Monday, 2 September 2013

In My Kitchen - Sept 2013, Vegan MoFo and new kitchen table

The spring has sprung!  The days are warmer, the lemon tree has more blossoms than I care to count, the evenings are filled with the scent of jasmine.  Vegan MoFo has begun and, before starting some fun posts on my theme of TV Dinners, I will give you a peek around my kitchen.  It's all vegan this month.  And if you are hanging out for the tv theme, there is a little taster at the end of this post.

Firstly, let me introduce you to my new kitchen table.  You will be seeing quite a lot of it in my photos.  Our old vinyl chairs were falling to bits.  We decided we wanted something wooden after years of laminex.  It was cheap at Ikea.

My dad came over to help E put it together while mum and I shopped at Coburg Farmers Market.  We brought home lunch.  Sourdough bread.  Three dips: muhammara, tahini and herbs, beetroot and dukkah.  Pistachios.  Great with rocket and cherry tomatoes.

We managed to get to the farmers market twice last month.  Here is most of my purchases from our other trip.  Magnificent mandarins, crisp apples, intriguing sweet pickled walnuts, wonderful lime and salt chocolate, and soft heavenly crumpets.  And greens.

I have also been shopping at my local health food store.  I was quite impressed at their range of gluten free flours.  The stevia came from the supermarket.  I have been trying some of the recipes from Ricki Heller's Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free Cookbook that is launched on 13 September.  I will write more about it later Meanwhile, I can tell you I highly recommend it.

Sadly, Sylvia's predilection for pink is rubbing off on me.  I bought this spatula set at the supermarket.  She was delighted and decided the small one was for her.  It quickly disappeared.  I am glad to say it has resurfaced.

It was Father's Day in Australia yesterday.  Sylvia gave E this Tabasco Spicy Chocolate.  He puts Tabasco on everything so why not chocolate.  He tells me it is very spicy.  I didn't bother trying it.  It doesn't sound like my sort of thing.  He enjoyed it.  We also had a lovely family lunch at the Bridge Hotel in Richmond.

Bought on the same day in Carlton was this Frank's Red Hot Sauce.  Apparently this is used a lot in America.  I'd never heard of it.  I was intrigued by Mel's post about buffalo tofu that used the sauce.  It is still unopened.  Maybe I will give it a go during Vegan MoFo.

I was also intrigued by this Raspberry and Dragonfruit Sensation herbal tea from Twinings.  I have loved dragonfruit when I have had the opportunity to try it.  It is a tropical fruit that seems more at home in Darwin than Melbourne but the fruit does make an appearance in our supermarkets occasionally.  The tea is deliciously fruity.  Though I couldn't tell you the difference between the raspberry and dragonfruit flavours.

This bunch of rainbow chard is from a farmers market outing.  Who can resist these brilliant colours.  Even if it is really just fancy silverbeet.

Last week Sylvia ran into the kitchen holding some pink geraniums and telling me 'the man' gave them to her.   I couldn't for the life of me work out who she meant.  It wasn't until I came out the front and saw she was talking to the next door neighbour that we don't usually see.  He and his wife also gave us some lemons and oranges from their trees.  We also have quinces that I was excited to find in the local shops.  I still am not sure what to do with them.  Poaching them would be a good start.

I finally made it to New Day Rising, hipster cafe in Blyth Street, East Brunswick.  I have wanted to try their CLT for ages.  That is Coconut Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato.  It is such a tiny cafe and I was feeling time-poor so I decided to take my bagel home.  It reeked of smokiness from the coconut bacon, was messy to eat but oh so good.

Tomato soup from a can is one of my comfort foods.  I am usually a Heinz soup kind of girl.  This limited edition Campbell's tin celebrates 50 years since Andy Warhol painted the Campbell's tomato soup tins in 1962.  1962?  That is 51 years!  Fortunately I have E to point out the tin actually reads '50+'.  Have these tins been on our shelves for a year or did it take a while for the boat to reach us from America?

Back to my Vegan MoFo theme.  Here is a list to amuse you.  At least one of the shows will feature in my MoFo posts.  Possibly more.  Stay tuned...

Ten television characters who spend a lot of time in the kitchen
  • Alice in The Brady Brunch
  • Mrs Doyle in Father Ted
  • Swedish Chef in The Muppets
  • Albert in Robin’s Nest
  • Martha in Seven Little Australians
  • Daphne in Frasier
  • Mrs Padmore in Downton Abbey
  • Diver Dan in SeaChange
  • Reggie in Becker
  • Roy in Coronation Street
 Please feel free to add to the list in the comments.

I am sending this post to Celia for her In My Kitchen series.  Check out others' kitchens or join in by sending Celia a post about your kitchen.

This post is part of Vegan Month of Food September 2013.  This year for Vegan MoFo I am cooking recipes inspired by some favourite tv shows - and veering off topic occasionally.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts. 

38 comments:

  1. LOVE the new table! And how fun to see all those ingredients for the book's recipes! (I feel compelled to point out that I don't use potato flour in anything, though, just the starch!) ;-)

    I haven't seen those Andy Warhol soup cans here or would surely have picked them up for the HH, whose favorite soup is Campbell's tomato. :)

    Looking forward to following along with the mofo posts!

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    1. thanks Ricki - Love the book! Can't wait for a hardcopy. I forgot about the potato flour - I actually bought it because I have been looking for it for another recipe - GF pastry - and when I saw it I thought I had to snap it up. The rest of the ingredients I bought have been useful for some other recipes too.

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  2. Love the table, Ikea furniture ain't bad! I haven't seen the soup cans either but then I can't remember the last time I bought condensed soup....? How about adding Niles from The Nanny to your list?

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    1. Thanks Kate - the soup cans were on the end of the aisles on special which is why I noticed them. Niles from the Nanny would definitely make the list

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  3. Love your new table Johanna! Hope you (or just E) enjoy the hot sauce - we had a BBQ for Fathers Day and I brought along some buffalo tofu kebabs. I used an entire bottle to marinate the tofu!

    Although he wasn't baking, Kramer from Seinfeld spent a lot of time in Jerry's kitchen ;-)

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    1. Thanks Mel - Am sure E will enjoy the hot sauce - in fact I suspect if I open it he will just tip it on everything - he loves any spicy condiments. E and I were talking about how Seinfeld (and a lot of comedies) spent a lot of time in the kitchen, so he had been a contender for the list.

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    1. Thanks Lisa - we are loving it too

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  5. Franks Red Hot is my hot sauce of choice! Perfect for buffalo-ing whatever it is you want buffaloed. I think then TV dinner theme is a cool idea!

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    1. Thanks KZ Cakes - I have never buffaloed before but I am excited to know that I can buffalo to my heart's content now :-)

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  6. Your kitchen has lovely happy colours :) I didn't know about the 50+ years soup cans! But I'm glad you got to try the CLT!

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    1. Thanks Veganopoulous - yes there are lots of happy colours - I will miss my bright orange chairs but at least the green laminex is there to stay on the benchtops.

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  7. I'm so glad you're trying out a few of Ricki's flour-blend recipes! I can't afford all the fancy flours right now, so I'm taking on a few of the more nut-based ones (I know that nuts are more expensive than flours, as a rule, but I know I'll use the rest of the bag of nuts, you see.... ;) )

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    1. Thanks Hannah - I know what you mean about the flours - using them up is a struggle sometimes and you don't want to know how long some of my GF flours have sat in my fridge - it is shameful. But I go through almond meal like nobody's business!

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  8. I love the vintage can design! That's very cool-I must go out and buy loads and recreate Warhol's work in 3D! :P

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    1. Thanks Lorraine - there were lots of different designs and I wanted to buy them all but was restrained - maybe they were on display because someone at woollies wanted to create their own little patch of Warhol :-)

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  9. fantastic post, love the new table and the freshness of all the goods you picked up from the local market.. i too bought some of the Campbells limited edition soup, and i hardly eat soup, but love the vintage look.. :)

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    1. Thanks Fran - you should come to coburg farmers market one weekend - you would love it - I don't eat tinned soup much but tomato soup reminds me of childhood weekends so it is comfort food

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  10. Love the pink spatulas! :-)

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    1. Thanks Sandy - they are very retro cool

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  11. I love your new table! And I wouldn't view it as a negative that Sylvia's pink tastes are rubbing off on you - those spatulas are very cute and at least they won't get lost among other utensils. Also, that is the exact same stevia I have :-)

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    1. Thanks Kari - I have never been into pink - but it we have to have it I quite like these spatulas - and the positive is that I have so little pink in our drawers that they will stand out. I am not sure I will ever get through that jar of stevia - it is huge.

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  12. G'day Johanna! STUNNING photos and kitchen view!
    I recently saw the vintage retro Campbell Soup and thought of Andy Warhol too!
    Cheers! Viewed as part of IMK! Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Thanks Joanne - wonder what warhol would think of the soup design

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  13. Nice table and beautiful photography!

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  14. We have that very same table! Looking forward to all your mofo posts :)

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    1. Thanks moving scouse - it does seem like a small world when we can both buy the same table even though we are half a world apart :-)

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  15. You know, sometimes folks make fun of Ikea, but I REALLY like their stuff. And your kitchen table is a great example - perfect, solid and simple, just so elegant in the kitchen surroundings. Rainbow chard is a favourite here as you know - it's gone from being reviled as silverbeet to going into nearly every dish - isn't it funny how we adapt our tastes to whatever we can grow. And love the pink spotty spatulas! Thanks for sharing all your treasures with us Johanna! xx

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    1. Thanks Celia - I like a lot of ikea stuff though I am still a bit wary of their international might - and I have had a frustrating time of trying to buy a lamp there that has been out of stock every time I go there - but the table was a real bargain and the right size for our kitchen. I love rainbow chard but still struggle to find inspiration in using it - though it was rather good fried up with onions on pizza.

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  16. I love your table and I love Mrs Doyle...but I'd like to add Bub and Uncle Charlie from My Three Sons!

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    1. Thanks Linda - I love Mrs Doyle too but never saw My Three Sons - though the name sounds familiar

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  17. Your kitchen looks so inviting. Beautiful blog, too!

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  18. Your new table is very cute. :-)

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    1. Thanks Cindy - we are really enjoying having it - now just need to get rid of the old chairs

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  19. The new table looks welcoming.

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  20. Johanna, chocolate with lime & salt sounds magnificent... and chocolate with Tabsco?! Oh my! (By the way, Frank's Red Hot is my preferred hot sauce.) Your new kitchen table looks cozy & inviting and your list of TV "cooks" is intriguing. Now I wish I hadn't given my Frasier cookbook to my son (!), even though I'm more of an "Alice." :) It'll be fun to see what you do with that.

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