Friday, January 23, 2015

Five on Friday

It wasn't hard to decide on a theme for this month's Five on Friday post. All I had to do was take a look around my kitchen! There's a lot on the go at the moment.

First up, and by far the strangest thing, is a batch of sauerkraut. This is my first attempt at making it, and I have no idea if it's going to turn out. The process was easy, but a bit of a mess. Shredded cabbage decorated most of my kitchen counter.


I'm using a special jar called a Perfect Pickler. The jar has been sitting on my counter for almost a week now, where I hope the fermentation process is underway.


A few days ago I was digging around in my pantry and found a huge container of Medjool dates. Darn. I bought them at Costco right before Christmas, and they were meant to be eaten over the holidays when everyone was here. I couldn't stand thought of them going to waste, but knew Jay and I could never finish them before they got dodgy, so went on a search for a healthy date bar recipe. This one was a winner.


Jamie Oliver's Beef and Ale Stew is one of my favourite comfort foods. We had this last night, and as an added bonus there's enough left over to have it again tonight.


First thing this morning I loaded up my yogurt maker, so tomorrow morning's breakfast will include some yummy homemade yogurt. It's been quite a while since I made my last batch, so I'm really looking forward to it.



Of course, I need something to stir into my yogurt. When I was at the market yesterday they had some Meyer lemons. So this morning I've made some lemon curd, using this recipe from Ina Garten. I plan to eat lots of it, and not just stirred into yogurt.


Happy weekend!

I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.

Amy from Love Made My Home
Patricia from A Place For Everthing
Katharine from Art-e-facts
Selma from Eclectic Home & Life
Marion from My Two Girls
Teresa from Knit Bake Cultivate

32 comments:

  1. What a lovely five, the stew looks delicious perfect for this time of year and even better when there is enough for more than one meal. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Wow what fabulous makes in your kitchen. We made beef & ale stew last week, far too much of the stuff actually so we turned the rest into individual pies for the freezer.

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  3. Home made sauerkraut, sounds so good this time of year. Love beef and ale stew.

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  4. I have never made sauerkraut. Will be interested to hear what you think of it. Love love love homemade yoghurt and had never thought to add lemon curd. Ours was used up a couple of weeks ago so time to make more. Lovy five on Friday post x

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  5. my son makes sauerkraut all the time and is encouraging us to do the same. I am not a big fan, but my husband sure is. We even have the picking crock, so I think after reading your post I will give it a go!

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  6. Great things going on in your kitchen! I'll be very curious to hear how your kraut turns out. I have an old crock from my grandmother that she made kraut in...very scared to try that so far! And oh, that lemon curd...I've never made it but think I may need to sometime in the near future.

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    1. Darn you Kristie...somehow a bunch of lemons ended up in my cart today because I couldn't get that lemon curd out of my head (and what is it about craving citrus in the winter?)! So I am just curious about 2 things...do you do anything different from the recipe (I see in the comments there seems to be a lot of discussion on whether to strain or not to strain)...and have you ever frozen this as a preservation method? I'm assuming I could eat the whole batch in a week, but I really shouldn't. Just curious... thanks!

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    2. Sorry for my corrupting influence. :-)

      I followed the recipe exactly. I didn't bother straining and it's just fine. Actually, better than fine! It made a fair sized batch, so I froze the two smaller jars you see in my picture. I've not ever tried freezing lemon curd before, but I've read that it freezes just fine. And it really shouldn't be kept in the fridge for more than a week. Not that it would make it that long. So maybe I should amend that to say I really shouldn't eat a whole batch in a week, so decided to freeze the extra jars. Ha! Let me know how yours turns out.

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  7. Ooh you have been busy in the kitchen. That lemon curd looks so beautiful - nice and sunny on a cold January day. Have fun this weekend. x

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  8. Great post! I will be trying the date recipe, I love medjool dates, and lemon curd! I love the sound of homemade yoghurt :) Nom Nom

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  9. You have been a busy bee Kristie! I love sauerkraut and date bars and stew and yogurt with lemon curd. Just a shame it is thousands of miles to yours!

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  10. Gosh you really have been busy in the kitchen this week...I love a hearty stew, Jamie's recipe looks wonderful and so satisfying on a dreary wet day like we are having today!

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  11. Delicious things in your kitchen. I'm a huge fan of lemon curd as well, I often have it stirred into Greek yoghurt. I'll be interested to know how your sauerkraut turns out, it's something I love but I've never been brave enough to try and make it. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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  12. I cannot remember if I commented when I read this earlier or not. I don't think I did!!! Anyway, I will say this in case I did forget! Your kitchen looks as though it has been a very busy place indeed! Lots of lovely things though, I love lemon curd especially and lemon curd yoghurt is wonderful isn't it! Let us know how the sauerkraut goes, I am intrigued!! Thank you for joining in and sorry if I said this already, or if I said nothing until now! xx

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  13. Oh man I would love to be in your kitchen right now!! Nom nom nom!!! Dare squares, lemon curd, yoghurt, sauerkraut and a stew. So much yummy food! Thanks for sharing

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  14. What fun stuff you've been creating in your kitchen!! Not a fan of sauerkraut, but the date squares! and the stew! and the lemon curd! Yummy :D My mom made date squares continuously, and lemon curd at Christmas. This post has got my mouth watering, and me wondering if I have her old date square recipe (she called them by their old-fashioned name of "matrimonial bars"). Enjoy your feasting! Wendy x

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  15. Hi, new to your blog, looks like a delicious 5. I have never tried to make sauerkraut do you have to have one of those jars? Will have to try that lemon curd, thanks for the link. :)

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  16. Wow you've been busy! The date bars look v tasty, and thanks for the link to the lemon curd :)

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  17. Happy Yummy weekend to you!
    Meredith

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  18. My goodness you have been busy! Do you need a yogourt maker to make yogourt? I wonder....... (I love yogourt) :)

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  19. Nice to meet you Kristie on Five on Friday. I like the look if your lemon curd. Love homemade curd. Katharine x

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  20. You really have been busy and have made some delicious things. I quite fancy those date bars!

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  21. It all looks delicious Kristie! I just love Lemon curd stirred into yogurt. Fab five on Friday! xx

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  22. you have been quite busy in the kitchen, all of it looks delicious and delightful. I need to do more in my kitchen :)

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  23. You've done a lot of cooking this week! I'm intrigued by the pickling jar. It reminds me a lot of home-brewing vessels. My husband used to make beer but hasn't done it in awhile. I was always amused at the way the carboy full of beer would "talk" as it fermented. If I was home alone, it sounded like someone was talking very quietly in the next room. :)

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  24. I love all your kitchen makes Kristie. Lemon curd is one of my favourite spreads and thoughts of summer come to mind. Your date squares look gorgeous, so does the stew. We used to make our yogurt when we were first married but haven't done so for years. Lovely post. Thank you for your lovely comments on my post. Patricia x

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  25. Dear Kristie, please come and cook in my kitchen! I am quite the dunce at cooking, have never made lemon curd but adore it. Ditto the yogurt. Mouth-watering. I love dates too, any way, any time. What a great bunch of fives!

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  26. Wow! When you make something, you really make it. We "make" sauerkraut once in a while, but it starts with buying a bag of it (and adding something, I'm not sure what exactly).

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  27. Lots of lovely things happening in your kitchen!

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  28. Hi!
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  29. What a brilliant selection of five lovely things. They all look scrummy and I'd be interested to hear how the sauerkraut comes out.

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  30. Love to hear about the sauerkraut as that is a staple in my winter kitchen. The German comes out in my during the winter more than any other time. Red cabbage, anyone?

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