In My Kitchen – April 2015



It’s that time of the month again when I link in with Fig Jam & Lime Cordials “In My Kitchen” round up.  There has been quite a lot of activity in the BE&S kitchen. I’ve been focussing a lot on quick & easy dinners this month as I launched a new series on my blog called “Quick, What’s for Dinner Tonight?” It’s a weekly linky party for meals that can be made in 30 minutes or under that the whole family can enjoy. Some of my contributions to it have been….


Warm Soy Ginger Salmon with Asian Inspired Cabbage Salad


Spaghetti with grilled chicken, asparagus & seeded mustard.

Please feel welcome to link up too (it’s open Wednesday to Sunday each week) as I think it’s a great way to share the pain of the mundane “what’s for dinner tonight?” question!

For no particular reason zucchini’s have been featuring a lot in my kitchen this month – my girls favourite way to have them is in these Chocolate Zucchini Muffins which are great for the lunch boxes too.


but I really liked them in this Lamb & Zucchini Penne and I will blog that recipe soon.  Very quick & easy!


I am apparently late to the party on the Overnight Oats front but now am a complete convert.  Do you make them?


There have been a lot of Hot Cross Buns in my kitchen this month as they are a real favourite (of mine).  I was delighted when they appeared in the shops but then I though I really should make my own, so I did.  Much easier than I thought they would be.  Do you make them?


The girls wanted to get in on the Easter baking act ….


so we made these super easy “Easter Baskets”.  I found the chocolate praline quail eggs in the local fruit & vege shop – delicious!  Then, following the trend for putting cupcakes in ice cream cones we tried it out and made these Easter Cone Cupcakes for the school bake sale, after taste testing at home first, of course!


I discovered Pana Chocolates which are in a word “divine” and so many unusual flavours, raw, organic and Australian made (I’m not sponsored to say that I just loved them!).  I hosted our book club this month and got a few bars of it for the ladies but was also gifted by a friend this box which I kept to myself as my Easter treat!  Sssh, don’t tell. Yum!


I also discovered Matcha this month, do you know it or am I late to the party again? It’s  a green tea powder high in anti-oxidents apparently.  I made a green smoothie in honour of St Patricks Day with it and am now on the hunt for other uses too.  Got any to share?


So as you can see quite an eclectic mix of things in my kitchen this month.

Also don’t forget to pop over to Fig Jam & Lime Cordial to check out what Celia has been up to and visit many other kitchens around the world.

What’s been going on in your kitchen?


28 comments on “In My Kitchen – April 2015

  1. Tania @My Kitchen Stories
    April 4, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Oh hello… happy April. I’ll try and visit for the 30 minute meals if I can. I love zucchinis. That lamb and zucchini pasta sounds like a great idea.

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Happy April to you too! Thank you, I’m going to type up that lamb & zucchini recipe soon!

  2. Mandy
    April 4, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    So many wonderful and happy things going on in your kitchen! Wonderful!
    Have a beautiful Easter.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Mandy. Happy Easter to you too

  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    April 4, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I love those Easter baskets and everything else that’s in your kitchen this month!

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much Maureen – they were fun to do. Happy Easter

  4. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    April 5, 2015 at 8:09 am

    So much deliciousness in your kitchen this month! I love those Cone Cupcakes – so cute! I made my own HCBs this year and my only regret, is that I wish I’d done it before, so easy and so yummy! Loving the link up too – so many winner dinners! Now I’m off to track down some Pana Chocolate!

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Sammie. I know I wish I’d made HCB’s before too, don’t know why not really. That Pana Chocolate is something else! Happy Easter lovely.

  5. Joanne T Ferguson
    April 5, 2015 at 11:18 am

    What a fun post that brightened my day! Happy Easter! Love your photography and thank you also for this month’s kitchen views!

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much, you comment just made my day! Happy Easter to you too.

  6. Jennifer from Milk and Honey
    April 5, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    O..M..Gee. I want some of what they’re having.

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      ha ha, they are a bit yummy those cakes! Happy Easter.

  7. Nancy | Plus Ate Six
    April 5, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Your girls had a great time this month in the kitchen with you. I bet the cone cupcakes sold quickly at school. I’m all over the overnight oats too – we eat them every day to be honest. I make a batch on Sunday and another on Wednesday and what’s left at the weekend goes into a smoothie. Easiest start to the day ever! Have you eaten the fig & wild orange chocolate yet?!

    • Vicki
      April 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Fig and Wild Orange all gone. It was good! x

  8. Napoli Restaurant Alert
    April 6, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I’m a big fan of zucchini too, make lots of dishes with it!

    • Vicki
      April 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      I’d love you to share some of your recipes????

  9. Hotly Spiced
    April 6, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Lovely to see your girls have been working in the kitchen. I do love the look of your meals. Your hot cross buns look amazing. I made some too. Homemade are just the best! xx

    • Vicki
      April 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      I hope you got to enjoy your hot cross buns and have had a good Easter break.

  10. Joanne T Ferguson
    April 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    What great post that I enjoyed today!
    Loved your lamb & zucchini penne! Love the egg cups and your cone cupcakes! Looks like the taste tester is enjoying too!
    Thank you for this month’s kitchen view too!

    • Vicki
      April 8, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  11. Kavey
    April 12, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Those choc muffins looks great — zucchini ones? Really? Texture looks so good. Will bookmark!
    I love matcha, is also very good for you, the L-theanine (amino acids) are good for mental alertness.

    • Vicki
      April 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      I have to say I’ve been very alert after having matcha – it’s amazing! Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Beck @ Goldenpudding
    April 15, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Those dinners look great Victoria, and I love your Easter baking. I’m afraid I, too, had not heard of cup cakes in cones, so thanks for informing me 😉 I’ll definitely also check out Pana chocolates, I can always use another local chocolate maker…

    • Vicki
      April 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Pana Chocolates, mmmm!

  13. Liz
    April 19, 2015 at 12:51 am

    What a great idea to put cupckaes in ice cream cones! I have some matcha bu haven’t used it yet, was it terribly strong? I love matcha ice cream and got it to use in a recipe that, now, I can’t find.

    • Vicki
      April 19, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      The matcha flavour wasn’t too strong but it definitely gave me a pick me up! I hope you find that ice cream recipe sounds like it would be delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  14. sherry from sherrys pickings
    April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

    so much going on in your kitchen. the quick meals look great as do the cupcakes and buns and well everything.!

    • Vicki
      April 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much Sherry. It was a busy month!

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