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In My Kitchen

Inspired by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, I thought I’d do an “In My Kitchen” post.

cherry tomatoes

In my kitchen is the first of the season’s tomatoes.  These ones are grape tomatoes that self seeded.  My planted Yugoslavs and Brandywines are a little way off yet, but it is so good to have fresh tomatoes again.

sourdough

In my kitchen is a loaf of 11 grain sourdough, our “pané de casa” these days.  I make a small loaf like this a couple of times a week. The temperature at the moment is perfect.  I can make the dough in the morning before I leave, knock it down when I get home, and bake before bed, so it fits in really nicely round a work day.

Crock Pot

In my kitchen is a lovely old retro Crock Pot I got from a garage sale.  The only consolation in  all this lack of rain is that the solar panels are pumping. I can run everything – computer, TV, washing machine, music, fridge – and charge up the Prius (our total fuel bill is about $50 a month now), and still it is shunting by 10 am.  So I’m starting to develop a bit of a thing for slow cooking. I cook beans and chick peas regularly, soaking overnight and putting them on low in the morning before I leave and letting them slow cook on shunt power all day.

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And while I’m on retro, in my kitchen is the tea caddy, attached to a post right opposite the stove.  I have a thing about tea bags.  They seem to me an invention as silly as avocado in a tube!

vine leaves

In my kitchen is the first of the season vine leaves.  There’s only a matter of a few weeks when they’re like this, fresh and tender and prolific.  I usually make lots of dolmades this time of year, but these ones are for Greek yoghurt pies.

pawpaws

In my kitchen are pawpaws galore.  The bower birds have discovered them now though, so I’m having to pick one tree a bit green.  I’m thinking green pawpaw salad with the green ones, and the ripe ones are wonderful in salads and smoothies and fruit salads.

rocket pesto

In my kitchen is a tub of macadamia and rocket pesto.  The new patch of rocket is just starting to be pickable and the older patch not quite finished, so we have lots of rocket at the moment. Works really well in pesto, for stirring through pasta or spreading on toast or in egg and salad sandwiches for lunch.

More kitchens?  Head over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for the list.

{ 12 comments… add one }
  • celia October 1, 2013, 8:45 pm

    Linda, how wonderful, thank you for joining in! I always love looking in your kitchen! Your loaves always look so wholesome, and those tomatoes! I wish we could grow them like that, maybe we’ll have more luck this year with the diatomaceous earth (although wilt is still a problem as well). We’ve planted the yellow ones you gave us, and they’re growing well. The crock pot must be the best thing ever to come back to after a busy day! xx

  • Lisa the Gourmet Wog October 1, 2013, 11:02 pm

    Love the look of your vintage crock pot! I’m very curious to see how you make Greek Yogurt Pies, we only use our vine leaves for dolma’s so it’s nice to get another use out of them xx

  • Glenda October 1, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Linda, I love your Crock pot. I used to have one just like that but it has gone to God. What a pity.

  • Linda October 2, 2013, 8:02 am

    I haven’t seen one of those tea caddies for years! Mines just in a pottery canister on the bench and I use a tea ball unless the are many people, then the pot comes out.

  • Linda October 2, 2013, 9:41 am

    Celia, the yellow ones are really resilient. You might find they do better than the highly bred kinds. I’m getting to love the Crock Pot too. Made a wonderful squid and chick pea stew in it yesterday, and it has black beans in it today. Lisa, I’ll post the greek yoghurt pie recipe later this week (hopefully). I’ve got my version pretty right now, just need to get some photos.

  • Lizzy (Good Things) October 2, 2013, 6:58 pm

    Linda, I have a smaller version of the crock pot, which was a wedding gift in the 1970s… still works! Thanks for the peek into your kitchen.

  • Joanne T Ferguson October 2, 2013, 7:18 pm

    G’day Linda! Congrats on your first IMK post, true!
    WOW vine leaves and mentioned to Lizzy my mum had the same crock pot circa 1970’s too!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  • Kim | a little lunch October 3, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Linda, I soooo enjoyed your first IMK post and stuffed grape leaves recipe. (And garden fresh volunteer tomatoes and vintage crock pot and pesto… so much to love!) Thanks for this glimpse into your kitchen. Looking forward to many more!

  • Jas@AbsolutelyJas October 4, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Such lovely things in your kitchen, thanks for giving us a peek! Don’t think badly of me when I say that my nana has one of those crockpots that she bought new it the 70s – I love cooking with it when I go and stay with her 🙂 What I would do for a paw paw tree!

  • giulia October 7, 2013, 6:51 pm

    it is my first time as well! welcome!!! that old crock pot is just so pretty!!! i have to go opp shopping more often 😛

  • Fiona October 18, 2013, 4:39 pm

    Lucky you with those vines leaves! We used to pick some from our neighbours garden but they have sold up and moved on and we haven’t met the new ones yet. So, it’s a bit pushy hopping the fence and plucking leaves from their vines! Welcome to IMK

  • Tracey October 18, 2013, 7:34 pm

    That pesto looks divine, and I am intrigued by the Greek yoghurt cakes. Can’t wait to find out more 🙂

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