In My Kitchen – January 2014

Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers!

I vowed to keep the laptop switched off over the silly season and just enjoy myself, the company of my family and friends, do some gardening and enjoy the outdoors, so apologies for the blogging absence. I so look forward to sharing my delicious recipes and wacky stories throughout 2014 with you. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

So without further ado, I start the New Year with a new addition to the In My Kitchen series, a collection of bloggers around Australia and the world who give you a sneak peak to the contents of their kitchens. It’s all thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

In My Kitchen: Was a Christmas Day feast.




We had the family over to our house on the 25th and it was wonderful to sit back, devour good food, and listen to carols in the presence of some truly wonderful people.

The plan was to have a nice BBQ outdoors, but Mother Nature thought over wise drizzling us with rain throughout the day. A hot buffet was planned instead at the last minute.

The menu was one big delicious mismatch! There was Dolma (rice and meat wrapped vine leaves), fried rice, lasagne, chicken wings, kale tabouli, garden salad, and a ‘sausage roll wreath’ inspired by Lorraine at ‘Not Quite Nigella’.

Needless to say the sausage roll wreath was the highlight of the day and I’m quite impressed with how nicely it came out!

sausage roll wreath

In My Kitchen: Blue Eye

blue eye mask evil

I don’t really believe it voodoo, but hey, what’s a Wog house without a ‘Blue Eye’ to fend off the evil thoughts of others. In Armenian, we have a saying ‘Atchket kaknem’ which literally translates to ‘I will shit on your eye’. It means if you ever have a negative thing to say about me or my family, the Blue Eye will protect us from your jealousy/negative thoughts. Hysterical!

In My Kitchen: There is Cognac. Lots of it!

landy cognac xo

My husband is a ‘Cognac and cigar’ kind of guy. He loves his cognac collection and it grows every year. The Landy bottle with the dog on top was my Wedding present to him 7 years ago.

And there you go, the 1st IMK post for 2014, Short and Sweet. For a recap of my 2013 kitchen contents, please take a moment to view my previous posts.


55 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – January 2014

  1. Happy New Year! May 2014 be a fantastic year for you and your family. Your Christmas day feast looks delicious and I love the wreath too. And as for the blue eye and Armenian saying, as you said, that is hilarious! Looking forward to you making us chuckle and munch our way through 2014 Lisa with your brilliant blog.

  2. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas Lisa!!!!! Hubby and I were lucky enough to taste some of your wonderful food! Thank you!!!!!!! 😛

  3. Happy new year Lisa! Looks like you kitchen was full of good food over Christmas. The sausage roll wreath is amazing, was it a lot of work to put together?

    • Hi Sarah! Happy New Year to you lovely! The sausage roll wreath was SO easy!! Just sausage meat filling of your choice and 3 sheets of puff pastry! The red/green is just a big of food dye mixed into the egg wash. So simple and yet impressive 🙂

    • LOL Celia, yes they are incredibly common throughout the Europe! We bought our Blue Eye in Athens on our travels many years ago and they sold them on every single corner. Grocery stores, petrol stations, souvenir stores, even some take away stands had blue eyes for sale. Seems there are a lot of superstitious people out there! I quite like the striking blue colour it adds to my kitchen 🙂
      Happy New Year Celia! xx

  4. Aww Lisa I’m so honoured that you made the wreath for your Christmas Day! 😀 It looks wonderful!! And I’ve got to giggle, I’ve got that same blue eye hanging in my kitchen!!! Bahaha a friend bought it for me for when I was having a difficult time with some people and it has helped enormously! 😛 God I hope it shat in their eyes 😉

  5. It’s certainly taking your husband a while to get through the cognac. In seven years he’s barely made a dent! I love the look of your Christmas feast and yes, we were caught out by the rain as well xx

  6. Hope 2014 brings you all that you need and most of what you want! Methinks most of us are madly trying to take a sabbatical whether we have snow up to the window sills or 40C temperatures slowing us down by midday. Lovely Christmas fare and I really have to look for one of those Blue Eyes . . . hmph, might help with some matters 😉 !

  7. Lisa, your Christmas spread looks brilliant and yes I think the wreath is the star of the show!
    I never knew the significance the blue eye, just thought it was decorative, now I want one.

  8. Hi Lisa. I love your sausage roll wreath, I even called Maus in to come and have a look at it. Fabulous!! Your hubby’s Cognac collection is very impressive. A bottle would not last 7 years in our house.

    • Thanks Glenda! It was so easy to make and so yum too! Who doesn’t love a good sausage roll?!
      Ahh I have to admit, hubby has his cheaper brandy in the cupboards and drinks that very regularly. The Landy is only drunk on very special occasions, anniversaries, birth of our daughter etc 🙂

  9. I always thought the blue eye was to ward off evil, but I much prefer the old “I will shit on your eye” explanation. Look at you looking so glamorous on Christmas Day! Happy New Year and here’s so more colourful stories from your kitchen.

  10. Well you’re a bit of a show off with that sausage roll wreath aren’t you!? Looks yum and fun – something for everyone. The greyhound (?) on the congnac looks very woggy – the sort of thing that would still be in Nonna’s glass display cabinet, well after the good stuff was finished. Cheers! I look forward to reading more IMK adventures in 2014.

  11. Mmm- the sausage roll is definitely a looker- but the dolma had my eyes on it!
    I’ve never heard or seen a blue eye before- but I have a couple of kitchen fairies hanging in my kitchen for whimsical and good thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing- it was great to see you in some of the pictures!

  12. Your wreath is so impressive and festive! I’m sure it took some time to create the beauty. Happy New Year to and yours and I will be looking forward to reading more of your entertaining posts.

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