In My Kitchen April 2015

In My Kitchen April 2015Well as the months fly by in 2015, I realise that I am getting very close to turning one year old… who would have thought! March was a very busy month and I have only just finished catching up on all of March IMK’s. April has been so very busy already, even though the 4 day weekend was suppose to be relaxing!  I realised the other day that I had not posted my IMK, so I though I had better get onto it!

In My Kitchen is bought to you by the wonderful Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Don’t forget to pop over to her blog and check out all fantastic little peaks into blogging kitchen all over the world!

In My Kitchen are HOT CROSS BUNS I made about 8 dozen this year. I love that 12 fit perfectly into my enamel baking dish, so they push against each other and are light and fluffy.

Hot Cross Buns

Ready for the Oven

In my blog, the Top Ten Team went looking for the best hot cross bun on the Gold Coast, unfortunately we were unable to find a perfect bought one. But when the team tasted my home baked ones… they were given 9.5/10 as they decided that they couldn’t give them 10/10, as it wouldn’t be good for my ego… LOL!

Hot Cross Buns

In My Kitchen are curry pastes, I have been having a wonderful time making lots of the basic pastes. I have always liked making my own curry pastes and find they have a fresher taste. The RED THAI CURRY PASTE was my first attempt at making a paste since owning my Thermomix. I have to say it was so much easier than any another time I have made it. Because it was so easy, I went on a bit of a Thai paste spree!

Thai Red Curry PasteI have been eating curry on and off for a month now! So I will probably have to wait until the middle of July before I make some more. This GREEN THAI CURRY PASTE is so delicious and flavoursome and because I used homegrown large chillies, it wasn’t very hot at all!

Green Thai Curry Paste

Then I decided to try a MASSAMAN CURRY PASTE, because I have never really been a big fan and it has more Indian flavours than traditional Thai. I was very please with this paste and so good because you use cheap cuts of meat and cook it for a long time like a stew… I am going to try a slow cooker version using this paste to see what it is like!

Massaman Curry Paste

Not a really great colour for photographing!

I am also trying to make use of the last of the beautiful ripe tomatoes that are around. So it was time to stock up on Tomato Relish. I must confess, mum cooked them all, but I did all the preparations. Do you know what it is like chopping pounds and pounds of onions and tomato? I would love to share this recipe, but it is one of those old fashioned ones that is still in pounds… you make it a little different every time depending on the tomatoes and it is such a large quantity, that I’m not sure how to convert it for the Thermomix, but I will keep working on it and let you know, as everyone who tries it, says it is the best they have tasted. The reason why I have to make so much is that all my friends buy it off me and it is the most requested “gift”.

Tomato relish

In my Kitchen is CHILLI JAM, lots of chilli Jam. It has been a hot humid summer in Queensland, so the chillies are off the charts! I can’t seem to keep up with them, as soon as I pick them, there are more flowers and more chillies! So I have dried them and deseeded them and put them in the freezer. I’m looking forward to making Lorraine’s Mum Chilli paste in a few days when I get some time!

Chilli Jam Pot

I really does have a lot of sugar in it and tastes like the best sweet chilli sauce you have ever had. I like how versatile it is, as you can cook it shorter and it will be a sauce or cook it longer and it turns into a jam! It is also a Thai style Chilli Jam and fantastic for using in Stir Fries.

Chilli Jam 2

And lastly, In my kitchen, is my ready to use vanilla essence, I’m so excited to see how it tastes. I am making a Bee Sting and using in this in the recipe for the first time…. I will let you know how it tastes… I’m so excited!



I hope you enjoyed a little poke around my kitchen. I look forward to seeing you next month.

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz xx


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I have been cooking since I can remember. I am a Thermomix consultant, so now (whenever possible) try to give you Conventional AND Thermomix methods for the recipes. I like to share tips on how to save money and how making food from scratch isn't really that hard (especially with a Thermomix). If you have any questions about the Thermomix or cooking/food in general please email me as I'm happy to chat.
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  1. celia

    Your chilli jam is the bomb! And how amazing do all those curry pastes look – you’re much better than me, I just use the Asian packaged ones. Love that your HXBs fit in the Falcon tin – thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Celia… I’m glad you like the chilli jam 🙂 and yes I like how the HCBuns fit in the large enamel tin and push each other up 🙂 Liz xx

  2. Gretchen

    What fabulous looking canned goods. I am a sucker for homemade jams, pastes, curries, relishes etc, especially in pretty jars! Those are also some beautiful looking hot cross buns.

  3. Lisa

    Hi Liz, I love everything in your kitchen this month. I’m very impressed with all the home made goodies, and I must confess the tomato relish has me salivating! I’m with your friends; I’d line up to purchase some! 🙂 I look forward to you sharing your recipe when you’re happy with it! x

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Lisa, I really do love making home made things, its very satisfying! Thanks for popping in! Liz xx

  4. Maree

    I think your ego deserves a hit! What a legend, 8 dozen HCB’s. I could eat a dozen myself I think. Love all the preserves, really make a difference don’t they?

  5. Liz

    What a fabulous lot of preserving! I am envious of all those lovely chilis. It must have been a lot of work peeling and chopping but how wonderful to have all those lovely jars in mid winter.

    I hope you post the recipe for the tomato relish.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Liz, Yes I sit down with a movie and do them in front of the TV with gloves on… so its not too bad 🙂 thanks for saying hi! Liz xx

  6. Beck

    what a fabulous lot of preserving Liz, it really is the time of year for dealing with that end of summer harvest – love your Weck jars too, they’re such a lovely simple style. I’m another that’s envious of your cross piping, but after 8 dozen it’s not surprising you’re proficient!

  7. Ania @

    Liz, how gloriously red is that chilli jam! And all those jars, I have a very soft spot for all things canned in the weck jars 🙂

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Ania… me too, nothing better than putting great produce in lovely jars 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Liz xx

  8. Kavey

    If you visit my IMK you’ll see my hot cross buns were a CAR CRASH, mostly because of my the crosses!!! (there are videos on my instagram which show the true extent of how bad they were!).
    Yours look SO GORGEOUS!
    Kavey (fellow IMKer)

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh No Karvey… That’s a shame, you will have to try mine next year 🙂 I made about 8 dozen! Liz xx

  9. Joanne T Ferguson

    LOVE your paste and you had me at your hot cross buns!
    I can always smell them from here!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks for stopping by Joanne… Monday is my day to have a look at all the IMK posts this month, I ca’t wait! 🙂 Liz x

  10. sherry from sherrys pickings

    wow those curry pastes look fab. no chillies for me this summer as the bush turkey ate the plant! home made vanilla is so beautiful to use. tastes so fresh!

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh no Re the Chillies Sherry, maybe some protection this year 🙂 and yes I can’t believe the difference in the vanilla! Liz xx


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