In My Kitchen, monthly round up


Morning!  Here is my “In My Kitchen” round up as part of Fig Jam & Lime Cordials monthly link up. It has been a very busy month in the BE&S kitchen.

This gigantic lemon is from our one and only tree in our garden, look at the size of it compared with the shop bought one!  It has thrived on neglect because I am definitely not a gardner…what to do with it, thinking caps on????

I started this month taking our girls to Melbourne to visit some dear friends.  We went on a day trip to the Red Hill Markets on the Mornington Peninsula and I came home with the delicious “Hot Onion in Beer” made by a lady with the same name as me so of course I had to buy it!


It was my turn to host our book club this month so I made Olive Oil & Lemon Zest Baked Ricotta (link to the recipe I found)


and Pomegranate Choc Chip Brownies


It was my birthday this month and I was spoilt with some lovely things and chocolate cake made by my girls for breakfast!  I’m usually so into making sure they only eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast to start the day well but birthdays are the exception right?  And maybe Christmas, Easter, holidays ……..

My Birthday collage

Then it was GT’s birthday the following week and he got some things for the kitchen too!  He is forever sticking chop sticks into the toaster to get toast out in the mornings so we got him his own special toast tongs!  And his own coffee mug (it’s a Jamie Oliver one from Woolies)!


I also used my new “Comfort Food” by Jamie Oliver cookbook to make him some special food too – his day was a complete “eat fest”!  I can highly recommend the Chicken Kiev with potato & broccoli mash, yum!

GT birthday Collage 2

My mini Blueberry & Maple Baked Cheesecakes went down a treat too (I adapted a recipe for the Thermomix).

Speaking of treats we did some Halloween baking and made some scary spider cupcakes (I tried out a new gluten free chocolate cakes recipe to make them).


Back to every day cooking, to fancy up a steak & salad dinner I made this really tasty beetroot pesto to go on the side.  The hot onion & beer jam also tasted great with steaks too.


We try to eat a bit of fish and to make this salmon a bit more interesting I did a Burnt Orange Sauce, I adapted a Womens Weekly recipe to make it “refined sugar free” as an experiment.  I used Rice Malt Syrup instead of sugar and guess what, I think it worked!


I also just found a use for that very large lemon, Lemon Pound Cake, yum!


I hope that you have had a great month.  Don’t forget to pop over to Celia of Fig Jam & Lime Cordial “In My Kitchen” page to have a peek into some other kitchens from all around the world, you never know what you might find.

What are the highlights from your month?



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24 comments on “In My Kitchen, monthly round up

  1. Mandy - The Complete Book
    November 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Happy birthday to you and GT – how lovely sharing a birthday month. You have so many fabulous goodies in your kitchen and I would love to find some toast tong for my Pete.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      November 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you. I found the toast tongs at a little local shop near home but I did see some on ebay when I did a Google search. x

  2. Catalina @ Shades of Pink
    November 4, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Hot onion in beer? not that sounds intriguing and good!

    • Vicki
      November 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

      It totally works! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. cheri
    November 4, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Happy Birthday! what a sweet cake your girls made you. Love Jamie Oliver recipes!

    • Vicki
      November 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

      thank you and thanks for stopping by.

  4. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    November 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hehe you’ve got some great things in the kitchen-love the toast tongs and the hot onion in beer sounds delicious! 😮

    • Vicki
      November 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. x

  5. Joanne T Ferguson
    November 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    G’day! Gorgeous post that I enjoyed reading today!
    Pomegranate Choc Chip Brownies…one word? YUM!
    Thank you for your kitchen view also!
    Cheers! Joanne

  6. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    November 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Your kitchen looks like it was full of deliciousness this month!

    • Vicki
      November 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you. It was a busy one!

  7. Gretchen
    November 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    It all looks so delicious. I’m sure you’ll come up with a wonderful recipe for the lemon. I am so jealous, I would love a lemon tree. Glad you enjoyed your birthday!

    • Vicki
      November 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hotly Spiced
    November 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    You have a lot of lovely food in your kitchen this month. I love the platter you served to your book club. Those tongs are fantastic and we definitely need some in this house xx

    • Vicki
      November 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. The tongs have definitely been getting a work out! x

  9. Krissy @ Pretty Wee Things
    November 6, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Ooo that beetroot pesto looks divine! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope it was a fab day, looks like you got some goodies! xxx

    • Vicki
      November 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much! Was very spoilt! x

  10. Miss Food Fairy
    November 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Happy belated birthday, I just love those cute teapot & cup earrings! I’ve never heard or tasted a beer & onion jam, is it any good on toast? I’m sure it would be a great way to start the day 😉 Thank you for a peek inside your kitchen, see you next month at IMK

  11. celia
    November 16, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Happy belated birthdays to you both! I love that Jamie book, and the hot onion jam sounds wonderful! Our lemons are humungous too! 🙂

    • Vicki
      November 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks so much Celia. x

  12. sherry from sherryspickings
    November 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    i enjoyed this look into your kitchen. i love the look of that beetroot pesto. and lemons are a must-have in my kitchen at all times. a friend gave me heaps from her tree recently and i have used most of them already. i bought some toast tongs recently as i am always afraid i will forget and just shove a knife down there:)

    • Vicki
      November 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Ha ha, yes the toast tongs have been very popular! Thanks Sherry.

  13. Sandy
    November 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Love the idea of beetroot pesto – will have to give that a try.
    And the brownies too – oh my yummo!!!!!!!!!!
    So lucky to have gotten Jamie’s new book – it’s on my Christmas wish list!

    • Vicki
      November 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Hi, thanks for stopping by. The beetroot pesto is a winner.

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