In My Kitchen April 2015Well as the months fly by in 2015, I realise that I am getting very close to turning one year old… who would have thought! March was a very busy month and I have only just finished catching up on all of March IMK’s. April has been so very busy already, even though the 4 day weekend was suppose to be relaxing!  I realised the other day that I had not posted my IMK, so I though I had better get onto it!

In My Kitchen is bought to you by the wonderful Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Don’t forget to pop over to her blog and check out all fantastic little peaks into blogging kitchen all over the world!

In My Kitchen are HOT CROSS BUNS I made about 8 dozen this year. I love that 12 fit perfectly into my enamel baking dish, so they push against each other and are light and fluffy.

Hot Cross Buns

Ready for the Oven

In my blog, the Top Ten Team went looking for the best hot cross bun on the Gold Coast, unfortunately we were unable to find a perfect bought one. But when the team tasted my home baked ones… they were given 9.5/10 as they decided that they couldn’t give them 10/10, as it wouldn’t be good for my ego… LOL!

Hot Cross Buns

In My Kitchen are curry pastes, I have been having a wonderful time making lots of the basic pastes. I have always liked making my own curry pastes and find they have a fresher taste. The RED THAI CURRY PASTE was my first attempt at making a paste since owning my Thermomix. I have to say it was so much easier than any another time I have made it. Because it was so easy, I went on a bit of a Thai paste spree!

Thai Red Curry PasteI have been eating curry on and off for a month now! So I will probably have to wait until the middle of July before I make some more. This GREEN THAI CURRY PASTE is so delicious and flavoursome and because I used homegrown large chillies, it wasn’t very hot at all!

Green Thai Curry Paste

Then I decided to try a MASSAMAN CURRY PASTE, because I have never really been a big fan and it has more Indian flavours than traditional Thai. I was very please with this paste and so good because you use cheap cuts of meat and cook it for a long time like a stew… I am going to try a slow cooker version using this paste to see what it is like!

Massaman Curry Paste

Not a really great colour for photographing!

I am also trying to make use of the last of the beautiful ripe tomatoes that are around. So it was time to stock up on Tomato Relish. I must confess, mum cooked them all, but I did all the preparations. Do you know what it is like chopping pounds and pounds of onions and tomato? I would love to share this recipe, but it is one of those old fashioned ones that is still in pounds… you make it a little different every time depending on the tomatoes and it is such a large quantity, that I’m not sure how to convert it for the Thermomix, but I will keep working on it and let you know, as everyone who tries it, says it is the best they have tasted. The reason why I have to make so much is that all my friends buy it off me and it is the most requested “gift”.

Tomato relish

In my Kitchen is CHILLI JAM, lots of chilli Jam. It has been a hot humid summer in Queensland, so the chillies are off the charts! I can’t seem to keep up with them, as soon as I pick them, there are more flowers and more chillies! So I have dried them and deseeded them and put them in the freezer. I’m looking forward to making Lorraine’s Mum Chilli paste in a few days when I get some time!

Chilli Jam Pot

I really does have a lot of sugar in it and tastes like the best sweet chilli sauce you have ever had. I like how versatile it is, as you can cook it shorter and it will be a sauce or cook it longer and it turns into a jam! It is also a Thai style Chilli Jam and fantastic for using in Stir Fries.

Chilli Jam 2

And lastly, In my kitchen, is my ready to use vanilla essence, I’m so excited to see how it tastes. I am making a Bee Sting and using in this in the recipe for the first time…. I will let you know how it tastes… I’m so excited!

Vanilla

 

I hope you enjoyed a little poke around my kitchen. I look forward to seeing you next month.

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz xx

 

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