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In my kitchen is …
Baba Ganoush (eggplant dip).
I came across some beautifully fresh eggplant at a local roadside stall. I have been disappointed with packaged dips so I was keen to try making my own. The recipe I used is by David Lebovitz. Other recipes are similar but I am very pleased with this result. The BW doesn’t usually like eggplant dishes but loves this one. Looks as though I will be making Baba Ganoush regularly!
Australian vanilla beans. These are from Daintree Vanilla and Spice, Queensland. I also bought the vanilla essence and some vanilla salt to try. These will be handy for Christmas gifts. I haven’t tried the beans yet but compared with some that I have from Guinea, they are bigger, more succulent and the aroma more appealing. This carries through to the vanilla essence which I used in a custard. It gave a lovely perfumed flavour. Vanilla bean plants fascinate me, they remind me of my pencil orchids.
Australian olive oil from Patrice Newell. The biodynamic oil is grown and produced in the Upper Hunter Valley. I bought six of these attractive 500ml bottles, once again to use as gifts. We can’t wait for the delivery of this season’s garlic that I have ordered from them. It is definitely worth waiting for.
another Australian product, Lively Premium Linseed with Organic Blueberries. These are grown in the north western slopes of NSW.
Coyo Coconut Milk Yoghurt! It really is as they say “Heaven in a mouthful!” Beautiful with mango, I usually use it instead of cream on desserts, that is if I haven’t already devoured it.
In my kitchen is …
a box of mini cupcakes. A generous friend offered to show us how to decorate cupcakes after attending a course herself. We had a great time using the many cutters and other tools. I could use some lessons in design.