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In My Kitchen October 2017

In My Kitchen are my camera shy grand daughters. They’re visiting from Melbourne for the school holidays, escaping the lingering wintery weather to bask and bathe in Brisbane’s early burst of summer.

Our daily diet changes according to demand while we have kids in tow, one who’s preference is vegetarian, the other who has intolerances. They are lovers of Aussie homestyle Mexican food and are able to prepare their own nachos when the cook (me) needs a night off. I’ve stocked up with the necessities, tortilla chips, avocado, tomato, cheese and sour cream and I’ve made a batch of salsa so we’re ready for the inevitable. It’s also easy to rustle up a veggie “meat” sauce using the grater on my food processor so there are also white corn tortillas in the pantry for a taco meal.

I’ll be serving fruit smoothies, fruit salad, frozen fruit ice blocks and handing out plates full of fruit at snack time. Right now is a time of fruity abundance in Brisbane with deliciously locally grown fruit cheap and plentiful.

I was intrigued to find these interesting sounding rice crackers in the local supermarket. They’re flavoured with dried carrot. While they have no nasty ingredients you would be hard pressed to pick any carrot flavour.

My local Italian deli makes fabulous sausages, as good as any Nonna can make with just pork, salt, fennel seed and spices. They are great grilled on the barbecue, in pasta sauces, risotto, soups and vegetable stuffings which is where a couple of these were destined. Roasted stuffed sweet red peppers, mmmm. Thanks New Farm Deli, my life would be a lot less tasty without you.

These are the organic baby sweet red peppers I bought to stuff. Look out for the recipe next week.

Asparagus has finally arrived at the market. I love asparagus dipped in a poached or soft boiled egg yolk. Imagine my surprise and delight when I recently scored with a double yolker. I wasn’t sharing either.

CoYo is my current favourite coconut yoghurt, a tad on the expensive side but worth every cent for it’s delicious flavour and creamy texture. It’s my breakfast indulgence on fresh fruit.

And in my kitchen sink was Will, my almost (tomorrow) 2 yr old grandson. One recent hot day I needed to keep him close and out of mischief while I cooked. He’s much much more fun than a sink full of dirty pots.

This In My Kitchen post is linked up with worldwide food bloggers through Sherry from Sherry’s Pickings. Thanks Sherry for facilitating the monthly get together. It’s a friendly and supportive forum, I always learn something new. Come and join us……

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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

36 comments on “In My Kitchen October 2017

  1. Shari from GoodFoodWeek
    October 15, 2017

    You had me at Italian pork and fennel sausages…

    http://goodfoodweek.com.au/2017/10/life-whats-kitchen-10/

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  2. missfoodfairy
    October 11, 2017

    I don’t know any kids who don’t love tacos or nachos Sandra! My nephews (6 & 10) would eat them everyday if they could 😉 And how Will has grown – 2 already! It seems like yesterday he was born, Happy Birthday. I wonder if CoYo is in Melbourne? Will keep my eyes open as it looks & sounds delish! And what a great double yolker – I wouldn’t share either 😉
    https://missfoodfairy.com/2017/10/10/in-my-kitchen-october-2017/

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 12, 2017

      The universality of the food likes of kids is amazing, young Will is proving to be the exception however. Hope you can find CoYo in Coles, it really is a great product

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  3. Gretchen
    October 11, 2017

    My boys love to make nachos for weekend lunches when I’m not in the mood to cook or prepare anything! It’s nice to have a couple meals they can fix for themselves. Will looks absolutely adorable in the sink, so fun entertainment.

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  4. thesnowwoman
    October 9, 2017

    Little Will is the cutest thing in you Kitchen this month!

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  5. Kim Bultman
    October 8, 2017

    Sandra, your grandkids will never forget their visits with you. Looks like you tackled their dietary needs with a variety of tasty goodies that’s you’re enjoying, too! (Way to go on the double-yolker… I haven’t seen one of those for a long time.) Loved your kitchen sink “containment plan” too. 🙂 What a cutie!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 11, 2017

      I hope I’m creating life long memories for the young ‘uns. The girls are more of a handful now than they were when they were little but I still love having them come to visit. When choosing a large deep kitchen sink I never considered putting a toddler in it, the cutie loves it!

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  6. Amanda
    October 6, 2017

    What an inspired way to contain a toddler – I’m deeply impressed!

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  7. SeattleDee
    October 6, 2017

    Now I’m curious – what is typical “Aussie homestyle Mexican food”? I remember some not-so joyous times cooking for teenage nieces and their everchanging preferences. Nephews seemed to eat whatever was available and consume a lot of it. Now the girls are past their teenage years and are more civil when dining at auntie Ds.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 11, 2017

      Typical homestyle mexican is not very challenging and involves store bought salsa and cheese. I look forward with great anticipation to the end of teenage attitude…

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  8. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things
    October 4, 2017

    How lovely to have your grandchildren visiting. x

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  9. FODMAPula
    October 3, 2017

    Mmm I love the Mission corn tortilla strips!

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  10. Francesca
    October 3, 2017

    Busy Nana holiday post. Love little will in the sink, so cute and definitely not shy.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 3, 2017

      Cheeky young Will is the easy part, the young teens are turning into quite a handful, loads of attitude I could do without. Sort of takes the pleasure out of the visit

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      • Francesca
        October 3, 2017

        I know what you mean. One of my dearest lads, turned into stereotypical teenager, full of attitude the day he turned 13. If it’s any consolation, they grow out of it, but it’s so annoying along the way. Mischa belle, our eldest grandchild, now 20, has turned back into the lovely girl she was but it took a while. Good luck with it all.

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  11. Lisa @ cheergerm
    October 2, 2017

    What a wee sweetie he is! The gf mission brands are on regular rotation here as well. Hard to beat that Northern sunshine filled fruit. Looks fab.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 2, 2017

      Yes definitely a great little guy and the reason we stay in Brissy. From the Farmers Mkt the fruit is ridiculously cheap and deliciously sweet. Fruit for breakfast lunch and in between

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  12. Jan
    October 2, 2017

    Love the tot in the sink! As adults, being confined to the kitchen sink is not such calming and absorbing fun, is it:)

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  13. Tracey O'Brien
    October 2, 2017

    Sandra, I’m salivating! What a fab post. I particularly love the look of those Italian sausages. Authentic Italian sausages aren’t quite as easy to get here in Auckland but I grab them whenever my gourmet supermarket has them in stock.

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  14. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    October 1, 2017

    What a lovely 2 year old you have in your kitchen sink! He certainly looks happy. I do love good Tex-Mex (or in your case, an Aussie-Mex) taco. Am envious of those lovely sausages studded with fennel. I’ve never heard of coconut yoghurt and must look out for it – perhaps when we are back in the UK where I am more likely to run into something like this. I’ve found that many commercial products like those “peckish crackers” usually disappoint. I’m sure that you could come up with more carroty flavoured crackers.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 1, 2017

      Will (Leah’s little fella) is a happy little guy. He constantly makes me laugh. Now there’s a challenge, carrot-rice crackers..

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  15. 10centsofdates
    October 1, 2017

    What fun! And how good you are to remember and cater to all the dietary restrictions and preferences. I miss the days of my babies being small enough to be in the sink.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 1, 2017

      The grand daughters are now of an age to remind me in no uncertain terms when I get it wrong! It’s sad to see the little ones grow, but happy memories

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  16. hi sandra
    thanks for joining in IMK this month. love the photo of your grandson – so cute in the sink. those sausages sound great. sadly i hardly ever get to New Farm. Coconut yoghurt? i have a feeling i tried it once and it didnt agree with me. yep it has been so hot this week. thank goodness it’s so much cooler today. yes fruit has been abundant lately. must be all that good late Winter sun we’ve had. (btw the sherry’s pickings logo is on my sidebar if you want to use it.) cheers sherry x

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 1, 2017

      Thanks Sherry, found the logo link. I also had bad reactions with the initial coconut yoghurt I tried, but this one is a big tick on all counts. The fruit has been amazing. 3 lge punnets of strawbs for $5 on Sat.

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  17. mae
    October 1, 2017

    Everyone should have a 2-year-old in the kitchen sink. Great choice!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  18. Eha
    October 1, 2017

    Hello to all your family, both local and Melburnian! Happy birthday, Will – now I wonder how long before the splashing began after that angelic pic:) ? Love that fruit picture, use ‘Mission’ products myself, don’t normally eat sausages but, oh my, yours look enticing and must be the last one in Australia still to try coconut yogurt . . . . food delivery Tuesday: shall add! Have fun, lots of it!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 1, 2017

      It was a messy activity, kid in sink, but a great way to confine a very active young man. Hope you enjoy the coconut yoghurt..

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