In My Kitchen… May 2014

In my kitchen…

… Jalna is taking over the shelf in the fridge.  It’s delicious! I’ve been eating the small ones for breakfast and I think I’ll have to bake a cake or make a curry with the Greek yoghurt.  What would you do with this much Greek yoghurt?

IMK Jalna

In my kitchen…

…is a growing collection of lidded mason jars.  How great is this one that I got on Friday in the Breville bag at Bloggers Brunch? I really need to make myself a smoothy!

IMK mason jar

In my kitchen…

… there’s an ever increasing amount of blog props.  I love these jugs and the bar tray!  In our shed there is also a ton of boards just waiting to be painted to become backdrops for my photography.  I’m really excited to see how they turn out.

IMK photography prompts

In my kitchen…

… this jar sits on the pantry bench, full of rosemary and salt covered oven roasted almonds.  They didn’t quite turn out as I’d planned, but I’m going to give them another go, and when they’re perfect I’ll share the recipe with you.

IMK rossemary and salt roasted almonds

In my kitchen…

… my two favourite teas at the moment.  Caffeine free chai from Love Chai and Girlie Grey from T2. I had been avoiding caffeinated teas but they don’t seem to be effecting me any more, so one or two cups a day seems to be fine, and with these cooler (and for me longer) days, I am drinking a lot of tea.

IMK tea

In my kitchen…

… Vita Shake sits waiting patiently in the cupboard.  It’s a vitamin filled shake for kids that I picked up at Bloggers Brunch.  It’s for kids older than 1, so I’m just happy it’s used by date is 2016!

IMK VitaShake

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  1. says

    Though I can hardly complain about freebies – I wish I was going to lunches where they were doling out Mason jars! Obviously it’s a smoothie with that Greek Yoghurt. Love that drinks jigger in your props photo – bet you got that at an op shop. Jealous! More importantly, I read your tweets the other week about paint/boards etc for backgrounds and it looks like you’ve done a few and can I just say, they look great. You’ve motivated me to some as well Clare. You’re making me a better blogger! Cheers.

    • Clare says

      All my props come from op shops Fiona, couldn’t imagine it any other way. Can’t wait to see how you go with your back drops.

  2. Liz says

    I strain salted Greek yogurt for six hours or so through cheese cloth or a clean Chux to make labna. Yummy on toast with a nice tomato for breakfast. I keep thinking I’ll try straining the sweet Jalna greek yogurt but it always gets eaten before I get around to it. I think it would make an amazing dessert with fresh fruit.

    • Clare says

      Liz, that’s a fantastic idea. I had made labne with homemade yoghurt, but the thought hadn’t crossed my mind to do with the Jalna.

    • Clare says

      I can’t wait to start using them Claire. I’ve only painted two sides and have many more to go.

  3. says

    We don’t have those mason jars with handles in the U.K, I would so be collecting them right now. Love your blog props, i have loads too, maybe I’ll share some in the next IMK. I’ve been avoiding caffeinated teas recently too, as well as coffee and have been indulging in herbal fruit teas – a brand called Clippers in the U.K. Lovely making your acquaintance through IMK.

    • Clare says

      Shaheen, I’m sure if you looked online you’d be able to find some! I’ve had some clippers tea, it was delicious!

  4. says

    That Mason jar with handle and straw looks so cute! We wouldn’t survive without yoghurt here – have you ever tried making your own? It’s very easy. And look forward to seeing your rosemary salt almond recipe when you get it nailed! :)

    • Clare says

      I usually make my own yoghurt, I haven’t bought any in about a year. The rosemary, salted almonds are delicious but as I said, I haven’t quite nailed the recipe.

  5. says

    Thanks for the look in your kitchen, I love that mason jar! I have an addiction to kale smoothies so would be interested to know how well the straw cleans?

  6. says

    Straining the yoghurt overnight and then topping it with a drizzle of honey and chopped pistachio is quite delicious for breakfast. Love your prop collection and I too like to collect items for my photography. Thank you for letting me peek into your kitchen. :)

    • Clare says

      As the yoghurt is quite sweet, it’d be delicious the way you suggested! Sadly I’ve nearly eaten it all atop muesli for breakfast!

  7. says

    I love the Mason jar Clare! I’m a bit of a tea addict myself. I’ve been making my own Chai Tea mix and it’s just beautiful. I’m looking forward to the almond and rosemary recipe too :)

    • Clare says

      That sounds amazing! We don’t often have bananas in our house, as they don’t grow in the area, but I covet them when we do have them.

  8. says

    Your assortment of blog props is inspiring, Clare! Tea-drinking also sounds good, although we’re at the “chilled tea” point while you’re heading into warm-weather tea drinking. (Don’t ya love the international scope of Celia’s IMK participants?) I have similar-looking mason jars with a handle — recycled “jelly jars” — that I use to freeze convenient-sized portions of chicken stock et all — minus the straw! Mason jar envy…. 😉

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