In My Kitchen… December 2013

In my kitchen…

…we did have a box of these strawberry milkshake Wholeberry Folk cupcakes, which came from the Voices of 2013 presentation gala goodie bag… wholeberry folk cupcakes …but now we have these cupcakes instead.  I’m not usually a fan of packet mixes, in fact I would never buy a packet mix but recently I’ve come into a couple of boxes and I have been greatly impressed by the end result.  These cupcakes even got J baking at 8:30pm last night (he never bakes), and they were delicious.  Of the 12, there is now only 4 left and it’s not even been 24 hours. cupcakes In my kitchen…

…is the first of our preserves.  I was so excited to find the first of this seasons cucumbers at the market on Saturday, I don’t love fresh cucumbers, but I do love pickles!  So I bought 2 kg, and put them all through the food processor (it has had such a work out this week), and Bob’s your uncle.  We now have enough bread and butter pickles to last at least a couple of weeks, well maybe a few months, but I do love them! We also pickled the last of our beetroot, they go beautifully on burgers! preserves In my kitchen…

… is this stunning cookbook, curtsey of Lizzie from Strayed from the Table.  I entered competitions all over the place to win this one, it looked so beautiful.  I said to J, that I was going to buy it if I didn’t win, but I kept my fingers crossed and the hoping and wishing paid off.
whole hearted food In my kitchen…

… is the rest of the contents of the Voices of 2013 goodie bag.  I’ve currently got the slushy maker in the freezer, in preparation for the hot weather that is to come this week.  There’s also a jug of this delicious smelling Citrus Punch tisane from T2 cooling in the fridge, it may or may not be going into the slushy maker tomorrow.  The Voices mug is so fun, and only shows the logo and small photos of what I imagine is the top 25 from each category once hot water has been poured into it, otherwise it’s just black.
voicesof2013 In my kitchen…

… there was a bucket of mussels but…
mussels …they promptly got turned into lunch.  It was an absolutely stunning day, so a swim for me and a paddle for J were in order, then lunch of mussels and ciabatta on the deck.  lunch mussels What’s happening in your kitchen this month?  Head on over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial to see what’s happening in kitchens all over the world.

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30 Responses to In My Kitchen… December 2013

  1. Everything looks delicious Claire. Love the cupcakes with less sugar, spelt flour and frosting made from real strawberries. Your swim and lunch of mussels on the back deck sounds so good, makes me look forward to summer.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Swim and lunch on a deck are just the perfect summer activities!

  3. decoybetty says:

    I’ve been making lemonade concentrate and freezing it, so that on hot days (like yesterday in Melbourne) I can pop two lemonade cubes into a big glass of water and enjoy some super refreshing lemonade!

  4. The end photo sounds like the perfect day.
    I’m not a packet mix person either but they do look rather delicious.
    Well done with your pickling! I really need to start making things like that. I just need some more end uses for them.

  5. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the look of your bread and butter pickles. I like to make them too – I have a recipe that was my mother’s and it turns the humble gherkin into great pickles xx

  6. Cupcakes, pickles, mussels for lunch -I’m on the way to your place!

    Have a great Christmas and festive season!

  7. Mussels are such a great and quick meal aren’t they? :) And those pickles look so tasty!

  8. Your pickles remind me that John’s been asking for more for weeks and I haven’t made them. You’ve got a busy kitchen! Thanks for the peek.

  9. Clare, thank you so much for your suggestion to put pickled beets on burgers. IMK posts are a constant source of ideas — love it!

  10. Celia says:

    Look at those mussels! That last photo is just the most perfect lunch! I adore bread and butter pickles too, especially homemade, and congratulations on winning the book! :)

  11. I used to make pickles often when I was married, my then husband loved them. Love the cupcakes!

  12. So many wonderful tasty things in your kitchen. I love mussels and would love some for lunch too.
    :-) Mandy

  13. heidi says:

    Looks great! Mussels and a swim? I think a warm Christmas would be a nice change.
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Marianne says:

    I do love bread & butter pickles and yours look wonderful. And I’m so jealous to hear you had a swim! Lucky, lucky! We got about 4 inches of snow today, and the high tomorrow is supposed to be 9 degrees F.

  15. oooo Claire, I’m so envious of those mussels…they’re a fave! I laughed when I saw the slushy maker. I just bought one for a Christmas gift for a friends son. It’s wrapped and in the freezer because I know as soon as he opens it, he’ll want to make a slushy. Have a great break and eats lots of pickles every day! Fiona xx

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