Thursday, 4 December 2014

In My Kitchen ... in December

I can't believe that this is the last In My Kitchen post for 2014! This fabulous series, hosted by Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, is a fascinating sneak peak into the kitchens of bloggers from around the world. Thank you, Celia, for the opportunity to particpate!

In My Kitchen ... in December 

Christmas planning is in full swing! That means I'm planning to make this Christmas recipe - my all time favourite! Perfect for any Christmas party it's my spectacular Meringue and Red Fruit Salad Christmas Wreath. Loaded with the gorgeous red fruits of our Aussie summer season - cherries, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, red seedless grapes and redcurrants soaked in a luscious boozy syrup it takes pavlova to wonderful new heights!

The Christmas Pudding has been made! This year I've used Stephanie Alexander's recipe passed on to her from her grandmother, Emily Bell. You will find the recipe in her 'go to' book The Cook's Companion - one of my most used cookbooks. It's the first pudding I've cooked using suet - and I'm thrilled with the result!

The family gathered to stir the Christmas pudding prior to cooking. Everyone made a wish - and we stirred and made wishes for those who couldn't attend. I hope they like what we wished for them!!!

We've had another birthday! This time I revisited a favourite cookbook I hadn't visited for ages - The Gretta Anna Recipes (orange cover) published in 1978. I made - for the first time - the Chocolate Torte Los Angeles. Wow! Where has that recipe been all my life! It was marked 10/10 by everyone - adults and children alike. Already I have requests from several family members to make it for their birthdays! If you have the book - this recipe is a winner!

I just love being able to use produce fresh from the garden and these little beauties are the first tomatoes of the season. This summer I'm trying straw bale gardening for the first time. Has anyone else tried this?

This Father Christmas plate has been with us for over 30 years now. It has a couple of 'love bumps' along the edges but filled with Christmas truffles and chocolates no-one notices - and I'm not retiring it any time soon!

Father Christmas bought me an early Christmas present - this SOLIDTEKNICS AUSfonte Sauteuse pan, manufactured right here in Adelaide. Recently recommended by my friend Liz of Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things it is amazing! I have never cooked better steak in my life! Thanks for the recommendation, Liz!

Finally, wherever you are, I wish you and yours the most wonderful Christmas and New Year. May health, happiness, peace and gratitude fill your hearts throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas!



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