In My Kitchen August 2013


August 1, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Cookie-cutters-loveFirst of all, a VERY BIG thank you to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for again welcoming me to In My Kitchen August 2013.

I cannot believe HOW quickly time “flew” since my very first post of  In My Kitchen July 2013!

It “seems” like I just shared it the other day!

When Celia “introduced” us to her utility drawer, I think we “all” laughed with Celia too!

As I “initially” thought, “How did Celia take a photo of my drawer?”

My name is Joanne and I have a utility drawer that “looks” like Celia’s too!
Ultility-drawerAs you “may” have figured out by now, our kitchen is the heart of our home.

It is about fun-filled food adventures, LOTS of laughter and memories shared with friends.

The Sultan of Dubai stopped by the other day for coffee and thought this would make a perfect kitchen pressie. (Aussie lingo for present.)

We LOVE it!
SignAre you “feeling” the LOVE today?

There is always some “warm and welcoming” soup simmering on the day!
SoupThis recipe came to me from Sandra from $120 Food Challenge.

I used it “as a guide” and used up veggies that I had on hand; as food wastage is a BIG pet peeve for me.

Food wastage has been recently highlighted in Yelp Adelaide Cooking For a Cause and OzHarvest Be a Souper Hero Feeding 5000 Event.
Wish-bone-blocksThis wishbone is also VERY special to me! As when I was little, my mum used to save all the wishbones; then we all (as a family) got to make a wish together.

It was not until I saved this wishbone that I remembered what mum used to do.

I now also wonder HOW many chickens my mum used to buy to make sure we all had a wishbone each!
Mexican-tamales Flour My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG!

I have another confession to make today!

If you remember my “visiting an Asian store” last month via In My Kitchen July, then you will now know visiting Chile Mojo (THE source of all things “authentic” Mexican) brings out my same food personality!

This tortilla press J-U-M-P-E-D out at me!

I have made tortillas from scratch before, but not tamales, corn tortillas etc., so look out for a food blog coming soon with what I create!

I also LOVE various flours I have never tried before! YOU?

PLEASE tell me I am not the only one who buys foods and then asks (when I get home), “What with this do I do?”
Cake-stand Cake-toppers LOVE anything that has to do with mini bite sized foods, whether tapas style dishes, mini muffins and cupcakes too!

This cake stand is all about a bit of fun!

The ONLY think missing is the mini cupcake I was supposed to bake today for you! lol

I am sure you understand and have had those days yourself too!

Mini cake toppers are also “whimsically fun!”
I loved this the first moment I saw it, true!

It is a “unique” postage stamp that is mounted on a small canvas.

My post is complete and I have now posted In My Kitchen August 2013 with love today too!

I am not a sticky beak (Aussie lingo for nosy), but am always curious about other kitchen’s …YOU?

I am also VERY E-X-C-I-T-E-D today as my new design (Thanks to Lisa V.) has “officially” debuted today! “WHOO HOO!”

Do you have a dish that you cook with love?

Is there something you “particularly” like with the new design?

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51 thoughts on “In My Kitchen August 2013

  1. auntbeesrecipes says:

    Love the ‘Bless our home with love and friends’!!! I want that for my kitchen!! I have a drawer or 2 that looks like yours 😉

  2. Well that also looks exactly like my draw! Lets just call it organised chaos 🙂

  3. there is some order in my drawer chaos…I try to have my most used tools in the one drawer while ‘specialty’ tools go in another. It still looks like yours and Celia’s!!
    No you are not the only one who buys food items and then gets home and wonders what to do!! I’m so bad for that and my pantry is filled to the bursting!
    What’s worse is when you buy a special something for a recipe, then forget where you found said recipe 🙁

  4. I bought a tortilla press a few years ago and have yet to use it. One day soon I promise. I do love experimenting with new flours. The teff btw goes extremely well with banana.

  5. Joanne, your IMK post touched my heart on so many levels… first, I have a utensil drawer like that! 😉 Secondly, avoiding food waste is a huge concern here, too — I “recycle” everything into as many dishes as I can. (Don’t tell my hubby… lol.) Third, wishbones were part of my family’s history, too — so nice to see your affinity for that tradition. Last of all, your blog format looks great! (I didn’t get to see the “before” but the “after” is lovely.)

  6. I routinely clean out my kitchen utensil drawer but it certainly takes no time at all for it to return to all jumbled up.

    Where did you find Bob’s Red Mill stuff?

  7. I am so glad that everyone elses draws look like mine!

  8. My Kitchen Stories says:

    All my draws look like that not just one!. I cannot leave a food store ( an interesting one) and not leave loaded with stuff.

  9. I think people would pass out if they saw my drawer. It’s a scary place. Things go in and never come out.

  10. oh Joanne, at least you can ‘open’ your drawer! Mine takes a lot of screaming, swearing and yanking to prank it open 😉 great IMK post!

  11. lizzygoodthings says:

    We all seem to have a messy drawer in the kitchen, don’t we : )

  12. HAHA, I think that messy drawer is a universal problem! If we came up with a solution for that, we could be millionaires!

  13. heidiannie says:

    Your kitchen sounds like it is filled with fun and great food!
    ALL of my drawers look like things have been heaved about- it comes from men putting away the dishes. ANd I’d rather have their help than organized drawers! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love the design of your blog, it looks wonderful. I think we all probably have a utility drawers that looks looks like the one in your post.

  15. Joanne, glad to know I’m not the only one with a messy utility drawer! And I have that blue cornflour as well – isn’t it great? So many treasures in your kitchen, thank you for sharing them with us! 🙂

  16. I love those candle toppers!!they are so cute! and I confess I have several drawers, cabinets and what not, looking like your or worse…(an episode of horders” the kitchen”) lol, I just can’t keep it together…I clean it once…and then..the mess just reproduces..But your blog design is LOVELY! love the color it looks so clean and elegant yet not stiff!! Very relaxing and inviting! Congratulations girl, love to see that “this ” is what was on the list! Hugs, Lizy

  17. I only have 4 drawers in my kitchen so they are packed to the brim so won’t be sharing a pic with anybody any time soon! Your candles are just too adorable for words and thank again for the link love.
    Have a super afternoon.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  18. Those candles and displays are so cute Joanne! And I love the new look too! 😀

  19. Joanne says:

    OMG. I have the SAME drawer!! 😛

  20. peacefulnightdove says:

    Too funny! About 6 months ago, I FINALLY cleaned out my “junk drawer”. Sat on the living room floor in front of the TV and dumped it all out! Maybe a fourth of it all actually made it back in there and the rest went out to the trash! I was so proud of that dang drawer, that every time I walked passed it, I had to open it and admire it. (I even went in there on purpose more than once to take a quick peek.) And it’s still just as organized and neat as when I first did it! I still haven’t done the other 3 yet, though….2 utensil drawers ( one or cooking stuff, one for baking stuff), and another sorta kinda junk one with 10,000 manuals to stuff I no longer have.) :/
    Talk again soon! (Kelly from Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen)

  21. Glenda says:

    Hi Joanne, That drawer!!!! I am now going to check out Celia’s drawer, I obviously missed something whilst I was away:)

  22. I think we all have a drawer like that! The strange thing is that I (more or less) know where everything is unless someone else has put it away as they obviously throw things in a different way to me.

  23. Great peek into your kitchen. Love your new design – very elegant!

    Must check out your post on tortillas – I haven’t made them before but have the flour and also have tried my hand at tamales but think it needs practice!

    Love your little and tiny things – they would be very popular in my house with a small girl.

    And the wishbone makes me nostalgic for when we got to make a wish with the wishbone when I was little.

    BTW sorry to hear the prop swap is not going ahead – maybe the Australian blogging scene is not ready for it but hopefully will be one day!

    • Thanks Johanna for your uplifting comments today!

      Tortilla and tamales posting will soon be coming your way!

      Glad we all can take a trip food wise down memory lane, true!

      My friends call me The Eternal Optimist and continue to focus on positive people, positive thoughts and all the wonderful things and people around me that brighten my day and I am blessed to view! 🙂

  24. Tandy says:

    oh my, I am scared to share my drawer photo with you all! Thank you for the peek into your kitchen this month – and the Aussie lingo translation 🙂

    • Thanks Tandy! Thanks to Celia, I do feel less guilty for sharing what my utility drawer looks like most days! I do remember ONE day it was all in align and items were easy to find! lol

      • Pat Machin says:

        I’ll let you into a secret.

        There is only one utility drawer in existence and it is in the Tardis so can be accessed from any time or place.

        When the drawer ‘sticks’ and is difficult to open, it is because too many other people are opening at the same time.


        I loved your flours. We have lots of Indian, Chinese and Japanese foods around but Mexican tends to be the more pseudo Tex-Mex variety – you know, ready made and pretty dull. I envy you your Chile Mojo.

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