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I am linking this in to the monthly In My Kitchen event hosted by Lizzy of Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.
Here in North Queensland we are in the second month of Spring. The humidity is rising and summer is approaching quickly. A north Queensland kitchen at this time of the year is quite different compared to the kitchens in the Northern hemisphere or indeed in southern Australia. We are preparing for the heat of summer and already eating “cooler”. 
So lets take a look at my kitchen this month. 
Pictured above is the waffles I made served with homemade strawberry jam and thick Greek yoghurt. This is a new recipe from my fav book A Baker’s Odyssey by Greg Patent. These are Norwegian waffles spiced with cardamom.  Recipe coming soon.
With the heat coming on the garden has bolted and everything has gone to seed. I picked a big bunch of basil before I completely lost it all and plonked it all into a big bucket ready to be turned into pesto.

In my kitchen I made pesto to freeze for later. My sister, who is a cooking wiz, tells me it’s better frozen without the cheese. 

In my kitchen I have lots of local chocolate. This month we toured Charley’s Chocolate Factory at Mission Beach, North Queensland. This boutique chocolate factory grows their own cocoa beans and produces award winning, single origin chocolate. 

Fresh baked last night, Kleecha, again a recipe from A Baker’s Odyssey by Greg Patent. When I say “Syrian”, your first thought I doubt would be traditional cooking but indeed these delicious spiced bread rolls are a Syrian recipe. I will post soon. 

In my kitchen I have this interesting little tool – a watermelon slicer from a local store Green Jelly Homewares.

And I have a watermelon from the neighbors road side stall. Less than a kilometre down the road I can pick up a watermelon for $5.00 and pumpkins for $2.00. So in my kitchen I tested my new device. Hmmm, not as easy as pictured on the packaging.
Not bad, nevertheless.
In my kitchen, a tin of freshly baked Chinese Almond Cookies…..yes…. same cookbook!
And yes, with the kind author’s permission I will post the recipe.

Ripening on the kitchen bench are the latest pickings from the garden. We have to pick the pawpaws before the birds discover this sweet treat.

And lastly in my kitchen, my latest find at the op shop, a little ring pan for a mere $2.00. Such a cute little cake pan, I had to have it. It’s useful, right?
Well, that’s my kitchen for this month. Pop over to Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things to peek into some other kitchens.

Is your bake ware shiny and new? Or do you…
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