In My Kitchen – May

Welcome to my first In The Kitchen post! Every month I read Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial’s IMK post and I tell myself that I should join in.

Well no more procrastination and shyness…I now plan to join in and contribute my own In My Kitchen post each month.

If you would like to join in too, pop over to Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for all of the info.

activated almonds

In my kitchen are some activated linseeds and almonds. Yes, those kind of activated almonds. I soaked them in water overnight and then added them to my bowl of porridge in the morning. The linseeds expanded a fair bit and started to get a bit gelatinous a bit like chia seeds do. The almonds changed in texture a bit, but tasted the same. I’d do it again if I was organised, but I’m not sold on the potential health benefits yet.


champagne strawberry jam

In my kitchen is some Champagne Strawberry Jam from a wedding that we attended in Witta, QLD over the weekend. The jam was made locally in Maleny and was decorated by the mother of the bride so that they could be used as place settings. Each person got a little gift of jam with their name printed on one side of the tag. An absolutely gorgeous idea and I can’t wait to try the jam on some buttery toast.


coffee machine

In my kitchen is our new Expressi coffee machine which was a gift from Key’s family. They also bought us all of the accessories to go with it like the milk frother and lots of pods. Thank you very much to them, we love it and I’ve been enjoying coffees in Key’s BrickExpo mug.

Haha, spot my reflection in the pic :)


in my kitchen may

In my kitchen is our Easter egg stash. We are so spoilt!


lindt bee

I had to have the Lindt Bugs and Bees Easter treat. The chocs are long gone but I’ve kept the super cute container.


macaron pack

(camera phone pic)

In my kitchen is an Adrian Zumbo Macaron pack that Key picked up for me. I’m building up the courage to try making macarons for the first time, so this pre-mix pack may be a good starting point. I plan to do a mini review as I make them, so keep an eye out on here if you are interested in how the pack works.


the wooden spoons

(via instagram)

In my kitchen are my wooden spoons all back together in their rightful place. I only had a few with me in Singapore, so I relished unpacking all of my kitchen stuff this month as we settled back into Canberra life.


singaporean food

Speaking of Singapore, a ‘care pack’ of Singaporean goodies that I mailed back to myself before we left showed up this week. So in my kitchen is some canned, braised peanuts, some Nonya kaya and some original Nestum cereal which I plan to make cereal prawns with.


easter eggs

Technically, these aren’t in my kitchen as I am hiding them from myself. Who doesn’t want to eat Easter eggs throughout the year? I picked them up on clearance after Easter and now I’m saving them for a treat.


malted cheesecakes

In my kitchen are these malted mini cheesecakes. Good news: they tasted great. Bad news: they didn’t quite set so I am still working on the recipe.



And finally, in my kitchen are these gorgeous succulent mini gardens that mum made for me. They are sitting on my kitchen windowsill and make me smile whenever I look at them :)

Thanks for reading my In My Kitchen post and don’t forget to head over to Celia’s blog  to find out what is in everyone else’s kitchen this month.





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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.
  1. Kim | a little lunch Reply

    Taryn, what a delightful read — welcome to IMK! Your wooden spoons are well traveled — neat that they made their debut in your first ever IMK post — they beautifully illustrate your blog name, too. Looking forward to your future musings.

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome Kim :)

  2. InTolerant Chef Reply

    Lots of goodies indeed! Coffee and chocolate are surely two of the necessities of life :)

    • Taryn Reply

      So very true :)

  3. Welcome Taryn. I know exactly where Witta is as this very weekend last year we were staying at a friends house there for a Eurovision party! Good to see you gort lots of coffe pods – it’s amazing how quickly they seem to disappear, particularly on a Sunday morning when you need one. Thanks for the tour.

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks for the warm welcome Fiona. Witta is a beautiful part of Australia isn’t it, we were very lucky to have been invited up there :)

  4. Fran Reply

    Hi Taryn, these IMK posts are fun, hey! I posted about my new coffee machine too, although I bought it for my Mother’s Day present so haven’t used it yet, it’s still in the box!

    I also have an Adrian Zumbo macaron box set in the pantry, but it looks so hard, I keep hiding it, pretending it’s not there. Will keep an eye on your blog for that post ;)

    • Taryn Reply

      Happy mother’s day for tomorrow Fran. I’m glad that you will get to open your coffee machine tomorrow. There is nothing better then getting to use a new prezzie when you have been patiently waiting to do so.

      The macarons have been cooked and let’s just say I had about as much success as I was expecting. My post/review about them will be up next week, along with some embarrassing and hilarious fail photos :)

  5. Lizzy (Good Things) Reply

    Hi Taryn, welcome to Celia’s IMK gang! Lovely to ‘meet’ another Canberra blogger. Lots of good things in your kitchen! Love the le creuset utensil holder. Happy cooking : )

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the warm welcome Lizzy. I agree, it’s always great to chat to other Canberrans :)

  6. Milk and Honey Reply

    Hey Taryn. Your kitchen is “choccers” with great stuff. Love the jam idea… and the Expressi. I’ve got one too and my fave so far pod is Milano. I’m coming back for the recipe for your malted mini cheesecakes. They sound divine. Thanks for the tour and for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely comments.

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks Milk and Honey and you are very welcome.

  7. Danielle L Reply

    What a beautiful idea from the wedding. I also love your utensil holder – the colour is amazing.

    • Taryn Reply

      It is a beautiful idea isn’t it, such a beautiful wedding too. Thanks for stopping by Danielle :)

  8. Joanne T Ferguson Reply

    G’day and congrats on your 1st IMK post! Loved your Lindt Bugs and Bees Easter treat; very unique!
    Thanks for this month’s kitchen view too!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Taryn Reply

      Hi Joanne, thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella Reply

    Yum! You’ve got a delicious range in your kitchen. I love kaya and eat it by the spoonful which is a little dangerous but fun :P

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks Lorraine! I could definitely eat it by the spoonful too :)

  10. Maureen Reply

    Hi Taryn, lovely to meet you through Celia’s In My Kitchen group. You’ve got lots of nifty things in your kitchen but your little gardens are cute.

    • Taryn Reply

      Hi Maureen, thanks so much for your lovely comment.

  11. laurasmess Reply

    Hello Taryn! Just found your link over at Celia’s blog! Love this IMK post… I can tell that you and I share a few similarities already (haha… never enough chocolate, a love of cute containers, the same activated almonds experiment!). The malted mini cheesecake recipe sounds divine, can’t wait to try it when you have the recipe perfected! So glad you joined the bandwagon. I’m thinking of joining myself eventually… maybe I’ll take your lead and overcome the shyness! xx

    • Taryn Reply

      Hi Laura, thanks for your lovely comment. You should definitely join in. I’ve just popped over to your blog and your photos are stunning!

  12. Francesca Reply

    Beautiful wooden spoons in the Le Creuset container. I am partial to flax seeds too.

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks Francesca. I particularly like flaxseeds in bread.

  13. celia Reply

    Taryn, thanks for joining in! What a great idea the wedding jam is – much nicer than the sugared almonds that you usually get! Love the BrickExpo mug and all the chocolate! I have succulents on my kitchen window sill as well – they’ve lasted remarkably well given that they’re fully grown indoors! :)

    • Taryn Reply

      Thanks Celia. I hope my succulents hold up over the cold Canberra Winter.

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