In My Kitchen – October 2014

IMK OctoberI would like to start off with an apology I was so busy last month that I didn’t get to everyone’s blogs like I usually do, but this month I will have a little bit of extra time to spend wondering through your beautiful blogs.

Thanks to Celia@ Fig Jam and Lime Cordialย for hosting this wonderful monthly event! Don’t forget to go and check out all the other fantastic IMK posts this month!

In my kitchen are a lot of beautiful heirloom tomatoes, they taste and smell wonderful, I have so many I have slow roasted a few and I have even picked some green ones so that I can use them for Sweet Mustard Pickles. The cherry tomatoes tend to get popped in my mouth ever time I walk paste them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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In my kitchen is a freshly baked loaf of bread, my very first one… I am using it to make Bunny Chow (a south african curry served in bread) recipe coming soon!

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Because I am now making bread, thanks to the inspiration of the blogging community, In My Kitchen is a 6 loaf tray, so I can make some little loaves and little fruit breads!

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In my kitchen is an empty egg carton ๐Ÿ™ it is empty because the chickens that I got last IMK post have not laid 1 egg yet! They were suppose to be point of lay, but after 4 weeks, still nothing!

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I told “Fried” “Scrambled” and “Poached” (their names) that if I don’t have an egg by next week, they will goย into the pot! However, they are getting very big and there combsย are starting to get very red….so I think that is ย a good sign… Every morning I walk out my door and they come running to say hello! They are a bit cute ๐Ÿ™‚

** I must add an amendment to this post, ย as on the day of posting, 2 hours later “Fried” laid her first egg… she must have felt the vibes! LOL so now there is 1 egg in the carton and hopeful one everyday for a while!

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Just outside my kitchen are my blueberry bushes… I planted 3 different varieties to see how they would go in the Queensland climate and one variety is doing particularly well, So I am going to plant a few more of those this year. I have eaten about 4 blueberries so far, but you can see that there are many more coming and this is only their first year!

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Right next to my blueberries is my dwarfย Mulberry tree laden with Mulberries….I have had a few and they are so delicious, especially warm straight off the tree. It will never get to climbing stage, but at least I will be able to make a mulberry pie!

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Thanks for taking a look at what is in my kitchen this month, I hope you have enjoyed the little poke around!

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x

 

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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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32 Comments

  1. Hotly Spiced

    How lovely to have your own chickens. I’m glad the laying has begun. How fantastic that the blueberry bushes are doing well – I would love to grow my own blueberries. And I’m in awe of you being in training for the GC Marathon – what a commitment. Good luck! xx

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Charlie… it is only the little one and I’m with a group of people, so we will see if I make it ๐Ÿ™‚ and you are the second persons to comment on my October 2014 blog??? was that intentional? Liz xx

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  2. Tania @My Kitchen Stories

    Oh those chickens are cute. I hope they get busy with their egging. Great bread tray. I am yet to get to an IMK post this month!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      You have commented on my October 2014 post… did you mean to do that ๐Ÿ™‚ yes the chickens are laying now if they weren’t I would have eaten them ๐Ÿ™‚ Liz xx

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  3. sherry from sherryspickings

    love the blueberry bushes and the mulberry tree. we used to have a tree in our backyard, but the neighbour didn’t like the fruit falling on her pavers, and then we had to have the yard dug up cos our sewer pipes broke and and…I hope the chooks are behaving.:)

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Well this Mulberry is a dwarf one… so I hope it behaves and the chooks are good.. 3eggs a day ๐Ÿ™‚ The good thing is I keep finding things to make with them ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Liz x

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  4. Selma | Selma's Table

    Oh, so happy to hear that your chickens are laying for you now! Looks like your post did the trick! Lucky you to be growing blueberries and mulberries – I see lots of wonderful pies, cakes and compotes in your future!! Using the little loaf tin for mini breads is genius – I only use it for mini cakes – duh!!! Off to make to some dough now…

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Selma, yes I am happy, get three a day now, so lots of egg recipes in my future ๐Ÿ™‚ I love those mini loaf tins… they are fantastic! Thanks so much for stopping in to my little blog Liz xx

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  5. Emily (Cooking for Kishore)

    Hi Liz, Lovely post! I do the same with the cherry tomatoes, they are addictive! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Emily, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Ive just picked another lot! YUM!

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  6. Sue OBryan

    Mulberries — wonderful!!!! I understand that they are actually easy to grow where I live (in Los Angeles, CA) and I am considering buying a little tree, as we love mulberries. They are truly like candy! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Hi Sue… make sure you get a dwarf variety otherwise it grows into a very , very large tree ๐Ÿ™‚ I use to climb one when I was little! Yes i go out every afternoon at the moment and pick a big handful for my afternoon tea ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! Liz x

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  7. Jennifer from Milk and Honey

    Your chooks are gorgeous. I have 5 LAYING hens. They give me the best eggs… and hours on entertainment. I see cartons upon cartons of gloriously fresh eggs in your near future.

    Oh, and I would kill for your mulberry tree.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Jennifer, yes three eggs a day are piling up very quickly now ๐Ÿ™‚ the mulberry tree is a dwarf one that fits perfectly on our front years ๐Ÿ™‚ so if you can fit chicken you can fit a mulberry tree ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  8. Miss Food Fairy

    I’m so glad to hear that Fried, Scrambled & Poached are laying eggs for you! It’s good to see how they’re doing as my sister is about to get some for the family – I will tell her about their red combs ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks like your fruit crops are loving the Queensland sun! Could you send some sunshine down south, it’s a bit cold. Love looking in your kitchen Liz x

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks so much for dropping by… yes we are now getting 3 eggs a day, which is fantastic! Have a great day! Liz x

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  9. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas

    Tomatoes!! And blueberries, and mulberries. So jealous. Our tomatoes are months off and my own blueberry bush died so I have been reduced to buying them. Congratulations on your first loaf of bread. Looks good.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks so much Tanya… the advantages and disadvantages of Queensland. when you are eating your tomatoes, I can’t grow anything but rosellas and melons because it is way to hot ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  10. celia

    Look at all those mulberries on such a little tree! And so many tomatoes! We don’t have any in the garden at the moment, and I do miss them! So happy to hear your girls have started laying – waiting for the first egg is like waiting for the kettle to boil… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Celia, and yes I’m eat mulberries every day now… I gave a few to the chooks who had there first fight over them… haha… it was so funny, who would have though that mulberries we’re their favourite ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  11. Joanne T Ferguson

    G’day Love the hes names too!
    Love the mini loaf tray as is so versatile and thanks for this month’s kitchen view also!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  12. InTolerant Chef

    Lots of goodies, I’d love a mulberry tree ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      I’ve always wanted one since having one as a little girl, but they are just too big!… This is a dwarf variety, so perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  13. Gretchen

    What great names for the hens! Glad they finally laid an egg for you, a sign of more to come. The tomatoes and mulberries look fantastic. We are in autumn now so I look forward to next spring for our garden to produce again!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Gretchen, my mum grew up on a farm and none of the chickens were named, so she thinks it is silly, only I can tell them apart ๐Ÿ™‚ and yes 2 days in a row now 1 egg, so hopefully more to come! Thanks for dropping in to say hello! Liz x

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  14. Glenda

    Hi Elizabeth – tomatoes already, clearly your season is different to ours. Last year I planted 4 blueberry plants and they all died, I have no idea why. Your chooks look wonderful – No pot for them

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes Glenda… I’m in Queensland and we have to grow them before it get too hot… A little update re the chooks! The morning I post my IMK about 2hours later, “fried” layer an egg ๐Ÿ™‚ so all is well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  15. Kirsty

    Ha! Liz, I hope Fried, Scrambled and Poached kick up a laying gear soon for their sake! Your Bunny Chow curry sounds very interesting. Can’t wait to see the recipe.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Kirsty ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, I think they must have read my blog… as I got my first egg this morning! LOL! The Bunny Chow was really nice… It will probably be up next week ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  16. anna@shenANNAgans

    Yep! Sure did enjoy my little poke around! Your hens do look happy though…… far too busy foraging around methinks to get to work with that empty egg carton.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Well Anna, They must have read my blog and thought they were going to get the chop as one of them layed their first egg after I posted! Thanks for dropping by, Liz xx

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