In My Kitchen July 2019

My July post will be rather brief and I’ll let the pictures do the talking for a change. Winter has been unusually busy, but some lovely foods have passed through my kitchen on their way to my mouth. I’ve mentioned quite often how much I depend on my orto, my back yard super fresh supermarket of herbs and vegetables. I can’t imagine life without a daily pick. The header photo above captures a radicchio in the frost- this is one vegetable that loves winter.

I’m rather keen on Spanish/Portuguese caldo lately, a soup which uses winter greens along with smoky flavoured vegetables and yellow split peas. I could live on this soup. I’m considering posting the recipe soon as it is so delicious, as well as vegan, and extremely cheap to make. Frugal food is the way to go, and more so when the ingredients arrive plastic and container free. There is an unfortunate trend with the emerging popularity of vegan food- much of it comes wrapped in plastic or other non environmentally friendly containers. This aspect of vegan food really annoys me.

Another of my favourite dishes has always been popular with guests. One of my old dear friends used to hide her empty mussel shells from view in order to eat just a few more. These are Mt Martha mussels stuffed with a mixture of cooked spinach, garlic, parmesan, lemon zest, egg and breadcrumbs, then liberally blessed with EV olive oil.

The pics above were taken before being dressed with dry sourdough bread crumbs and olive oil. It would be impossible to take snaps once they are cooked, as I would miss out on my share. Watch these bite sized morsels disappear.

Another favourite dish, seafood risotto, made with Carnaroli, snapper stock ( frozen from last month’s episode of IMK) a handful of mussels, along with a few small flathead fillets. Splurge!

Thanks once again to Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings for hosting this monthly series. My kitchen posts for August and September will come to you from my kitchen in Bali, as well as a daily post via my instagram account at  The daily posts will highlight where to eat, Balinese scenes, Hindu ritual, and daily life from the point of view of a semi -expat.

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16 thoughts on “In My Kitchen July 2019”

  1. Short but sweet, Fran, on a Sunday afternoon. Wow, ‘my kitchen in Bali’ . . . and that for two months – absolutely and utterly fantastic and sounding almost permanent ! Oh, methinks we’ll all be there with you . . Can work out your mussel recipe I believe but may we have the Portuguese soup one . . . no vegetables in my garden and bought ones will just have to do, but . . . great to hear from you . . .

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  2. Delightful, delicious, diligent… words coincidentally each beginning with the letter D… are what I admire about your IMK posts and which apply doubly… to the food you take the care to source/grow, make and to the posts via which you share the inspiration. Wonderful you’re escaping the deepest winter months for Bali, and will be popping up in my Insta feed as well blog. While you’re away I’ll continue to work with your lingering influence in my own kitchen… that soup sounds good.

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  3. We live very far from the ocean, so mussels like that just aren’t on our table, but I’m enjoying yours by proxy, and have just signed on as your follower on Instagram! Looking forward to what you do in Bali.

    best… mae at

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  4. hi francesca
    thanks heaps for joining in IMK this month. those mussels look very tasty indeed. i bet they disappear fast.:) have a wonderful time in Bali. i look forward to your posts. cheers sherry oh yes that soup looks very delicious and healthy.

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  5. The photo of the frosted radicchio is so beautiful. We’ve had almost two weeks of chilly rain here on our little mountain. I like to squint into the winter garden on those grey, overcast and windy days and imagine it with a dusting of sparkly frost. Your food is always so enticing, Francesca, I use your recipes quite often and enjoy them enormously. I look forward to following your Bali kitchen. Safe travels and happy landings.

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