In My Kitchen September 2013


September 1, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Soup-thermomixAre you excited what’s In My Kitchen September 2013?

First of all, again a big thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for inviting me to participate in her fun monthly series In My Kitchen.

My kitchen “bubbles with excitement” at the best of time and have been known to have a chat or two with Julia (Child lol) and Marco, Marco, Marco like when making my Dark Chocolate Apricot plum Amazing Babka Bites.

I also get VERY distracted in my kitchen when it comes to all things food and this month was no exception!

This month, I have been asked to trial a Thermomix to see if it is compatible with my food lifestyle.

More to come in a future blog post, but this Carrot and Coriander Soup (pictured above) was done in approximately 20 minutes including rough chopping.
FlowersPrincess What from Hello Dolly Lebanese Delight fame knows flowers brighten my day!

She snipped these special for me from her garden and delivered them with love!
ChocolateWHO can go past Thornton’s Continental Milk and Dark Chocolate Collection with “42 scrumptious pralines, irresistible truffles and melt-in-the-mouth mousses encased in … creamy chocolate”…with “chocolates inspired by the finest flavours of Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and France?”

Cookie-cuttersCupcake-containersI love the circus (and circus themed items) and have very fond childhood memories and seeing Barnum and Bailey Circus every year in Madison Square Garden in New York City!

I especially loved the baked animal crackers that came in a circus themed box when in primary school too!

Look forward to a future blog post about my R-O-A-R-I-N-G experiences!
Cherries-fruitSadly, cherry season is now over, so this is the last of the cherries, true!

I think I caught a “glistening halo” over these cherries; it was as if they had let me know they have to go in order to return!
Spices Coconut-creamed While frequenting my local Indian Bazaar Supermart, this Panch Phoran and Fijian Pure Creamed Coconut found its way into my basket!

Did I know what with them to do? mmmmmmm

I have already used the Pure Creamed Coconut and will try to find an exciting recipe using Panch Phoran!

With cooking and baking, I am very adventurous and love all world cuisines! YOU?
Boxes Teapot Cake-standI am FASCINATED with “colorfully decorated boxes”, anything tea related (even though am a coffee drinker mostly), and love this mini cake stand!

I did have a mini cupcake to go in the mini cake stand, but was “missing” by the time I took the photo, so decided to used this decorative prop I bought because I LOVE the design and love the colors, especially when the sun shines!

When I was little, one Christmas Day, my mum gave me a beautifully decorated box!

I have the “thing” (as my friends, they will tell you), I, um, well, SHAKE presents, then S-L-O-W-L-Y and almost PAINFULLY (for them), slide the bows and ribbons off and carefully (I think lovingly) remove the paper or wrapping on the present making sure not to rip it too!

I have always done this, so is not something new!

This beautifully decorated box from my mum was unwrapped.

I took great care in removing the paper inside the box to see what my present was.

When all of the paper was sitting outside the box, I looked in and saw nothing and thought, “Did my mum forget to put the present inside?”

Surely not!

It was then she told me that what was in the box was more priceless than what she could say.

It was her love given to me in the “beautifully decorated box” that I had admired forever and a day!

Mum said, her love would always be with me!

My mum was not noted for saying what she felt, but she demonstrated her love in her own unique way and think now this is WHY I get excited with boxes of all kinds; wrapped or unwrapped; plain or “beautifully decorated” too!

Thank you for allowing me to share that childhood memory!

Wallaby, Crocodile meat, Saltbush leaves and Kangaroo all made it In My Kitchen this month!
Chicken Kangaroo-mince Saltbush-leavesDisney-cupcakesI can’t help myself when it comes to all things Mickey Mouse!

I love these these cupcake toppers! YOU?

I am THE BIGGEST Mickey Mouse fan hence mickeydownunder is my Twitter name!

Glass-jarLastly, love sayings that reflect me and my life philosophy!

What did you enjoy most about this post today and why?

What is your favorite game meat?

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46 thoughts on “In My Kitchen September 2013

  1. Nancy Fox says:

    What a fun post Joanne. Love what you collected

  2. chef mimi says:

    A beautiful story about the box. And, beautiful flowers, as well!!!

  3. Hi Mickey…I mean Joanne. What a mixed bag! With the Panch Phoran, you had the perfect opportunity with that soup. Dice and fry half an onion in oil on a moderate heat until nicely coloured. Turn the heat up a little, add a splash of oil and the tip in two teaspoons of Panch Phoran. Give and stir and once the seeds start popping, remove from the heat and pour onto the top of the soup or dahl as a crispy, spicy accompaniment. Well, what are you waiting for? Cheers!

  4. Joanne, your eclectic collection of goodies, stories, & memories for this month’s IMK post was wonderful, intriguing, and fun! Loved your Mom’s ‘love in a box’ gift — what a treasure. Because of what you wrote, I’m going to sloooow down and savor “gift opening” next time. xo Never tried kangaroo (and doubt that I can get it here), but alligator is yummy. I also got a kick out of your nickname… a friend still calls me “Mickey Kim” for my penchant for all things Mickey. 🙂 Delightful post!

    • Thanks Kim for your enthusiastic reply! I am humbled by your words and you should definitely try kangaroo at least once in your life!
      I am glad we can all share our food related stories and can inspired each other in a variety of ways world wide! lol we are the Mickey twins! 🙂

  5. There are so many exciting things in your kitchen! I have a sudden craving for chocolates and would also be tempted to buy that creamed coconut if I saw it. I’m delighted on your behalf that you got to play with a thermomix too (I don’t have one but know I’d enjoy testing)!

  6. Jason says:

    HI Joanne, I love your purple glass it looks perfect for sipping some mint tea.
    Look forward to your roaring story:)

  7. What fun! Creamed coconut! Yum! I love everything coconut and mini serving dishes like your adorable cake stand!

  8. Holy cow you have a lot of stuff in your kitchen! that little stand with the birdie on top is my fave. 🙂

  9. Jas@AbsolutelyJas says:

    I’m intrigued – what are your plans for the croc? Some fabulous things in your kitchen this month Joanne!!

  10. Eva Taylor says:

    Thanks for sharing such a personal moment with your Mom, what a lovely way to remember her. I live that little cupcake stand, so sweet.

  11. Sadly I don’t think I’ll ever be showing Kangaroo mince in my kitchen. One of the things I love about IMK is that kitchens are so different all over the world.

  12. Such lovely things! The mini cake stand is so charming.
    I must admit, you have shown me something I’ve never seen or thought of before. . .Minced Kangaroo meat. I’ve never thought of eating kangaroo, what does it taste like? Does it make you jump? (ha ha) What are the best ways to cook it?

    • G’day and thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments today! Kangaroo has a unique taste and it can be substituted in recipes that call for beef as it has the same consistency and can use quite a variety of herbs and spices with too! Love your humor and depending on what one is making re roo, it can be grilled (probably the best way), browned in a fry pan, but would definitely recommend combining it with great flavors; it is SO healthy for you!

  13. Oh, THAT”S the secret behind your twitter name! I wondered if Mickey might have been your nickname – Pete’s cousin Sharon has always been known as Mickey! 🙂 How lovely for your friend to bring your cut flowers from her garden, and I loved the circus cookie cutters as well! And what a beautiful gift from your mum – the best gift of all! xx

  14. Thank you for subscribing to my blog, I subbed back because I loved your blog, when I have more time I will browse through these lovely posts 🙂

  15. Expecting to see your wild side Joanne! 😀 I meant the “something wild”. Enjoy cooking!

  16. oh I adore that last picture of the gorgeous jar. What a beautiful little treasure! Thanks for the great our Joanne 🙂

  17. caterina says:

    ohhh it’s nice that you can play with a Thermomix – hope you enjoy it!!
    PS. i LOVE the mini cake stand – tooooo cute!

  18. Glenda says:

    Hi Joanne, you have a lovely mix of things this month.

  19. Wow, you have so many fabulous things in your kitchen this month Joanne.
    Have a happy September.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  20. What an interesting collection this month! I would love to try a thermomix for a month 🙂

  21. trudy shearer says:

    Soup looks great Joanne. Looks like you are having fun!!!

  22. Sally says:

    That mini cupcake stand is adorable – so delicate. Lovely round up of what’s in your kitchen.

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