Monday, September 1, 2014

In My Kitchen, September 2014

My kitchen is home to a gleaming, modern coffee machine which I love like a member of the family. But, when I spotted this stove top coffee pot in a second hand shop recently it had my name on it.  I can see this being useful for a crowd, particularly when coffee is required in the great outdoors.   


Cinnamon, brown sugar and walnut scrolls because some days I need to bring out the big guns for morning tea.  I think we ate more of this than our guests, such is life. Recipe adapted from here


The following photos were all taken in our outdoor kitchen.

Boots warming by the fire during some very welcome rain.  


A display of old enamel cups and part of a soup ladle, all found in the paddocks on our property over the years.  I always wonder about the stories behind these hardy pieces of kitchen equipment.  


My interpretation of Turkish bread emerging from the wood oven.


Camembert cheese made by hand by my friend, Paula.  This girl has serious cooking and cheese making talent.  Thank you Paula, I savoured every velvety mouthful.


Are you cooking or enjoying some rain or perhaps eating a nice piece of cheese?

Have a lovely week, friends.

As always I am linking up with Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

57 comments:

  1. That cheese looks amazing, as I am sure it was.
    I wonder if that enamelware collecting is a genetic trait Jane? I can't help myself and I know a lady who once had a pannikin tree! :) xx

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    1. I often think of that tree too Kate x

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  2. those enamel mugs certainly could tell stories. they are wonderful, in all their rusty glory.
    and love the gumboot pic, jane. please send any surplus rain our way.

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    1. Thanks e, we rarely have surplus rain!

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  3. What treasure you find in your paddocks! I am very partial to old enamelware with bush stories to tell. I wish I could pull off my boots at your outside kitchen- lovely fireplace and the bread- I can smell it from here!

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    1. Thank you Francesca. It is lovely to find old treasure isn't it?

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  4. beautiful photos - the boots and the found objects and the bread. I wish for such warmth and welcome in my kitchen. I love your scrolls too - like posh coffee scrolls so I am off to check out the recipe. And oh for a friend who could make camembert - that velvety skin is always such a mystery to me.

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    1. Thanks so much Johanna, friends who can make Camembert are few and far between aren't they?

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  5. Hello there Miss Jane... is it really September???! Wow, this year is flying past... I love coming to visit at your place... that enamelware is amazing... my mum and dad had a few pieces when I was growing up and I have only one treasured piece.... but to know that you unearthed them on the farm, well that's really interesting. I'd love to know their stories too! Thanks so much for the peek into your fireside kitchen. Happy baking xo

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    1. Time is flying at a ridiculous pace isn't it Lizzy? We have so much enamel ware; some new, some bought in second hand shops, some scrounged, some passed on from family and some collected from the paddock. Some is packed up, some is only suitable for outdoor displays and some we still actually use. Amazing stuff, and I notice it is always a popular blog topic :)

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  6. G'day! What gorgeous photos! Love the fireplace with boots one!
    May I enjoy one of your scrolls? YUM!
    Thanks also for this month's kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. G'day back to you Joanne. Please help yourself to a scroll...you have the most cheerful voice!

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  7. I always enjoy a post from your outdoor kitchen, especially when it features something wonderful being taken from the oven - how do you make your Turkish bread? It certainly looks very good. Going to follow the link now to see how to make the cinnamon, brown sugar and walnut scrolls because they look just the thing for damp autumn days.

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    1. Thank you Anne. Would you like this bread recipe? I can email it to you. It is incredibly simple and quick. Try the scrolls...you will not be disappointed.

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  8. Hand-made Camembert! Hello!
    (and I love your old stove top coffee pot very much Jane...and the old enamel cups)

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    1. Hello indeed Kylie. You have a great eye for old things...GO TIGERS x

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  9. Your Turkish bread looks amazing Jane!! As always I absolutely loved the tour of your kitchen! I love the your gorgeous baking and the way you photograph it too :-)
    We have a friend who makes cheese, too. Whilst very modest Russell makes excellent cheese and I feel so grateful and blessed when given some!

    Sarah x

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    1. You are kind Sarah. Friends who make cheese are the best aren't they? x

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  10. Gorgeous photos once again Jane…I could devour those scrolls in one mouthful-wow- they look so delicious! Your turkish bread looks pretty good too. Enjoy Spring and look forward to seeing whats in your kitchen next month x

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    1. Thanks Kylie, you enjoy spring too! x

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  11. oh these images are divine! I love my coffee machine too…but the good old cafeterra is still a fav! Love that turkish bread and I'm envious of that home made camembert…..I've had one failed attempt, and this week will try again!

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    1. Happy cheese making Brenda! Thanks for calling in.

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  12. Lovely photos, as usual Jane. That cheese looks so lovely. Your friend has serious talent.

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    1. Thanks Glenda, I always appreciate you calling in.

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  13. So you really do wear blunnies down in Australia? I bought a pair several years ago. They are great for just pulling on and going. That outdoor oven looks wonderful for so many reasons!

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    1. Thanks Katie...yes Blunderstones or similar brands are very popular in our part of the world.

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  14. I want to eat everything... may be not the Blundies. Lovely IMK post. Thanks for the tour.

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  15. An enthusiastic big yes to stove top coffee pots and enamelware.
    Beautiful Jane :-)

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    1. I know you are a fellow fan of enamel ware Brydie, I am thinking about dedicating a whole post to my collection. It always seems popular x

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  16. I always love reading your blog and see all the wonderful things going on at your place. I also love a good "old things" collection and also wonder about it's previous life.

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  17. What lovely photos indeed! Those enamel pieces are just beautiful- they really must have some great stories to tell :)

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    1. Thanks you, if only those cups could speak!

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  18. What a fantastic post! Your boots drying by the open fire bought back happy memories of my childhood and growing up on a farm! I'm in love with your enamel cups - and I can smell the coffee and bread from here!

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    1. Thank you Marian, lovely to hear from you!

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  19. Hi Jane - I just bought a Bialetti coffee pot at a 2nd hand shop the other day also. I have a smaller one that I take camping with me so I'll give you a tip - don't place the pot straight on to the gas ring (well at least a small pot on a camping gas ring) as the handle will melt! So what I do now is sit the coffee pot inside a small cast iron frying pan and put that onto the ring or fire. It takes a little longer but the heat transfers nicely through the pan to the pot and you don't have to worry about melting plastic. Cheers xx

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    1. GREAT advice Fiona, thank you so much. Seriously I have been thinking about the plastic handle issue and now it is solved. Here we are in blog land sorting out the big issues! Wonderful isn't it? Thanks for calling in x

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  20. Such beautiful photo's. It's so cold here today but looking at your cinnamon scrolls and fire is doing a good job at warming me up. I have a similar coffee pot that I lugged back from a trip to Italy many moons ago and I love to use it when friends are over. I bet those enamel mugs could tell some stories too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Vicki, I don't believe we have met before. I bet your coffee pot is just that little bit more special after you made all of that effort to get it home. Happy coffee making!

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  21. WOW! Home made bread in your wood oven and home made cheese by a friend! I doesn't really get much better than that! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I appreciate you calling in.

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  22. Im sure the cinnamon scrolls went down well as a morning tea treat.
    Last night I made my first ever ruff puff pastry. It was delicious, and fairly simple to make. I used this recipe- http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/recipe-search/masterclass/2010/7/rough-puff-pastry/
    Have a lovely weekend Jane.
    x

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    1. Thanks Zara, I might have to investigate that recipe! x

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  23. I have been thinking a lot about cinnamon & walnut scrolls of late. I am going to take this as a sign and just make some.

    I love those enamel mugs. The stories they could tell. And your homemade bread, fresh out of the oven. Awesome!

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    1. Tania...since I made these scrolls I have noticed scroll recipes everywhere on the interwebs. It is a sign for sure!

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  24. There's something quintessentially Aussie outback about those battle-scarred enamel cups! But that steel coffee pot is very familiar in our neighbourhood - all the old Italians have it on their stovetops, even in these days of modern coffee machines. It makes a wickedly strong espresso! Every time I see a photo of your fireplace, I long to sit by it with a mug of tea.. x

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    1. Oh Celia, I appreciate your thoughtful comments in these busy times! You would be welcome at our fireplace x

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  25. Oh Jane! I just adore everything about this post! Those enamel cups are amazing! What stories they could tell. Wishing you a most beautiful week. xx

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    1. Thank you Sophie...I love you calling in! x

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  26. Oh my! I wish I had an outdoor kitchen! Completely impractical for Brisbane weather but I have idyllic daydreams about lounging around it with a pot of tea and scones.

    Those Turkish breads look amazing, and those scrolls... my saliva production has just gone into overdrive. x

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    1. Thanks Lisa. To call our space a kitchen is possibly an exaggeration...it is a fireplace, a BBQ, a few tables and a cutting block/bench! It feels like a basic kitchen I guess? I appreciate you calling in :)

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  27. Thanks for the tour through your kitchen! It was the cinnamon scrolls that made my mouth really water! Is that rain I see in one of the photos? I am heading up to Menindee in a couple of weeks and have been wondering what the weather is like up there. :)

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    1. Thanks Anne...I have just stalked you and found the information on your exhibition and then I heard you on the radio this morning! How exciting :)

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  28. Hello Jane - I have serious outdoor kitchen envy! And your photos are just so beautiful - you have a great eye! Those enamel cups - in my head, I imagine that they were taken outside on a tray laden with teatime baked treats, then taken on a little walk, set down and left forgotten and abandoned until you found them…Your bread and scrolls look absolutely delicious! Thanks for the look round your kitchen!

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    1. Thank you Selma...you tell a lovely story and now I have that picture in my head too!

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  29. oh that camembert! how wonderful. I am about to do a cheese making course this weekend really looking forward to it. love the boots!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane