Monday, 4 August 2014

In My Kitchen - August 2014

Here's what's happening in my kitchen at the moment...





Pepita Spread:

I've waxed lyrical about Mayver's Peanut and Cacao Spread in a previous In My Kitchen post. Now it's time for me to bang on ad nauseum over their latest offering, this gloriously green Pepita Spread. I want to spread it on my toast, put it in my hummus, make dressings with it, add it to my smoothies and dip Ritz crackers in it straight from the jar. Not that I know anything about how good that last option is, she says as she wipes the Ritz cracker crumbs and Pepita Spread from her lips. *wink*



Poh's Same Same but Different:

My husband took me shopping and asked me to choose a cookbook. I couldn't resist Poh's newest book.  I've traveled through Asia a lot, so the title alone makes me smile. I can't wait to try her Lazy Day Noodle Soup, Shredded Spiced Pork and Coconut Relish Pocket, Tuna Nashi Carpaccio with Mandarin Dressing, Hazelnut Potatoes, Mini Coffee and Almond Pavlovas, Gluten-Free Jaffa Almond Cake... actually scratch that, I want to make every recipe.



Fresh Rainbow and Hot Smoked Trout from Goulburn River Trout:

My friends from Goulburn River Trout sent me some fabulous fresh rainbow trout and hot smoked trout. I made some deeeelicious Smoked Trout and Potato Empanadas. Stay tuned to find out what I make with the fresh trout. Thanks to Seafood Industry Victoria for hooking me up... get it, hooking me up. Hoooo boy!



Takujo Sashimi Shoyu:

I'm heading to Japan in the next few months so I've been doing quite a bit of "research" on the cuisine, as you can imagine. I dipped some of the aforementioned raw rainbow trout into some of this Takujo Sashimi Shoyu and was transported to heaven. I love, love, love Japanese food. Okay, I love ALL food, but I really do LOVE Japanese food and will find any excuse to buy bottles of delicious Japanese condiments. Plus, I'm just a little bit in love with Japanese packaging.



Mortar and Pestle:

Winter means lots of curries at our house, so my mortar and pestle gets quite a work out (not to mention my biceps and triceps). It's a win-win, I get knock-out curry pastes and guns to die for.



Anyway, that's my kitchen for now.

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35 comments:

  1. Lots of deliciousness going on, Jennifer. The Mayver's Peanut and Cacao Spread and Pepita Spread sound interesting... where do you find those? I love Poh's book! Love the smoked trout, too! And I want some Takujo Sashimi Shoyu... where did you find it?

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    1. Hey Liz. You'll find Mayver's products in Coles and Woolworths where the "Health Food" and gluten free products are. I got the Takujo Sashimi Shoyu from an Asian supermarket. It's so good.

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  2. I need your husband to give my boyfriend lessons about how to react in a bookstore's cookbook section!
    I love Poh on TV so I will have to check out her book :) And Japan!!! I am so excited for you! Friends of mine have been there several times and I can't wait until it's my turn to go! Super excited for you :)

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    1. My husband has a conditioned response to the cookbook section. He knows I'm not coming out with one and he's learned to accept that. I love Poh too. Her book is so good. Yes, a trip to Japan. Can't wait.

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  3. That cookbook sounds awesome! Going to have to check it out sometime. :)

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  4. I want some pepita spread now. I love Mayver's but admit I must have previously overlooked the pepita one

    Thanks for the kitchen tour :)

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    1. I think the Pepita Spread is new. It's the first time I've seen it. It's really yummy. I though it might be slightly strong tasting (don't know why), but it's not. It's really nutty. A bit like tahini, but may be a little sweeter.

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  5. Ooh, a trip to Japan! I've never been, so I'm looking forward to your trip! Are you going with your family? Nice post, btw...I love seeing what's in others' kitchens! ;)

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    1. I love seeing what's in other people's kitchen too. I'm really looking forward to Japan. Yes, it's a family trip.

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  6. Thanks for the kitchen tour Jennifer. I hesitated about the pepita spread, now I'll reconsider! Lucky you, a teip to Japan will be amazing

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    1. Thank you. The Pepita Spread is really yummy. I will be trying in recipes that usually call for tahini to see how it fits. It's a little sweeter tasting that tahini, but has a similar flavour profile.

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  7. Picking a new cookbook can be very hard - there are always too many good choices!! Looks like you picked a winner though :)

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I hear you. I can take FOR EVER to choose a new cookbook. It's a life choice after all LOL!

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  8. I love Japanese packaging too. I look forward to future posts about your experiences in Japan. I love the Mayver's products I have tried. We can't get all of their range here in Alice yet. Just had a spoonful of their crunchy peanut butter. I learned that nasty little habit from my Grandma. No double dipping though! Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us!

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    1. Oh I'm a spoonful-of-peanut-butter girl from way back too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Oh, that Lazy Day Noodle soup sounds amazing, as does the pepita spread...never heard of it. Japan is on my bucket list.

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    1. I love noodle soup... on any day. Japan is going to be amazing.

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  10. I'm not sure that we get pepita spread over here. It obviously tastes much better than it looks :)

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    1. I gather you don't like the look of it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. What a lovely container the Shoyu is in. How lucky to be going to Japan. I am sure you will come back with lots of lovely things.

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    1. Thank you. I'm sure I'll come back with suitcases loaded with food and kitchen things. I always do when I travel.

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  12. Ooh...lucky you heading to Japan. We hope to go next year so I like the idea of 'research'. I'm loving the sound of that Mayvers spread. I use pepitas a lot and of course, am a big fan of Mayvers so what's not to love? I'll have to look out for it. Cheers xx

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    1. I can think of lots of uses for the Pepita Spread. It's going to be showing up in a lot of my meals I imagine. Thanks for your comment.

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  13. That shoyu bottle is gorgeous and the same but different title made me giggle. That's true Asia indeed! Thanks

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    1. Thank you. The Japanese have a knack for packaging don't you think?

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  14. I haven't eaten trout in years - we always enjoyed it cooked with bacon, lemon leaves and flaked almonds. I would love a bigger pestle and mortar - things keep jumping out of mine because it is too small. Thanks for a peek into your kitchen.
    Have a super day.
    :-) Mandy xo

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    1. Your smoked trout treatment sounds yummy. Thanks for dropping in.

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  15. Love everything in your post, Jennifer! We adore smoked trout here, and that pepita spread looks good enough to eat by the spoonful. My sister picked up Poh's book as well when she was here - I should have snuck a look at it before she left, as it sounds fabulous! And how stunning is that Japanese bottle! x

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    1. Thanks Celia. Poh's book is a real delight. I love her approach to food and she's a little bit quirky, which I love.

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  16. Ooo...that pepita spread, I need to get my hands on that! Japan is on my to-visit list - how exciting!

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    1. Can't wait for Japan. Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Everything looks so delicious this month and I am definitely getting some of that spread! Thanks for sharing! Liz x

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  18. Lovely post! Hope you have a great trip! :)

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  19. pepita spread? that sounds interesting. i love their peanut and cacao spread. i put a teaspoon in my morning smoothie which gives it a great taste. i love everything in your post. and i am so jealous of you going to japan. take me!

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