In My Kitchen – August 2015

IMK Title

I just have to say it, the only thing I don’t like about IMK posting is it reminds me of how fast the year is going. I know it has been said many times before, but really when did we get to the last month of winter? Not that I am complaining, as the winter this year on the Gold Coast has been very mild with beautiful days. I am looking forward to some rain though, as the garden really needs it.

Don’t forget to pop on over to Celia’s Blog @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial  you will need to scroll through the comments this month to see the rest of the growing number of IMK posts that we all try to get around to every month. I just have to apologise as I have been very slack, but I have an excuse. I went to Melbourne for a holiday (I know in the middle of winter) but it was for a wonderful purpose, TO EAT.

So, In My Kitchen (on the fridge) are the keep sakes from my amazing dinner at “The Fat Duck, Melbourne” I keep looking at the lolly bag and think of all the amazing food that I ate that night.

IMK Heston

I also have many, many blogs to write about the most incredible time of eating in my life… At one stage I was in a food coma and just drank water for most of the day! If you would like to read about the amazingness which was a 17 Course Heston Blumenthal Meal then click on the links for an incredible ride.

The Fat Duck Melbourne Part 1

The Fat Duck Melbourne Part 2

So it seems that I have been just a little bit indulgent, as In My Kitchen are truffles…finally. I have been coveting all the posts with everyone’s truffles and I walked into my local market/deli and there they were, beautiful truffles all the way from Tasmania. They store them in the rice to keep the moisture at bay.

IMK Truffles

Yep $2000kg, but worth it, lucky they are light!

I have made steak with avocado and truffles.

IMK Truffle steak

Truffle Risotto.

IMK Truffle risotto

Potato sage and truffle ravioli with truffle butter.

IMK Truffle ravioli

I then use the left over risotto to make truffle arancini!

IMK Arancini Balls

and of course you need to see inside. I baked them in the oven rather than frying, so they are sort of low fat Arancini Balls… but not really!     IMK AranciniI have one small piece of truffle left and I’m not sure what to make. I really did enjoy the steak so I might have another and make some truffle mash to go with it! I think then that should be the end of my food indulgence for winter, EXCEPT…..??

In My Kitchen is an Apple Pie. I can’t remember how long it has been since I made one, but it was a request from my dad, and he loved it. The pastry was beautiful, flaky and light and the apple had the right balance of cinnamon and sugar.

IMK Apple Pie

In my kitchen is the paperwork for the recent OZ HARVEST “Think Eat Save”. This is a fantastic organisation that redistributes or “rescues” food that is going to be thrown out and gives it to charity organisations so the food isn’t wasted.

Oz Harvest Think, Eat, Save

On Monday 27th, all over Australia, Oz Harvest held a “Think Eat Save” free lunch, where food was provided to everyone for free and was made from ingredients that was going to be thrown away. I also managed to get interviewed by Channel 9 and was on the news that night. If you would like to have a read of the blog and this fantastic organisation. Click HERE if you want to read about my brush with fame.

And finally, in my kitchen, is some of the most beautiful Vanilla I have ever tasted. This sample was gifted to me by the lovely Sonne at Sunshine Vanilla. They are a Queensland company working with communities and farmers sourcing organically grown vanilla. They have free shipping, so pop onto their website HERE @Sunshine Vanilla and also be on the look out for some amazing vanilla recipes to come!


Thank you for having a look around my kitchen this month… I look forward to reading about all your adventures. I would love to know about your most amazing food experiences….Don’t forget to say hi, you know I love to hear from you…!

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. Sherry from sherryspickings

    Oh yum those arancini look divine. Lovely apple pie too. And of course I am so jealous that you got to eat at hestons. Melbourne is great any time of year!

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      So true Sheri, now I just have to catch up on all the blogs that are waiting in line for me to write up!!! Liz xxx

  2. jacqui

    When we get to come to Australia again, I’m coming to the Gold Coast and bringing my boys to your kitchen for sure!!!

    I’m hoping that we’ll come some time within the next 2 years so by then, you’ll be some famous blogger with an astronomically watched youtube channel.

    Today Sam and I made vanilla ice cream using a custard base of egg yolks, sugar, milk and vanilla bean and then added Bulla cream when it cooled and it fluffed so well in the ice cream maker. It’s gone already!! Sam, Moses and I have watched SO many youtubes in the last few years – too many to count. Anyway, we got the recipe from Todd’s Kitchen on youtube – his channel is pretty funny, he has some great ideas.

    Do some more video’s of your cooking – we’ll watch them. I’m going to subscribe to your channel now.

    There’s another channel where the guy sings his own intro – it’s called ‘the morning gardener’s show’ you could sing an intro to your cooking show xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Jac, so lovely to hear from you 🙂 I would love to do more videos and I have many, but the editing is a killer, I need a camera man and editor while I cook! I’m so glad you have found my blog! Liz xxx

  3. Cate

    I’ve never made arancini balls, yours look amazing! Love truffles! Such beautiful photos! -Cate from IMK

  4. Lisa

    Oh my goodness! Truffle all the things! The ravioli and arancini balls had me THIS close to licking my monitor 🙂

    That apple pie looks delicious. What a treat.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      LOL That was very funny Lisa 🙂 they were really yummy, I’m not sure about licking the monitor though 🙂
      Liz xx

  5. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    YES!!! Loving all your truffle deliciousness. Your Arancini Balls are flippin beautiful. I Waaaaaaaant!!! 🙂

    Gah, I dont even know where to start with my amazing food experiences. Top 3…..

    * Lobster Tail w/ Saffron sauce, they had a smoking piece of Charcoal to flavour the dish.
    * Sliced Sicilian Style Tuna “Mercato del Tonno”, Crusted in Fennel, Capers, Fresh Tomato, Green Olives, Lemon, Shallots, Garlic, Tuscan Dwarf Peaches, Parsley.
    * Valrhona Kalinga mousse, hazelnut creme, Valrhona Manjari feuilletine shard, Kahlua brownie

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Wow… I love all your delicious food experiences… You know they are good when you can remember them well! I hope that one dat we can have a foodie experience in the same place together 🙂 have a fun weekend! Liz xxx

  6. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ)

    Well if you have got them – use them – lucky old you:-) Love the look of those Arancini – funny I had them out the other day and having been thinking about making them and baking them:-) what a wonderful month Liz – I think I have eating envy:-)

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Rachel, I walked into the market today and they had one left, so I snapped it up, really it is only once a year, so why not 🙂 I always have food envy at your fantastic fresh produce 🙂
      Liz xx

  7. EllaDee

    Eating in Melbourne is always a treat, and The Fat Duck would be superlative. But your eating at home is extraordinary as well, and I think truffle mash and steak would top it off quite nicely.
    OZ HARVEST are a wonderful organisation and Ronni Kahn is truly an inspiring woman.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Ella, I can’t wait to go back to melbourne, and yes Ronni is truly inspiring! Thanks for dropping in the say hi! Liz xx

  8. Kim | a little lunch

    Elizabeth, there’s just one word for your post this month: sumptuous! Can’t wait to read about your food coma-inducing 17 course adventure, too. Thanks for the links! Cool tip about storing truffles (the chocolate kind) in rice. (Didn’t know that.) Your arancini look marvelous — everything does! I’m devouring your photos and eating your words. 🙂 I also thought it was fitting to include the #thinkeatsave effort — food waste runs rampant, and making the most of everything is the only way I can support my “champagne taste.” Wonderful post!

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh Kim, I total agree.. Um, I don’t think you store the chocolate truffles in rice 🙂 only the fungi kind! LOL! I totally agree re the food wastage… it is very important and I think I am going to get more involved with this organisation in the future! Thanks for stopping by! Liz xx

  9. Jennifer from Milk and Honey

    Coming to Melbourne for a holiday (even in winter) to eat is a perfectly good excuse. I am green with envy about the whole Fat Duck thing.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Jennifer, I’m so glad you approve… and yes it was amazing… now for Noma in Sydney in January, maybe I can get lucky twice 🙂 Thanks for popping in and saying hello! Liz xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes I know, I was very, very fortunate and yes, some amazing memories! Thanks so much for dropping by and saying hello! Liz xx

  10. Maree

    Oh I would dearly love to stumble over some truffle! Those dishes all look delicious, especially the risotto! Glad you enjoyed Melbourne, it certainly is growing up. I’m back to wanting some truffle. Thanks 🙂

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Maree, Yes, I’m very sad it is all gone now 🙁 but Melbourne was very grown up 🙂 Liz xx


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