In My Kitchen …. August 2014

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Fig Jam & Lime Cordial (cute name don’t you think?) each month kindly links to other blog posts about what’s going on in their kitchen.  I thought it was a lovely idea and so am joining in this month, hello Fig Jam & Lime Cordial.

In the BE&S Kitchen this week……I have a little corner of special things

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“Sunny” is the thong painting my creative girl made in Kindergarten for the school art show, so proud of her!   The kitchen was very, very white when we finished renovating it 2 years ago so it needed some “pops” of colour, still does a bit!

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I have been trying to get the recipe right for these gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free (that’s a mouthful!)  Chai Tea Biscuits  for a while now and I think I just about am there with today’s version.  I’m taking them to “book club” for the ladies tonight.

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I love my cutlery set on the wall (the bay leaves are in need of replenishing though!).  Last year a few girlfriends & I went on a memorable trip to Bali and we found these in Seminyak in the Hobo Store, I managed to bring them home as hand luggage.  I pretty much wanted to bring everything from that shop home, gorgeous!  All the gorgeous yellow things in this photo were 40th birthday presents – definitely some good things come when you start on that slippery slope and I’m very grateful to have such lovely, generous friends too (40th birthday wasn’t all kitchen related!).

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I had a “date” night with my Mum and Mother-in-Law on Saturday night (whoo – hoo!) while the rest of the family went off to the rugby final so it was a perfect time to try this “posh pizza”, Beetroot & Feta Filo Pizza from this months “Delicious” magazine .  I used Goats cheese rather than the mozzarella but it was ‘delicious’ and I will definitely be pulling that one out again.

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We had this for dinner during the week…..Grilled Salmon & Veggie Skewers, rice vermicelli and kale chips it’s a quick, easy, healthy mid week dinner.

The girls school had a fund raising Trivia Night the other week and in a moment of madness I thought it would be a good idea to donate a weeks worth of “lunch box treats” as a Silent Auction prize. Of course the person who won it has 4 kids, so it’s been a very busy week baking!

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These are my very easy to make Pear, Banana & Cranberry Muffins I them made for yesterdays instalment.

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This cupboard is a design feature I really like in our kitchen, not the mess inside but the way it hides the kettle & toaster when we are not using them (and the mess).  In my dream home I would have a butlers pantry but, as that is really in my dreams, this is a handy alternative I think. Open up the bi-fold doors and and the kettle & toaster are on a pull out shelf with everything you need to go with them above.  I had to tidy up the “tea shelf” to take the photo – every time I opened the cupboard lately I got hit on the head with a box of tea so it was a good time to sort it out.  Teas seem to mate and multiply in our house, does that happen in yours?

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Once we’ve done with the kettle & toaster we close up the doors and nobody needs to know what lurks behind!

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Cauliflower Mash is my favourite side dish at the moment, we are having it a lot.  Have you tried it?

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Avocado Pesto was whizzed up today while my sick girl was sleeping to be used on tonights Chicken Pesto Pasta and then

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to entice her to eat I made Mini pesto, beef patty and cheese burgers for lunch using up the left overs from last nights meatballs.

Finally, the Blueberry Chia Seed Jam I made last week was such a hit I had to make it again.

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So that is a quick tour of Boiled Eggs & Soldiers kitchen this week.

Anything take your fancy?

 

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19 comments on “In My Kitchen …. August 2014

  1. Francesca
    August 8, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I love all the yellow bits and pieces around your house- like fresh daffodils – goes so well with white, and the little disco ball sitting in a cup. The pizza looks declicous.Cauliflour mash sounds applealing and will check this link out.

    • Vicki
      August 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Hello & thank you so much. Yes we love yellow around here!

  2. Francesca
    August 8, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I love all the yellow bits and pieces around your house- like fresh daffodils – goes so well with white, and the little disco ball sitting in a cup. The pizza looks declicous.Cauliflower mash sounds applealing and will check this link out.

  3. Christine
    August 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    You have been very busy in you kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki
      August 9, 2014 at 9:44 am

      It was a busy week, take away fish & chips for dinner last night! No cooking for me.

  4. Sandra
    August 8, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Welcome to IMK! I have a similar cupboard to hide the appliances (and mess). Definitely a design feature. I wish I had someone to make me a cute lunch when I was sick

    • Vicki
      August 9, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thank you.

  5. Anne
    August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Very yellow! I love the cutlery set too. We have plenty of beetroot at the moment, so I think I may have to try the beetroot and feta pizza as it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicki
      August 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Pleasure. The pizza is definitely worth trying.

  6. celia
    August 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Vicki, what a lovely place your kitchen is, thanks for sharing it with us! Your daughter’s artwork is wonderful, and I love all the “pops” of colour you’ve added – especially the yellow KitchenAid! The filo pizza sounds very delicious, and love your “tidy up” cupboard. And yes, I think our teas are reproducing as well – there’s always so many packets here!

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you Celia and thank you also for hosting such a lovely gathering of foodies kitchens, it’s a wonderful initiative.

  7. Sherry from sherryspickings
    August 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Love that yellow kitchen aid mixer!

    • Vicki
      August 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you I do too. I was very spoilt!

  8. Mandy - The Complete Book
    August 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    What a fabulous IMK post – I love your cupboards and your daughters artwork is beautiful.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      August 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much. You too! V

  9. Emily (Cooking for Kishore)
    August 13, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Hi Vicki, Welcome to IMK! I love the pops of yellow in your post it’s so warm. Those chai biscuits and blubbery jam look delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Vicki
      August 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much.

  10. Miss Food Fairy
    August 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I’m just loving all your bright, yellow kitchen treasures – they just pop against your white kitchen. Your beetroot & feta cheese ‘posh pizza’ look good – yumm! Thanks for your first IMK post – looking forward to next month 🙂

    • Vicki
      August 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

      Hello! thanks so much hope you have a good weekend. V

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