In My Kitchen-February

I cannot believe it this time again!

First up for this months post is “In My Camping Kitchen”. We spent a couple of weeks at our favoured annual camping spot, Pambula Beach, which is on the mid east coast of New South Wales. Beautiful, safe, surf beach that is close enough to our campsite so you wake up, wonder down and jump in the surf then back to camp for not much at all. Anyone who knows me understands that I love camp cooking. I love the fact I can plan ahead and that I can sit in a camp chair with a glass of wine doing whatever preparations are necessary for our evening meal. This year I was super organised and stored some photos on my mini iPad of some suitable Annabel Langbein’s recipes, I made sure I had the right spices etc packed and it made it really easy to create our meals. I love Annabel’s recipes and have not yet been disappointed with any of them. This photo is of my version of Annabel’s Chicken Tikka kebab recipe, served with hot plate chips (par boiled first), hot plate grilled pumpkin, red capsicum and beans.

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I had a crack at baking a loaf of bread (yeasted) on top of the gas camp stove (in a camp oven). I was quite happy with the result albeit a little dark on its bottom. I think with a bit of tweaking and refining of the cooking vessel, I will be able to come up with a pretty consistent result.

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It was still better than fluffy bread and made a great base for bruscetta and our morning poached eggs with mushrooms cooked with garlic, cracked pepper, butter, white wine vinegar and basil. Got a few requests from fellow campers about these.

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I took some of our tomatoes that kept ripening while we were away and they were beautiful with basil, bocconcini and olive oil. I did take a plant pot of herbs ready for these meals. Its amazing what a few fresh herbs can add to any meal.

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Back home and In My Kitchen is, a couple if gifted Araucana eggs. Sadly, hard to see in the photo but they are a lovely blue colour. The Araucana chicken is a not so common breed that originated from Chile

IMG_9595 IMG_9605I was also gifted a lovely big bag of blood plums. Yet to decide their fate, any ideas are welcome as we not huge jam eaters. Think some spicy plum sauce is on the list.

On the window sill are a few tomatoes picked and ripening away from greedy black birds.

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My favourite so far is this performe abruzzese variety which to me looks like a lovely little draw string purse.

periforme abruzzese tomatoMy take on Bangers & Mash for dinner. Our home-made lamb sausages with caramelised shallots, a few tomatoes thrown into the pot to cook down. Mash was made with mint, spring onion, butter, S&P and milk and gravy was made using flour, red wine, rosemary, mint and I wish I could remember what else! Add in the peas and it went down a treat.

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Finally In My kitchen is a little “thing” that a friend spied in an op-shop and thought I may like. I do! Not sure exactly what it is, but it is a hanging rack of some sort, obviously very old and I know I will be able to put it to good use when I get a kitchen.

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Thanks again Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who is the IMK caretaker and delightful host of these posts. How about going and checking out what’s happening in other people’s kitchens this month. You can learn so much from these gracious people.

 

 

38 Replies to “In My Kitchen-February”

    1. Hi Liz, not really. The one I made last year was way too spicy and I can’t remember where I got it from. I’ll keep hunting. Your nectarine/peach tree is looking great, not a single one on mine this year so your harvest of 10 is pretty good I reckon 🙂

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  1. Pambula Beach is one if my very favourite spots. The mouth of the river is magic. I am very impressed with your camp cooking, and if our van had been on the next site I would have been knocking on your door with my plate in hand. 🙂

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  2. Hi Maree…. are those home grown tomatoes?! If so, I am green with envy! I have always wanted to try and grow those abruzzese tomatoes! Do please tell me, where did you find the seeds? Thanks for the peek into your kitchen this month. xo

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  3. What a great idea to take potted herbs camping! That would certainly jazz up any meal 🙂

    Those tomatoes are gorgeous. I love the perfect imperfections in home grown produce – you never see things that lovely in supermarkets!! Sadly my tomato harvest has been woeful this year so I’m a little jealous of your haul!

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  4. I am so jealous of your homegrown tomatoes. I will be starting my seedlings this week for spring planting, can’t wait! I haven’t been camping but if I ever do I definitely want to eat like you!

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  5. Plum and apple chutney is good for some of those plums. Or soak some in vodka with a bit of sugar to marinate into a plum cordial. Plum sauce is also delicious! Love those craggy tomatoes. They really do have a lot of flavour.

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  6. Well you certainly camp in style. As to the plums, my favourite way is simply stewed with a teaspoon of water and maybe a teaspoon of sugar if they are tart. I enjoy them with yoghurt for breakfast or after dinner. If it’s a huge batch, I’d also freeze some for later in the year. You can’t go past a good plum crumble! I love that little nick nack – I think it’s just a very stylish coat rack. Fiona xx

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  7. Yes the chutney does sound great…I’ve just made a heap of mango Chilli Chutney…next post :)) Great to make your acquaintance on here, & thanks again Celia from IMK :))
    cheers Roni xx

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  8. Your camping site sounds amazing, I just love the beach! I’ve never been to Pambula Beach, will get my husband to take me there one day (he’s originally from NSW). I could never get into camping but I say ‘never say never’, one day I just might be doing the same thing! Loving your dishes you produced too while away – very impressed! And I want to try some of your blue Araucana chicken eggs as they look so good. Thanks for a peek in your camping kitchen, it was great! PS. Thank you for your tomato passata notes, they’re very handy & helpful Maree, most appreciated (except I don’t have a moulis, so did it all by hand 🙂 ) x

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    1. Thanks Nicole. Pambula is great, best to go out of school holidays if you can. The little red passata machine costs about $60.00 new and I got one on ebay for $10.00. I also use it for quince paste, jams and any time you need to remove large bits before their final cooking destination. Very handy little item.

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      1. I’ve looked on Gumtree but forgot about eBay, silly me. I’ve just had a friend tell me I could borrow hers – the 3rd batch of tomato passata should be amazing!

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  9. Maree, how can I ever thank you? Not only for this post and your entirely delectable camping menu (you’ve elevated that potential experience to much more than ‘burgers & hotdogs’ fare!) — but also for “everything?” (You know, xo.) I love your “drawstring purse” tomato, bruschetta, and Bangers & Mash interpretation. Thank you sooooo much for sharing your ideas and generous heart! Back in the trenches soon… 🙂

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  10. I love everything about your blog, will try your version of bangers and mash very soon. I camp as often as possible and love new recipes to try for my husband and self. As a member of a woman’s adventure travel group, Sisters On The Fly, we camp together at least once a month and do a lot of cast iron dutch oven cooking. Just about everything I can do at home I can prepare with my outdoor camp stove and dutch oven. Of course, I have a two burner gas top and a microwave oven in my camper also. You are an inspiration to start my own blog. I have a very old Mulberry tree in my yard here in Tennessee, USA. I will send you a picture if I can figure out a way to post. Once again, thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes and photos.

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    1. Oh Peggy, thank you, made my day! I would love to see your tree and I really like the idea of your adventure group. I could camp forever! Might look into starting something like that. Cheers, Maree.

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