Lots of lovely things have been happening in my kitchen since my first instalment of In my kitchen hosted by Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.
I thought I'd just share a little about my eating style.
I'm not vegetarian or vegan but I really love exploring healthy alternatives to processed food and minimising how much meat I eat. I thrill at cooking from scratch and using as much of our own produce and if I can organic products, but it's not always that easy living on a budget!
So here we go....
Our home grown purple garlic
We found this shoulder of pork which was a bit on the fatty side so I slow cooked it in the oven for 7 hours on a rack so all the fat could render out...it was absolutely fall off the bone lip smackingly delicious!
This was my first attempt at making bap rolls and they were a hit and easy as you just put everything in the mixer using a dough hook. Perfect carrier for the pork let me tell you.
My little lady and I had some cooking fun over the school holidays. This dough can be found here.
My spin on pesto minus any parmesan...this one is kale, spinach, mint, basil, parsley, garlic, smidge of chilli, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice - all picked fresh from the garden - ah-mazing!
I made cauliflower bread that I used this recipe here as a base. I changed the recipe a bit and chose to keep them flavour less, so no onion, garlic, nuts or spinach. I also added chia seeds, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. They were pretty good, I toasted them in the toaster the next day and used them just like toast.
These eggplants became chips doused with salt and chilli & smeared with coconut oil.
I've been eating more fish and seafood and this medley of gummy shark, calamari, prawns, greens, herbs and chilli wrapped in foil with a smidge of coconut oil is rock'n' roll.
A visit to my favourite little nook in Melbourne's block arcade Gewurzhaus herb and spice market. I got whole white peppercorns which can be hard to find and this gorgeous treat of vintage merlot salt which is just darling! I've been using it on baked fish, chicken, slices of tomatoes & fresh basil - anything really!!
Thanks to Tania from the cooks pyjamas for the idea of making my own granola. I also got inspiration from another friends recipe she found on this great website. I made around 500g for a few dollars - a paleo muesli I saw at the health food shop the other day was $25 for 500g!!! WT...
And lastly in my kitchen are 2 chicken ornaments,
a milk jug and napkin holder,
to further celebrate getting my own real live little ladies which you can read about here.
So that's me for this month. Thanks so much for stopping by. There are so many of us on this little adventure to see everyone's kitchen, but if you leave me a comment I will be sure to come and take a peep into yours.
Ciao, Jan x