In My Kitchen January 2016

 

Welcome to 2016! May the New Year bring happiness, prosperity and safety to you all – it’s going to be an amazing year for everyone. This photo is of the fireworks in Melbourne on New Years Eve which we took from our balcony. We spent New Years at home, listening to music while my husband & our friend James played guitar and playing a bit of PS4 (my husband’s Chrissy present), while we enjoyed great food, laughs and sparkling Shiraz, to bring in the New Year. How did you spend your New Years?

Looking for some kitchen inspiration? We have a new home to link our kitchen inspiration – the lovely Maureen at Orgasmic Chef will now host this wonderful kitchen party, while Celia at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial takes a well deserved break. We’d love to see what’s in your kitchen, so come and join us by the 10th of every month to meet some wonderful friends and food inspiration, while learning and laughing together over a cuppa.

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #2

. . is the meat my husband and I cooked up for Christmas lunch. Clockwise from left – A huge 2.5kg leg of lamb, smothered with garlic, rosemary, salt & pepper and olive oil. Slow cooked on the BBQ for 4-4½ hours at 160°C – perfection! A free range size 14 chicken, smothered with chicken salt with butter between the skin and flesh. I prepared the roast chicken the day before & enjoyed it cold for Christmas lunch. And my finished 2.5kg rolled pork shoulder from Gary’s Quality Meats at Prahran Market. The secret to my perfect crackling is to place the whole pork on a cooling stand in roasting tray in the fridge, uncovered, over night. This helps to draw out any excess moisture from the skin. On Christmas day I liberally salted and oiled the skin, salt & peppered the pork meat and placed it in the oven at 250°C for 15minutes the turned the heat down to 160°C for 2½hours until the internal temperature reached 70°C-75°C. All served with roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, roast onions, beans with anchovy mayo, peas and honey carrots – my idea of perfection! Dessert was homemade apple crumble courtesy of my mum. What was your Christmas lunch or dinner?

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #3

. . Kojiro enjoying his 1st Christmas – he just loves the wrapping paper! He’s 9 months old now and just over 5kgs and very spoilt!

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #4

. . of course, is cookbooks! Our nephews gave me the Pete Evans My Kitchen cookbook which has some great, tasty and easy dishes to prepare at home that the whole family will enjoy. The Superfoods cookbook is something I can’t wait to get into! I’m super excited about cooking more with quinoa, cous cous, bulgar, freekah, spelt and other amazing grains. Stay posted for dishes from this book.

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #5

. . well not really in my kitchen at the moment, is my new Miele Classic C1 vacuum – thank you to my in-laws, niece & nephew and nanna for Christmas money to help buy my new gadget. It’s just what I needed as my old & trustyl Nilfisk died a few months ago & we got a cheap & nasty ‘fill-in’ which almost blew up our apartment building!! I’ve never had such an easy handling, great suction vacuum before – I’m not a fan of vacuuming, who is, but my new Miele makes vacuuming a breeze.

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #6

. . some new measuring spoons from my mum. They’re in US measurements but they’re cool as they have a leveller. I look forward to trying them out.

In My Kitchen . . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #7

. . is my new shredding gadget I bought from Daiso – a Japanese store where majority of their items are $2.80! It shreds carrots perfectly for coleslaw but be careful, it’s blades are very sharp – I almost sliced a fingernail in half. I look forward to trying it on a few more vegetables and fruit.

And lastly Out my Kitchen window. . .

#IMK JAN2016 @MissFoodFairy #8

. . down on Albert Park Lake, a daddy swan parades his four babies. Last year there was a swan that had three but this is a record. Aren’t our black swans beautiful?!

PS: 2016’s promise to all of you, is to get to your kitchens to read your amazing inspiration.

Advertisements

32 thoughts on “In My Kitchen January 2016

    1. Let me know if you’d like me to grab one for you the next time I’m around Daiso – I can send it to you if you like 🙂 We are very spoilt here with the view of Albert Park Lake and very central to everything we need xx

      Liked by 1 person

  1. What a beautiful kitten, those blue eyes are striking. He looks like a sweet heart. I remember with young cats that wrapping paper is a big treat. You’ve had a good Christmas, love the shredding gadget and the measuring spoons…and having a working vacuum cleaner is a relief. You’ll need to tell the story of almost blowing up the apartment building.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Liz for your kind words – Kojiro is our spoilt furbaby. Those blue eyes get me every time! Wishing you the best for 2016 & I will get to tell my story about the vacuum & almost blowing up the apartment power! It’s wonderful having you here for #IMK xx

      Like

  2. Nicole, the crackling on your roast pork is perfection! (Thanks for the tips.) I also like your idea of serving a cold entree, too. We enjoy cold sliced chicken the next day even more than the “hot” version at the table the night before! Loved the fireworks photo and black swans — beautiful! Your new vacuum cleaner is cool, too. I agree, having a machine that works ‘with’ you instead of against you makes housekeeping much more enjoyable. Ours was a quiet New Year’s Eve — a bit of bubbly and some appetizers — didn’t even stay up until midnight! 🙂 Happy 2016, xo.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy 2016 to you and your family Kim. There’s nothing like having cold meats the next day – the flavours are sometimes better 🙂 And is there anything better than the perfect pork crackling?! Sometimes it’s nice to relax into the new year, especially when the previous year was hectic! Lovely having you here for #IMK xx

      Like

  3. Wow that’s a lot of delicious looking meat! Nice view of the fireworks as well. We were all asleep before midnight this year! I also have a julienne peeler and find it comes in quite handy. Happy New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy New Year to you & your family Gretchen. I just love fireworks so we always stay up to see the spectacular Melbourne put on. It was the first time I used my julienne peeler which I enjoyed as it didn’t dirty my food processor 🙂 Lovely having you here for #IMK x

      Like

    1. Lovely seeing you here for #IMK Kelly. The measuring spoons are in US measurements and we have slightly different cooking measurements but they may get used eventually. Oh, and don’t get me wrong, I love all my measuring spoons. Happy New Year x

      Like

  4. You live in a magical place. It looks as though you enjoyed some very fabulous food over the last few weeks. What a pretty fellow you kitty is. Congratulations on his first Christmas x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy New Year Jan – all the meats for Christmas turned out perfectly which made me very happy and our family kept going back for 2nds & thirds 🙂 I just love fireworks but it’s hard to take photos of them! It’s wonderful having you here for #IMK x

      Like

    1. Sorry to make you crave pc Sally (I won’t say it just in case!) How’s the vegetarian going for you? Got any great recipes to share? Great having you here for #IMK Happy New Year to you too Sally x

      Like

    1. Happy New Year to you too Vicki – we are quite spoilt living so close to the CBD and seeing all these amazing things that I just have to share them with you 🙂 Lovely having you here for #IMK x

      Like

    1. Happy New Year Sandra – I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you homesick for Melbourne. It’s better to see them from a distance than be in the CBD. I like the julienne peeler – it’s saves getting the food processor out 🙂 Happy #IMK xx

      Like

  5. How lucky you are to have a great view of the fireworks for NYEve from your balcony – room with a view indeed. it’s nice that you had well sourced meat for Christmas Day – that crackling looks damn good 🙂 Happy New Year Miss Food Fairy x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Happy New Year Nancy, it’s lovely seeing you 🙂 We are very spoilt with such an amazing view – there’s always something going on. Christmas is the only day on the calendar where all meat in one day is allowed! Happy #IMK xx

      Like

  6. I love the self-scrapers on the measuring spoons – genius! I also am in love with the cat. 🙂

    Thanks for being in the In My Kitchen group this month! Happy New Year!

    Like

    1. Hi Maureen, thank you for hosting #IMK – I’m looking forward to some great inspiration from everyone this year 🙂 Hopefully the measuring spoons will be good, I’ll just have to add a bit more as they’re in US. Kojiro sure is cute (and very spoilt) you just can’t say no with his blue eyes! x

      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