In My Kitchen – September 2014


There were so many wonderful posts and link love in Fig Jam & Lime Cordials “In My Kitchen” series last month that I wanted to do it again.  Iniatives like Celia’s are one of the reasons why I’m getting to love blogging.  I had fun taking photo’s of these little guys this month and my girls just love their egg cosies, we have quite a collection going now.

The girls had “Multicultural Day” at school so we tapped into my English roots and made Jammy Dodgers as a sweet treat and Pies & “Mushy Peas” as a savoury.


Mulitcultural Day also got me looking through the school’s cook book that they made a few years ago as a fund raiser.  We have such a wonderfully diverse school there are so many recipes to try out.  I made this Mediterranean inspired One Tray Baked Fish and Vegetables meal for dinner one night, so simple and so tasty, any white fish will do.


While going through my cook books  I rediscovered a favourite that I was given by our eldest daughter on my first Mothers Day (she is 7 now).  The book was Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros and Miss E’s tiny handprints are inside.  Makes my heart melt to look at it.


I did quite a few recipes from the book, a favourite being  these Cranberry & Choc Chip Biscuits


I tried out Kale & Walnut pesto that I used for a Tortellini & Kale Pesto & Pea dinner, definitely worth trying


My cooktop “Handitile” for under the Thermomix arrived and I’ve been putting it to good use.  I had been steaming up the kitchen by using the Thermomix on the bench with no extractor fan nearby, by sitting it on the tile I can move it to the cooktop under the extractor fan and no more dripping walls and windows!  It also came with a Cauliflower Soup recipe that I will be trying out soon. There is no end to accessories in this kitchen!


Always on high rotation around here are my Oaty Chia Biscuits (healthy!) which are just baking in the oven right now!


With Fathers Day on Sunday I have been trying out some “Dude Food” and this “Beer Can Chicken” was a winner.  Don’t let the fact that the chicken is stuffed by a beer can put you off, it actually makes for a wonderfully moist and flavoursome BBQ chicken, really it does!


We served it up with some roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips and this Roasted Cauliflower, Broccoli & Chickpea Salad


It rained solidly for 2 weeks in Sydney so that mean a lot of time indoors, lots of baking and some random terrarium making wishing for sunnier days, as you do!  This now sits on the kitchen window sill.


So there you have a round up of  “In My Kitchen” his month.  Is there anything that took your interest or you are keen to give a try?

A huge thank you to Celia for hosting this.  For lovely peeks into other peoples kitchen from all around the world why don’t you head over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial yourself and also check out Celia’s fantastic collection of recipes and stories.


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18 comments on “In My Kitchen – September 2014

  1. Ardys
    September 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The egg cosies are adorable. That fish and veggie tray looks delicious too. What a good idea to have your thermomix on a hob so you can use the extractor fan. Very interesting and fun post, thank you Vicki!

    • Vicki
      September 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      My pleasure, it’s fun writing them isn’t it?

  2. Mandy - The Complete Book
    September 4, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    What a fabulous look into your kitchen, so many lovely things, I especially love your egg cosies.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      September 4, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you. Hope you have a lovely day too!

  3. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    September 4, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Wow Vicki, you’ve been cooking up a veritable storm! Thanks for the peek into your kitchen… I love those handprints! What a treasured memory.

    Incidentally, if you are heading to Noosa, you might like to check out my Postcards and Morsels from Noosa on Good Things. : )

    • Vicki
      September 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you and I will definitely check out your postcards and morsels – love the name!

  4. Hotly Spiced
    September 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I’d love to try the beer can chicken. Such a great recipe to pull out for Father’s Day. And I’m very interested in the Thermomix. I know so many people who have them and no one has anything bad to say about them. They must be a great appliance xx

    • Vicki
      September 5, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Love the Thermomix! If you are interested I did a review a few weeks ago comparing a Big W “Ultimate Kitchen Machine” to the Thermomix (it’s under Ultimate Kitchen Machine” if you do a search for it). The Beer Can Chicken was fun to do – a bit of a novelty but still tasted great!

  5. Tania @My Kitchen stories
    September 5, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    It has been a long trying rainy time but thats Ok if you have a thermomix. You can just keep on cooking. i love Apples for Jam its such a great book. ( with cute handprints). Egg cozies I was once going to make those and never got time!

    • Vicki
      September 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Yay the sun is shining today though! Washing instead of cooking today!

  6. Gretchen
    September 6, 2014 at 6:09 am

    My you have been busy in the kitchen! The cookbooks look wonderful, the fish and veggies delicious. Many biscuits and the egg cosies are too cute!

    • Vicki
      September 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Thanks for stopping by. We like the egg cosies too!

  7. Joanne T Ferguson
    September 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    G’day! What a lovely post that brightened my day!
    Thanks for sharing your kitchen this month too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Vicki
      September 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by to read it. Will have to come up with new things for next month!

  8. Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures
    September 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    You’re just too clever with that tile so you can use the range hood. What a brilliant idea. We’re getting a new kitchen soon so I’ll be stealing that idea! Feel free to send some Oaty Chia Biscuits my way too. Thanks for the tour. xx

    • Vicki
      September 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

      thanks for stopping by. good luck with your new kitchen!

  9. celia
    September 10, 2014 at 6:50 am

    You know, for years I’ve been saying I wanted to try beer can chicken, but we never have. Your photo made me laugh – I love the look of the chook standing up to attention as it roasts! Your cookbook with those wee handprints is a treasure, and your jammy dodgers are the bee’s knees! Can I ask though – what’s special about the Handitile? Wouldn’t a regular tile have worked in the same way, or is there some special adaptation for use with the Thermomix? I had a look at their website and couldn’t figure it out. Thanks…

    • Vicki
      September 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      I really recommend the beer can chicken! It’s not something I would normally make but it really did taste good and was a great source of amusement as well. I’m glad it made you laugh. Yes, the Handitile, well you are right it does rather look like the tiles I have in our bathroom and we do have a stack of them down the side of the house that could probably have done the same job if I had thought about it! I think the only “special” thing is that it has a soft spongey backing (felt like I think) so that when you move it, it doesn’t scrape the bench top. I’m a sucker for a kitchen accessory…

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