In My Kitchen – June 2014

I’m baaaaaaack!

And hopefully here to stay!

Its been a tough few months, this pregnancy has been so different to my first, any complaints or groans I made when I was pregnant with my daughter now in retrospect seem like mere exaggerations. I wish I bit my tongue!
At 27 weeks now, I am only just starting to eat things and have been enjoying the smells of food again. I hope this feeling lasts because it’s been a rough 6 months food wise.

There haven’t been too many cravings, more aversions than anything. I normally LOVE fish. Well apparently bub doesn’t so that’s a big no go. As are tomatoes.

Now as most Wogs would know, tomatoes are present in pretty much every dish! Whether they be in sauce form on a pizza, present in salads, or the base ingredient to a good stew or casserole.

So we’ve been enjoying meat and three veg for dinner pretty much every night. My husband groaned the other day and said ‘oh pub food again’. Yes honey, pub food. Then I reminded him that men aren’t the ones pushing watermelons out of their penises so he should just shut up and eat what I make. He quietly dug into his meal and claimed it to be the best meal ever.

I digress.

Its June, it’s a fresh start, a fresh season, and I’m feeling better. So good to be back and can’t wait to catch up on the blogosphere.

In My kitchen this month: Fresh Pink Lady apples, picked from the orchard.
We took a day trip to Bilpin and visited Pine Crest Orchard so our fridge is full of delicious apples picked straight from the orchard. At only $3.50 per kilo, the price is a steal compared to the $5 I often see at the markets or grocers. And you can’t beat biting into a fresh crunchy apple you’ve picked yourself.

pine crest apples Bilpin

In My kitchen – Is Easter Armenian Choreg.
The beauty of freezing freshly baked breads is that you can eat it any time of the year. That said, it’s no crime making choreg in June, but it just doesn’t feel right to me. Traditionally choreg is baked between Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the smell and aroma from the sweet freshly baked bread screams Easter is coming. I have no problems thawing a frozen loaf though and lathering it with Nutella or sour cherry jam and devouring it for breakfast!

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In My Kitchen: Is a brand new sparkling oven.
Well its not brand new, but its definitely sparkling! The last IMK post I featured the bun in the oven announcing my pregnancy. The lovely and wonderful people at Oven Express must have tsk tsk and shook their heads at the state of my oven because next thing I know I had a call and a prompt van pull up with the offer of a clean oven.
What a God send! Being pregnant, lethargic and over it, the last thing I wanted to do was to get on my fours and inhale awful chemicals found present in those supermarket ‘oven bomb’ cleaners. You know, the type that you spray and close the door only to return to a mini nuclear cloud hanging over your kitchen.

Before. Shocking!

Before. Shocking!

Well this experience was nothing like that! The wonderful oven cleaner Matt arrived, promptly on time and without further ado, he had removed the door and got to work using the old fashioned ‘elbow grease’ method. Being pregnant and hypersensitive I was a bit concerned about toxicity but it just happened to be some ‘super strength dishwashing liquid’. Nothing more. My kitchen didn’t smell at all and there was no white residue left like the supermarket bomb varieties. Matt was super friendly and didn’t mind having a little apprentice on hand to hand him equipment and keep him company!

Matt and his apprentice

Matt and his apprentice

I can’t recommend Oven Express highly enough. The whole service from start to finish was an hour and the end result is better then any oven cleaner you can buy or do yourself. He was so precise and even offered to change my faulty oven light bulb. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know my oven had a light! Oven Express is a Sydney wide mobile service and can be contacted on 1800 325 773.

After. A sigh of relief! Sparkling new!

After. A sigh of relief! Sparkling new!

The In My Kitchen is thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial. Please do take a sticky beak at the other kitchens listed around the globe! My previous IMK posts can can be found here.

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46 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – June 2014

  1. OMG I can’t tell you how much you’ve been missed, I even thought about writing to you but figured maybe that was sticking my beak where it shouldn’t go. I’m glad to hear you’re *finally* feeling better, even if all you can eat is pub food. 27 weeks and you’re well on your way to delivering your watermelon.

    Thanks so much for joining in!

  2. You poor thing Lisa but welcome back!!! When I was pregnant will would complain about me giving him too big a helping cause I was eating so much!
    Wish those guys cleaned ovens in Brisbane.
    I hope you’re back eating your favourites soon. Would love a bump shot 😉

  3. LOL you are too funny… thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Charlie at Hotly Spiced also got her oven clean and had a wonderful experience as well. I think I am going to have to look into this on the Gold Coast!

  4. Welcome back. I’ve missed you. And I’m so sorry to hear it’s been a difficult pregnancy. That’s such a long time to be feeling bilious. I had Oven Express come around to clean my oven and I was so thrilled with the results. I’m about to phone them and ask them to come and clean my oven again – never again will I clean it myself! xx

  5. Good to see you back – like everyone else, I’ve been missing your posts. Such a shame that you’ve been suffering with the pregnancy… hope it all settles down now and the baby starts behaving itself! I could do with Oven Express here just now, do you think they do international calls?!

  6. So lovely to see you back and that you are feeling better. I will eat the fish and tomatoes for you in the meanwhile until baba arrives.
    We don’t have a service here for oven cleaning. What a pity as they would make a fortune!
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. Hi Lisa, So happy to hear you are feeling better. I have been thinking of you and wondering how your pregnancy was going. OMG That oven looks fabulous, what a wonderful idea.

  8. Yay you’re back! You’ve been missed but so glad you’re feeling better. But no tomatoes? That must be killing you!

  9. Hi Lisa, welcome back!!! Love those apples, nice one… hope you are getting some rest… and how fab to have a clean oven!

  10. Pink lady are one of my favorite apples and so lovely that you could pick them from an orchard. Good luck with your pregnancy and enjoy your spanking clean oven. 🙂

  11. I freeze everything Lisa. Mainly because with only two of us, there is usually far too much and who wants to eat the same thing every day? I love to look in the freezer and see a cake or some bread that I can grab. As to oven man, what a pity he can’t cross the border. It’s only a few dozen hours or so out of his way…

  12. So sorry you have been having a rough time! Keeping my fingers crossed the rest of the time goes smoothly! If we lived in your neighborhood…I think I would order the oven cleaners as well…looks like they did an amazing job and my oven certainly needs it!

  13. oh, you poor girl! I do remember actually losing weight while pregnant with my daughter…all I could eat were turkey subs mostly because I didn’t make them and they had very little odour.
    Lucky you getting the oven cleaned…I keep on forgetting that most Aussie ovens don’t have a self clean cycle. It is in valuable!!!
    And not sure what to say on that watermelon visual…I bet that shut hubby up really quickly LOL!

  14. Hi Lisa. How awful is that morning sickness! It’s been quiet around here without you. I love oven express they do such a great job. My oven is just about ready for a clean too. Need a bump shot

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