In My Kitchen December 2017

I figured I better get In My Kitchen up for December, given I’ve missed so many months.

I use these dark chocolate chips from Costco but next time I go to Costco I’ll look for the other dark chocolate they sell, which has had good reviews:

I did a big shop up at Lien Hoa Tam in Braybrook, which used to be called Global Green Vegetarian Food Mart. They sell a heap of mock meats, dried soy, vegan confectionary, vegan cheeses, pies and more. This lemon chicken is nice, quite sweet though, but when I crisp it up in the oven I keep going back for ‘one more piece’:

I haven’t tried this vegan bbq pork yet but I think it’s the same sort that Vietnamese places use in their vegan bahn mi rolls and dishes:

Life is good when there are tofu puffs in the house:

I love these Greenfarms steamed buns, you can get a few different varieties at Lien Hoa Tam:

I tried these black bean beetroot burgers which were okay, the family weren’t keen though:

Not in my kitchen, but an identical version used to be in my grandmother’s kitchen! This retro pineapple fruit-nut stand was at Brunswick Savers. The pineapple on the top is supposed to have the wooden spikes coming out, you can see these in the bottom tier. I was half tempted to get it but figured that I’d decided not to have my grandmother’s for a reason:

This is my latest cookbook purchase. I love Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, which I reviewed here. I haven’t actually read through this new book yet. I can only look at new cookbooks when I have complete silence and ‘me time’:

And now the Christmas rush begins. We don’t have a tree because of the cats. We can’t even have a vase of flowers or a Christmassy decoration because the cats will destroy everything. That suits me though as it means less putting-stuff-away later.

In My Kitchen is a monthly blog link up that is currently being hosted by Sherry at Sherry’s Pickings. I’m submitting this blog post of mine for December 2017. While not a vegan-specific event, anyone can join in and you can also discover new blogs, recipes, products, etc!

10 thoughts on “In My Kitchen December 2017

  1. So many meat substitutes — I had no idea! I don’t understand how they can call it chicken if it’s not chicken. That pineapple stand looks kind of like a white elephant; I see why you didn’t want it despite nostalgia.

    best… mae at

  2. That pineapple stand looks impressive (as is your restraint in not buying it – I was offered my mum’s old fruit bowl which made me so nostalgic to look at but I knew it did not fit in my kitchen). Snap! I also put those burgers in my kitchen this month – I enjoyed them – quite sold and tasty. I wanted veg sausage rolls or dumplings in the supermarket today and was so disappointed in what they offered so I wish I had a store that does veg versions more locally.

  3. Hi Faye
    Thanks for joining in IMK this month. Wow so many mock meat products. I’m a bit stunned that they make them really. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas 🎄 cheers sherry x

  4. I am hoping to go into Bristol next year and pop into the Oriental supermarket there and pick up some veggie stuff for the freezer, but unlike Lien Hoa Tam its not often labelled clearly, so I am envious of your haul of mock meat as I am sure I walk by stuff that is suitable for vegans, I did also spot those Beet Burgers in GGG IMK blog post.

  5. I wonder who carved that pineapple and whether or not they took a pic standing beside it when it was finished?. I frequently make a trip to Melbourne to stock up on Asian and Middle Eastern/European goodies because I just can’t get them down here. Love the asian grocers at both Footscray and Springvale Markets and Sydney Road is a whole overseas trip in itself. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Maree.

  6. I’m envious of all of those Asian mock meats (and yes, tofu puffs do make everything good!). The lemon chicken does look very more-ish. The image on that cook book cover makes me hungry 🙂