sharing recipes from one generation to the next
May has flown by, it’s time for another In My Kitchen post. At the beginning of each month food bloggers worldwide give you a peek into their kitchens. Sherry of Sherry’s Pickings fame is our host, so click on the link and check out what’s happening elsewhere, or better still join in. You have until the 10th of the month to link up.
May has been the height of citrus season in Brisbane so I’ve been stocking up the cupboards with marmalade to see us through until next year. I experimented with mandarin marmalade this year and made my first ever batch with limes, but it was anticipating the flavour our all time favourite cumquat marmalade with Grand Marnier that really got me motivated. I now need to save some empty jars to recycle into jam jars, my stock has hit rock bottom.
We’re enjoying the cooler weather and celebrating with meals centred around roasted vegetables. My Cajun Spiced Roasted Vegetable Salad is an old favourite. I love the homely smell of dinner cooking.
Soup is back on the menu too. I love healthy Asian style soups with slippery slurpy rice noodles, wilted Asian greens and tofu floating in homemade chicken broth. It’s filling, warming and nutritious. I choose organic tofu to be sure there are is no nasty GM soy in my diet.
Cookbooks are always welcome gifts and for Mother’s day I received “Warm Bread and Honey Cake” by Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra. The book is filled with recipes for delicious sounding cakes and breads. I’ve really enjoyed reading through the book, I’m yet to start baking from it.
As anti competitive big business push small retailers to the brink, I believe we need to state our preference with our feet and our spending $$$. Call me old fashioned if you like, but I want be able to make choices, I don’t want to be forced to consume foods that are low on nutrition and taste but deliver high profits big business. I’m actively avoiding our supermarket duopoly and endeavouring to shop with small producers and independent businesses as much as possible. My choices also allow me to minimise food waste, excess packaging and dodgy imports. Surprisingly, I’m also saving money
I’ll hop off my soapbox now to tell you about “Simply Good” in Alderley. It’s an old fashioned bulk store with food stored in bins where you scoop exactly how much need. I source all my muesli ingredients, bread flours and grains, sugars, dried fruit and nuts from them. Everything is fresh and good and where possible, Australian grown. There’s a broad selection of dry goods including many hard to find ingredients. Prices are much more reasonable than the pre packaged stuff from the supermarket. They also sell bread flours in bulk quantities.
The good people from Simply Good don’t know I’m promoting them, but they deserve a free plug.
For those in Brisbane, “Simply Good” can be found at 30 South Pine Road Alderley.