In My Kitchen - May 2012
In my kitchen this month...
This treasured volume titled Az Inyesmester Nagy Szakacskonyve (orThe Great Cookbook aka The Art of Hungarian Cooking) was published in 1955 and, before posting it, my grandmother had beautifully inscribed the first page with her own name and address, as the sender, together with my mother's name and street address in a now heritage listed area in Acton, Canberra. There is also an inscription from my father, dated 1955. Looking at this book and knowing how much my mum loved to cook from it brings a tear to my eyes.
Also in my kitchen is Nigel Slater's Ripe, my latest acquisition from the UK Book Depository (pictured top right). It's a big, delicious, beautifully written hardcover gem, subtitled A Cook in the Orchard and I have flagged numerous recipes which will soon be added to my repertoire! Watch my Books for Cooks pages in coming weeks for a review.
There are Hachiya persimmons in my kitchen. The heart-shaped Hachiya can be fully relished only when the skin is wrinkled and the sweet flesh inside is soft, translucent and deliciously over-ripe. The persimmon is one of autumn’s offerings, in its peak in Australia from March through to May. Fruiting persimmon trees with a blaze of burnt orange foliage can be spotted now at local nurseries.
Also in my kitchen is a paella pan (a bargain at Aldi), together with Herbie's paella spice blend with saffron and Essential Ingredient paella rice... just waiting to be used. I plan to cook a BIG serving of seafood paella for my daughter, Lauren, and her man, Kale. What's your favourite main ingredient in paella?
Jazz apples are a natural cross between a Royal Gala and a Braeburn apple. A new variety, Jazz apples are seriously crunchy, so make a delicious eating apple, but we have also used them for juice. Delicious! There's more loads more info on Jazz apples here. Thank you to the team at Media Moguls, who sent me some Jazz apples.