In My December Kitchen

It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve gone through Christmas and New Year it always seems like the chaos starts about the middle of November and it’s not until the first week of January that I start to feel like I can draw a breath and relax.

Even in all the happenings I can still find time to be in my kitchen, it’s like stress therapy with happy consequences for everyone around me.  This month I’m back in my own kitchen so I’m excited to be able to share some of is happening in December.  If you are interested in knowing more about this shared kitchen experience that I’ve started participating in, check out Celia’s Blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. It will give you a chance to take a sticky beak at kitchens throughout the world and some of the wonderful things happening this month in people’s kitchens.

For me this time of year I can’t get through without baking at least one lot of peppakaka.  The smell alone is enough to tell my body that it really is Christmas and I love giving little packages away as gifts to willing recipients.  So the first thing in my kitchen this December is…Swedish Gingerbread

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and another firm favourite at this time of year is saffron yeast buns.  A Swedish traditional food baked for Lucia these spark many fond memories of celebrating Christmas when I was a child.

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A brand new food processor…

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I’ve been dreaming of one of these for a while now and was very fortunate to receive one for my birthday last month.  I can’t wait to get hooked into it and start making pastry and other such delights.  It’s already holding pride of place on the kitchen bench.

Maggie Beer’s Verjuice

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I’ve looked and looked at verjuice and always been curious about what it tastes like and what to use it with in the kitchen.  I finally bit the bullet and bought a bottle at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show and I’m so glad I did.  Light and flavoursome its brilliant on a salad and went particularly well in a mint sauce that I made recently. (Stay tuned for the recipe)

A Growing Collection of Funky Plates and Bowls

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I’ve found myself starting to scour op shops and bargain tables for some great little serving dishes, and along with beautiful gifts and inherited glass bowls my collection of serving dishes is really starting to grow.  I’m particularly loving the new owl plate I picked up for $1!

Chocolate Moulds

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Our very generous and knowledgable host of this round up, Celia, encouraged me to get into making chocolates and not be scared of destroying the ingredients in the process. I’ve got the moulds, now I’ve just got to brave the chocolate making.  Hopefully this Christmas my lucky visitors will be getting homemade chocolate treats lovingly created in my kitchen.

And finally in my kitchen this month all the way from Melbourne will be LadyRedSpecs from Please Pass The Recipe, aka my Mum (and my Dad too)…..

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We are celebrating Christmas in sunny Queensland this year and will be sure to produce some yummy recipes for you all whilst we are in the same kitchen.

Happy Cooking, Happy Eating and Seasons Greetings,

Leah

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. ladyredspecs says:

    Yay, just packing the bags!!! Xxx

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  2. Your peppakaka look wonderful…as do the St. Lucia buns. The blender is on my wishlist as well 🙂 so happy you for you and a happy belated birthday!

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    1. Leah says:

      Thank you so much. The blender has been an awesome addition to the kitchen, it’s so much fun to have a new toy to play with. 🙂

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  3. heidiannie says:

    I have got to make gingerbread cookies this week. Your photo made me feel so bad for not getting it done yet!
    How neat that you get to spend Christmas with your parents- and that your mom is Lady Red Specs!
    Thanks for sharing-

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    1. Leah says:

      Thank you. I’m looking forward to having Mum & Dad here for Christmas, it should be a lot of fun. Have to say too, I think I love the smell of the gingerbread almost more than the taste….all those spices wafting from the oven, yum! 🙂

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  4. Kim Bultman says:

    Leah, what a delight to find out that your Mom is Lady Red Specs — hope you two have an especially enjoyable time sharing your kitchen! I’d never heard of Verjuice — sounds like a versatile ingredient. Best wishes on your chocolate making, too. Your owl plate is a “hoot.” 😉 Merry Christmas!

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    1. Leah says:

      Thank you so much! Fingers crossed I’ll have a chocolate post to share by the end of the month. 🙂 Merry Christmas

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  5. Hey, your mum really does wear red specs! 🙂 What lovely baking you’ve been doing Leah, beautiful even cut outs of Christmas tree cookies (I’m rubbish at the roll and cut out thing), and the saffron buns look divine. The food processor looks grand, and I’m sure you’ll have great fun with it. Enjoy playing with chocolate – remember you need a good thermometer and a heat mat! 🙂

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  6. G’day Leah! Absolutely love your gingerbread and your yeast rolls too!
    Thanks to Celia’s inspiration, in the New Year will be making chocolates…love your molds and can never go wrong with Maggie Beer Verjuice!
    Viewed as part of Celia’s In My Kitchen
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. Leah says:

      Thank you Joanne! hope you have a wonderful christmas season, good luck with the chocolates. Leah

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  7. nancy@jamjnr.com says:

    I’m jealous of your processor lucky you. I have to confess I don’t get into Christmas baking at all but I’m happy to eat lots of everyone else’s efforts 🙂 Have a fab time with your Mum and Dad and I look forward to seeing what you ladies conjure up in the kitchen.

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    1. Leah says:

      thank you so much. I have wanted a processor for years so I was blown away by getting this for a gift. My other half sure know’s how to spoil me 🙂 Enjoy your travels and grazing on everyone’s Christmas cooking efforts 🙂

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  8. Lady with the Red Specs is your Mum???… Well there you go! I really like the look of thsoe saffrom buns. I’m in Qld too (Brisbane) – we must connect sometime. Are you on twitter?

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    1. Leah says:

      Lol… Yes and thank you! I have a special place in my memory for the saffron buns. Yes I’m on twitter @leahjane_g and it would be lovely to have a catch up in brisbane, it’s awesome meeting other foodies 🙂

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  9. I’ve often looked at verjuice and never bought it as I thought it might be the sort of thing to use once and then forget about. Maybe I should buy it next time.

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    1. Leah says:

      It is worth having in the kitchen. I think of it like a middle ground between wine & vinegar. I’m glad I bit the bullet and gave it a try.

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