Ha! See what I did there? Novembrrrrr.
November is rushing by and Christmas is ever looming…It’s been a busy month with football still every night (but thankfully ending on Saturday), karate, visiting in laws, and today I woke up in a slight panic when I realized it was kid number one’s birthday! He’s thirteen years old which means I officially have no children in the house, only teenagers. Man, that makes me feel old! He’s still my baby though and loves playing in the snow.
It’s also been an interesting month In My Kitchen. I’ve been quite busy perfecting my pie pastry. I’m almost there but I’ve realized something…the only way to get better is make lots and lots of pies. That’s not always a good thing!
Lemon Meringue Pie
I’ve also been testing out a new kitchen helper, the Bellini Kitchen Master. For those of you in Australia it is similar to the Thermomix. I made the lemon curd for the Lemon Meringue Pie in it.
I had my in laws visiting from Pinawa, Manitoba. They were really surprised we had snow already and also I think a little jealous. They are really into cross country skiing and are quite active in helping to maintain their local ski trails and rest huts. I took my father in law for a drive to pick up wine and brought him to the Calgary Farmer’s Market. He talked up the lady at Green Eggs and Ham while I talked mushrooms and truffles next door at Fifth Element Fine Foods. He brought home duck eggs (and the lady’s email!) for an experiment and I brought home some Samphire, (or Sea Asparagus) and a huge mound of gorgeous Cauliflower mushrooms.
On the night before they left to fly to Arizona, I made this really amazing Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cake. I have to say this one is one of those recipes that will be around for years to come.
After they were gone I needed a load of groceries and came back with this odd looking citrus. I still haven’t figured out what to do with it. Any ideas?
That’s almost it for this month’s post. I’ve been meaning to sneak in a photo of my homemade soft light box. When the daylight hours get short the light in my house is really bad for taking photos. You can probably tell which photos I am taking using ambient light and which ones I take the time to set up in my light box. It is permanently set up in the dining area so that I can take decent photos during the dark winter months.
Thanks so much to Celia of Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting this little sneak peak into kitchens around the world. If you get a chance check out her November In My Kitchen as well as her huge round up list of other blogger’s amazing kitchens.