In My Kitchen – December 2015

IMK December 2015

You might have notice (or not) my absence the last 2 months… I was in hospital having some skin removal surgery because of the large amount of weight I lost… I can now say I have a flat stomach and a new belly button, it is a bit weird, but I am very pleased with the result.

IMK December 2015

This is my first mirror selfie, 2 weeks after surgery, still in hospital because I had drains in (you can just see them in the sink), but very happy with my flat tummy 🙂

Don’t forget to pop on over to Celia’s Blog, Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and check out all the amazing things that are happening this month in IMK’s all over the world!

It look me longer to recover than expected hence no IMK for the last 2 months and I have been very slow to get back into blogging as I have been trying to be kind to myself and really recover… So apart from a skinnier me… this month In My Kitchen is:-

A new Toaster.

IMK Toaster

This toaster was a God send when I got out of hospital and just wanted Vegemite on toast. Read all about this fantastic new product HERE and its fortuitous arrival! It really cool that this range of kitchen ware is called IMK, so I think Celia has really started something 🙂

In My Kitchen is, a new frying pan.

Did you know that Australia doesn’t make ANY, yes ANY cookware??? It’s all imported, until now MJ Henry (Mark) decided to change that with his company Solid Teknics, now, it is sweeping Australia and the world. Do yourself a favour and check out his website.

IMK December 2015He makes the steel frying pans that you see here and they are fantastic. The extra long handle (with no rivets) stop the issue of the handle getting hot and allows for easy of cooking.

IMK December 2015

The pan isn’t completely black yet, but it is getting there!

He also makes an amazing range of cast iron products (which are all on my christmas wish list) and it is wonderful to have such a quality product being made right here in Australia!

IMK December 2015

I love that a little map of Australia (including Tasmania) is stamped out of each handle.

I was generously given this amazing piece of equipment by Mark when I meant him at the Good Food and Wine Festival in Queensland.


They go from silver to black when they are fully seasoned!

We chatted about his amazing product and when I told him I was a food blogger, he said here have one, and when you blog about it make sure you send me a link 🙂 Check out the website and have a browse around…  Solid Teknics Website and read his fantastic story, amazing product and a genuinely nice guy “done good” as we say in Aus!

In My Kitchen are truffle items and a haul from the good food and wine festival. Every year, Mum and I go to the good food and wine festival and just because I wasn’t fully recovered from surgery and still had one drain in didn’t stop us! I did have to sit down a lot and I look a bit pasty in most of the photos, but I made it through the day and still had a wonderful time!

IMK December 2015

I think I really should have been born Italian! As I just love all things truffle, and aged balsamic and good Olive Oil… but I did buy myself a big treat for next years truffle season…A TRUFFLE RAZOR… very excited to use it ASAP, but I will have to wait now 🙂

In My Kitchen are more cookbooks.

Ummm, I’m not putting any photos of how many extra cook books I have because it was the good food and wine festival and it has been 2 months since my last post. To be fair, I have received a few as apart of being a Thermomix Consultant. I must confess though, that I did buy The new River Cottage Australia Cook Book to get Paul to sign it! It was such a pleasure meeting him and having conversations. He really is just like you see on the TV, relax, laid back and genuine!

IMK December 2015

Mum and I with Paul

In My Kitchen is a mess from sewing curtains and making matching cushions for my boyfriends office. I don’t know what I was thinking when I offered my services, but out came all the equipment onto the kitchen table and it stayed a mess until it was completed!

IMK December 2015

and last but definitely not least In My Kitchen were flowers from my love 🙂


And yes He hand wrote the card… another thing I found out about him, was that he has beautiful penmanship and does calligraphy… My Nana would be pleased 🙂

I’m so glad to be back with the IMK Crew and I look forward to peaking into all you kitchen this month and excited for the amazing things that are going to happen in 2016!

Merry Christmas, I hope that you have a wonderful time with friends and or family this season, remembering the true meaning of Christmas and being thankful for all that we have.

Lots of Love from Liz xxx


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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. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    I feel a real case of the prouds reading this post my lovely friend. Wow, good on you following your heart and sharing your journey with us too. So much respect. Loving all the fun in your kitchen, especially the roses from your love. 🙂 Hope your Christmas was filled with much deliciousness. Biiiiiiig hugs and love headed your way. xoxo

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Hun… I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I look forward to seeing what happens for you in 2016 🙂
      Liz xxx

  2. Liz

    Congratulations on your weight loss and the successful surgery. That frying pan looks very interesting, wonder if they have them in the states yet?

    Happy holidays.

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Liz, I think you can order them on line and with the dollars at the moment they would be really cheap 🙂 thanks for dropping by! Liz xxx

  3. Hotly Spiced

    Welcome back. You were a trooper for getting to that food and wine festival while you still had a drain insitu! Your new man sounds like a keeper – definitely! How lovely to receive roses – he’s very thoughtful. I’d love to get to the River Cafe one day xx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Charlie! Yes it would be great to get to both river cottages one day 🙂 and he is a keeper! Liz xxx

  4. Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures

    How fabulous Liz! Yes, I did wonder where you were, so now I know. I saw the IMK toaster before I read your paragraph and thought ‘Am I seeing things?’. How funny. When I went to EDB15 in Canberra recently, Paul was there doing some food and everyone was making eyes at him. I’m glad you have had a wonderful end to the year. cheers! Fiona

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Fiona…. Yes hoping to get back into it! Have a great Chrissy with your family and friends 🙂 Liz xxx

  5. Gretchen

    Welcome back and congrats on the weight loss and recovery. Seems like you had quite a good time at the Good Food and Wine Festival.

  6. Glenda

    Hi Elizabeth, Glad to hear you are on the mend. I love the look of that frying pan, you are very lucky indeed.

  7. suzeetwo

    Great read Elizabeth, you look amazing. Very much enjoyed your blog.

  8. Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ)

    Congrats Liz on the weight loss and lovely to see that life and BF are both treating you well – enjoy. xxx

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Awww thanks so much Rachel… Looking forward to getting back into work soon! Liz xx

  9. Maree

    I LOVE those solid teknics pans! I was thinking I would correct you about no Australian made cookware but then saw that’s where you were heading! One of the FB bread groups I’m in there has someone who posts pictures of her beautiful bread in her beautiful Solid Teknic pan and I always sigh and make a comment, wishing…. Good work with the weight loss, such a hard thing to do and keep motivated with. So the BF is still going strong? Excellent! 🙂

    • Maree

      Seems I have doubled up! So excited by that pan 🙂

    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes… I was trying to be a bit sneaky 🙂 yes and thanks everything is going well and my Mr Normal is wonderful! Liz xxx


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