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In My Kitchen September 2017

I missed IMK last month thanks to a particularly vicious bout of winter flu, illness that dragged on for 5 weeks. It’s a tenacious bug that has reached epidemic proportions in Brisbane, but I think finally I’ve shaken it off.

With no energy or desire to leave the house, the sofa was a good place for me during August. Laptop on knee I spent time browsing my favourite websites. I treated myself to this beautiful French antique copper salt cellar after succumbing to impulse while browsing Etsy. I can’t help but wonder about the French cooks that in the past who lifted the lid to spoon salt into the food they were preparing.

I also couldn’t resist these embossed brass spice grinders from Turkey. They are definitely more decorative than practical, but their good looks means they’re here to stay.

In My Kitchen, on the wall is a new magnetic knife strip. I can’t believe I persevered so long storing my knives in a wooden block. This is far more practical and it frees up bench space.

Blueberry fool

Blueberry fool

Living in a subtropical climate has required me to make some seasonal adaptations. As a former cool climate dweller, having berries at their peak mid winter is a big plus. Irresistably cheap at the Farmer’s Market last week, I bought what I considered to be a manageable amount for our immediate consumption but we all know what happens to “well laid plans,” so for the umpteenth time in the past month I made this luscious simple berry fool recipe.

I was overjoyed to see rabbit at the butcher’s stall in the market last week. It’s such an undervalued lean meat, full of flavour and for me, nostalgia. When times were lean during my childhood my Dad would supplement the household diet with rabbits he hunted. This was in the days before diseases were introduced into Australia to limit the pesky species that was degrading the landscape. It seems ironic that now rabbits for the table are farmed, but nevertheless our dinner of Rabbit in Mustard Cream Sauce was wonderful.


We are in the throes of another minor renovation, living in dust and disruption after an abrupt decision to remove a wall. No regrets the wall is gone but my contribution to IMK is consequently short and sweet. I’m linking up to Sherry @ Sherry’s Pickings and the fabulous worldwide community of bloggers who link up to this forum.
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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

33 comments on “In My Kitchen September 2017

  1. Moya
    September 6, 2017

    Sandra glad to hear you are on the mend and buying that stunning salt cellar would brighten anyones day. And those little spoons with the berry fool… beautiful 🙂

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  2. Amanda McInerney
    September 6, 2017

    Ooh, online shopping is such a trap when we’ve got a bit of time on our hands! I do envy you that magnetic knife strip – I have too many windows, so can’t fit one anywhere.

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  3. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    September 4, 2017

    I do agree – rabbit is such an undervalued meat. Your creamy mustardy rabbit recipe looks fantastic. Love those Turkish spice grinders. I have a slightly different shaped Greek one that was originally for grinding fine coffee, but I attempted to use it to grind allspice berries or nutmeg with little success. As you say, they are very decorative, but not practical. I do like the French copper salt cellar, but won’t copper corrode with salts? Hope construction is under control!

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 5, 2017

      I think you’re probably right about salt corroding copper. The salt inside is in a zip lock bag as insurance. Now I’ve found a local source for rabbit it will be a regular on our dinner table.

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  4. Napoli Restaurant Alert
    September 3, 2017

    I adore the salt cellar! They are actually hard to find, so I’ll have a poke around on Etsy too, which is always dangerous as I always end up finding so many things on there. We are in reno mode too, thank goodness it has been dry as excavation has started and there are mounds of dirt everywhere! Hope you have recovered.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 5, 2017

      You’re right Etsy IS dangerous but I love the unique pieces that you can find there. Good luck with your renos, hope they are quick and painless.

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  5. Mackay Sherry
    September 2, 2017

    Oh wow that glorious salt cellar and the spice grinders. Just lovely. Sorry to hear you were ill. 3 weeks down for us and I am back in bed atm. Still feeling so very tired. Good luck with the renos. Oh yes I love rabbit. I remember seeing that you could buy wild rabbit at the Adelaide central market. I was very jealous cos it’s impossible to get in Brisbane. Thanks for joining in! Cheers sherry

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      The beastie doesn’t want you to get back on your feet, it’s sapped my stamina too. Rabbit avail at the Powerhouse FM, 2nd & 4th Sat. Give a shout and I can get you one…

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  6. Eha
    September 2, 2017

    You have convinced me, absolutely convinced me – have been looking at that magnetic knife strip for longer than I dare confess: well, it’s going to happen and that large wooden block will say farewell to my kitchen 🙂 !! Have played Greta Garbo all winter with nary a cold or flu in sight: almost time to surface . . . oh, and I DO love those Turkish spice grinders . . .

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      I think “Greta Garbo in Winter” would make a great movie title, but it’s well worth considering as a way of avoiding getting ill, esp after this years voracious flu. The cleanliness and easy access of the knife strip has me convinced. The spice grinders are not very efficient sadly…

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  7. Michelle
    September 2, 2017

    Except for the flu part (glad you’re on the mend!), lots of goodness here. What a salt cellar! I do love my knife magnets. And, mmm, rabbit.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      Thanks Michelle. The rabbit was magnificent. The demand has almost disappeared here, becoming harder and harder to find. As a new convert to a magnetic knife strip, I’m convinced.

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  8. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    September 2, 2017

    Hello there Sandra, sorry to hear that you’ve been so unwell. That flu is a bad one, isn’t it. Hope you are fully recovered now. Loving that salt keeper, what a beauty! And those grinders… when I had the cookware store, we had a brass one for salt. Nobody wanted to buy it, because it was about $100. And then one time when we did stocktake, we noticed only the box was there. Some nasty person had stolen it! Happy Springtime to you. x

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      We never really had any winter in Brisbane but there a definite warmer feel in the air. Light fingers are the bane of all shopkeepers, I used to lose lots of specialty grocers from my deli. I think it’s a compulsion for some..

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  9. katechiconi
    September 2, 2017

    I’m so glad you’re on the mend. I got the dose as well, despite having had the shot, and promptly got a chest infection on the tail end of it, so the hacking cough continues unabated. Like you, I’m a magnetic knife strip addict, and I feel sure they’re much cleaner too – who knows what lurks down the slots in a knife block. I love them so much I have two, the other one being for tongs, graters and other utensil-drawer tanglers.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      You’re right about bugs lurking in the slots of a knife block, never thought about it much until after I changed over. Hope you shake the cough soon, it’s very tenacious

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      • katechiconi
        September 2, 2017

        And exhausting! But the antibiotics seem to be working at last.

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  10. Francesca
    September 1, 2017

    Sending lashings of envy for the salt cellar and Turkish grinders. Lashings. Now they could be seen as little rewards for getting through the plague. Hoping that you stay well Sandra- I hear it from everyone I know that it has been a bad year.

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  11. Lisa @ cheergerm
    September 1, 2017

    That salt cellar, be still my beating heart. Glad you are well again, the lurg hit our area in epidemic proportions as well. Ugh. The magnetic knife rack is a game changer, I love mine. Except now I am envious as yours is longer…and I am (as the kids say) a tad ‘jelly.’ Chuckle.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      Hope you avoided the bug! I was super jelly of your little Scotty dog, so I went searching and found myself one similar. Love him and Etsy. 😀

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  12. Linda Duffin
    September 1, 2017

    Glad you’re on the mend, Sandra, that flu sounds horrendous. Love your salt pot!

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  13. Mae
    September 1, 2017

    Research on that type of wall-hung salt container might be very interesting! Were the cooks preventing moisture from caking up the salt? Was it just a way to have the salt nearby and easy to access? Was copper chosen for a reason? Could be fascinating. Meanwhile, your Etsy finds are beautiful!

    Keep getting healthier!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      Thanks Mae. My Mum always kept a salt cellar by the cooktop and I thought it was just for convenience, but maybe there was a deeper rationale. This one has a beautiful patina.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 5, 2017

      HI Mae, Each month I try with difficulty to comment on your post. Now the comments sections is totally missing! Chaos reigns in my kitchen too..

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  14. Ardys
    September 1, 2017

    Glad you are feeling better, Sandra. Don and I both had that flu, mine for 5 weeks and his for over 6. Nasty virus. Just saw on the news that 7 people in Victoria have died from it, and not surprising. That salt seller is a beauty. x

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 2, 2017

      Worst winter ever for us, hope you’re both feeling better now. It’s convinced me to get vaccine next year despite the lack of guarantee. The salt cellar is the upside of having been sick😀

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      • Ardys
        September 2, 2017

        We both had the vaccine, Sandra ☹️

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      • ladyredspecs
        September 2, 2017

        Oh no…

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      • Ardys
        September 2, 2017

        I just heard a doctor this morning who said the flu that has gotten most of us older folks was a strain not included in the vaccine. Also, the older we are the less effective the vaccine is due to our compromised immune systems and their ability to react to the vaccine. I will still be getting the vaccine next year because this is the first time in many years either of us have had the flu. The Dr said it has been a really bad year and I think you and I agree!! x

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