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In My Kitchen June 2018

I’m a bit tardy getting to In My Kitchen this month. Until the Saturday just past my head and time had been filled with attending to last minute paperwork for our Life Drawing Group’s Open Studio exhibition. The exhibition is now open to the public so now I can direct my energies elsewhere. I’m linking this In My Kitchen post to the worldwide forum of food blogs hosted by Sherry @ Sherry’s Pickings. It’s an amazing group, there is always something to learn so click the link at the bottom of the page and  check it out. Better still why not join in.

Although it’s been fairly quiet In My Kitchen I’ve welcomed the cooler weather to Brisbane with open arms, soup, slow braised meat and red wine. All require sourdough bread to make them complete so every week I bake bread; 3 X seeded spelt loaves and either a batch of bagels or flatbreads. I share the freshly baked bread with neighbours if there is a backlog of loaves in the freezer but I won’t stop baking, I find the whole process super satisfying.

It’s taken some adjustment moving to a sub tropical climate. Recently my pantry has been inundated with moths. It’s annoying, frustrating and wasteful. I already store all my ingredients in sealed containers but I’ve begun leaving grains and flours in their original packaging as well  to try and isolate the source of the bugs. Expensive rices which I only use in small quantities I’ve put in the freezer. Meanwhile I have bay leaves in the pantry to deter the pests and a  Pantry Moth Trap which cynical ol’ me  admits actually works. Does anyone have further advice?

It’s citrus time here in Brisbane. Unwaxed and odd sized oranges, lemons, limes, cumquats, mandarins and grapefruit, fresh from the tree are plentiful at the market. A mandarin is the perfect snack, fresh, portable and easy to peel, so simple even my young grandson can manage alone. 

It was a happy day when I discovered this old recipe book tucked inside another stouter publication last week. After a fruitless search a few months back I had deemed it lost. It seems  our thoughtful relocation packer had recognised it’s fragility and protected it from damage.  Published C1967 while I was a still a school, this wonderful little book is a snapshot in time of the locality in which I grew up, food products and home cooking in suburban Melbourne. My Mum has several recipes included.

Waste and recycling is a big issue in our lives so I felt compelled to share this non kitchen item. I received a fragile package through the mail recently. It was padded with a single flat sheet of brown paper that had been miraculously transformed into 3D cushioning by simple and ingenious design. The entire sheet was perforated by short slits. They had been made in parallel lines and every second line was offset alongside it’s neighbour. When you pulled the paper to open the slits, the pressure twisted the paper into a sheets of tiny 3D windows. Plastic bubble wrap be gone!

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

34 comments on “In My Kitchen June 2018

  1. Debi @ An Evolving Life
    June 21, 2018

    I do love all your baked goods. Glad you relocated your ca. 1967 cookbook. Those old cookbooks really are an insight to a time and place that you don’t often get in conventional history books. I recently read in a 1909 cookbook on hanging up ropes of cloves to deter flies – might also help with those moths.

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  2. miakouppa
    June 18, 2018

    What a great looking recipe!! Thanks for sharing; we love anything that has to do with citrus! And the pics of the old recipe booklet….priceless!

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  3. Debra Eliotseats
    June 11, 2018

    That citrus looks amazing. We battle moths too (since The Hubs left some brewing grain in the pantry). No advice other than a total clean out an insecticide and some sporadic swatting.

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  4. Lisa @ cheergerm
    June 10, 2018

    So glad you found that special recipe book and that eco friendly packaging is the biz! And what a small world it is, reading all the above comments!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 11, 2018

      It’s crazy how small this world is, all revealed by my old recipe book, Cheers Cheery..

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  5. Sherry Mackay
    June 10, 2018

    we must be lucky sandra. no moths in our pantry atm. I have had weevils in the flour tho so i’ve put it in the fridge or freezer. not that i mind a few weevils in my cakes:) My great-uncle was the Mayor of Preston; there is a park named after him i believe – Linton Oulton. thanks for joining in IMK again. I really appreciate fellow bloggers joining in. Your loaves are brilliant! cheers S x

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 11, 2018

      it’s incredible how Preston has played a part in so many bloggers lives, our solid working class roots must have something to do with it. I think I have finally won the battle against the moths, maybe the cold has done them in

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      • Sherry Mackay
        June 11, 2018

        glad to hear about the moths! solid working class roots is right.:) solid as a rock in my family…

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  6. chef mimi
    June 9, 2018

    I use the same gadget for catching moths, and I have for years. I have them in closets, as well. They’re reliable!

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  7. Moya
    June 8, 2018

    Sandra, discovering an old cookbook… how wonderful and the memories that come with it. I know what you mean about annoying bugs we have the same issue here and store many items in the fridge. Waste and recycling is a huge problem something that we cannot ignore.

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  8. Francesca
    June 8, 2018

    This is like a flashback to a Northern suburbs reunion Sandra- I travelled past your High School every day on the way to St Comumbas in Essendon. I grew up in Pascoe Vale, just over the ridge of that huge hill. And then when you were over in Panch, I was probably still at Latrobe. I know that Maree grew up in Preston. She refuses to go back there, even though I keep telling her how wonderful the Preston market has become, not to mention all the Vietnamese grocers that line High St and the Indian lunches for a song. So we all could have crossed paths in a previous life though I am sure I’m a bit older than you and Maree, I still visit Pascoe Vale as my mother lives at home at 95. Mr T and I moved into our own little shabby house in Essendon in 1969 when our first son was born.
    Now just look what your old recipe book stirred up.

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    • Francesca
      June 8, 2018

      That was meant to read St Columba’s Sandra ( bad reading glasses in bad light)

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 8, 2018

      Unbelievable! I remember when Preston Mkt opened, everything seemed so exotic but that’s where I shopped when I began keeping house. Mal like Maree was always a bit reluctant to go back, too many raw memories of a tough life I think. Crazy all this familiarity but I guess Melb was a bit like a large country town back then. My Gparents settled in Essendon when they came from England in 1929 and stayed there the remainder of their lives. Ah Ancestry. I lost a whole winter there, but it’s amazing what you can find out and I glad I put in the effort.

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    • fergie51
      June 9, 2018

      When I left work and shouted myself 3 nights at an apartment in Fitzroy I went and revisited all the old haunts. Loved every second of it. I think as now I know its demon free zone I could just embrace the vibe. Still shit parking at Preston Market though! 🙂

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      • Francesca
        June 10, 2018

        Glad you went back and disposed of those useless demons, Maree. The parking at Preston market very much depends on the day of the week. I like Wed morning. There’s a new fish shop there, Nicks, his fish is to die for. One of the little shops in the refurbished side sells big backs or organic wholemeal Lauke flour, the Indian guy next door is also good for odds and ends, and the middle eastern man for nuts. And for lunch, the Paella Spanish shop is wonderful. The girl who runs that used to have a stall at our local market in St Andrews but is now a permanent at Preston. Yell out if you ever decide to revisit and we can catch up there.

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  9. Ardys
    June 8, 2018

    Enjoyed your kitchen (and other) bits and pieces here, Sandra. When we lived in Darwin I had to keep so many things in the fridge and freezer for reasons you have just described. And yes, I found bay leaves did work there too! We are waiting for last week’s frosts to perform their magic on our lemons so they will turn juicy and sweet. Enjoy your cooler weather!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 8, 2018

      Thanks Ardys. The moths are such a nuisance but space in fridge freezer is limited. There is an upside, the pantry is very clean and tidy

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  10. katechiconi
    June 7, 2018

    That paper packaging is such a good idea! Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy sheets of the appropriate paper, and a perforating ‘mill’, like a pasta machine, so you could make your own as required…

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  11. fergie51
    June 7, 2018

    How annoying re the bugs! I breathe a sigh of relief every time a check and so far (touch wood) I have been spared. Beautiful looking breads and yes, it’s wonderful baking now its a bit cooler. Strathmore eh? I grew up in Preston, a much seedier place than Strathmore, I couldn’t leave there quick enough. I adore those old cook books and love the fact that many of the recipes are still firm favourites for all ages. I have quite a selection gathered from god knows where 🙂 Patiently awaiting our mandarins to be ripe enough for picking, the little fella is getting quite impatient!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 7, 2018

      Haha! My husband is a Preston boy and I did my nurses training at PANCH when it was in Bell St, so Preston is writ large in my life too. It’s such a small world!

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      • fergie51
        June 9, 2018

        OMG! My sister was in the first intake of nurses at PANCH. We lived in Ruby St off Bell St down the dodgy end.

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      • ladyredspecs
        June 9, 2018

        I was in School 33. You sister must be at least a 10 yrs older than me. Great memories…

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      • fergie51
        June 9, 2018

        Yes she is about 73, there is a 12 year gap and I should never have been born. Was never allowed to forget that either! Imagine the convos around the table if yourself Francesca and I got together What a hoot!

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      • fergie51
        June 9, 2018

        Which Primary School did your husband go to? I went to Preston Girls’ High so wouldn’t have crossed has there.

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      • ladyredspecs
        June 9, 2018

        He went to Reservoir West Primary then Preston Tech..

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      • fergie51
        June 9, 2018

        Ahhh, I wanted to go to the tech but dad put his foot down.

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      • Francesca
        June 10, 2018

        Preston Girls was reputedly a great school in it’s day, so your Dad was probably in the know. They are rebuilding another school on that site ( was it another Kennett forced removal?). The area has turned super trendy and you can’t buy much for under $900,000.

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    • Francesca
      June 8, 2018

      You, like me, couldn’t leave those suburbs quick enough but I’m wondering when you can breathe in deeply and return with me for a market trawl.

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  12. mae
    June 7, 2018

    Your bagels look perfect! You are lucky to be near such varied citrus orchards, even if the climate brings you pantry moths as well as mandarin oranges. I love your beautiful kitchen post.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 7, 2018

      Thanks Mae we’re lucky in Australia, the climate is perfect for citrus fruit

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