October 2014 Showcasing In My Kitchen

Has another month just flown by? It is the 1st of October and it is time to share with you, and with Celia from Fig Jam And Lime Cordial what is new and exciting In My Kitchen October 2014.

We ended up sleeping over at friends a few months ago, and when we woke up in the morning our hostess had a baking tray loaded with croissants for our breakfast. They come ready made and frozen before the second proving from a local bakery. I went out to buy a bag, and we have been enjoying these for breakfast over the weekends. I am going to perfect a recipe to make these at home, as the list of ingredients from the store bought croissants is not worth reading!

In My Kitchen October 2014 Croissants

In 2006 we were given a very second hand dishwasher that has been slowly giving up its will to work. For the last 2 years we have had to turn the dial to advance it through various stages. A few Friday nights ago we had friends for dinner and I stayed up in bed reading waiting for the dishwasher to get stuck – it is quite audible. I did not hear anything and eventually fell asleep. On the Saturday morning I took the dishes out of the dishwasher without really paying attention to where the dial was. It was only when I loaded the next lot of dishes in that I realized it had not quite finished the cycle. It did not get stuck but turned itself off. On the Saturday it switched itself off again without finishing the cycle and on the Tuesday it would not turn on. Not wanting to have to hand wash dishes over the weekend, Dave and I went to choose a new dishwasher on the Thursday. I had two requirement – that the bottom level rungs could lie flat for pots and that it had a drawer for the cutlery. The Bosch met these requirements and have a few extra features that are fantastic, including a valve on the hose that will turn the water off if there is a leak!

In My Kitchen October 2014 Dish Washer
Dish Washer

An exchange of gifts saw me taking home a dozen of this season’s duck eggs. I love them scrambled but I set 2 aside to make duck egg pasta when we had John and Dorothy over for supper. The duck eggs come from John’s farm so I thought it would be apt to feed him something made with the eggs.

In My Kitchen October 2014 Duck Eggs
Duck Eggs

As part of the #MissionSamsung challenge I was sent a goody bag. This included a flask which I will make good use of when I travel to Hermanus to see customers. I can now have coffee on the go #bonus

In My Kitchen October 2014 Flask

With much excitement I received my very own copy of Jerusalem. I made poached chicken the first night I got the book and the day after that I made chopped liver. This has to be the most amazing birthday present and it was sent from my dear friend Kim who lives in Perth. She shopped online with Yuppiechef and was most impressed with their service. This is why I think they rock!


My obsession with vinegar continues and this month I got myself a bottle of raspberry vinegar – and as I opened it I could smell raspberries! I think there will be some raspberry pavlovas coming soon!

In My Kitchen October 2014 Raspberry Vinegar
Raspberry Vinegar

At the recent media event I attended at Waterkloof I was given a block of Healey’s Slow Matured Cheddar. This is an exclusive, raw milk cheddar made in limited quantities and aged for 12 months in perfect conditions. There are only 700 kgs of this cheese available and so far I have made my way through three of these blocks. Dairy cows are pasture fed in a specific pasture for this seasonal cheese which has a strong nutty flavour. The 3 week season runs from the end of September and the cheese is hand made and retails from the estate at R46 per 200g wedge.

Slow Matured Cheddar In My Kitchen October 2014
Slow Matured Cheddar

Dave and I are due back from France today. You can read our daily diary of our trip by clicking here.

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58 thoughts on “October 2014 Showcasing In My Kitchen

  1. Some good things in your kitchen this month, Tandy – bet you pleased to have that new dishwasher:)

  2. Another fabulous post Tandy! I love the notebook you received – my other notebook is a blog. We bought a new dishwasher earlier this year – its way of telling us it had to be replaced was by shorting out all the power in our house. It took me way to long to work out it was the dishwasher! And in Jerusalem make sure you make 5x the spice mix on p211 – it’s great on chicken and in burgers as well as on lamb, and the turkey burgers on p200 are easy and divine, with or without the sumac sauce.

  3. I must remember not to read your blog posts just before lunch. Now I’m craving cheese and coffee! 🙂 Hope you had a lovely holiday, looking forward to reading about it.

  4. G’day Welcome back from France Tandy!
    I too love and maybe is an obsession with vinegars, but sometimes I simply don’t know how or what to do with them, so will look forward to your pav!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. Those croissants look yummy, I love croissants, must be the butter side of me. But like you said, looking at store bought ingredients leaves something to be desired. Love them with scrambled eggs (never tried duck eggs before) and a little cheddar and maybe a slice of bacon of two. Nice dishwasher!!! Hope you’re enjoying you trip to France and hope you have a save return home today. Looking forward to learning something new from you =)

  6. So many wonderful things in your kitchen Tandy. Your new diswasher looks fabulous. I also have a Bosch but nothing as fancy and smart as yours. I would not survive without mine even when Pete is away and I am on my own.
    Have a wonderful October.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. Our dishwasher was getting very temperamental when we sold our house in SA, so we gave it away. Hope it’s still going. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever had duck eggs. Do they taste very different?

  8. everything looks lovely in your kitchen Tandy. it seems that Ottolenghi is flavour of the month this month:) He is coming to Brisbane in Oct.and I am just trying to decide if i can afford the astronomical amount of money they want to have dinner and a talk by him.! Hope France was/is great.

  9. Hiya Tandy… always such interesting things in your kitchen! Love Ottolenghi and his books! Peter and I are going to Sydney for one of his lunch events this month! I have yet to taste duck eggs, but aren’t you lucky having such good access to fresh ones! Happy cooking.

  10. As usual everything looks wonderful. I love the idea of having crossants in the freezer ready for use and that cheese!!!! I’m so jealous! Thanks so much for sharing! Liz x

  11. Croissants from the freezer to oven, sounds like a heavenly weekend treat! A new appliance is always fun, enjoy your new dishwasher! I know I barely survived the couple days mine was broken until hubby fixed it.

  12. Tandy, what a wonderful post! A new dishwasher is great news – ours broke as well a few weeks ago and we had it fixed – I don’t think I could go back to handwashing dishes now either! I adore raspberry vinegar in rocket salad, and I still don’t have a copy of Jerusalem – will check out the Kindle version. Welcome home! 🙂

    1. I am going to go out and get some rocket to try my vinegar with. So lucky you could have your dishwasher fixed. Must say I like the selection you have in Australia! Hope you can get the book on kindle 🙂

  13. Enjoy your dishwasher Tandy, we have a Bosch too and they’re great! I also love the look of those duck eggs – they’re supposed to make the best pasta…

  14. Oh my, that dishwasher is lovely! I am envious right now because our dishwasher has been out of commission for two years (it broke itself) and we have yet to decide on whether we want to replace it or not. I suppose we don’t need it that badly, but having one with the rack for pots and pans and a separate cutlery box would be nice for the next one! I enjoy Jerusalem so much and am excited for you to get to cook all the wonderful recipes from that cookbook. One of my favorite recipes is the meatballs with fava beans. Delicious!

    1. I shall look out for that recipe Ngan. I could not live without my dishwasher – this weekend it worked non stop as we had 11 people over for dinner 🙂

  15. You have a lot of amazing wonderful things in your kitchen this month! Congratulations on your new dishwasher – nothing like properly cleaned dishes 🙂 I just love your duck eggs & duck egg pasta sounds divine. I’ve never tried duck eggs before – can’t wait for the day to try them. Hope your holiday in France was amazing! Thank you for sharing IMK – see you next month

  16. Hi Tandy! Funny to hear you mention Hermanos – I have CT friends who are looking for a property there! Jerusalem is wonderful! The meatballs with favas is excellent and their Ba’harat spice recipe for them is wonderful with so many other things too – I make up double the recipe to that I have some some on hand when I need it. Your dishwasher sounds great. I now know why the lower racks flip down and am very excited to try them out!! ( can you tell I didn’t read the instruction manual?) Ours was new with the property so I didn’t have to do any research on them…That cheese sounds fantastic – I am visiting CT in February so will look out for it. And those eggs – ooof! Wondeful in pasta – I am sure your guests enjoyed the dish!!

    1. I really have to get stuck into the book soon! I also did not read the manual – my old dishwasher had that feature which is so clever. Hope you have a super visit to SA and if there is anything you need to know, please send me an email 🙂

    1. HI Liz, I love my dishwasher and it gets used every day! My step son recently got a SMEG and that seems to be fantastic as well. Not sure what makes you get there but I hope you find something that works for you 🙂

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