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In My Kitchen July ’17

It’s July already, time for another In My Kitchen instalment. I’m linking up with the rest of the IMK gang through Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings. You’ll find us all by clicking on the image at the bottom of this page.

They say as you age that time travels faster, and judging by the speed of 2017, it’s true. In My Kitchen in July I have one of my grand daughters visiting from Melbourne. In the 8 weeks since her last visit she’s gained poise, maturity and height. Her younger sister will arrive in a few days, so busy times ahead.

Sourdough

Sourdough

In preparation for feeding these growing young people I stocked the freezer with sourdough bread. They girls have voracious appetites and breakfast can make short work of a loaf. As well as my workaday multigrain wholemeal spelt loaves I made pumpkin bread with toasted pepitas and savoury scrolls stuffed with tomato, cheese, herbs and olives. They’ve been a big hit so I’ll post the recipe in the next week or two.

We’ll bake together if the weather turns foul, but I hope for sunny days and loads of outside activities.

Ripening avocados

Ripening avocados

The local avocados are plentiful and cheap right now. I buy them while hard and unripe so I can get them home undamaged. After a few days in the fruit bowl they’re ready to smash onto toast, top with cheese and sliced tomato. Voila, that’s breakfast.

Yarra Valley Mainated Fetta

Yarra Valley Mainated Fetta

I’m sure homemade pizza will be requested for dinner by the school holiday visitors so I’ve stocked up on my favourite pizza topping, Yarra Valley marinated feta. It’s delicious crumbled over very thinly sliced zucchini, capers, lemon zest and lemon thyme. Thankfully the kids have much simpler (and cheaper) tastes.

After adding some deep smoky blue paint to my kitchen walls I wanted to pimp the look of the things I keep on the kitchen bench. I couldn’t resist these gorgeous brass topped copper canisters.

I recently found the cast iron rooster trivet in a local charity shop. Do three roosters make a kitchen collection?


What’s an In My Kitchen post without cookbooks.

I visited The Lifeline Secondhand Book Fair a few days ago. The volume of cookbooks for sale was staggering. It was an interesting snapshot of the transient popularity of cookbook writers. I was looking for classics. In the thousands of books whose spines I scanned, all I found was a single volume by Paula Wolfert. Great memories of the food at Blue Ginger lured me into taking home their eponymous book as well.

Click the In My Kitchen button below to find the line-up of In My Kitchen bloggers for July.

 

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

42 comments on “In My Kitchen July ’17

  1. thesnowwoman
    July 17, 2017

    Wow, those breads look amazing!

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  2. Gretchen
    July 10, 2017

    What gorgeous breads! Enjoy your granddaughter time, they do grow quickly. That pizza sounds wonderful, I’ll have to try it sometime. The canisters are gorgeous too.

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  3. Oh your loaves!!! What lucky granddaughters!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 9, 2017

      Thanks so much. I still get really excited each time I bake bread

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  4. Moya
    July 5, 2017

    Your bread looks amazing and I bet it won’t last long in the freezer. Beautiful canisters. Agree with you on time flying by 🙂

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  5. ladyredspecs
    July 5, 2017

    Thanks Tandy, it’s thanks to the generosity of the IMK community my sourdough is such a success

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  6. Wow, your bread looks amazing! Love your containers as well 🙂

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  7. Somnath
    July 5, 2017

    Is it an anniversary or just like that

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  8. The description of your pizza is to die for. I NEED to do this as I have all the ingredients either here in my garden and readily available in the market (except the ‘Persian’ part of the feta!). And, yes, I would say that three roosters make a collection. The one on the left looks like it comes from Portugal – specifically the Rooster of Barcelos whose legend says the rooster saves a man falsely accused of murder from execution. In Sicily, ceramic roosters are considered good luck charms, particularly in the kitchen. Looks like you have a lot of luck! And, what a coincidence, I just bought Paula Wolfert’s SW France book. Also, purchased is a wonderful book just out about her life, called ‘Unforgettable’ by Emily Kaiser Thelin. Have yet to try the pumpkin bread, but it is on the list!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 4, 2017

      Spot on with the roosters. I love the jug, found it in Wales, and yes, the other is Portugese. I’m enjoying reading Wolfert’s description of the ingredients and their place in the food of the region. For the pizza, cut the zucchini super thin on a mandolin, salt it to extract the excess moisture then rinse and pat dry. I top the pizza dough with zucchini, lemon zest, lemon thyme, capers, marinated fetta and a drizzle of garlic oil. Enjoy…

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    • Gretchen
      July 10, 2017

      Unforgettable is a fantastic book! It was our cookbook last month for an Instagram cookbook club. The recipes were incredible and the biography aspects enlightening.

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  9. Glenda
    July 4, 2017

    Hi Sandra, I am always on the look out for “classic” cookbooks but like you say, you don’t often see them cheap.

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 4, 2017

      Hi Glenda, hope life is treating you well. You’re right, cheap and classic seem mutually exclusive terms, but I live in hope

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  10. Linda Duffin
    July 2, 2017

    Oh, those canisters! I have storage jar envy. Your bread looks delicious too. Have a great time with your granddaughters. Lx

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  11. Mackay Sherry
    July 2, 2017

    Snap! Yes to chickens. I love those canisters of yours – just beautiful Have fun with your granddaughters – that will keep you busy Look at all your beautiful breads. I can smell them from here :). Btw A friend tried your marmalade and said it was the best she has ever had in her life – so there you go. Thanks for joining in again this month X

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      Thanks for passing on the lovely compliment Sherry. I’d forgotten what a challenge a 13yr old girl can be, whew, it’s hard work. 🙂

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  12. Lisa @ cheergerm
    July 2, 2017

    I love that dark smoky blue and also yes, surely 3 roosters a collection doth make?

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      I need to exercise restraint before I end up with a whole barnyard. x

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  13. Mae
    July 1, 2017

    Your observation about the glut of not-so-great cookbooks is interesting — I think that’s a worldwide phenomenon. Lucky that you found a Paula Wolfert one, she really is classic, though her recipes are a lot of work. Great roosters !

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      Thanks Mae. I love the social history that comes as a bonus with the older cookbook writers and this edition of Paula Wolfert’s is no exception. Remains to be seen whether I reproduce any of the recipes

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  14. Tracey O'Brien
    July 1, 2017

    What a lovely post. Smashed avocado on toast – that’s my idea of a perfect breakfast too.

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  15. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    July 1, 2017

    Three roosters do indeed make a chicken collection, Sandra! Lovely post. Happy July. (I’m still in Budapest, so not sure if I’ll get around to doing an IMK this time). xx

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      Budapest must be amazing for you, enjoy it to the max. 🙂

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      • Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
        July 2, 2017

        Thanks so much love. We are indeed! Pop over and see my postcards xxx

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  16. michelepianist
    July 1, 2017

    Love the rooster collection!

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  17. Eha
    July 1, 2017

    Darn it: the weather is never foul in your neck of the woods at this time of year!! After 13 years up north I can still remember!!!!! Love your canisters, just have to find your Yarra Valley cheese and must check my favourite AbeBooks for the ‘blue ginger’ volume . . . and Lord knows how it happens but as far as time goes I seem to have progressed from a sedate walk to a 4-minute-mile in no time at all . . . damn annoying . . . 🙂 !

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      haha, you’re right about Brissy’s winter. You can forgive the cold nights when the days are so glorious.

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  18. Three is certainly the beginning of a collection. The canisters are lovely, they will give a warm glow to your kitchen. Love the sound of that pizza. Great IMK.

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  19. Ardys
    July 1, 2017

    Nice roosters! Your bread looks beautiful. Am having big difficulties with grain in general at the moment so it’s off the menu…hopefully not forever. Isn’t it amazing how quickly young people can change? Enjoy the visit and your cooler temps. x

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      Thanks, I think I have a chook thing happening, I realised I have another couple. Kids grow like weeds, it’s true. Having a dodgy gut really throws out it’s challenges, hope you get on top of it soon Ardys 🙂

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  20. Francesca
    July 1, 2017

    It is amazing how many cookbooks go cheaply these days. I can’t resist them either. Do you think it maybe due to the popularity of internet recipes? I know my kids rarely use cookbooks now, but I still prefer them.
    Love the chook collection- there will be more coming now. And those little brass canisters are rather special.

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 2, 2017

      I think there will always be people like you and I that prefer cookbooks to online recipes, but clearly books are still being bought in large numbers and discarded on whim. Lucky for us they’re not just going to landfill.

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      • Francesca
        July 2, 2017

        Hear hear. Discarded books and library books, Can’t quite manage kindle cookbooks.

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  21. creativeshare
    July 1, 2017

    When I opened your post from the email notification, I was unable to click through the IMK link. Thinking it could be an anomaly with Chrome, I visited through the WordPress App. Unfortunately, it does the same thing for me. Would someone please check and let me know if they are having the same problem? Thank you!

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    • ladyredspecs
      July 1, 2017

      Thanks for the heads up about the link, I’ll try and sort it out, stand by…

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