In My Kitchen – December 2013

Here we are at the end of another year.  Thanks again to Celia who so kindly invited us all to partake in this fun monthly event.  I am looking forward to starting afresh in the New Year again.

In my kitchen…

Are 2 escargot dishes.  Escargot is not something we eat very often but have decided that when we do, we want to do it properly.

Escargot dishes

In my kitchen…

Are blue sprinkles.  I am super excited about these as normally I can only ever find pink and the odd occasion when I can find blue, the colours are usually not very nice.

Blue sprinkles

In my kitchen…

Was the first of 2 fabulous pressies.  This first one is from my lovely sister-in-law Trish from when she visited last month.  Isn’t it just the most thoughtful lovely gift!

Trishy pressie

In my kitchen…

Was the second pressie from Mandy (Trish’s daughter – the mother of my Godson).  I was hoping to enjoy the bubbly with Mandy while she was here but alas, time did not allow.  I hope I can keep it long enough for the 2 of us to enjoy together soon.

Mand's pressie

In my kitchen…

Are a few more shells which I picked up on our last ride to, and walk on the beach.

Shells from walk

What’s in your kitchen this month?  Please remember to link back to Celia’s blog Fig Jam and Lime Cordial if you partake in the fun.

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Microwave Oven Fudge

My microwave oven chapter would not be complete without 2 fudge recipes.  Last Friday I posted a Chocolate Fudge recipe and today’s is vanilla fudge.  Once you have tried these two recipes, I doubt you will ever make fudge on the stove top again!

Microwave Oven Fudge

 

Ingredients

750ml icing sugar sifted
397g condensed milk
100g butter
10ml vanilla essence

Method

  1. Grease a square tin with non-stick spray.
  2. Place the icing sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large glass jug and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir with a wire whisk and microwave for a further 10 minutes, beating with the whisk after 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it thickens.
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and leave to cool.
  6. Once cooled cut into squares.

 

Submitted by:  Mandy Frielinghaus, Mauritius

Microwave Oven Chocolate Fudge

Fudge just doesn’t get easier than this!  I was always sceptical about making fudge until my aunt introduced me to her recipe for making it in the microwave oven – perfection every single time!  Just try not make it too often. 😉

Microwave Oven Chocolate Fudge

 

Ingredients

1 tin condensed milk
2 cups sugar
125g butter
60ml cocoa
5ml vanilla essence
5ml vinegar

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the vanilla essence and vinegar in a large glass jug.
  2. Cook on high for 2 minutes and stir.
  3. Cook for a further 9 minutes on high stirring often.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and vinegar and mix through.
  5. Flatten the mixture into a greased baking tray.
  6. Once cool cut into squares.

 

Submitted by:  Christine de Villiers, Port Elizabeth