January so far has been a stinker in terms of the weather here in Brisbane. We’ve been experiencing a heat wave which has resulted in a very low motivation to be cooking. Instead our foods have been salad based, relying on simple but flavoursome dishes that require little effort and equally small expended energy without compromising on taste. This has seen me delving into my cookbook shelf in search of some new and tasty combinations inspired by some of the awesome food books I’ve received as Christmas and birthday presents over the past few months.
Thus the first thing in my kitchen is this stack of new books to explore
Included in this stack is Tessa Kiros’ Falling Cloudberries as I dive into this book hunting for inspiration for my contribution to The Cookbook Guru for the month of January.
Without good knives salads can be hard work, so much of the delight in eating being the marriage of textures. An essential part of my kitchen is these global knives kept ever sharp by my other half as he delights in using them as much as me.
As part of building delicious salads to fuel us in the heat we have a healthy supply of fresh herbs to hand supplemented by our struggling plants in the garden. For me herbs are what enhances a salad and takes it to another level and I’m having fun exploring with different combinations, the mainstays are always basil, coriander, mint and parsley. I tend to buy them from my favourite market as the portions are more generous and the herbs last a lot longer than the supermarket varieties.
For snacking we are still working our way through this massive jar of burj snack mix that we picked up in a kilo bag from the macadamia factory on our recent holiday to the Sunshine Coast. Tasty, spicy and reasonably healthy it ticks the dietary boxes for our recent visitors over the Christmas break.
In my kitchen is some brown old medicine and cordial bottles that I have converted with bar pourers into my cooking oil bottles, one EVOO and the other vegetable oil.
And finally in my kitchen for the month of January is and well stocked fridge filled with interesting beers to keep us cool and intrigue the taste buds. We love to try new flavours, but are equally as likely to be seen buying our stalwart favs as well. My tip would be to try this Gluten free offering which Mum (aka ladyredspecs) recently introduced us too. It’s a really great and viable alternative for those who can’t consume wheat or need something gluten free and miss your beer.
If you love what you’ve read here make sure you head over to Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for the amazing collaboration that she puts together every month sharing with us kitchens from around the world. I love the insight they give me into the kitchens of the blogs I admire and it offers me some great ideas of products to try and inspiration for food I should try creating.
Happy cooking and happy eating everyone,