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In my kitchen… February 2015

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned, it’s been four months since my last post.

In my kitchen…

is my Christmas baking.

Every year I make various things as gifts, including eight fruit cakes this year. I was going to do something different, but ended up doing the standbys of gingerbread men, shortbread stars and a fruit mince pies. The fruit mince was made in early 2014 and sat aging in the fridge until I was ready to use it. I have enough for this year too, so they should be really good pies this year.

In my kitchen…

is dehydrated sourdough starter.

The lovely Celia sent me some starter from Priscilla. I was thrilled! She’s been christened Felicia.

In my kitchen…

is my Christmas lunch.

There are just four of us for lunch at Christmas – Mum, Dad and Mr Boyfriend. This year, instead of turkey, I did chicken because it takes quite a while to roast and I didn’t want the hassle. Along with roast pork done on the Weber and ham plus roast veg and peas, it was more than enough. In fact, we only ate half of what I cooked. For some reason we all just didn’t eat a lot and, to be honest, it was an elegant sufficiency.

In my kitchen…

is the pudding!

I make a pudding every year in October using my Grandfathers recipe. It’s rich. Really rich. And it also has its own gravitational pull. There’s still some left in the fridge!

In my kitchen…

is Croque Madam.

I’ve started making this for breakfast on Boxing Day. I have plenty of ham – a whole leg – and it’s a great little treat.

In my kitchen…

is sukiyaki.

Mr Boyfriend had promised The Mothership™ that he would make sukiyaki for us and we had it the Saturday after Boxing Day. It was universally enjoyed.

In my kitchen…

is osechi, the traditional Japanese New Years Day meal.

We decided to get the osechi from Sushi Studio in Neutral Bay this year instead of where we have bought it the last two years. Sushi Studio is probably the best sushi in Sydney. Mr Boyfriend knows the owner quite well, so we always sit at the counter in front of the chef/owner who then makes individual pieces of sushi for us. It’s a little exy, but well worth the visit. AND they have Orion beer on tap!

In my kitchen…

is sourdough.

Celia is a pusher! A pusher of the art of baking sourdough. I will never buy bread again, I swear! The first pic is my first loaf, the second was my second and I was thrilled with the result.

In my kitchen…

are my cookbooks.

I’ve now started putting books on the reverse side of the unit. I have an addiction.

In my kitchen…

is pavlova.

It’s not Australia Day unless there’s pavlova. Family recipe, simply decorated, absolutely delicious!

Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens.


  1. lizzygoodthings lizzygoodthings

    So many good things in your kitchen, Andrew! Love it. The sukiyaki took me back… the first time I ever tried it was in first form Asian Social Studies class in high school. My teacher blew me away! Love your sour dough too! Happy cooking.

  2. What a busy holiday season you had! Your pavlova looks wonderful. That is quite a collection of cookbooks you have!

  3. I almost called my sourdough starter Felicia but have a different name. I expect we had the same inspiration. As to that pudding…are you kidding me? That’s gigantic! Thanks for that festive tour. Fiona xx

  4. Your sourdough bread looks amazing. I love how Priscilla has spawned all these offspring, living happy lives all over the place.

  5. The Life of Clare The Life of Clare

    So many delicious food treats! The pav looks delicious! Since I got my sourdough starter I haven’t baked bread either. Yay to bread making!

  6. such lovely things here. i love the size of that pudding- it seems huge! and your bread looks excellent. i am going to make some of my own bread soon – i swear! love the sushi too. and the pav, and those shelves. all great.

  7. Sigh…I love how it’s always my fault.. 😉 Your breads have been looking amazing! And all your delicious food makes me starving! I didn’t know about the sushi place in Neutral Bay, thanks for the headsup! x

  8. Welcome back! What a feast of food you’ve had, which all looks amazing! Next time I head to NSW with my husband, we’re definitely heading to Neutral Bay for sushi as it looks absolutely amazing! Don’t worry about having an addiction to cookbooks, we’re all friends here & I’m sure we’re all in the same boat – we love them! Lovely meeting you, see you next month for IMK

  9. Andrew, I’m swooning over your homebaked goodies, Grandfather’s pudding, Celia’s sourdough starter, sushi, and so much more! (And, please forgive me for my sins of omission — I hear ya on ‘regular’ posting, lol… duly forgiven!) Sometimes we’re so hard on ourselves… unnecessarily so. I enjoyed every vicarious bite! Thank you.

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