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In my September kitchen

The last days of August in Melbourne were a taste of spring, beautiful clear blue skies and mild temperatures. the weather can be such a tease…..

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Feasting my eyes on silky luxurious fruity ice cream and sorbet recipes posted by northern hemisphere bloggers in the past months created a longing in me to replace an ice cream churn that went AWOL a few years ago. So without further ado may I present, in my kitchen a brand new, fire engine red ice cream maker, purchased online at a bargain basement price and delivered free of charge from the other side of this wide land. Standby for loads of frozen lactose free treats.

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In my kitchen I’ve been marinating fetta. It’s an old caterers standby used to jazz up a salad or an antipasto platter. Marinated fetta will keep for months in the fridge. Into a clean jar I pack 400g fetta cheese cut into large cubes, a bay leaf, a few cloves of crushed garlic, a couple of teaspoons of smashed black peppercorns and a small bunch of fresh herbs. I like to use lemon thyme. Fill the jar with olive oil ensuring the cheese is well submerged. Seal the jar then up end it a few times to force the air bubbles out.  Keep the jar refrigerated. It’s ready for use in a few weeks. After the cheese has been used up, the oil can be strained and used to dress salads or pasta.

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In my kitchen there’s a tray of spiced nuts made to Celia’s recipe. Last month I whinged about all the egg white I was accumulating and she suggesting I try them. Well, they were quick to make and so delicious we’d gobbled them up within a few days. The macadamia’s were my favourite so I’ve used fewer this time. Hopefully that will limit the handfuls I scoff.

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I my kitchen I have a bag of hulled millet. It’s the perfect gluten free substitute for couscous. Same texture, similar flavour, a  fantastic vehicle for sauces and once cooled it fluffs into the perfect base for summer salads. Once before, years ago, I bought millet and in my ignorance I picked up grain that had not been hulled. It stayed hard, even after lots of cooking. That experience was off putting, but now I’m older and wiser…

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Last month I showed you the pickled oranges I was macerating.  Our new favourite salad is made with raddichio, shelled walnut halves, a few crimson flame grapes and some of the julienned pickled orange zest. I make a simple vinaigrette using the pickling liquor. Yum, a serendipitous combination.

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And lastly I have a tub of cod roe. Our Swedish friends introduced us to Kalle’s Caviar, our Greek friend to Taramosalata. They may be a world apart culturally but with cod roe they have something in common. In plan to make a traditional Taramosalata using gluten free breadcrumbs. Fingers crossed…

Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts the inspiring and educational, monthly, In My Kitchen forum. I recommend you pop over to visit and see what’s happening in food blogger’s kitchens around the globe. You will be amazed!

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

46 comments on “In my September kitchen

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  3. Ross Duncan
    October 14, 2014

    That salad looks great, it’s one for the weekend for me, that’s for sure

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  4. missfoodfairy
    September 11, 2014

    You have a red Cuisinart ice cream machine!! I am soooooo jealous! I have been looking at this machine deciding if I should get one and seeing it in your kitchen I want one. May I ask where you got it from and the bargain price please? You can PM (foodfairywishes@gmail.com) if you prefer not to tell everyone your secret 😉 I think I must try some millet, do you have any recipes on your blog I can use as inspiration? Thank you for your IMK

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 12, 2014

      I haven’t posted any millet recipes Nicole. It can be treated like rice or bourghul. I have made pilau, served it plain as a couscous replacement, and also made a breakfast porridge. I hope you received the ice cream churn link

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  5. sherry from sherryspickings
    September 11, 2014

    i will have to try the marinated fetta and the pickled oranges. so good to have in the kitchen for summer salads. great stuff in your kitchen!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 11, 2014

      So glad you dropped by Sherry. Do try the oranges they make a salad extra special.

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  6. Sandra, I make a taramasolata using potatoes – recipe from a friend from Mykonos – it’s gluten-free and very moreish. There’s a recipe on my blog if you’re interested. Your icecream maker looks gorgeous – is that the one with the built in cooler so you don’t have to keep freezing a block first? So glad you liked the nuts! The maccies are my favourite too, but unlike you, I go the other way and sometimes make it with all macadamias (very piggy, I know). Thanks for the tip on the millet! 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 10, 2014

      I have already bookmarked your taramasalata recipe Celia, you were quite close to the top when I googled. The ice cream maker has a built in cooler and I’m loving it, but right now my mouth is watering just thinking about spiced macadamias….

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  7. Fig & Quince
    September 8, 2014

    I should watch my blood sugar level before visiting your website because your posts are positively giving me the shivers! (in a GOOD way) I LOVE the idea of marinating feta and that salad you made with the pickled oranges is going to haunt me (until I can make some as well, fingers crossed) and lucky lucky you to get that pretty ice cream maker (bargain price no less) and lucky you guys that you have now have spring and summer ahead of you. (ps Sandra, I take it you already have popsickle molds as well, right? I’d be very interested in your recipes for pop sickles as well.)

    Have a lovely September!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 9, 2014

      It’s good to have you back in the blogosphere Azita, though I have been watching from afar. We call popsicles icy poles. I think I handed my moulds over to the grandkids. I can always borrow them back. Yes hot weather treats will be appearing for sure, stay tuned..

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  8. My Kitchen Witch
    September 7, 2014

    Oh, wow! Ice cream machine envy! I’ve had one on my amazon wishlist for over a year in the hopes that the price will go down. And, you got one in snazzy red! Love the salad with raddichio and pickled oranges.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 7, 2014

      Ooo sorry, didn’t mean to incite envy! They are the same price now as when I bought the original 20yrs ago, cheap I think! We’ve gone raddicchio crazy…

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      • My Kitchen Witch
        September 7, 2014

        A good kind of envy! I will need to check my wishlist more regularly. Have had several raddichio salads here in Italy, but am on the lookout for the tall pointy Treviso raddichio that they grill and the preserve in olive oil (yum!).

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  9. G’day! Can’t wait to see with the ice cream maker what you create!
    Love marinated cheese!
    While I know of millet, I have never cooked or baked with it, so will now have to put it on the list and thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  10. Ngan R.
    September 5, 2014

    What a fun treat to look into your kitchen…and see that gorgeous red ice cream maker! I hope you get a lot of joy out of it, creating cooling creations all year round (I mean, why not, right?). Marinated feta is on my to-do list, as is buying some millet because I’ve been wanting to try it for quite a while. Thanks for the reminder to buy hulled millet.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 5, 2014

      Thanks for visiting Ngan. We’re totally infatuated with millet, yes, be sure it’s hulled.

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  11. thecompletebook
    September 4, 2014

    Lovely peek into your kitchen. I have walked passed millet so often but never bought any – it is now officially on my shopping list.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 4, 2014

      We’re totally hooked on millet Mandy, i hope you like it too…

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  12. Vicki
    September 4, 2014

    Thank you so much for sharing how to marinate feta, will definitely be doing that – good for “hostess” presents too! Fabulous ice cream maker – looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 4, 2014

      I find the marinated feta really useful to have in the fridge Vicki, I hope you do too. Standby for frozen treats..

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  13. no1ladykay
    September 4, 2014

    That marinated feta sounds divine. I have been baking feta recently as a salad addition and also for a tapas night. Its easy, place on oiled greaseproof paper, top with sliced red onions, oregano, some dried chilli flakes, +/- roasted cherry tomatoes, drizzle of evoo, season, tie ends up to.for a parcel & roast for 20 mins

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  14. no1ladykay
    September 4, 2014

    That marinated feta sounds divine. I have been baking feta recently as a salad addition and also for a tapas night. Its easy, place on oiled greaseproof paper, top with sliced red onions, oregano, some dried chilli flakes, +/- roasted cherry tomatoes, drizzle of evoo, season, tie ends up to.for a parcel & roast for 20 mins

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  15. MamaD1xx4xy
    September 4, 2014

    What a great looking ice cream machine! The marinated feta is brilliant, I must do that soon. We all love feta and have plenty of herbs in the garden, so many possibilities.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 4, 2014

      You’re so right Ms M, the possibilities with marinated fetta are endless although I do think the garlic is mandatory..

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  16. Glenda
    September 3, 2014

    Sandra, I love the look of that icecream maker. Very nice indeed.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 3, 2014

      Thanks Glenda. I’m yet to give the ice cream maker a really good workout but I have high expectations..

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  17. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    September 3, 2014

    I look forward to reading about your taramasalata. And the millet is something I will add to my shopping list. Have fun with the ice cream maker 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 3, 2014

      Millet is wonderful, so far we’ve had it plain, and as an Indian style pilau. It’s delicious and easy on the digestive system…

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  18. ChgoJohn
    September 3, 2014

    Love these peeks into kitchens. I never know what I may find. Today, in yours, I learned how to marinate feta. I know how to make the cheese but never thought to marinate it. That’s about to change. I especially like the idea of using the marinade as salad dressing. What a great idea!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 3, 2014

      Plain old fetta just doesn’t work for me any more, it’s boring! I think you’ll be hooked if you try marinating your own John. I always learn something from IMK too!

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  19. Francesca
    September 3, 2014

    A very delicious kitchen too. Can’t wait to see what comes out of that icecream maker,The radicchio salad leaps off the page. Many Greeks still make Taramasalada with cold mashed potato ( and a touch of grated onion). I was thinking this could be a good version for you.

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  20. dishnthekitchen
    September 3, 2014

    There are definitely some delicious things in your kitchen. I think I may have a go at making marinated feta. I love it so much!

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  21. Stacey Bender
    September 3, 2014

    Lots of great ideas. I am loving them all. Can’t wait to see your first frozen concoction.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 3, 2014

      Thanks Stacey, the frozen goodies are a work in progress…

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  22. cheergerm
    September 2, 2014

    Seconding Mrs Hungry, gorgeous one day, crap the next here in Sydney town. I want to come and sample that cheese and those nuts and that salad, well, you get the general idea. That ice cream maker looks mad!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2014

      Bet there’s plenty of good stuff in your kitchen too Cheery….

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  23. Anne Wheaton
    September 2, 2014

    Salads have been easy over the summer but as we hit autumn they need a little jazzing up, so your marinated feta looks just the job (and it looks wonderfully simple to do). I like your reasoning for using fewer macadamia nuts next time round for Spiced Nuts, but I suspect I’d just find another favourite in the remaining ones. They do look good.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2014

      Marinating fetta is easy, and it makes plain old fetta a bit more interesting. Beware Celia’s nut recipe Ann, they really are addictive.

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  24. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ)
    September 2, 2014

    Oh, yes, what great things to have in your kitchen.

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  25. thehungrymum
    September 2, 2014

    spring – pfff! Yesterday was stunning in Sydney but we’re back to drizzle & cold today. But can you please courier up a massive bowl of this yummy dinner? #thanksInAdvance

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2014

      Well to be honest Mrs H, Melbourne was the same last week gorgeous, today, CWW. I’m in the mood for salads never the less…

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