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In My Kitchen February 2018

The beginning of each new month marks the time to reflect on what’s been happening In My Kitchen. It’s the time I link up with the lovely Sherry from Sherry’s Pickings to join the worldwide “In My Kitchen” forum of food bloggers. Click on Sherry’s link below to see what’s happening elsewhere.

delicious flaky sourdough flatbreads

delicious flaky sourdough flatbreads

It’s hot and humid in Brisbane over summer so if I can avoid using the oven, I do. My sourdough starter still needs to be fed and used so we’ve been eating a lot of sourdough flatbread that’s simply cooked in a hot dry pan. I began with the recipe from “Artisan Sourdough Made Simple” by Emilie Raffa, but each incarnation has had a slight adjustment until I have my own personal flatbread recipe which I’ll share next week.


In My Kitchen is a new cookbook “Sweet” by Ottolenghi & Goh. This book has me drooling. I can normally pass dessert by, but based on the number of pages I’ve bookmarked, that may well change. Our Christmas dessert was inspired by the Passionfruit Cheesecake.

In My Kitchen I have a refillable oil spray with a pressure pump I bought in the Boxing Day sales. I have high hopes that I’ll never have to buy a can of olive oil spray from the supermarket again. I also bought a new meat mallet for pounding scallopine.

In My Kitchen we have a complete set of new crockery to replace the scratched, chipped and depleted collection of miss matched odds and sods we’d been using for the passed 20+ years. Every meal feels special when your eating off plates designed by Ellen de Generes for Royal Doulton.

In My Kitchen is this wonderful little banner made with post it notes, satay sticks and string. An especially creative friend made it as a cake decoration when Mr G and I celebrated our birthdays recently. It’s now a priceless item of kitchen decor.

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

25 comments on “In My Kitchen February 2018

  1. Debra Eliotseats
    February 13, 2018

    Love those dishes! Didn’t know Ellen was designing/marketing those.

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  2. Kim Bultman
    February 7, 2018

    Happy Birthday (a bit belated), Sandra and Mr. G! That banner is clever and colorful, and so is your idea to “re-purpose” it as kitchen decor. I haven’t tried an oil sprayer yet, but it sounds like a good idea. (I use one for my balsamic vinegar to “mist” salads… why not mist the oil?) Beautiful cookbook and dishes! Your flaky flat bread looks wonderful, too.

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  3. Francesca
    February 6, 2018

    Lovely new crockery. Nice to have a change. I am slowly moving on from white. Must look out for an oil spray- great idea, and better than adding more recycled products to the collection that now has trouble getting to China.

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 6, 2018

      Who knows where the recycling debacle will lead. Somehow white crockery seems so soulless now, I was glad to see the back of it

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  4. Moya
    February 4, 2018

    Love the new crockery, beautiful. I have the sweet cookbook too and so far have been happy with the results and look forward trying out more recipes. Your flatbreads look wonderful too 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 6, 2018

      Thanks Moya, the flatbread are fab even if I don’t say so myself

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  5. The Napoli Alert
    February 3, 2018

    Love the new crockery. Enjoy it!

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  6. chef mimi
    February 3, 2018

    Fun post. I love your dishes! Sweet looks like a wonderful book. I just don’t bake enough to warrant buying it!

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  7. Debra Kolkka
    February 3, 2018

    I love your new crockery! Who knew about Ellen?
    My Pop Up shop will start on Wedsneday 7th Feb and run until Saturday. Drop in even if just to say hello. It is West End at 239 Boundary St, Cnr Corbett St. (beside the Italian Restaurant)

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  8. Jen Rose
    February 2, 2018

    Oh I love that cookbook so much! The soft gingerbread tiles with rum butter glaze and the custard yoyos with roasted rhubarb icing are favourites. And that’s just in the first section of the book. Hope you enjoy cooking from it! =)

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 3, 2018

      Oo thanks fir the heads up, the yoyos with rhubarb icing had def caught my eye

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  9. Mackay Sherry
    February 1, 2018

    Hi Sandra
    Thanks for joining in this month. Can’t believe it’s February already. The olive oil sprayer looks useful. Love the crockery – Ellen de Generes designed it? How clever she is. And what a cute banner. Have a good February. Let’s catch up soon. Cheers S x

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2018

      Hi Sherry, apparently EG did do the design, or at least endorsed it. It’s nice to have clever creative friends, and yes a catch up is in order….😘 S

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  10. Glenda
    February 1, 2018

    Love the new dinner set. I have so much crockery I have forbidden myself from buying any more 😙

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2018

      Thanks Glenda. It had been a long time for me, too long in fact…

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  11. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    February 1, 2018

    I am eagerly awaiting that flatbread recipe. Love the new crockery. I was acquiring bits and pieces of new kitchen dishes, but with a more conventional style. These Royal Doulton, however, are really lovely. I can see how eating meals off of them are special. Happy belated birthday!

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2018

      Thanks Debi. RD are making everyday crockery at a very reasonable price, hard to go past. Flatbread post will be ready on time..

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  12. Mae
    February 1, 2018

    Awesome that you replaced an old “set” of dishes with matching new ones! That’s hard to do.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2018

      Prices here are crazy low just after Christmas Mae and new crockery was long overdue

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  13. katechiconi
    February 1, 2018

    The oil spray pumps are great, but I’ve found you have to keep it somewhere cool and dark or the oil gets rancid really quickly in our heat. I love your new crockery, it’s hard to go past blue and white for plate appeal!

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    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2018

      I’m always mindful of the climate with oils stored on the bench, so far so good for me.

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