Lemon & Lime Extracts Update

It’s been few months and time has come to strain the extracts and try them. Vodka is still very prominent, probably should have kept it as it was for a while longer. The difference is noticeable but not as much as I had hoped. Might cook with lime and keep lemon for winter. The tale…

Preserved Blood Oranges

The obsession continues .. decided not to wait for Seville and preserve Blood Oranges .. the color is amazing, they are super sweet as well. I have preserved so much citrus that it will last a year, may be longer … not complaining. Trying so many different varieties will help me decide what to preserve…

Almond Extract – Update

Strained Almond Extract, it’s a strange yellowy color, nothing like I thought it would look or taste. The strong almond flavor might come through when baking, if not will not make it again after it’s been used up. Love the anticipation, but always disappointing when it doesn’t work out the way that I hope that…

Orange Extract

Liked my 2 other Citrus Extracts, so decided to make a 3rd one .. had to wait till Blood Oranges came into season. As I wanted the extract to have a nice red tinge to it. Looks promising! All citrus comes from one farmer. Beautiful Organic!! I know that he picks it from the tree…

Mint Extract – Update

Disappointed, is the only word I can find .. the leaves have gone brown.. the smell was terrible when I strained. I was so exited to make my first extracts.. but something seemed wrong. Asked one of the bartenders I know and he told me that it has gone rancid as it often happens.. He…

Things at the Markets #2

Since I arrive very early, some producers are still setting up, most are ready to go, food stalls already cooking and serving early arrivals. These stall owners slept in a bit ..

Things one finds at the markets #1

Shopping is a fine art.. I usually get through it all in just under 30 min.. in that time I spend $60-$85 depending what I’m cooking during the week. Still have time to say hello to some of the farmers and producers, and grab a few snap shots. Most I delete as it’s not the…

Preserved Chili 2

Loved this dish so much last time and was a hit at home, so I decided to make double serving. Made a mistake when slicing it, since I was slicing a kg, I used a food processor on very thin setting.. Next time will do 2 things, slice by hand and try with red chili…

Coffee Extract Update

I have to say the smell is amazing .. Tastes like a very strong espresso. Espresso that will put you under the legal driving limit and get you drunk .. will make awesome Christmas present if I decide to share it, if not the small bottle will be poured into that large one… more for…

Clementine Chicken

Have been meaning to make this dish forever, but no one has ever sold Clementines.. it was worth the wait.. the dish is divine! Had to marinade it overnight in Pernod, ended up ruining my non stick baking dish as it was stained green. Cannot describe how amazing this dish turned out .. will make…

Clementine Cake

The picture in the cookbook looks good enough to eat, but prior to going to the markets none of the shops sold Clementines .. this year at the markets I’ve been buying them for a few weeks. Made Chicken and this Cake .. the rest I ate, probably should have made jam or found another…

Pears in Red Wine

Not a year goes by that this dish is not made, usually a few times. I wait till it’s a bit cooler, that way we can drink mulled wine. The recipe comes from a Gordon Ramsay Cookbook. Don’t remember which one, I have a few. Organic Pears, spices and wine.. The wine is cheap ,…