I look forward to this time of the month, sharing all the amazing produce & kitchen goodies over this past month. Above is not a very good photo of my boy, Kojiro (koh-jeer-oh) sitting looking like the king of the jungle that he is, on the cookbooks I keep forgetting to post. Mr Hong by Dan Hong who is on The Chef’s Line; Yarra Valley & The Dandenongs paddock to plate and The Gourmet Farmer goes fishing by Matthew Evans & co. I haven’t cooked anything from them yet but they’re great inspiration to have on hand anyway.
I needed new tongs and I have a soft spot for the silicone ones as they don’t scratch any of the pans I use. These were $3 or $3.50 at Target.
You know I love my spicy, hot sauces so when I saw some Tabasco sauce with chipotle I knew I had to have some. It adds a smoky kick to any breakfast dish or stews.
I found some birds eye chilli sauce at South Melbourne Market, which had to come home with me. My husband says it’s not overly hot but I found it had quite a kick when I enjoyed it with my potstickers.
Otway Pork now have English pork sausages, which you can get from selected Woolworths stores. They are the best pork sausages I’ve tried. They were amazing as my curried sausages!
I couldn’t be bothered going the Queen Vic Markets one week to get my eggs, so with The Choice CluckAR app, I can now scan supermarket eggs to tell me if they’re ‘true’ free range or not. The app gives a rating and shows how many hens per hectare. Josh’s Rainbow eggs were the best on Coles shelves. They were quite good eggs for supermarket eggs. Check out the app, which can be downloaded for android or apple phones. It will save a lot of heartache when trying to figure out which eggs are best.
More hot sauces, which we needed to try right away, hence the opened bottles. Otway Preserves Tomato & Chilli sauce and The Chilli Crew’s Original Hot sauce, found at The Farmers Place, which is a little working farm, café and market place on the Anglesea Rd, Freshwater Creek, just outside of Geelong. They sell their own produce, support local farmers in the area and cook food using this produce. We didn’t eat there but I’d love to spend some time having lunch there when the weather gets warmer.
And lastly, here’s some low fat goodies for me to enjoy to help with my high cholesterol issues. My favourite is the baby bocconcini, which has 1 gram fat per 5 bocconcinis! Most bocconcini or mozzarella can be quite high in fat and I was super excited to see these little morsels of goodness. As a replacement for parmesan, they melt really well on my Bolognese 🙂 The Philly extra light only has 1.2 grams fat per serve and these flavours of Chobani yoghurt have roughly .35 grams fat per container. I’m trying light food to lower cholesterol as my doctor says eating less cheese, full cream milk, eggs, ice cream & yoghurt (all my favourites!) can keeps levels high. Not that I eat a lot of full cream anyway but I’m a bit partial to cheesy goodness 😉
Oh and in case you missed my recipes from last month, enjoy my One pot Spanish rice & beef for an easy, midweek dinner and Bulgogi pulled pork pasties. Things that make me go mmmm . . . . is a new weekly post about the things I feel inspired by or make me smile. What do you love? xx
If you’d love to share the goodies in your kitchen with us, we’d to love to have you join – no matter where you are in the world. Simply publish your IMK post on your blog by the 10th of every month and leave a comment with Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings.