from one generation to the next
Thanks Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the In My Kitchen forum where bloggers from around the world share a monthly view into their kitchen. It’s like a catch up with old friends.
In my kitchen this December, I think we’re finally prepared to face the onslaught of Brisbane’s summer with the installation of ceiling fans, air conditioning and window shutters. My evening meal repetoire is changing, I’m avoiding the oven at all costs. Having finally sourced a quality greengrocery store, a fabulous butcher, a very Italian deli I’m feeling more inspired about meal prep. We’re mainly eating our vegies raw but if I feel compelled to cook, I’m poaching, steaming and using my very old, very well seasoned grill pan.
Pride of place in my kitchen has been given to a recently arrived wine storage cabinet. It will protect our precious cache of aged Australian red wine that moved with us from Melbourne. We took advantage of a wine wholesalers generous deal mid year to snare the cabinet at a bargain price. The only catch was we had to wait 5 months for it to be delivered.
I treated myself to a new Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook this month “Almost Vegetarian.” These publications have moved up a notch since I bought my first AWW book 30+ years ago. They have taken on a super slick modern look. The first dish I tried, Brocciolini, Asparagus and Miso Chicken Salad was delicious. The recipe was accurate and as easy to follow, just as you would expect from the Australian Women’s Weekly.
I’ve also been delving into Simon Bryant’s “Vegies”. Why it has been languishing unloved for a year or two? I love the assertive flavours and interesting combinations so much so, you’ll be hearing more about this book from me in the future.
A shopping trip to Chinatown was been long overdue. The pantry’s now stocked with Japanese essentials like furikake, wasabi powder and tofu pockets mean we’re ready for DIY sushi dinners, a hot weather fave in our house. I pickled a kilo of ginger recently too, so we’re all set.
I also bought both red and white miso, both which have a multitude of uses to add a huge mouthful of umami to vegies, fish, chicken and pork.
While I will never give up making dolmades those in a can bought from the supermarket are good enough when pushed to provide nibbles for drinkers. Squeeze the juice of a lemon over the top and no body would guess who made them.
I’m overjoyed to have found the New Farm Deli, a mecca for all things Italian. Not only to they have fabulous cheese and smallgoods but also grocery lines I wondered how I would manage without. On the first visit I chose mortadella, gorgonzola dolce, homemade pork and fennel sausages. Mal chose nougat and panettone. The whiskey, from elsewhere, we’ll share.
Gardening in a humid climate is tossing me many challenges. My balcony garden had been ravaged by bugs and ants. The first lesson I learned was that pots don’t dry out as quickly here as they do in Melbourne. Much less water is needed, in fact there are bugs here that thrive in damp soil. The fungus mites have killed a few of my young herbs. I just think I’m getting on top of the infestation using soap and water spray and they reappear. Can anyone offer some solid advice?