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In My August Kitchen

I can never complain that my life is monochromatic. In the month of July we’ve actively grandparented for 2 weeks, travelled interstate, and survived (just) a super virulent bout of flu.

In my kitchen, recent activity has centred around simple food for the kids and comfort food for the ailing. Home made chicken soup with various ethnic influences has been a menu staple. I’ve made Vietnamese pho, Chinese style congee, Greek egg & lemon soup and what our family euphemistically calls Jewish penicillin, a simple chicken broth with vegetables and brown rice. Mondays and Tuesdays are the best days to visit my local supermarket to find organic free range chicken at a heavily reduced price. The rib cages and wings go into the stockpot, and the remainder is portioned and frozen for weeknight dinners.

Greek Egg & Lemon Soup

Egg & Lemon Soup

Also in my kitchen are bags of sweet Australian navel oranges. The juice of these beauties provides a healthy dose of vitamin C, essential in the cold and flu season. I like to start each day, no matter the season with the freshly squeezed juice of two plump oranges. It’s a wonderful wake up call. Oranges are cheap and versatile. We often hear of local citrus farmers dumping their crops because they cannot compete with the price of imported fruit. Buy Australian oranges!! In readiness for a Cookbook Guru post, I am making pickled oranges, they need a whole week in the spiced vinegar before being ready to eat. They’ll make a fresh accompaniment to roast pork.
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In my kitchen is a pile of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazines. Browsing through this high class publication satisfies my hunger for beautiful food and a warmer climates.

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In my kitchen are six new individual sized loaf tins. After my success baking Carrot and Cornmeal Soda bread last week, I started thinking about making smaller loaves for more flexible baking and storage and serving options. I’ll need to adjust oven temperatures downward and watch the baking loaves closely, but fingers crossed they’ll be a success.

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I have an over abundance of egg whites in my kitchen. They prompted me to pull  from the bookshelf Peter Russell-Clark’s Egg Cook Book, looking for inspiration beyond pavlova and meringue. He offers up a recipe for a Whisky Sour as an alternative for use egg whites. I like whisky neat, on the rocks, so won’t be heading down that path. It was fun to revisit this quirky publication and despite the lack of egg white inspiration I’ve bookmarked a couple of recipes to revisit. And speaking of eggs, a carton of free range eggs I picked up in my local supermarket last week has been a joyous surprise. Every single one, of the eggs have been double yolkers!! That’s eight double yolked eggs so far.

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Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts the monthly In My Kitchen forum for food bloggers from around the world. Make yourself a cuppa, click on the link and take yourself on an enjoyable world kitchen tour.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

63 comments on “In My August Kitchen

  1. emily0830
    August 12, 2014

    Hi Sandra! Would love to try the pickled oranges! Thanks for the peek! 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 12, 2014

      It’s a pleasure Emily. The pickled orange recipe will post later today if you’re interested. Thanks for visiting IMK

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  2. Elizabeth
    August 11, 2014

    An Egg Cook book, now that would definitely be handy… Sorry to hear you have been sick! Feel better soon! Liz x

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  3. missfoodfairy
    August 11, 2014

    I’m loving your pickled oranges and your Peter Russel Clarke’s egg cookbook. If I ever have an overabundance of oranges I know what I’ll be doing with them – thank you for inspiring me with a new food idea. Hope everyone is feeling 100% now & glad you made it for IMK

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 12, 2014

      I am posting the pickled orange recipe later today. They are really delicious, a nice fresh balance of sweet, acid and spice. I hope you try them..

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  4. Vicki
    August 9, 2014

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a double yolker! I’ve also never had the egg and lemon soup either so am definitely going to try that one. Thank you for sharing and also thanks for bringing back memories of Peter G’Day, Russell, G’Day Clark!

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 9, 2014

      Hey Vicki, I’d totally forgotten about the G’days!! Thanks for the laugh..

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  5. ardysez
    August 8, 2014

    Haven’t had egg and lemon soup in years, thanks for reminding me! I can’t believe all the double yolked eggs, I’ve only ever had one in my life, and I always buy free range eggs! Thank you for your post.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 8, 2014

      I was so excited to get a whole carton of double yolked eggs, such a rarity! Thanks for visiting Ardy

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  6. Fig & Quince
    August 7, 2014

    Love this series and LOVED the peek at your August Kitchen! The pickled oranges are awesome.

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  7. MamaD1xx4xy
    August 6, 2014

    Those pickled oranges sound wonderful!

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  8. Milk and Honey
    August 5, 2014

    Double yolks are a genetic thing. It’s a good sign that the hens that laid your eggs haven’t have their breading messed around with too much. I have laying hens and I have a few that consistently lay double yolkers. It’s always a lovely surprise. I’m going to give the pickled oranges a try. Thanks for the tour.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 6, 2014

      Just thought double yolkers were random, like human twins. It was such a buzz to have a whole carton of them. I’ll post the orange recipe next week.

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  9. pickled oranges-looks great. and how lucky with those eggs.

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  10. G’day! Love your pickled oranges and your lemon and egg soup!
    Love how versatile egg whites can be too and thanks also for this month’s kitchen view!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 5, 2014

      Hi Joanne, Always nice to see you visit, I’ll forever chuckle to myself about Glad Wrap tabs when I see you….

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  11. All of those double yolkers – what a bonus! I can’t remember the last time I saw one. They must all be ‘quality controlled’ these days. Great tip on the chickens at the supermarket too. I freeze the carcasses after we’ve eaten until I have enough but that’s a helpful tip to boost the stock. I’m loving those little loaf tins hard as there’s only two of us and that’s a lot more practical. I’ve pinned them for future reference.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 5, 2014

      Oh boy I was so excited by the double yolkers, can you believe it, a whole carton! Are you in Australia? Coles had the small loaf tin 2 for $3, a bargain!

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  12. Sugar and Cinnamon
    August 5, 2014

    What an interesting combination of flavours! Luckily we have a family friend with orange trees so we don’t have to buy supermarket ones. Buying imported fruit and veg just feels wrong when you have such great local produce!

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  13. theintolerantchef
    August 4, 2014

    Hope you feel better. Amazing eggs indeed!

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  14. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    August 4, 2014

    Sorry you have not been feeling well! Seems there is a bit of flu going around everywhere. Those oranges look amazing 🙂

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  15. ladyredspecs
    August 4, 2014

    It’s served in the same manner as an Indian pickle as a complementary side dish. Pickled oranges are delicious with chicken and fish too

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  16. ChgoJohn
    August 4, 2014

    A great look behid the magic curtain. I, too, have smaller loaf pans. Living alone, a large loaf has to be eaten within days and that’s just too much for me. I make 2 or 3 little loaves, save one, and freeze the rest. Works for me. Love the Greek lemon and egg soup. Well, I like lemon flavoring in just about any soup. I have to look up pickled oranges. That’s a new one on me. 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 4, 2014

      Thanks John. Looking forward to using my small loaf tins. With just two of us, a full loaf is past it’s best by the time we get to the end. I’ll be posting the pickled orange recipe early next week, they hold great promise.

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  17. dedy oktavianus pardede
    August 4, 2014

    i’ve heard about lemon pickle in middle east and greek cuisine but never know any of orange pickle….
    btw, did it used as a side dor roast pork or it can also be stuffing or flavouring the roast pork???

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  18. fergie51
    August 3, 2014

    Peter Russell Clark, had forgotten about him. Haven’t things changed dramatically? Loads of TV selections about cooking, competing and great international food shows. Wonderful bloggs about sharing food and ideas. Love it! Mmm, egg & lemon soup, that’s a trier and pickled oranges sound great.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 3, 2014

      That egg book still has value, not much has dated like some others from that era, one of the original celeb chefs!

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  19. Karen
    August 2, 2014

    So sorry to hear that your family has had the flu but it sounds like you prepared warming and comforting dishes to help you feel better. Your pickled oranges sound like they would be great…I’m looking forward to your recipe.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 3, 2014

      The bugs in Melbourne seem extra virulent this year, but we’ve almost recovered completely now thanks

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      • Karen
        August 3, 2014

        I’m glad you are better. 🙂

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  20. saucygander
    August 2, 2014

    I can’t believe I’ve never had egg and lemon soup, time to remedy this. Hope you are feeling better – lots of oranges and congee sounds like just the thing for winter.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 2, 2014

      Thanks Saucy. It amazing how many different ways there are to make chicken soup, you’ll try then all eventually. Looks like you had an awesome trip to Myramar

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  21. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been crook! I have to agree, Chinese congee is the best food ever for the ailing (in my opinion), but your Greek lemon and egg soup sounds very tempting too! One suggestion for a couple of your eggwhites – we whisk them with salt and spices then add them to mixed raw nuts and bake them in the oven. They’re delicious! Let me know if you’d like the recipe.. xx

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  22. nancy@jamjnr
    August 2, 2014

    I’ve never heard of pickled oranges before but I do like the sound of them. I think I could spy ginger and star anise maybe in the jar?
    That cookbook front cover is a classic! So 70’s.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 2, 2014

      Doesn’t Peter Russell-Clark’s photo epitomise the 70s! No star anise in the pickled orange jar although it would be brilliant! Stay tuned for the recipe! I’ll try your spice mix this week, thanks

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  23. Fae's Twist & Tango
    August 2, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading this post, as I do all your ‘my kitchen’ posts. I love avgolemono soup and make them quite often. Do you freeze your egg whites? How? Every few in a packet so you know how many they are? Are they really as good as fresh if you are to make Pavlova or meringue? I’m full of questions, always. 😉

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 2, 2014

      I’m always happy to answer questions Fae….I have small airtight plastic containers in which I freeze egg whites. Three seems to be the number I always have, but i label them if it differs, though it’s worth knowing a large egg white generally weighs 40g. They are just as good as fresh egg white. You need to let them thaw thoroughly and then come to room temperature before you use them.

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  24. sallybr
    August 2, 2014

    Those oranges made me drool…. perfect, they are simply perfect!

    nice to see your kitchen!

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  25. Glenda
    August 2, 2014

    Sandra, I just can’t get my eyes off Peter’s necklace. Wow

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  26. chef mimi
    August 1, 2014

    You can really tell that cookbook is old! What a great cover photo!!! Great post. Glad everyone survived.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 2, 2014

      Thanks Mimi. That Egg Cookbook cover really does place it firmly in the 70s. The author is/was quite a character but the recipes are still relevant

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  27. My Kitchen Witch
    August 1, 2014

    Very amusing – monochromatic avgolemoni soup to go with your opening line. You have photographed it brilliantly! Not easy photographing shades of white. Hope the Jewish penicillin worked – we called it that, too. And, I’m with you with the whisky – if single malt, then definitely neat or on ice. Love the pickled orange.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2014

      Yeah, just about right now thanks! The Tasmanian Lark Single Malt certainly helped. Really happy with that white soup photo and the soup itself!

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  28. Saskia (1=2)
    August 1, 2014

    Have never made Greek egg and lemon soup – just looked up your recipe. Perfect weather for it here in Melbourne! And a big YES to Australian oranges – seeing Californian oranges in our supermarket makes my blood boil. Your pickled oranges sound and look amazing.
    PS. I’m positive a carton of double yolkers must mean good luck.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2014

      I was so excited when I cracked open the first double yolker, but when they kept coming It was almost miraculous! Try the egg and lemon soup, it’s really beautiful!

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  29. Francesca
    August 1, 2014

    Peter Russell Clarke- now that is so retro. I am with you on the local oranges. Recently I noticed a supermarket, I think it was Coles, with a huge display of Californian oranges. Why oh why is this so? Two answers spring to mind. They were cheaper than the local ones and so were passed on to our unsuspecting shoppers. Or, the local ones were unavailable as all the Mildura farmers were forced to rip out their groves some years ago because supermarket monopolies wouldn’t pay a fair price. I walked out in disgust. It is OK to feel indignant- and the sooner we express this, the better.
    Your soups sound very restorative- glad you survived the onslaught. Browsing the Gourmet Traveller mags should help to.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2014

      Retro is a great way to describe PR-C, it’s such a quirky book! I won’t buy oranges or any other fruit and veg for that matter that is imported. It’s just totally unnecessary when we grow such beautiful produce here, and really, how much do you save, a few measly dollars!

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  30. Anne Wheaton
    August 1, 2014

    Why would anyone want to buy non Australian oranges if they all look like that. Pickled oranges sound interesting.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2014

      I agree Ann, Aussie oranges are beautiful AND cheap, but the supermarkets screw the growers on price so harshly that in the end the orchardists claim it’s cheaper to rip out their trees.

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  31. marymtf
    August 1, 2014

    I like my whiskey neat, too. I buy Australian oranges where I can and I shop locally. We can’t give it all to the supermarkets.

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    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2014

      I will forego oranges if all that is available is imported. Luckily I can always buy Aussie fruit from a grower at my local Farmer’s Mkt, 10kg for $14, big, sweet and super juicy. I buy very little in the supermarket, use it for emergencies mainly. Can’t complain about the double yolked eggs though, big bonus!

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