In My Kitchen – June 2015

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Another month has gone by and it’s time for In My Kitchen hosted by the lovely Celia of Fig Jam & Lime Cordial.  I love this link up, as it’s a great way to reflect on the the culinary goings on over the last month of not just my own kitchen but to get a peek into so many other kitchens around the world too.  So, what has been going on in the BE&S kitchen this month?

Easy entertaining – early dinner with friends on a Sunday night. This was a really easy and delicious way to feed 12 – Jamie Olivers’ Steak Indian Style with Spinach & Paneer Salad and Naan Breads – will be pulling this one out again for sure, it was easy to prepare most of it in advance and everyone seemed to like it.

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Not actually in my kitchen but I was lucky enough to attend a Holly Davis workshop in my friends kitchen. Holly is amazing and teaches a wholefoods lifestyle. That is; ingredients as close to the source as possible, nutrient dense, go local & seasonal where possible, as many food groups as possible, organic where possible, using as much of the ingredient as possible.  A really sensible and achievable approach to food I thought, and I learn’t so much.  We ate everything in the photo but got to bring home some red cabbage to let ferment ourselves.

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Mille Feiille, cucumber, sprouts, mushroom & chicken liver pate with ghee on top, Amaranth & sweet corn soup all tasted so very good!

Two weeks later look at the colour on this fermented cabbage!  Looks good, tastes good and is so good for you!

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The normal day to day still happened as well.  Lunch boxes bring their own form of….joy!?  I put together a list of over 100 lunch box ideas and also asked via Facebook for some suggestions.  A winner that was introduced to my kitchen is what we are now calling “Liv’s Lavosh” (as Olivia shared this gem with us). Lavosh, butter, vegemite or parmesan baked in the oven until crispy and then a lunch box favourite, a bit of crunch with your lunch if you like!  Liv says that she is sure it was an “80’s dinner party standard!

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Also to go in the lunch boxes I seem to have gone a bit muffin mad this month.

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These made the house smell delicious on a cold and wet day while these ones below were the bomb if I do say so myself.

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Mid week dinners didn’t go forgotten either, my “Your Weekly Feed” meal link up has been a great source of inspiration for changing up the repertoire for quick & easy meals.  It’s made me get a bit more creative and I’ve tried out many new recipes too.  Feel free to join in or check it  out each week, we can all use some help can’t we with “what’s for dinner tonight?”!

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I don’t often eat dessert but after roast pork on a cold Sunday night you really need a Pear, Apple & Orange Crumble don’t you?  And I needed an excuse to try out the new Jamie Oliver pie tins that happened to just jump into my trolley in the supermarket the other day.

pear & apple crumble CollageI will post the recipe for this soon as it’s a really yummy one.

I’ve had a cauliflower fetish going on this month too.  Luckily my family is on the ride with me and this Parmesan Cauliflower “Popcorn” went down really well for afternoon tea, it’s so easy to make too.

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Last but not least, only just adverting a massive failure on my cake making for the school bake sale, I resurrected some mini lemon pound cakes that fell apart to make them into Lemon “ice cream” cupcakes because icing and sprinkles save the day every time, don’t they?

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Looking back it was quite a busy month in the BE&S kitchen.  Now is a good time to pop over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial to see what Celia has been up to and all the other people who link up from around the world.

So tell me, what’s been going on in your kitchen this month?  And, do you agree icing and sprinkles can save just about any cake disaster?

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33 comments on “In My Kitchen – June 2015

  1. Mumma McD
    June 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    That cabbage looks awesome, what a brilliant colour!! Will be popping back later for some inspo for next week’s meal plan 😉

    • Vicki
      June 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      It’s amazing how much it changes colour from the start. Tastes good too! Thanks for stopping by. x

  2. Mandy
    June 4, 2015 at 12:52 am

    What a wonderful IMK post!
    Have a great day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks Mandy you too. x

  3. Maggie
    June 4, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I think sprinkles and icing can definitely save the day! What a smart way to rescue the cake! Great post and lovely photos.

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Hi! and thank you so much x

  4. Napoli Restaurant Alert
    June 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Great photos! Looks like you’ve had a fun month.

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you – never a dull moment that’s for sure!

  5. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts
    June 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Those ice cream cupcakes are very cute! I love your muffins too, and I think crumbles in winter are a great end to a meal. The fermented cabbage is brilliantly coloured too.

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      I’m so glad I learned how to make the fermented cabbage will have jewel coloured jars all over the kitchen now!

  6. Liz (Good Things)
    June 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    That fermented cabbage is such a striking colour… good enough to eat indeed! Thanks for sharing all the goodies in your kitchen x

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you – isn’t it a striking colour – a good word for it!

  7. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    June 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    How cute are those pie dishes?! We got a set too, but I dropped one on the kitchen tiles and it chipped “insert sad face.” There has certainly been lots of deliciousness in your kitchen this month, I can’t wait to see what’s cooking in June! x

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Oh no that’s a shame – I didn’t need anymore but they are cute as you say! x

  8. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    June 4, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I make my own sauerkraut too and red cabbage is lovely isn’t – I’ve been adding caraway seeds too. You’ve been busy in the kitchen – your dinner party looked like great fun and it’s always lovely to have a recipe to make ahead isn’t it.

    • Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Caraway seeds are a good idea – must try that. Thanks Nancy. x

  9. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    June 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Hahaha yes!! Sprinkles can always save the day!!!! So much has been happening in your kitchen… it all looks great!

    • Vicki
      June 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Lucy, I thought you might agree about the sprinkles! x

  10. Right – I’m going on a picnic tomorrow and I’m making Liv’s Lavosh (though I have pita in the freezer so I’m going off ‘recipe’). I don’t really have any little lunchboxes to fill but I must say that I’m impressed with your list of 100 things and the effort you put in. Yes, thank goodness for sprinkles!

    Always interesting to see what’s happening xxx

    • Vicki
      June 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      I’ve used Pita too and mountain bread – they all work! Thanks for stopping by x

  11. Kim | a little lunch
    June 7, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Vicki, what a lovely dinner party — and so many other “meal ideas” in your IMK post — thanks! Great save on the lemon cake (yes, sprinkles save the day!) and that cauliflower popcorn sounds delish! Cute pie tins, too — I love the flavors you put into your crumble.

    • Vicki
      June 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Thanks so much Kim. Yay for sprinkles right!

  12. Joanne T Ferguson
    June 7, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a great dinner party and wish I had one of your muffins with my tea right now!
    I love your Lemon “ice cream” cupcakes! Great idea!
    Thank you also for this month’s kitchen view!

    • Vicki
      June 8, 2015 at 11:16 am

      Thanks so much Joanne – warm muffins and tea, such a lovely way to warm up right!

  13. Kirsty
    June 7, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Vicki, your Sunday dinner party photo is wonderful. It really captures the mood of the dinner. I love all of your lunchbox ideas. I’ll have to sus out your list, and incorporate some into our daily work lunches. I really have to get back to basics and make lunch/snack items. So much healthier than grabbing lunch out from a cafe, and not to mention cheaper too! Cheers, Kirsty

    • Vicki
      June 8, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Thanks so much Kirsty – it was a fun dinner and so easy. I will have to do another one soon. x

  14. celia
    June 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Such delicious things in your kitchen Vicki, as always! The crispy lavosh for lunch is a great idea – kids love a bit of crunch! Everything looks wholesome and tasty, and I don’t think I could have resisted those Jamie pie dishes either! 🙂

    • Vicki
      June 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you Celia, the crispy lavosh has been a huge hit. I better get onto making some pies for those dishes!

  15. Tania @My Kitchen Stories
    June 9, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Wow you have been busy. i love the lemon cake save brilliant idea

    • Vicki
      June 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you Tania.

  16. JJ - 84thand3rd
    June 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Let’s be honest, the world is held together by icing and sprinkles ;D Lots of great treats in your kitchen this month!

    • Vicki
      June 17, 2015 at 9:16 am

      It so is isn’t it! thanks for stopping by JJ.

  17. Cate
    June 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I love your pie dishes, totally need to buy myself some!

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