Monday, November 4, 2013

In my kitchen - November 2013

I am linking this post in to Celia's monthly In My Kitchen event at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

In my kitchen, there is new season mango. Mango prices are still a little steep, but I couldn't resist.


I am, however, resisting the $20 / kg apricots. We might see them in my kitchen in December, but probably not before.


In my kitchen, there was this sour cherry and vanilla flavoured Pana raw vegan chocolate. 


This flavour only recently appeared in shops near me, but I loved it on sight. Happily, I loved it on taste too. It might even surpass the coconut and goji Pana chocolate that I mentioned in my March IMK post

In my kitchen, there are the first lemons from our lemon tree!


The above photo doesn't really capture how small they are. They are very small, but I am delighted by them anyway.

In my kitchen, there are tomato salsa flavoured almonds.


I usually buy plain almonds and make any seasonings / coatings at home myself, but as these are new to where I buy my bulk foods, I thought I would give them a try. They probably aren't my favourite nut flavour, so I probably won't buy them again.

In my kitchen, there are blueberry flavoured lupin cereal stars, also from my local bulk food store.


Lupin purportedly has many health benefits, but I will confess to buying these for their shape.


I might prefer the non-blueberry flavour in future, but otherwise, these are rather fun for snacking on.

In my kitchen, there are many blocks of dairy free chocolate from Woolworths.


For some reason, these were being sold at about one-third of their normal price. Given they're well within their use by dates, this may signal the brands are disappearing. I hope not, because I use the Sweet Williams chocolate for baking.

In my kitchen, there is a (deflated) tent. This is in preparation for our plans to go camping next weekend for two nights. I have never been camping outside of school trips, and am a little uncertain of how I will cope with no running water or bathroom facilities. However, there are now only 6 months before our planned move to England, and so embracing Australia in the mean time is a priority. I shall let you know how we get on after the event!

What is happening in your kitchen this month?

41 comments:

  1. Mmmm mango- I am lamenting their extreme hike in price over here lately :( That chocolate sounds interesting. Usually I am not a fan of cherry things- they all end up tasting like cough syrup. But I'm sure that chocolate doesn't- small batch, handmade chocolate is alllways tasty :)

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    1. I know what you mean about cherry flavours and cough syrup! This is definitely different, I promise :-)

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  2. Goodness life just seems to be one holiday after another for you :-) Hope you enjoy being in a tent - I would like to do a bit of camping but E is even more clueless about it than I. Hurrah for lemons from the tree. Our lemon tree is not great - I have been out cutting off gall wasp branches today :-( I hope they don't stop the sweet william range because I have used it occasionally and find it useful when I want dairy free - but also because it would be a shame if they replace it with their own range which Woolies in particular seems to do a lot - I don't mind their own range so much as them not giving a chance to other manufacturers.

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    1. Your comment has hit a nerve as I feel terrible about how many holidays we've had in the last few years! It seems like completely unjustifiable decadence, even if every other one has work tagged on. Funnily enough, I hadn't thought of this as a holiday so much as an overnight outing, but of course that is what holidays are. It will be an out of work hours and free holiday though :-)

      As for Woolworths, I know exactly what you mean and it frustrates me hugely. I noticed on the same weekend shop that they now have their own brand of flavoured tofu that comes in pretty much the exact same flavours as the Soyco brand has offered for years. At the moment they still have Soyco (although they dropped their plain flavour a while ago when they introduced their home brand one) but I fear it won't last long. Hmph.

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    2. make the most of being able to have holidays while you can - you never know what the future holds

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    3. That is certainly true. My friends now seem to be up to second babies so I am realising more and more how much more time I/we have compared to those with growing families!

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  3. Love the little lemon! And it is your OWN produce- that makes it HUGE!
    Your kitchen is full of goodies- thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! And yes, size expands when you have grown something yourself ;)

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  4. I sure hope Sweet William chocolates don't disappear from the shelves. I don't buy them regularly but they are handy to have there for the times when I need them to impress non-vegans with some chocolate hahahaa ;-)

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    1. Plus, I think their white chocolate block is the only vegan white chocolate readily available! I may lose the capacity to make my white chocolate chip and cranberry Christmas cookies!

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    2. ekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk that would be AWFUL!
      Check out Big W because they stock a white choc and strawberry bar here (not sure bout there) and sweet william said this week they realeased new flavours that Coles are going to start stocking - so maybe they are just disappearing from the shelves to get new flavours - fingers crossed hey!!! x

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    3. Oh yes, I think I have seen that bar at Big W! Thanks for reminding me :-) And that is excellent news that they are doing new flavours - that would explain the mass clearance and is exciting to boot!

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  5. Good luck with the camping! It sounds like you'll be roughing it but that is how to experience Oz and I don't think camping would be all that great in the UK - far too cold! I will look out for the dairy-free chocolate. I'm eating smoked almonds at the moment but haven't seen any tomato salsa flavoured. xx

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    1. I prefer smoked almonds to tomato salsa flavoured, so you probably have the right idea :-) And yes, despite my purported love of colder climates, that love does not extend to colder climates whilst in a tent...Australia is definitely a better place for camp experiments!

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  6. The mango may be expensive but it looks delicious! I am joining you next month without fail!

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    1. I tell you, it was worth every cent spent :-)

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  7. Woot woot woot! Six months eh?! Time's a-whizzing by! No need to stress about Sweet William disappearing, m'dear. You'll be in the land of Montezuma's soon. WOOT WOOT.

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    1. Your comment gave me mild hysterics. There I was worrying about Sweet William blocks disappearing and I truly hadn't made the connection that with leaving Australia in 6 months IT DOESN'T MATTER! (To me, anyway. I'm sure it matters to lots of fellow Australians who aren't leaving.)

      I better stop bulk buying things on sale sometime in the foreseeable future :P

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  8. Surely it's not mango season already! And I don't think I'd pay $20/kg for apricots either - we're used to paying $2! :) There's something special about harvesting your first lemon...enjoy! And I admire anyone who can go camping - definitely not my thing...

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    1. Now you have me worried - it may not be my thing either! I shall report back either way :-)

      It certainly is tough paying start of season prices for summer fruit when you know prices will fall dramatically over coming weeks. I just couldn't resist the mangos for the required few weeks it will take (and they're not so outrageous here - about $2 each, which is less than the $4-$5 they were a few weeks back, but no where near as good as the '3 for $2' that will come!)

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  9. The only mangoes I've seen so far have been rather sad, can't wait to see the ones you have arriving on the east coast!

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    1. Our west coast ones will get better too, but hopefully they will wind there way to you soon so you can share the enjoyment now!

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  10. I dont much like flavoured things unless you make them yourself. I am sure your nuts are better. I always love to drop by here and see all the interesting ingredients you use. I never notice them at the shops.

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    1. Aw, thank you! As for home made things - these nuts might have reinforced the notion that homemade are better ;)

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  11. I ate a $5 mango just today and savoured every last drop of it! Totally worth it :P Great IMK post x

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and I'm glad you're enjoying mangoes already too. They're too good to wait for!

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  12. I managed to buy a whole lot of fruit at a road side market. So amazing! 6 mangos for $20.

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  13. I adore mangoes and love them plain or added to overnight oats.

    I buy things in bulk too, you just never know how long it will be before you can't find it anymore!

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    1. Your comment has made me realise that my poor husband is very hard done by. He would like to buy just about everything in bulk, but I put limits on him, and yet here I am stocking up in vast quantities! I am completely hypocritical :P

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  14. I almost feel guilty admitting that our mangoes are $2 each and we have a couple every morning. I just love them. Today we mixed in a bit of rockmelon and a sprinkling of blueberries.

    Never before have I eaten blueberry flavoured cereal. Is it good?

    Congratulations on your first lemon.

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    1. Never feel guilty about a mango :-)

      As for blueberry flavoured cereal...I'd stick with your fresh blueberries! It's a bit odd in truth. The lemon was far more enjoyable ;)

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  15. G'day Kari! Thank you for this month's kitchen view!
    I have never had Lupin, but seems to be a superfood and love mangoes in any recipe too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Celia's IMK

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Joanne! Mangoes are a winner in any form aren't they? :-)

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  16. I'm yet to try my first mango o the season. Can't wait.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when it comes :)

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  17. I love mangoes and can't wait for the season to commence in earnest. I have been making soy coated almonds a lot lately - love them.

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    1. It really turns plain almonds into something gourmet, doesn't it? I need to make my own coatings at home more often!

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  18. Yes, you see the first wink of summer and you can't help yourself! I've resisted the mangos (so far) but have weakened at expensive cherries.

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    1. I've been resisting them, but between us, we're doing well with the summer fruit! ;)

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  19. How wonderful to grow your own lemons - no matter how small. Mangoes over here are expensive and usually very disappointing.

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