In my kitchen - September 2014
'No cook who has attained mastery over her craft ever apologises for the presence of garlic in her productions.' - Ruth Gottfried
The quotation above surely made me smile, for there is always garlic in my kitchen, often it's home-grown, and I add it to almost every savoury dish I cook. Take this bowl of simple vegetable broth, for instance. It's one of my home remedies for a cold and there's plenty of fresh garlic in it, along with at least two handfuls of the freshest vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, spinach, carrots, peas, snow peas and mushrooms.
These are gently simmered in a saucepan, seasoned with sea salt, cracked black pepper, and a dash of vegetable stock for extra flavour (only if needed). You can add some celery and parsley, or ginger and coriander if you prefer. Meanwhile, cook the soba noodles in boiling water, then drain them and add to the soup when you serve it. Fresh, fast and tasty.
Yes, there is (always) garlic in my kitchen...
Tell me dear readers, what good things are in your kitchen this month? And make sure you pop into Celia's lovely blog, Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, to check out what's cooking in kitchens around the world.
Jane @ Shady Baker
2/9/2014 10:17:28 pm
Plenty of delicious things in your kitchen as usual Lizzy! Yes, garlic is essential, I agree. Homegrown is even better. That smoked garlic looks amazing...love the colour! I could eat a bowl of that broth right now. I can only imagine how good that vanilla powder smells. Happy cooking for another month!
4/9/2014 05:02:40 pm
And happy cooking to you too, lovely Jane!
2/9/2014 11:05:29 pm
What a delicious IMK post Liz. You can't beat a bowl of restorative veg broth when you're feeling poorly. The extra bolstering from the soba noodles makes it satisfying too I bet.
4/9/2014 05:03:05 pm
I am with you, Jennifer... the soba noodles are delicious... and so is that vanilla!
4/9/2014 05:03:15 pm
Thank you, Danielle!
Love it all, although I am a mutant who doesn't care for garlic... I eat it with a smile in restaurants and dinner parties, but hate the way I can smell it in my skin for a day. I know, I am odd.
4/9/2014 05:03:55 pm
I understand, Sally... have you tried only chopping it, not crushing... as I understand it is the crushing that makes people 'stink'.
3/9/2014 12:07:11 pm
Your nourishing soup sounds so good, Liz. I'm going to make some today too. It's so shivery since the cold front came back.
4/9/2014 05:04:08 pm
Thanks Krista. Cool change here too!
4/9/2014 05:04:17 pm
Thanks so much, Gary : )
3/9/2014 12:37:22 pm
i miss homegrown garlic, or as the next best thing, local or aussie garlic. all the shops are filled with non-australian stuff right now :-(
4/9/2014 05:04:35 pm
Oh bugger.... let me know if you need me to post some to you!
4/9/2014 05:04:46 pm
And you'd be most welcome, Adri xo
3/9/2014 01:29:39 pm
lovely post liz. i adore that lime salt from the sunshine coast. and duck creek macadamias- oh yum have you had their rose scented chocolate ones? To die for!
4/9/2014 05:05:07 pm
Hi Sherry, I sure have.... I had a giveaway with them for mother's day too... divine!
4/9/2014 05:05:28 pm
My pleasure, Francesca, I love showcasing good and interesting foods.
3/9/2014 01:56:00 pm
I'm with you Liz. There is very little that doesn't see garlic in my kitchen. Except maybe desserts ;) I love the look of the smoked garlic. It is quite difficult to find here. I am interested to see what you do with the vanilla powder. Lovely pictures.
4/9/2014 05:05:47 pm
Thanks Tania... I have yet to try the vanilla, but am keen to do so!
3/9/2014 02:20:36 pm
Yes yes and yes to all of those good things :-) x
4/9/2014 05:05:58 pm
Thank you Kyrstie! xo
3/9/2014 02:43:28 pm
Oh yummy, your kitchen has some gems this month. :)
4/9/2014 05:06:23 pm
Oooooh, a golden elephant from Thailand sounds lovely... what a great uncle you have, so to speak.
3/9/2014 02:49:56 pm
Yup, always garlic in my kitchen. And butter, cream, eggs, and champagne in my refrigerator. ;-) You have a lot of fun stuff in your kitchen this month -- thanks for sharing.
4/9/2014 05:06:37 pm
Thank you John, you fellow garlic lover!
3/9/2014 05:05:02 pm
Lovely post I'm heading to Noosa in November so will be on the look out for all those gorgeous products!
4/9/2014 05:06:59 pm
Great! Hey make sure you check out my posts about Noosa... so many good things to do there!
4/9/2014 05:07:14 pm
My pleasure Ardys, thank you for stopping by!
3/9/2014 08:00:31 pm
I can buy smoked garlic at a store just up the road and yes, it sure does have a very strong smell. But the flavour it adds to dishes is incredible. I love how you grow your own garlic and your remedy for a cold looks amazing xx
4/9/2014 05:07:28 pm
Thanks so much Charlie xo
4/9/2014 05:07:46 pm
Oh, you MUST Maureen... and stop by the Hungarian Langos stall too!
4/9/2014 05:08:02 pm
Hi lovely Mandy, thank you so much, have a great weekend xo
3/9/2014 09:30:02 pm
Lots of great goodies in your kitchen Liz. Those tomatoes are so red and just look delicious. I'm dreaming of bruschetta now :)
4/9/2014 05:08:17 pm
Oh I hear you, Taryn, thanks for stopping by : )
3/9/2014 10:01:31 pm
Oooh, I've got some of that vanilla powder as well! I used it in some chocolate rum balls - it worked wonderfully.
4/9/2014 05:08:30 pm
Oh, nice idea Amanda! Thanks.
4/9/2014 08:15:00 am
What lovely bits and bobs in your kitchen this week. We are big garlic fans and are lucky enough to also be able to easily get smoked garlic (local to us). I am liking the look of the lime and chilli salt - I would easily become addicted to it I am sure so it is just as well it is not in my kitchen!
4/9/2014 05:08:47 pm
It is so delicious, Kellie, perfect with salmon!
4/9/2014 09:15:27 am
I love soba noodles, your broth looks so healthy and comforting!
4/9/2014 05:09:00 pm
Thanks so much, Laura, it is indeed yummy.
5/9/2014 04:01:12 pm
G'day! Your soup looks delish Lizzy and love the salt and Bourbon Vanilla Powder intrigued me!
6/9/2014 07:05:48 pm
After the smoked garlic and smoked salt, I was expecting to scroll down and see smoked tomatoes. I love soba noodles, a form fave at out house. Funny though how I can enjoy soba but don't really enjoy udon. I prefer rice stick over egg too. Tastes.. cheers Liz xx
That is funny, Liz, as garlic is the ONE thing you won't find in my Kithcen! (Did you know I am allergic?) In the greater scheme of things - and with thousands of other flavors to add to my cooking - I don't miss it as I thought I would. For me, better garlic than those beautiful tomatoes you have... Or dairy, wheat/gluten, eggs, chocolate (dear God, no!), citrus, wine and so on. --- I love when you do these posts; it is so much fun to see what is in your kitchen!!
Oh, how delicious! I am half Italian, so I can only agree with you about the garlic. A dish with fewer than six cloves is really no dish at all...
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