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In my kitchen… December 2015

Of course it’s been ages since my last post – work and holiday in Japan.

This post covers a couple of months as I haven’t done much and want to put up a very big post about the food in Japan.

In my kitchen…

…are Christmas puddings. I made six this year – one for us and five for friends and family. The recipe is a family one and it’s been made for decades. It’s heavy and rich and I always make the puddings on the October long weekend to give them plenty of time to develop in flavour.



In my kitchen…

…is Christmas fruit cake. Seven made this year. One for us, one went to Japan for Mr Boyfriends Mum and sister and five are for friends. Again I make these around the October long weekend so they develop a good flavour.


In my kitchen…

…is strawberry jam. It’s the season for my mass jam, relish and chutney making. Strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, apricot and plum jams; mango chutney, sweet fruit chutney and ripe tomato relish have been or will be made by the end of the year.


In my kitchen…

…is tonkatsu or Japanese deep fried pork. Couldn’t get enough Japanese food while I was away, so had to make more when I got home. I’m thinking it will become a regular thing.


In my kitchen…

…is homemade pizza. Perennial favourite of potato and rosemary and then Mr Boyfriend’s favourite of garlic prawn.



That’s all for the last couple of months. This month will be a lot of Christmas baking and eating!

Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting the monthly In My Kitchen, check out the other kitchens.


  1. Potato Rosemary pizza sounds delicious, I’ll have to remember that one. Looks like you’ve been busy already this holiday season. I haven’t started any Christmas baking yet!

  2. That tonkatsu and pizza had my mouth watering. What a process that Christmas pudding looks like! Looking forward to reading about your time in Japan.

  3. yes i love potato and rosemary pizza but i adore garlic and prawns:) look at all that jam and chutney making. wonderful. i really must get to japan some time. merry xmas

  4. Tonkatsu (or as it was known in Korea, Donkatsu) is amazing and yours looks incredible. I only ever ate it out and it was my first meal in my town when I moved there. I’m impressed by how many Christmas cakes you make – they look incredible!

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