While attending Eat.Drink.Blog a month ago, I tossed aside my shy-self and met some fabulous people. The gorgeous Tania, from My Kitchen Stories insisted that I join the fun of writing an In My Kitchen post each month, and being the obedient lass that I am, here is my first one! For those, like me, who are new to In My Kitchen, it is a way for me to give you a snapshot of my kitchen-life each month, with all the participants listed on Celia's blog so you can jump and see what everyone else is up to as well.
So, for the first time ever, in my kitchen this month is my gingerbread house.
This is the first time I've ever assembled a gingerbread house at Christmas, even though I've had plenty of opportunities to attend gingerbread house evenings at churches in the past. Apparently you can tell a lot about a person from how they decorate their house, but that would mean that I'm a control freak who likes everything to be ordered, symmetrical, and minimal. Surely not!
Also in my kitchen this month, and every month, is this contraption.
The contraption includes a manual grinder (top), a bike pump (left), and a portaspresso thingy. The seven minute process involves boy grinding his beans, pressurising the canister using the bike pump, placing boiling water in the body, tamping the ground beans into the basket, attaching all the pieces together and releasing the air in a controlled manner so that you get this pretty stream of espresso (right) falling into your cup.
Being completely manual, boy will be able to take it on holidays overseas (coffee-tragic), and in the meantime it sits on our benchtop, taking up a lot of space!
Also on the bench in my kitchen (thankfully, we have ridiculous amounts of bench-space), are a bunch of groceries that I haven't put away yet.
Actually finding its way into the pantry in my kitchen is my spelt flour, for baking our bread. I source this 5kg bag from the Blue Mountains Food Coop, which is located in Katoomba.
And lastly, the newest items in my kitchen are these cookbooks! A good chunk of my birthday vouchers this year went on books, and these arrived a few days ago! I've been poring over them ever since, and am looking forward to some fun cooking days in the near future.
To check out some other kitchens this month, drop by Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.