In my kitchen… May 2014

In my kitchen…

are purple flesh potatoes called Sapphire. I get them from Highland Gourmet Potatoes at Eveleigh Markets. They taste just like an ordinary potato. They have purple skin and a purple blush when they’re peeled, though are primarily white – until you cook them! I like them mashed and roasted.

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is corned beef. And kartoffelpuffers – German potato cakes. I love corned beef and usually serve it with sautéed cabbage, mash potato and mustard sauce, but felt like making kartoffelpuffers this time as Mr Boyfriend hasn’t had them before.

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is homemade custard. It’s so absurdly easy to make, I don’t know why people use custard powder or chilled custard from the supermarket – milk, egg, sugar, cornflour and vanilla – not that hard. And now the weather has turned, I’ll be making a lot more of it!

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are hot cross buns. I always make my own from a Delia Smith recipe that I’ve been using for over 15 years. There’s something about homemade over store bought that can’t be replicated. Maybe it’s the love and care and attention put into it.

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is JFC – Japanese Fried Chicken or karaage as it’s also known. I love doing chicken thighs like this. Served with it is stir fried cauliflower with mustard & a kind of stew of carrot, cabbage and deep fried tofu that you can buy frozen from Asian supermarkets.

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is a dead simple spaghetti with bacon, four types of mushrooms and asparagus. Throw some garlic and chilli into a pan with some olive oil, sauté for minute or two, then add the other ingredients and cook for about seven minutes. Stir in cooked spaghetti and you’re done.

Along with that I made a bread and butter pudding, but I use croissants or brioche for mine instead of normal bread – you can never have too much butter!

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well, outside my kitchen, is a Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides). Dude was just sitting on top of my washing line, waiting for a meal to fly by. Another first, as it’s the first time in over nine years of living in the Blue Mountains I’ve seen one. And he didn’t mind having his photo taken either!

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