Are Your Curious What’s In My Kitchen?


May 1, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Manu-cookbookAre Your Curious What’s In My Kitchen?

I know I am again E-X-C-I-T-E-D in sharing what’s in my kitchen this month thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial; Celia’s monthly In My Kitchen series.

You know it’s always a good day when a French man is in your kitchen cooking.

While I have met Manu, today he is not in my kitchen, but French for Everyone Manu Feidel was sent via Penguin Books Australia “as a courtesy”; review and recreation of one of Manu’s recipe’s coming soon!
ManuCake-mouldThis Crown Cake Mould “magically” appeared in my kitchen this month and will be perfect for me to be crowned Queen of my Kitchen when I complete my Disney Castle like shared in last month’s In My Kitchen April 2014.
Disney-castleCardP-A-R-T-Y!!! P-A-R-T-Y!!!!

As you know, I only party in the days that end in “Y!”

I thought these Party Bingo Cards would be fun to play with in my kitchen!

I WONDER when I YELL, “BINGO!!!”, will anyone hear me?
CandleI love candles and love “unique fragrance candles” especially!

This candle takes me back to my childhood in New York, where I have many fond “marshmallow roasting around the campfire” stories, but they will have to wait for another day!

For now, this Toasted Marshmallow candle aroma takes me back to childhood and yesteryear!

Bread-soup-bavarianSeeing the weather has been getting a “tad” chilli as winter is not too far away, I made this Bavarian Bread Soup recently for my International Food Challenge Bavarian Cuisine; a fun monthly worldwide challenge learning about all world cuisines and meeting new foodies along the way!

The secret is “official” out today!

I will be hosting my very first International Food Challenge North American Cuisine – California Region starting today!

Feel free to come over to the International Food Challenge group and play!

April “seemed” a tad “food chaotic” for me with the Easter holidays and Anzac holidays so close.

There were some AMAZING smells in my kitchen this month with these cardamom rolls!

Are You Curious How Versatile Cardamom Is?
Cardamon-rollsBy now you know HOW much I love cooking and baking!

I recently saw this “recycled paper” cupcake and thought it would be cute in my kitchen this month.
CupcakeFor my readers who “might have noticed,” my Masterchef apron is in the background.

CookbooksI was excited when Everyday Raw Gourmet by Chef Matthew Kenney and Ancient Grains by Catherine Saxerby were sent courtesy of Arbon Publishing; recipes and posts coming soon!

Speaking about baking….I S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D about these Star Wars cookie cutters that are in my kitchen this month!

I have recently teamed up with Neat2Eat who have sent these Star Wars cookie cutters as a courtesy.

I um, blush blush, remember waiting on line in New York for the preview at midnight of Star Wars and how much was the movies then?

99 cents!

Movie prices are A LOT more expensive than this!

How exciting to re-live the Star Wars series with these cookie cutters and my wonderful Star Wars childhood fun-filled adventures.
Starwars-cookie-cutter Darth-vader-cookie-cutterWas I Princess Leah?

Did I have a crush on Hans Solo?

Was Chewbacca our chaperone “in my dreams”?

What about Obi-Wan, R2-D2 and C3PO?

They were and are my “very much alive” and “imaginary friends!”

Look forward to my blog post and my very first giveaway!

Also, I AM excited about this Mickey Mouse cookie cutter which is in my kitchen this month!

The recipe calls for egg white powder; something which I have never used before and was not “readily available” locally, but conveniently located online within Australia at The Essential Ingredient.
Egg-powderDid you know the secret ingredient to “perfect macarons, meringues and souffles” is egg white powder?

MANY people have asked me where I have obtained the egg white powder and also about how healthy the ingredients are; more to come!

Have you ever heard of Pathiri?

I have experienced many different recipes for Pathiri, but I never made it at home and thought I would as I recently was the host of The Daring Kitchen‘s worldwide Cooks Challenge this month; what a busy month indeed!
Pathiri-savory Layered-crepe-pathiriI have also created this Mint, Zucchini and Sun Dried Tomato Bread for Karen from Lavender and Lovage in issuing her herb challenge: this month being mint!
Bread-mintLastly, anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE South Australia red wines!

We are “a tad” spoiled as we live not far from a number of wine regions, but one of my favorite places to experience is The Barossa Valley!

I am hoping you will laugh “with me” with this indulgent, luxurious, elegant wine high heel that was dropped off by Vino Glamour; provided “graciously!”
Wine-shoeThe reason I mentioned about laughing “with me,” is I had seen a wide range of “single high heel luxury” shoes at The Campbelltown Moonlight Markets a while ago; I could figure out why there was “just one” of every design.

I always “wondered” HOW people could walk in such high heels!

It was only then that the owner explained they are actually “wine high heels” and wine is something I know all about!

Thanks Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this great monthly series!

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44 thoughts on “Are Your Curious What’s In My Kitchen?

  1. you sounds busy but in the most exciting way – no wonder there are squeals of excitment. That wine high heel is hilarious and I love love love the star wars cookie cutters – and all that good food looks wonderful too (and am sure there will be more from your cookbook acquisitions)

  2. ardysez says:

    I’m a little (?) slow getting to the IMK’s this month. I will never make it through them all. Those cardamom rolls sent a little jet of saliva from the corner of my mouth! And the Star Wars cookie cutters would make a wonderful gift for someone dear, so thank you for showing those as well. Who knew there were wine high heels?? Just as well to make them useful, I certainly can’t use them for walking!! Thanks for the fun post, Joanne.

  3. Joanne, I love cardamom and your “curious about” question had me hopping down the ol’ bunny trail to read more — as if your IMK post wasn’t jam packed with goodies & bustling with activity already! (I admire your full on/dive in and ENJOY EVERY MINUTE cooking adventures and writing!) Have fun wearing your crown cake pan when the last turret is put on the castle!!!

  4. My Kitchen Stories says:

    A wine heel?, Never heard of such a thing!. There is so much in your kitchen I had to go back to the top twice. All those books look like they’ll keep you busty for a while to come

  5. Wow! What a kitchen! It started on a high note (how can you go wrong with a French man in your kitchen?!) and just improved from there. Your castle cake mold is fantastic and all of your cookbooks are calling out to me. I am sure they hold lots of fantastic dishes 🙂

  6. Wow. So much going on in your kitchen. I will be interested to see what you think of the Ancient Grains book. I have had my eye on it for a while. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hmmm… I’m in a few challenges but I wonder if I squeeze myslef into this one you’re hosting. I’ll have to see what I can do. I love SA Red’s too. We are massive Barossa fans and visit every two years for Vintage and then also try to visit another region. Last year Clare, next year McLaren Vale. Once you’ve had a SA red, you are spoiled for good. Keep on showing us your cookie cutters. I love them!

  8. corinne1989 says:

    Love, love, love the PARTY Bingo cards! And would you believe I’ve never cooked with cardamom? I’m going to have to give your rolls a try.

  9. Hello Joanne

    Your kitchen looks like a bright and happy place to be! Love those Star Wars cutters…who knew? Egg white powder, every pantry should have some of that! Lovely photo with Manu. Happy cooking to you.

  10. Hi Joanne,
    star wars cookie cutters things really don’t get better than that, love them.

  11. jodie says:

    You sure do know how to party! SO much fun and so much going on!

  12. Star Wars cookie cutters! How cute are they! Your recycled paper cupcake is very cute indeed, and your cardamom rolls are the bomb! 🙂 And egg white powder – so THAT’S the secret! x

  13. I’ve never seen the high heel wine thing before! My grandmother would have a fit as she always told us it was bad luck to put new shoes on the table. No idea why.
    Lots going on in your kitchen Joanne – as usual 🙂

  14. Lisa says:

    I love the peek into your kitchen and I’m loving that wine high heel! The photos that you’ve taken are just amazing, and I’m loving the colour and sheer variety of things that are in your cooking space!

  15. Liz Posmyk of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things says:

    Such exciting news about your MasterChef radio gig. Congratulations… and thanks for sharing all those goodies in your kitchen : )

    • Thanks Liz for stopping by! Your comments always brighten my day! Just for clarification, I will be covering the event for Homefresh Experience, but the event will be hosted by the local radio station Mix 102.3 for the South Australian launch of Masterchef! I think it is VERY exciting indeed!

  16. Kylie says:

    So many lovely and interesting treats in your kitchen! Egg white powder? I didnt know it was the magic ingredient for macaroons, pave and soufflés …..must try and track some down. Ive been enjoying Manu’s show on TV so I can imagine his book his delicious and fully of Manu personality. Love the Star wars cutters…me personally….I was a Luke Skywalker fan! Thks for sharing x

  17. Misky says:

    So much fun-fun-fun in your kitchen, Joanne. Love it!

  18. I have a toasted marshmallow candle I bought last fall that I loved the smell of! so weird to hear you talking about the weather getting colder and yet, we are barely into spring here!

  19. Glenda says:

    Joanne, Heidi is right, there is just so much happening in your kitchen, one does not know where to start. I have Manu’s book and was wondering whether you have cooked anything from it. I haven’t. I would be interest in any recipes you can recommend. I especially like your cookie cutters. All cookie cutters are good but Star Wars cookie cutters are very special indeed.

    • Thanks Glenda! I love to have food fun every day! With regards to Manu’s book….so many wonderful recipes to choose, but if I had to choose three not in any particular order: Veal paupiettes with mushroom sauce, Pot roasted lamb in white sauce, and love the Mussels with speck and cider!

  20. heidiannie says:

    Joanne- This reads like a magazine post! You have so much going on in your life and in your kitchen and on your blog that I am exhausted just reading about it! Love the bread, cookie cutter, cupcake decorations and of course the picture of you with the chef in the kitchen!!!
    Thanks for sharing- Cheers!

    • Thanks for stopping by today Heidianne and sorry your are exhausted but I live a very fun-filled life, especially in my kitchen and am bursting and bubbly to share my food passion and enthusiasm! I am glad we can inspire each other in various ways!

  21. auntbeesrecipes says:

    OH WOW!!! Congratulations on your new hosting gig! What an awesome opportunity! <3

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