Friday, June 29, 2012

Kitchenware Update in White and Another Cooking Competition


I promise this isn't a foodie blog entirely, although lately you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.  It must be the fact that it's the middle of Winter here and I am so loving cooking and of course eating right now.  When I saw the Aldi catalogue this week, I couldn't believe my luck.  I have wanted some cast iron cook top to oven ware for a while now.  So on Wednesday morning, I was there with my fellow bargain hunters....going a little crazy.....comenserate with the price of this stuff.  I chose the white enamel, as it look beachy and stylish.  This little lot was bagged for around $130 and it is not cheap cr*p either.  This is quality cookware with a 5 year guarantee.  


Included in that price was the linen, the knives and three ABC Delicious cookbooks.  Amazing.  To me the quality at Aldi is always good because they have more to prove.  By the way this isn't a sponsored post, except that it's sponsored by me.


I thought this book was very me as it's called 'faking it', which is often my attitude to food.  It has to be great, but oh so simple as well.


Now girls I am burying a request to you deep in the middle of this post, so that only the most die hard of you Desire Empire followers will get the message.  I have entered another cooking competition.  This time it's the good taste magazine that are running 'a cook the issue' style competition over the months of June and July.  As usual, I have joined in a little late and only started cooking in July.  It's based on votes, with the top 20 going through to a final of 6.  The rub however, is that it's a popularity contest.....I've never been great at asking for people to vote for me.   Even though I was voted sports captain for my house in 6th grade,  I haven't really entered one since. Liking me is more a take it or leave it affair these days. I guess what I'm getting at here is, I need your votes, to have any chance of proceeding.  So I would be much obliged.  But will still love you either way.

You can go here to vote for my zucchini sauteed  with fennel seeds 


Or this ab fab chicken pie I made here


This chicken pie is honestly about the nicest one I've ever cooked.  It would also be the one I cooked on the night that Mr Beach House attended a yacht club meeting without letting me know. To think I wasted time worrying about where he was. I felt like throwing it at him when he walked through the door at 10pm that evening and asked was there any dinner left.  As you can see, I still have smoke coming out of my ears over that one. But this is a marriage ladies and I am stuck with the bad as well as enjoying the good, as I promised to do all those years ago, when I had stars in my youthful eye's at the beachy alter.


Oh and this is my version of a rosemary and pine nut scones, which you can vote for here.

You have to sign up to the good taste website to vote, but it may suit you, as there lots of competitions for great kitchen stuff and all things cooking, which may be of interest.  No pressure or anything, and as I said, I'll still love you either way.  Oh and if there is anything I can do for you please let me know!!!!!!!

Today I'm linked up here

17 comments :

  1. Just finished sauteeing (and eating) zucchini and onions. But now seriously need one of those scones...
    xo Cathy

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  2. the cookware looks really great! love the white. the food looks beautiful too :)
    x

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  3. Adore the cookware and beautiful foodie pictures. I grilled marinated mixed veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, onion and pepper outside a few nights ago.

    Thanks for the big welcome back and sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

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  4. Hope you win and it sounds so delicious if only we could taste it, too. New follower

    Blessings,
    Darlene

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  5. I was there on Wednesday too, and also got the white dutch oven. I've always wanted an cast iron dutch oven, ever since I got a new Le Creuset grill pan for $5 from a Ruskin Rowe garage sale a few years ago (new price $320!). Congratulations on the win last week and good luck with the next comp. The ingredients for the chicken pie have just been added to my grocery list for this afternoon.

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    1. Hi Margaret

      Ruskin Rowe....Adore and the price.

      That chicken pie was great and will become a firm week night wonder at the Beach House.

      Have a great weekend
      Carolyn

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    2. PS I mean the price of the cast iron grill you scored. As for the price of Houses on Ruskin Rowe well that is another story all together.
      Carolyn

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    3. Did you also see the matching cast iron trivet? They weren't with the other cast iron goods.

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    4. Ok call me stupid but what's at trivet?

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    5. It's just a stand to put the hot pot on. The Aldi one was round with a swirly pattern in cast iron with rubber feet, so it didn't sit directly on your bench. Unfortunately, there weren't any more left when I was Aldi Mona Vale yesterday.

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    6. yes I saw it then but wasn't keen. I'll just use a board or something I guess. Funny thing is that cooking show on at 6pm on the ABC (English) the guy was cooking with the Aldi White Dutch oven so it's obviously pretty good. happy!!!!!

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  6. Cant believe that gorgeous kitchenware was at Aldi! Just voted for you as well!!! x

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    1. Emma you are a complete sweetie.
      Carolyn

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  8. i am so glad i found your blog!! i will have to come back, looks like fun!!!!

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