• KJ's Kitchen

    Cook from scratch at home

    It is a satisfying past-time, if you have the time, to cook from scratch at home. There is nothing like a home cooked meal. A meal that is made from scratch without all the preservatives, sugar and salt additives. You may have read my recent post when I wrote about looking for a frozen meal option for my 92-year-old mother. I put my One&Only (O&O) in the position of a “taste tester” as we tried a few at home (a meal to share at lunch) to see if any were suitable. Apart from one Indian Butter Chicken the meals were not tempting. Then we were not sure of the nutritional…

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    KJ’s Pizzeria

    Every Sunday night you will find me in KJ’s pizzeria, also known as KJ’s kitchen. My O&O and I enjoy relaxing on a Sunday evening with home-made pizza and a glass of red wine. A home-made pizza is easy to make. If you are willing to spend a little time preparing your ingredients and putting it all together, it will take about 15-20 minutes.  If you make your own pizza base the preparation time is longer. You can buy pizza bases from the supermarket, but I like to make mine at home. My sister Christine and brother-in-law John (an Italian) who live in Far North Queensland also have a tradition…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Living with Chickens

    Bringing home the bacon

    What does “bringing home the bacon” mean? Does it mean going out buying and bringing home the bacon? It can mean that, but it is also an adage that been said over the centuries with an entirely different meaning. It means to earn a living for the family, that is, to provide the necessities of life. At our place, it is good to know we have the necessities of life, provided after a life of work! One of the necessities of life for me, is having bacon on hand. That is, not literally on my hand, but handy, like in the freezer! We freeze our bacon between sheets of “Go-Between”…

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    Cooking with cilantro

    Cooking with cilantro is now one of my favourite things to do! But what is cilantro I hear you saying? Last week when making a curry I hurriedly went into the garden and picked what I thought was flat leaf parsley. We did have flat leaf parsley in the veggie garden however it disappeared under the boots of the workmen when we had the garden enclosed with wire (to keep out the birds and the brush turkeys). After a while it made its way through the soil, as did the cilantro. I really enjoy the smell and flavour that cilantro gives to a dish. I was admiring the aroma of…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Self-Sufficiency

    Possum or Quail for dinner?

    When you are planning your weekly meals do you have possum or quail for dinner? Those of you who are my “vintage” – a good age, like a good wine, will remember the TV Show The Beverley Hillbillies. Grandma Clampett’s favourite recipe was possum stew. At the time I could not imagine enjoying possum stew or pie for dinner! But times change and possums are on the menu, just like kangaroo and wallaby. Can you be a native animal lover and still eat wildlife? Can you enjoy a roast chicken dinner and yet still raise hens for eggs? What are the ethics of eating animals? Christine Korsgaard, the Arthur Kingsley Porter…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Live Simply to Simply Live

    Eating in or eating out

    What is your favourite thing to do – eating in or eating out? When I eat out it is not only about the food but about the ambience. In the winter I enjoy sitting near a fireplace and eating a meal. There are not many cafe’s or restaurants that have a fireplace. I do know of two in Toowoomba and when possible I like to dine near the fireplace. That is why so often in the winter I find we eat at home, near our fireplace. Eating out is popular with all age groups but there is an increase in the number of Millennials (those reaching young adulthood early in…

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    The Hot Sandwich

    What is a hot sandwich? Is it a sandwich that is so great everyone wants one? Whatever way you like a sandwich and whatever filling you like, we are all familiar with the good ole sandwich. There are regular sandwiches that children like or maybe not – the vegemite and jam options. Then there are the ones we make ourselves and have at lunchtime either at home or work. I rather like the sandwiches we make for a picnic lunch or when travelling. A curried egg sandwich always seems to go over well with us. The trick is to keep the egg moist with mayonnaise or milk and butter. Ham,…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Socio-Political

    Kitchen Musings

    During my kitchen musings, I seem to get a lot done. While doing what would seem to many, mundane chores, I reflect on life and dream about tomorrow. Even at my age, now in retirement, there is a tomorrow and while I have one I want to make the most of it, that is my tomorrow that becomes – today! Everyday chores can be made better with musing and music. Musing while working around the home is creative. I find and I am sure you do as well, that reflection can bring about an unexpected thought or idea. Such an idea can take us places. That is, if I am…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  My Garden

    Barefoot in the Kitchen

    It is not a good idea to go barefoot in the kitchen. If you dropped a knife you could stab yourself in the foot! When I was thinking about this I thought of the saying “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen”.  It commonly refers to a woman’s place being in the home. Further, the woman should have as many children as she can during her productive years. Try to tell this to the Millennials. That is, the generation born between 1982-2002. Very slowly, the attitudes and views towards women is changing. No longer, is the only place for women in front of a stove with children hanging off her apron.…

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    How to cook the perfect fillet steak

    I am back in the kitchen and I want to share with you how I have managed to cook the perfect fillet steak. Now with my new induction cooktop and my new skillet (grill pan) my O&O and I are all set for many perfect and easy meals when cooking steak. Like me,  you probably buy a whole eye fillet and either cut it up to cook individual steaks or cook it whole.  Last night it was eye fillet. I had frozen individual pieces from a whole fillet which gave us 3 + meals (7 pieces). Eye fillet is usually very expensive but after shopping around I have found a…