In My Kitchen, June 2014

by Maureen on June 1, 2014

Can you believe I have my IMK post done on day one of the month?  I’ve not had a good month so I’ve decided that June is going to be MY month where everything good happens and everything is done on time.  Starting right now.

Roasted macadamia nuts covered in rose flavoured dark chocolate

I received these gorgeous Rose Obsessions roasted macadamia nuts in rose flavoured dark chocolate from Duck Creek Macadamias when I won a giveaway from Liz Posmyk from Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  They were definitely good things because I ate one, I photographed them quickly and when I went back later to have one, all gone.  John loved them and so did his father.

Orrefors Crystal Platter

Then I opened one of the boxes that John’s father had sent up from his house down south and found this beautiful Orrefors crystal platter.  It’s never been used as the tag is still on there!  It weighs a ton but I’m sure it will come in handy for entertaining.

90% Coco Mass Chocolate Bars

I entered a giveaway at Hotly Spiced and Not Quite Nigella for some chocolate from Coco Chocolate Australia, artisan chocolates in Sydney.  Charlie from Hotly Spiced sent me my winnings.  I couldn’t believe my luck because this chocolate is really dark – 90% dark!  It’s not the type of chocolate you can eat by the handful as there’s very little sweetness but a whole lot of dreamy chocolate.

The bars are $10.50 each and I got heaps of them.  I was over the moon with the different flavours too.  There’s plain, cardamom and cinnamon, rose and black pepper, cocoa nibs, fig and date, chilli, cinnamon and vanilla, raspberry, orange oil, cranberry, pistachio and cinnamon and hazelnuts and sea salt.  I have them all to myself until John reads this post because I have said, “You can’t touch them until they’re photograhed!”  He loves chocolate.

The chocolate people also have the Sydney Chocolate School where I would love to have the opportunity to attend a few classes.

Graham Cracker Crumbs
I know, I can hear you from here, ‘not too exciting’.  There are no such things as graham crackers in Australia so when I got this wonderful box from my friend Carolyn I was over the moon.  She asked me what recipe I would use them on and I’ve been deciding for over a week.  I don’t want to waste a crumb.  I know they aren’t good for me and they are full of things I should do without but seriously…  they’re graham cracker crumbs!

ceramic water filter
This ceramic water filter is a gift to myself.  I’ve wanted one for a long time and I got the opportunity to buy this one and I love it.  There’s a rainwater tank outside and I fill it from there and the water tastes just like, well…  water.  No chlorine taste for me.

Jelly Belly
This was one of my first items in the shopping cart at Costco North Lakes just before adding a giant 1.3 kilo (3-lb) jar of Skippy peanut butter and American bacon.  Note that the jar of Jelly Bellys is 1.8 kilos!

charlie at the beach
Okay, this is technically not in my kitchen but we were both in the kitchen before we headed to the beach.  It’s no easy trick to toss the ball and take the photo, I can tell you.  There were 854 photos taken to get about 3 good shots.  He’s worth it.

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michael June 4, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Nice post, chocolate and more chocolate, it’s my favorite, especially dark chocolate with macadamia nuts! I would use the graham crackers crumbs for a cheesecake!


Judy @Savoring Today June 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Rose flavoured dark chocolate ? YUM! Sounds like it’s time for you to take up gambling since you’re on a winning streak. ;)
Graham cracker crumbs? Um, that would mean cheesecake around here, but you can’t really go wrong.


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl June 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I am craving a big handful of that chocolate right now. Of course I’d eat it slowly… of course. ;)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Oh now I’m craving those chocolate macadamias, divine!


Nami | Just One Cookbook June 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

The dark chocolate macadamia is my favorite! And your new ceramic water filter looks beautiful! I’ve never seen one like that (I only see those plastic bottle one). It’s such a nice present to yourself. :)


Lisa the Gourmet Wog June 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Oh that water urn is devine! I think I need to spoil myself and get me a present of these days too.
I’m yet to shop at Costco, I think it could be dangerous and i’d need to take a friend or someone with logic to hold me back otherwise i’d have a trolley full of bulk items like those jelly beans. The problem is of course, i’d eat them all in one seating so smaller quantities are safer in this household ;)
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Amanda (@lambsearshoney) June 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

So glad to see such a strong focus in your IMK post on the most important food group – chocolate. I’m quite jealous. ;-)
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Ramona June 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

Looks like lovely finds…. I adore that water filter :) I know what you mean about taking a ton of photos to get a good photo… that seems like what I do all the time. :)


Adam J. Holland June 14, 2014 at 12:51 am

Ah, Jelly Belly. My all-time fave is the green apple flavor. — Congrats on getting out of Costco alive. ;-)


Maureen June 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

I’m ready to go back again, Adam, how wacky is that? I’m an American the minute I cross the threshold. :)


Kim | a little lunch June 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Maureen, it looks like you hit the mother lode of chocolate this month! (Sounds like you may need to hide a couple of those bars.) ;) Your Orrefors platter is exquisite — heavy crystal platters make whatever you serve even more special — such a nice “feel” to them. Loved your action shot on the beach, too — no easy feat capturing ball and pup in mid-air. Cute!!!
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Theo @Best Knife sharpener July 6, 2014 at 8:42 am

I also don’t joke with chocolates, i can even eat them without taken any other food. Oh yea……the green Apple flavour is also a never missed.

Thanks for sharing.
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