In my kitchen over November

My silver beet tower and broad bean mountain are so much smaller than last month — phew! Thanks to everyone who visited last month — so many silver beet lovers out there! However I may have a similar tower and mountain problem a little way down the track. I had sworn off silver beet [chard] plants and the broad beans were ready to be cut down when lo and behold, there was a neighbour with spare tomato and silver beet seedlings. I couldn’t refuse them, just had to plant them and the broad beans are reshooting…..

Anyway, out of the garden and into the kitchen. This month I have made a couple of  recipes from other bloggers. So lots of yumminess 🙂

Firstly there was Celia’s Cranberry, Apple and Walnut Cake. I would recommend making that one. Jump on over to her blog, Thekitchensgarden. Even if you don’t want to make the cake, her blog is a joy to read, full of wit and wisdom.

Celia's apple, walnut and cranberry cake (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)
Celia’s apple, walnut and cranberry cake (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)

Then there was another cake from our other wonderful Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, who hosts In My Kitchen. It was a seriously delicious ricotta slice. And her site is an inspiration to bake and share! The cake was so good that I had to ban the Fella from eating the last slice before I photographed it!

Hmmmm, yummy! (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)
Hmmmm, yummy! (Photo copyright: Anne Lawson, 2014)

I will make them both again. However, in my usual fashion I did muck around with the recipes a bit (“Whoops, I don’t have any of that, I will try this instead”) so they could well be different.

At this time of year we go to parties and get-togethers where we are told ‘to bring a plate’. I love to do this. Not only does it mean the hosts don’t have to provide everything, but you get to sample lovely goodies from a range of people. Yesterday I met up with friends and came away with a few new recipes to try. My contribution was a beetroot salad.

I roasted the beetroots, par boiled some green beans, toasted some pine nuts. I put it all on a serving platter, tossed around some feta cheese and drizzled over olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Colourful and tasty.

Lastly I want to show you another staple in my kitchen. It is a drawer for the compost. You can see from the photos that it is a simple arrangement and the plastic box is easy to remove to dump the veggie peelings into the compost bin out in the garden. It is also easy to clean and tucks away out of sight. My architect suggested it when I had the kitchen renovated many years ago. It is one of the Best Things, and I would highly recommend it. 🙂

What’s happening in your kitchen this month? Don’t forget to pop over to Celia’s blog and take a peek into kitchens from around the world.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. EllaDee says:

    Yum. Beetroot salad, my favourite. I like the addition of green beans, feta & pinenuts 🙂 I also would pass up slices of your baking. Bloggers make wonderful virtual neighbours sharing recipes and inspiration.

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    1. anne54 says:

      The crunch of the beans was a necessary part of the salad, and they added a good colour contrast. The blogging world is wonderful for sharing. My problem is remembering where to find the recipe when I want to make it. Perhaps I need to use Pinterest more for storing recipes. Have a lovely, relaxed Christmas.

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      1. EllaDee says:

        That’s a great idea, Pinterest for storing recipes… hmmm… I currently have them saved in email folders, favourited, printed in duplicate for both residences… sigh.

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        1. anne54 says:

          Storing recipes is a perpetual dilemma, isn’t it? That’s why there are those gorgeous old recipe books of mums and grandmothers that are bulging with recipes from Aunty May or chopped out of the newspaper or torn from the flour packet!

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  2. Francesca says:

    Hi Anne, I love that compost drawer. what a great invention.

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    1. anne54 says:

      It is a really good idea. As I said my architect came up with it, so I can’t claim credit, but I do like to spread the word as widely as possible. I had my weekly wander through the Victoria Market yesterday. Isn’t it great to see all the summer produce there?

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      1. Francesca says:

        The vic market is the best- to wander and plan or just admire all the lovely produce.

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        1. anne54 says:

          So agree! How lucky are we?

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  3. Ellen Hawley says:

    That apple-cranberry-walnut cake looks fantastic. I don’t suppose you could fax me a slice, could you?

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    1. anne54 says:

      It was very tasty. Now I am working on a fax machine that will let me send you a slice. Maybe a 3D printer will do the trick! Enjoy Christmas

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      1. Ellen Hawley says:

        I made the apple-cranberry cake recipe and, by popular demand, had to make it again. Thanks.

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  4. G’day Your cake and ricotta slice to me looks like more than very nice and would be perfect with my morning or lunch cuppa or tea!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!

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    1. anne54 says:

      Think of me when you are sitting with your cuppa and the walnut cake. Isn’t a morning cup of tea the most wonderful, simple thing? Have a lovely Christmas.

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  5. SeattleDee says:

    The apple cake and ricotta slice sound delicious, but I’m most excited to find your artwork in your easy store…. lovely work.

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    1. SeattleDee says:

      um, that should be etsy store – so much for autospellcorrect!

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      1. anne54 says:

        That is such a lovely thing to say about my art work. Thank you! Sometimes autocorrect annoys me, and sometimes it just makes me laugh. The words that it assumes I am wanting are often just so wrong. 🙂

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  6. So glad the ricotta slice was a hit! Thanks for trying it! And Celi’s cake looks wonderful too! Love the compost drawer – much better than the little container on the bench that we’re always emptying.. 🙂

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    1. anne54 says:

      The compost drawer is an excellent idea. It saves space too, as we don’t have enough bench space to have the compost bucket. Thanks again for the ricotta recipe. I will be making it again. Have a lovely Christmas.

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  7. Apple cranberry and walnut sounds wonderful. The ricotta slice looks good too. Mohawks for sharing. Emma .

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  8. Sorry I meant Thanks of course!

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    1. anne54 says:

      Both were delicious. Thanks for dropping by. (By the way, I quite like “mohawks for sharing” 🙂 )

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  9. the beetroot salad sounds really delish. love the compost bin idea. very clever. merry xmas to you.

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    1. anne54 says:

      Merry Christmas to you too. The beetroot salad was not only tasty, but easy too. It just needs a little planning to roast the beetroot.

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  10. lizzygoodthings says:

    Celia’s ricotta slice is delicious! I’ve had the pleasure of tasting hers! Love the goodies in your kitchen.

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    1. anne54 says:

      Lucky you to have had the ricotta slice before. Yum yum 🙂 Thanks for visiting my kitchen.

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  11. fergie51 says:

    Beetroot is so underrated, nice to see this salad. Thanks for showing the compost drawer idea, always on the look out for good ideas to incorporate into our new kitchen design.

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    1. anne54 says:

      I enjoy beetroot. It has a mineral taste that I like. Apparently it is also very good for you — tasty and healthy what’s not to like. I would highly recommend the compost drawer, especially if you are planning a new kitchen (Lucky you!)

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  12. Ellen Hawley says:

    I made the apple-cranberry cake and folks are clamoring for more. Thanks!

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    1. anne54 says:

      Excellent! I would love to claim credit, but really I am just passing the very tasty recipe on. 🙂

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  13. Wonderful artwork on Etsy! like the gum leaf especially. Thank you for your comments on my sketch blog

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