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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In My Kitchen, September 2015

Welcome to my kitchen for another month.  Can it really be September?  I have been secretly hoping that winter might last forever but the slow blow flies are buzzing and the days are getting longer and warmer.  Spring is almost here, whether I am ready or not.

When life gets busy I fall back on my repertoire of basic, reliable recipes to nourish my family.  No fancy ingredients or time consuming cooking techniques, just solid food that can be made without too much thought. 

White sourdough, cooked in the wood oven is always a good place to start.



Chocolate brownie from one of Donna Hay's earliest recipe books.  I can almost make this with my eyes closed.  It freezes well and being a little sturdier than cake, it travels well if necessary.  My wonky squares may not make the grade in Donna's test kitchen though.  


Basic, four ingredient biscuits coated generously with pretty sprinkles.  Sprinkles just make everything better don't they? 


In non cooking news, Sophie recently sent me this sweet little basket.  Sophie crafted this with her own hands from hemp thread and paper twine and chose the colours especially to reflect the landscape around our home. Such a perfectly thoughtful gift.  


Years ago, if we travelled to the city or other faraway places I would always be quick to visit the shiny, bright shops that I couldn't access at home.  Times have changed and now if we are on holidays I generally avoid the shops.  I do make an exception for any shops selling quality local produce.  

On a brisk Barossa Valley morning we found ourselves in Angaston, South Australia where I discovered a community shop selling local dried apricots and seconds lemons, among other things.  A few doors down we visited the Barossa Valley Cheese Co. and I was in shopping heaven.  Not a glitzy chain store in site.  



When we are travelling I also love discovering op-shops and second hand shops.  In Moonta I found this cute ice-cream tin.  Who could resist a flavour named Lime Crinkle, not to mention that cheeky Eskimo. In Wallaroo I found a tiny plate with a sailing boat on it, sold to me for $4.00 in an op-shop run to support the local hospital.  For me, this is happy shopping at its best.  


Are you baking the basics or trying new things?
Have you made any exciting discoveries lately?

As always I am linking up with my friend Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.  


* A trusted blogging friend told me recently that the word verification setting on my blog was particularly frustrating.  Apologies for this and thanks for sticking with me.  I am attempting to make changes to these settings.  

40 comments :

  1. Hi Jane,
    I love that ice cream tin - but you already knew that didn't you?!
    Also in my rush to get out the door I've only got time to say: YUM!!!
    x

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    1. Yep, I knew that Kylie. So lovely to hear from you x

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  2. I have recently discovered Ree Drummond "The Pioneer Woman" she calls herself. She cooks lots of different foods, but has introduced me to Tex Mex food, which myself and the whole family are loving! I've been watching some of her cooking shows on You Tube when I have the time.

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  3. Jane, everything looks fab but that little bowl is a stand out.

    Your friend is so right, you can't imagine the trouble I have had over the years. I wonder whether it is because we are Wordpress.

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    1. Thanks Glenda, I appreciate your persistence!

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  4. I love this peek into your world Jane. Your photos are so evocative (and your baking looks delicious!). I'm planning on making plum jam after picking a load of plums from a friend's tree. Nothing particularly exciting but very satisfying and a sign that we're heading into autumn here. Sam x

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    1. I bet your plum jam is delicious Sam x

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  5. My sort of shopping and cooking. Nice easy recipes that I can do without running backwards and forwards to the recipe book. Like Sam, I'm currently cooking plums. No exciting discoveries though with all the recent wet weather I've realised that my summer walking shoes and yard boots have holes in.

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    1. Hooray for no waffles Anne...and easy recipes!

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  6. My boys have been asking for brownies, I'll look for that Donna Hay recipe, good to know it freezes well.

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  7. Hello Jane... your sour dough is MAGNIFICENT! And those brownies look picture perfect too! We try and avoid the shopping centres when we travel, opting for markets, smaller specialty stores and op shops, both in Australia and overseas. A mall is a mall is a mall, IMHO. Happy baking and have a great weekend xx

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    1. Happy baking to you too Lizzy, I appreciate your comments x

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  8. ice cream in a tin! I was only throwing away a carton this week thinking, wouldn't it be good if they were made in metal tins with wonderful designs so we could re-use them in our pantries or cupboards or sheds... those dark apricots look wonderfully rich and chewy. how lucky you are!

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    1. What a shame that pretty ice cream tins are a thing of the past!

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  9. Amscol and Golden North = memories I love the Barossa for the local produce and German foods

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  10. I am very, very desperate for spring, and very, very desperate for sourdough in a wood-fired oven!

    Also possibly for the Barossa cheese.

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    1. Sending you a virtual loaf of sourdough and a slice of Barossa cheese x

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  11. I always love your posts Jane, evocative of the bush, quintessentially Australian, and always with a sprinkle of nostalgia for the old days. Great op shop finds, and as usual, excellent baking of bread and treats.

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    1. Such a thoughtful comment Francesca, thank you.

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  12. OMG that wood fire oven white sourdough looks the business!

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  13. I also love that brownie recipe. The page is covered in chocolatey mess but now, like you, I don't need the recipe. It's a cracker.

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  14. Oh, that Amscol ice cream tin lid is such a blast from the past! While I don't recall such an exotic flavour, I remember the great taste of Amscol well and miss it still.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, what a shame these things have disappeared from our landscape.

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  15. Big time ice cream tin envy!!! So many lovely (and delicious) things in your kitchen. Wish a could drop in in person.

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    1. You would be welcome in person, any time!

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  16. Basics round here at the moment too, and that's absolutely fine.
    Slow lazy blow flies really is the Aussie indication of warm weather ahead isn't it. Spring I can deal with but summer? Maybe we could skip that one this year eh?

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  17. Wish more places near us would sell "seconds", that the supermarkets won't sell but which are perfectly fine!

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    1. I love seconds too Kavey, thank you!

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  18. Beautiful looking bread! That little basket is beautiful and a lovely thank you. Who could resist lime crinkle ice cream? Adorable :)

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  19. Ooo you've got me craving chocolate brownies now - yum! As always your sourdough looks amazing.
    I love that icecream tin!
    Right now I'm about to start a sourdough loaf, there is a yeasted Pizza dough on rising for dinner and I'm contemplating making a mega batch of ginger nut biscuits for the freezer....

    Sarah x

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    1. Your kitchen always sounds so delicious and wholesome Sarah x

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