checking the mail
eating food
smelling fruit
rugging horses
drinking wine
walking dogs
mixing horse feed
losing my keys
singing in the car
washing dogs (again)
reading blogs
not cleaning the car
laughing at youtube
icing cake
cooking up a storm
watching masterchef
washing dogs
devouring licorice
riding flicka
searching for skywhale

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In My Kitchen - October

It's no secret that I love Celia's In My Kitchen posts and really enjoy putting my own In My Kitchen Post together (not to mention the flowers I get to buy as a result!). So I am overjoyed that as I'm writing this, 3 days in to October, there are already 20 kitchens linked up to Celia's blog, in addition to her own fabulous In My Kitchen Post. Amazing!

This month, I'm going to show you all the bad things in my kitchen. Our haul from Fudgees lolly shop in Mooloolabah and the amazing Tamborine Mountain Distillery arrived late last month via its trek to Bathurst (courtesy of CPoo's Mum and Dad, and as a result of limited airline cabin baggage allowances), and we've been hitting the sugar to such an extent that I'm considering a detox (and I don't do detoxes). So without further ado:

In my kitchen I have...

Tulips!

Tulips!

...Tulips :) It's Floriade time in Canberra, and Tulips are plentiful and cheap. 

Tulips!

Tulips!

I love Tulips (I'm fast learning that there's few flowers that I dislike, other than red roses - but that's a story for another day), they remind me of the fabulous time I had living in Holland, and they are always so colourful (unless they are white ;-)). I'd have a backyard full of them, but Oscar has a fondness for the delicate flavour of Tulips, so we go without. 

In my kitchen I have...

ONE MILLION DOLLARS

$1,000,000

...ONE MILLION DOLLARS! I wish... This was one of CPoo's picks from Fudgees. The chocolate was really bad quality, but we ate it anyway ;)

In my kitchen I have...

Cap'n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch

...Cap'n Crunch! This was another of CPoo's picks from Fudgees. There was something compelling about this all-American sugar-loaded cereal that he couldn't resist.

Cap'n Crunch

Cap'n Crunch

Truth is, for us Aussies, they taste a lot like Nutri-grain. I'm still trying to figure out why CPoo is happy to eat this, and not the muesli that's in the cupboard which he complains has added sugar (I think it's the sweetness from the dried fruit that is the culprit, but it has nothing on Cap'n Crunch!).

In my kitchen I have...

Kool Aid

Kool-Aid

...Kool-Aid. I was distracted by the pretty packaging and bought 5 different flavours. Now I am scared that all the fruit flavours are labelled 'Artificial Flavour' except for the Pink Lemonade flavour that is labelled 'Natural Flavour with Other Natural Flavour'. What the? It gets more perplexing when you read the nutritional information on the back which states that it 'contains less than 2% of natural flavour'. And then you see that you are supposed to add it to 1.8L of water, with 1 cup of sugar. I'm working up the courage to try these, but can't bear to waste all that sugar because I doubt I'll enjoy it. This was definiely an impulse buy and a half!!

In my kitchen I have...

Whoop Ass Hot Sauce

How ya doin, pardner?

...Whoop Ass Smokin' Mesquite Hot Sauce. I couldn't resist his little hat! They weren't kidding when they said whoop ass - this stuff has a super duper chilli kick, but it's a quick burn and not a lingering chilli heat. I did a comparison taste test with this and my beloved Chipotle Smoked Tabasco - the Tabasco has a deeper flavour, but is much milder. This will be great to sprinkle over scrambled eggs and steak, and anything else that needs a tangy, lightly smoked, super chilli kick!

In my kitchen I have...

Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans

...Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans a la Harry Potter. These were truly disgusting. Fabulous, and a very, very clever marketing idea. But disgusting. Highlight flavours included vomit (which was very realistic. ugh.), earthworm, dirt, sausage (a savoury jellybean is a very strange thing), and earwax. I was sad that we missed out on booger, black pepper and rotten egg though. Or maybe I'm not... 

In my kitchen I have...

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

... Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. We had to buy some nice ones to counteract the horrible ones, and these are so packed with flavour that you only need to eat a few at a time. I love the buttered popcorn, cherry, juicy pear and tangerine flavours the best.

In my kitchen I have...

Flavoured Herbal Molasses

Flavoured Herbal Molasses

...flavoured molasses. AKA the tasty stuff you smoke through a Shisha pipe, but the kind that doesn't have tobacco in it. I don't smoke cigarettes, but every once in a while (especially when it is warm, and I've got a belly full of moroccan food) I'm partial to a shisha - something I most recently rediscovered in Thailand. We've got rose, mint, apple and cinnamon flavours.

In my kitchen I have...

Grape Fanta

Grape Fanta (actually contains no grape)

...Grape Fanta (that contains no grape), a CPoo pick from Fudgees (notice how I'm blaming all the nasty stuff on him?!). This was the foulest carbonated beverage I've ever had the misfortune to taste. We both took one sip of this sugary drink with a distinct chemical tang to it's aftertaste, and promptly poured the rest down the sink.

In my kitchen I have...

Turkish Delight Liqueur

Turkish Delight Liqueur

...Turkish Delight Liqueur from the wizards at Tamborine Mountain Distillery, as well as:

Chai and Wattle Seed Liqueur

Chai and Wattle Seed Liqueur

Chai Liqueur, Wattle Toffee Liqueur, and Lemon Myrtle Vodka (which didn't make it into the photo). These small-batch liqueurs and vodkas are lovingly hand-made in tiny Mount Tamborine by the beautiful Alla Ward and her fabulously eccentric husband Michael. The Liqueurs are so true to flavour and so incredibly smooth (they work fabulously drizzled over icecream for a quick but impressive dessert) that I had to ask Alla how she learned how to make them. Her response? "All good Russians know how to whip up a good batch of hooch!" 

That was a very modest response, because her 'hooch' has won her little distillery 260 awards and counting. The Wattle Toffee Liqueur has a cult following, it's gorgeous coffee-like caramel flavour is so very, very delicious, but there are so many, many flavours that it would be very hard to pick a favourite. I'm besotted with the Turkish Delight, which, like all the smaller bottles sold by Alla and Michael, comes in a beautiful bottle that has been handpainted by Alla.

I can't rave about these guys enough. If you are up on the Gold Coast for any length of time, are partial to good liqueurs and spirits, and can take a short trip up to the hinterland, Tamborine Mountain Distillery is well worth a visit.

In my kitchen I have...

Pretty Cakes

Pretty Cakes

...Pretty cakes. I've been playing with fondant again. Making pretty bows:

Pretty Cakes

Look at that pretty bow!

And sculpting pretty flowers:

Pretty Cakes

Pretty Cakes

So that, my lovely friends, is my sugar-laden kitchen for this month. Expect excessive amounts of fruit and veg in my next In My Kitchen post, and don't forget to go and check out all the other kitchens over at Celia's fabulous blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.