Monday, 15 December 2014

The Liebster Award

I am very honoured that the lovely Rachel from rachelskitchennz kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award.  Thank you Rachel, I feel like I am now on the blogging map.


It is interesting reading Rachel's response to questions posed to her and if you choose
to participate in the Liebster Awards you have to;

-->  Answer the 10 questions your nominator asked
-->  Nominate 10 other bloggers with less than 200 followers and
-->  Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer
-->   Notify your nominees that you have selected them for a Liebster Award.

The 10 questions Rachel asked me are;

1.  Sweet or Savoury
Definitely Savoury.
From chilli to eggplant, marguerita to oysters kilpatrick, I love full flavours and drink my espresso and tea black, with no sugar.
I do like cooking though; baking tarts, making sugar laden jams and chocolate brownies - for others.

2.  Beach or Snow
I live in a coastal town.  Full stop.  Warm sunny days with a cool breeze and many beaches nearby for a swim or a walk where the ocean laps on the sand.  Holidays are for yet warmer climates.

3. My most memorable meal.
This is a tough question Rachel.  Was it the beautiful seafood paella I ate on a beach in Fiji or the first time I had gorgeous venison at Benelong Restaurant, or the crocodile I had in Cairns.

These rate highly but my most memorable meal was at a little French restaurant Le Don Batu in Surry Hills, in the 1990's which has now been replaced by a high rise.  I dined there with my husband and had the most beautiful curried whole lobster in it's shell.  This, I will never forget.  The husband/wife team and warm welcome with brilliant French food.

4. A childhood Food Memory
I remember when the first fast food cafe opened in my home town of Gloucester, NSW and we had deep fried chips served wrapped in newspaper.  Those chips were SO good and such a novelty.

5.  Apart from the Essentials what is your favourite piece of kitchen equipment or gadget?
I love my olive pipper.  A stainless steel gadget with a whole in one side and a spike in the other whereby you put the olive in, close and the seed pops out.  You can use it for cherries too.

6.  My favourite novel
Dirt Music by Tim Winton.  A true Australian writing a brilliant novel with an Australian accent.
It reads as though it is a story being told around a campfire.

7.  My favourite cookbook
Stephanie Alexander's The Kitchen Companion.

8. My very favourite ingredient
Chilli.

9.  My least favourite food.
I may be alone here, but it is chocolate.  I had to give it up when breast feeding for the sake of my babies (you mothers know what I mean) and just lost the taste for chocolate.

10. What piece of equipment or gadget do I have in my kitchen that I never use.
The electric doughnut cooker, the fairy floss maker, the electric waffle maker and the breville maker.
I should probably give them to Mum for her Church fete in January.

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The 10 bloggers I nominate for a Liebster award
are;


E of Dig in Hobart

Bek of Bek's Backyard

Dani of House in Tillford

Lucy of Lucy Eats

Amy Zhong

Farmer Liz

Rachel and Jamie

Francesca of Almost Italian

Tracy of Sunny Corner Farm

Daphne of Daphne's Dandelions


My 10 questions for you are:
1              Sweet or Savoury?
2              Why did you start blogging?
3              Most memorable meal – where, when and what was the occasion (if you can tell)?
4              A childhood food memory?
5              Apart from the essentials what is your favourite piece of kitchen equipment or gadget?
6              Your favourite novel?
7              Your favourite cookbook or books – if you have more than one?
8              Your favourite ingredient?
9              Your least favourite food?
10           What piece of equipment or gadget do you have in your kitchen that you never use?

This has been fun!  I look forward to reading these Liebster Award recipients responses.

Thanks Rachel xxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Chipotles Home Smoked

In spring I planted two jalapeno bushes, with the idea of smoking my own chipotles.
Where I live you have to mail order them so I thought it would be very convenient to make my own.

I also grow cayenne peppers, long mild chillies, Thai chillies and birds eye chillies



I picked 850 grams of fresh green jalapenos, weighed them, then washed them and let them air dry.



I cut the stalks off and split some of them open to see if they would dry better when opened.
Then I started the outside smoker, using soaked hickory and apple chips.



There was also a stray purple capsicum added to the shelf.


Maintaining the temperature at a constant 150ºF  (66 ºC).
After 8 hours they were beautifully smoked and quite dry.



I transferred the chipotles to the food dehydrator and turned it on low.


After 8 hours they were perfectly smoked and totally dried.
Success!

Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn xx