anniversary wishes too x

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  5. My Kitchen Stories

    Congratulations on your anniversary and your presents. Love the new bright utensils and great steamer. Ikea eh?.

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  6. It’s a complete bugger when the sun is setting so early – as it is I need to take photos outside as my kitchen is always dark so sometimes I’m taking photos of main meals at 10am in the garden! I see the credit card got a work out at IKEA…

    Always interesting to see what’s happening xxx

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    • Lovely seeing you too Fiona. So you keep food aside until the next day? How do you make it look good? Love any tips you have about better photos, thank you. Coming over shortly to have a peek in your kitchen #IMK

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  7. Brrrr hasn’t it been cold!!! I love getting lost in grocery stores – I’m not biased by what culture, as long as there is jars of produce to be tempted by!!! Jan x

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    • The bigger the supermarkets the less time I want to be there as I don’t do a lot of people! I love finding any new goodies in any food store 😉

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  8. Spatulas are my favourite utensil – that’s a bargain one from Aldi. Happy Anniversary – I can imagine you cooking in your uggs with pearls in your ears 🙂

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  9. Congratulations on your anniversary. What beautiful pearls! I too have tons of colourful chopping boards. They are so much fun!

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    • Thank you Maggie for your anniversary wishes. Colourful chopping boards don’t just brighten up the kitchen but are purposeful too to keep your kitchen and food clean. Lovely seeing you for IMK, see you soon 🙂

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  10. Wearing the Crown jewels in the kitchen or dressing like Julia Childs – love this concept. A bit like those wash up gloves that were around years ago covered in bling. Maldon sea flakes are so good.

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    • I always wanted some of those gloves! I say whatever helps you cook better then you should give it a try 🙂 This is the first time I’ve tried the Murray River salt – the gorgeous pink flakes are so pretty. See you next month for IMK

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  11. Happy Anniversary! Your pearls are lovely! I did not know there could be no cream carbonara, but I sure would like to try yours!
    Thank you also for this month’s IMK view!

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  12. Nicole, what a beautiful decanter & glasses you gave your hubby. And those blue pearl earrings for you… GORGEOUS. (I’m all for wearing pearls while you cook, like Julia is peeking over your shoulder in your kitchen.) Happy Anniversary! Your salt and spices and carbonara are appealing, too.

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    • Thank you Kim for your anniversary wishes. I hope my earrings channel Julia’s cooking skills! Love all my spices and salts. See you next month for IMK 🙂

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  13. I love your pink and purple gadgets. Pink and purple are my favourite colours. In the seventies, I wore nothing else. Thank God for the eighties when earthy colours featured.

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    • I find it hard to get a egg turner that feels comfortable – as soon as a utensil feels right in my hand I must get it. I’m a pink girl but red is my favourite colour 🙂

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  14. Your pearls are beautiful! Definitely channelling Julia!

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