Welcome to my In My Kitchen (IMK) update for February 2015. This post is part of the IMK series, brought to you by the lovely Celia, of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Pop over to her blog to link up with bloggers from all over the world, for a glimpse into their kitchens and lives for the last month. Its a very interesting read, and I make several trips back to her page for updates. Many a cup of tea has been had as I peruse blogs from all over the globe.
My kitchen this month has seen lots and lots of fresh produce. The vast majority of which has been purchased from farmers markets, sunday markets, fruit stores, some from my own garden, some from a neighbours garden, and some lovely jam from a work colleague. This year I am making great efforts to source our produce from non-supermarket sources. Firstly to buy as close from the producers as I can, and secondly as it is generally far better quality. I am in the process of adding to my existing vegetable garden beds and we have plans for more fruit trees for the yard.
The Capital Region Farmers Markets are the 'crème de la crème' of markets, but a bit of a trek from Tuggeranong each week. When I do make it there on a Saturday morning, I make sure I stock up. Here was my last haul.
Bought from the same markets was a delicious fruit loaf. I am quite proud of my precision loaf cutting. I popped this in the freezer, so I could have a tasty breakfast for the days that followed.
A work colleague was inundated with plums from their plum tree. Apparently only half their tree fruited, but they estimated that still produced nearly 30kg!! I swapped an empty jar and some home grown chillies for a large jar of their cardamom plum jam, nice.
I have purchased a few whole watermelon this month. Each time I pick up these monsters I still get that childish urge to smash the melon on the ground, just to see what happens, but then I quickly grow up again and sensibly place it in the car. I saw recently at a plant nursery baby watermelon seedlings. I wonder if they would work in the Canberra climate?
In my kitchen are some lovely condiments, purchased online from Farmhouse Direct. The apricot vanilla conserve was consumed over the course of 2 weeks. Devoured atop of cream cheese spread atop of toasted fruit loaf (see above). What a great flavour combination!! The spiced cherry jam and balsamic essence have yet to be opened.
I am always on the look out for a new tea. This toasty nougat sounds perfect for the cooler days we have experienced of late.
A new book to add to my bookshelves... This book has some great recipes and tips for making everyday foods at home. I love that it gives you more control over exactly what goes into whatever you make, plus its a nod to 'getting back to basics' which is nice.
Thanks for stopping by. Drop me a line, I would love to hear what is going on in your kitchen too! Don't forget to pop over to Celia's blog, to catch more IMK posts.