In My Kitchen – November 2014

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In My Kitchen this month are spoils from the Good Food and Wine Show… Look out for its very own post of all the fun and antics I got up to meeting and cooking with some fantastic celebrity chefs.

Thank so much to CELIA @ FIG JAM AND LIME CORDIALΒ for hosting this fabulous look in to kitchens all over the world.

Good Food and WineIn My Kitchen is Cheese, Cheese and more Cheese! I love Cheese Alley and the wonderful selection of cheeses they have to offer. Obviously I can’t try them all, so I just pick the most interesting ones and try them. The stand out for me was theΒ BRUNY ISLAND CHEESE COMPANY Raw Milk Cheese… It is sublime and worth the $80,000 that went into the owner being able to make it in Australia. It use to be the only raw cheese made in Australia, but now Hindmarsh Valley Dairy is also making Raw Milk Cheese… which I think is fantastic! Bruny island has a cheese club and export all over Australia, which is great for me, so I don’t have to be without my raw milk cheese… πŸ™‚ Happy Liz.

The other amazing cheese, which I discovered a last years event was OLYMPUS HALLOUMI CHEESE. Apart from making my own, this is the best Halloumi I have every tasted. They are family owned company and make all their cheeses using time-honoured Cypriot methods. It has a thin sprinkling of Oregano when it is folded which adds a perfect note of flavour. This Halloumi cooks perfectly, but also taste great uncooked. It can be any where from $20 – $30 kg depending on which deli you purchase it from. At the Good Food and Wine Festival it is only $16 kg… so I bought 4 πŸ™‚

Of course I bought my favourite selection of Organic Cheese, which I can source from my local supermarkets and deli’s, but they are so much cheaper at the festival it is worth buying in bulk!

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The standout for me was the MYRTLEFORD BUTTER FACTORYΒ and their amazing range of butters… I purchased way to many, as I couldn’t decide and now I am looking forward to making delicious things with all my yummy butters, ghee’s and Creme Fraiche! They also have a refrigerated delivery service throughout Australia, so get on board and support this amazing product.

In My Kitchen

In my kitchen is this Macaron Pan, I was inspired after having a cooking Masterclass with Adriano Zumbo (Check out the BLOG if you are interested)Β I normally just use a flat tray, but this tray was on special at my favourite kitchen shop, so I got it and used it to make my GINGER KISSES.Β Β Check out the recipe they are really easy and have no nasties in them like the store bought ones. They turned out so good that I think I am only ever going to use this tray to make them… and I may just have to go and get another! (only God knows where I am going to put it, but it’s flat thanks goodness)

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And finally in my Kitchen are EGGS, lots of EGGS! Scrambled, Poached and Fried (the chickens names) are doing a fantastic job of laying 3 eggs a day… we even had our first 70g egg the other day and it was a double yolker… so they are getting bigger and bigger, both the chickens and the eggs!

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Thank you so much for dropping by the have a look at my little blog, make sure you go and have a look at all the other bloggers at FIG JAM AND LIME CORDIAL WITH CELIA.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy Irresponsibly, because when you eat good food you can!

Liz x

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas

    I did a similar thing to you at the Good Food & Wine Show and came away with much cheese. I missed all the flavoured butters though. I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention. Our chickens have recently started laying as well. It is such a good feeling to have your own eggs isn’t it.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes Tania…. I love having my own eggs, especially since I live in Suburbia! Myrtlefood was a small stand, but amazing… I can recommend the butter factory for a visit if you are down that way! but they do deliver and the creme’ Fraiche, truffled butter and just their cultured butter is to die for! Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  2. Lisa

    Oh cheese! After nine months of deprivation, that haul looks amazing! I was so sad to miss the Food and Wine expo this year so I’m pleased so many people are posting gorgeous pictures … makes me feel a little less deprived!

    I love that your kitchen is full of lots of delicious staples – there is so much you can make with good cheese, butter and eggs πŸ™‚

    PS: Those ginger kisses look amazing. The pan is worth every penny if that’s how they turn out!!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Lisa, yes it was a good expo this year… and Cheese Alley is my favourite! I always find something new and different to treat myself every year! I have now made the ginger kisses a few times and they turn out perfect every time! only problem is that it makes a lot and I eat them πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  3. Miss Food Fairy

    How good was the Good Food & Wine Show? Went to the Melbourne one & I wrote about it too. Didn’t buy as many goodies as you though! Let me know how the butters & Creme Fraiche go – very interested. Great little macaron tray & such lovely macarons too – bit jealous πŸ˜‰ Thank s for letting us peek in your kitchen, see you next month Liz x

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I have fresh home made papadelli pasta last night with garlic and the truffle butter, honestly I could have died and my life would have been complete! I’m looking forward to trying the smoked salt butter as it tasted so good, not sure… maybe some fish? Anyhow the fun part is experimenting! Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  4. Emily (Cooking for Kishore)

    Hi Liz! That cheese shop sounds like heaven! I’ve got to try those ginger kisses they look delish. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Emily… yes I look forward to Cheese Alley at the good food and wine festival every year! Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  5. sherry from sherryspickings

    oh wow love the look of all that butter. your ginger kisses are so beautiful. we went to the Show too! i restrained myself and didnt buy much. how marvellous having all those fresh eggs.!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Sherry, I never restrain myself… intact, I save up to go πŸ™‚ one of the highlights of my year! Thanks for stopping by! Liz xx

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  6. celia

    Liz, so many eggs! I can still remember when the girls weren’t laying! And look at all that cheese! I’ve never tried a local raw milk cheese, so I’ll have to look out for the Bruny Island one, thank you!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I know… soooo happy with all the eggs, now to cooking. Celia, the raw cheese is truly exceptional… I just did a bit of a search and you can find the raw milk cheese at “The Larder”, 489 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill 2203. I hope that’s not too far away, but like buying a fine wine, the drive will be worth it πŸ™‚ Liz x

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      • celia

        Ooh thanks love, that’s right next door to my butchers! That will be my quest for today.. πŸ™‚

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          • celia

            Liz, they didn’t have any – they’re not stocking it any more. They said the price had become prohibitive and the quality was too variable. I did pick up a lovely Roquefort instead though! πŸ™‚ Btw, if you’d like some dried sourdough starter, please email me your postal address and I’ll happily send some up to you! I’ve just sent some to Maureen! xx

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            • Elizabeth Connolly

              πŸ™ I’m so sorry that you didn’t get to try some… you could join their cheese club and they will send you some, but if you can find a Sydney stockist then of course that would be better πŸ™‚ So glad you got some yummy Roquefort!
              That is extremely generous of you Celia… I have emailed you my address. Thank you very much! Liz xx

  7. Hotly Spiced

    I didn’t know you could get macaron pans. What a great idea. I’d love one but like you, would be struggling to find a place for it – we’re in a crisis here! Your macarons look really impressive. I must get to try that haloumi cheese xx

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Well I didn’t know you could get them either… but saw them in a shop on special and couldn’t resist! I still make macarons on a flat tray, but these are perfect for my gingers kisses πŸ™‚ Liz x

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  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    Wow, your hens have been busy! We are cheese addicts and it seems we would have done the same thing, and got lots and lots πŸ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Honestly I’m already half way through it… just a little piece each night with a drink before dinner and before I know it all gone and I’m sad ageing until next year… although… I think I am going to order on line now, but that just have this treat every year has its perks for my waist line πŸ™‚ Liz xx

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  9. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day! What a great post with lots of great food! Thanks for inviting me into your kitchen this month…am drooling now too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  10. Francesca

    What treasures you found at the Fair. Some great cheese from Bruny Island- love that place- and so many interesting butters.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes Francesca.. I’m a good food treasure hunter πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to trying the butters with some home made pasta! Thanks for stopping by! Liz xx

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  11. Glenda

    Wow Liz, you did buy lots of stuff. All that cheese and butter would take us forever to get through. I love your tray, I have a similar one but with bigger holes. I bought it when it was on special but I have no idea what I am going to do with it. Make giant macarons maybe!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      HAHA Glenda… yes, but it lasts a long time so all good, I have to use the Creme Fraiche first as it really is the only thing that goes off quickly… I’m sure I will come up with something yummy soon πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  12. Kirsty

    Hi there Liz. I have the same macaron pan! I love that it is dual purpose for macarons and ‘whoopee pies’. Your ginger kisses look so soft and pillowy. I will have to check out your recipe, Kirsty xx

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh Yes Kirsty, you could make big Ginger Kisses πŸ™‚ That would be fantastic πŸ™‚ These are little and just perfect bit size πŸ™‚ Ummm excuse my ignorance, but what are Whoopee pies??? Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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      • Kirsty

        Hi Liz, a whoopee pie is a soft rounded cake like thing (x2) with a buttercream sandwiched inbetween. A US thing, there are heaps of flavour variations, like macarons, but the texture is more ‘ginger kisses’ like, if not a little cake-ier. That pan makes little ones, which are probably better for the waistline πŸ™‚ Happy November! K

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        • Elizabeth Connolly

          Sounds Yum… need to try it when I get to America sometime! πŸ™‚ Liz x

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