A complete tour of my [not quite] perfect kitchen .. OR
how to fit a quart into a pint pot!
It has taken me 20 years to reach this stage of workability … so don’t be in too big a hurry to set it all up over night!
Let us begin with the action part of the kitchen ie the cooker
Mine is as you can see larger than average[ 80cms] because when I bought this one I was in the habit of producing lots of bread and cakes for my friends and neighbours. Strictly speaking I don’t need a cooker this wide any more but I am so used to being able to put two baking trays side by side on one shelf, and I still do the odd batch of bread or pies for my friends, so I would miss it if I changed to a smaller one .Besides it fills the space available, and has 5 burners .. the only thing wrong is I find the back burners so close to the splash back that I cannot comfortably use large pans or a Wok on the back rings! Something to watch out for when choosing a cooker with plenty of burners! In the corner next to my cooker I try to house all my large tools,
so it is quite crowded. If you look at the above picture [close up of behind the cooker] you will notice that I have a rail with many tools on it, but I have to go round to the right and have two more rails to accommodate all the bits .. and above the cooker [out of the picture] I have two more rails for small utensils. You will also note my seasoning round- about which just fits into the corner … thanks to my lovely friend Anne who found she didn’t require it in her kitchen in Cyprus … so gave it to me..exactly what I needed. Also in view are my wand liquidizer ..a tool I never can be without .. and my trusty oil pourer. This is strictly for cooking oil [sunflower] as I keep Olive oil in glass bottles in the dark where it will keep much better, especially in this hot climate … but olive oil does not like light at any temperature .. so do not put it on a display shelf.
How many times in my life have I used the expression..” everything except the kitchen sink”…well we can’t do without one and here is mine…
Left side of the sink Right side of the sink
Not an expensive one … just a 1 ½ stainless steel sink from Ikea which I bought in 1993 and brought over from UK as large luggage when I came to choose tiles, pavers etc as the house was being built. You will note there is no draining board on either side and that in lieu of one on the left is a plastic tray bought [20 years ago] from a catering shop as a sandwich tray. Inside I use a plastic slotted draining board to stop what I wash by hand from sitting in it’s own drain water. I did this arrangement [no drainer] to give me maximum work space at all places in the kitchen . So when I am “in action” so to speak, the corner nearest the cooker is free to use and the drainer tray and insert get put aside until the washing up stage again. The other half of the sink, you will note, has a washing up bowl which fits like it was made for that position. This enables me to have 3 “sinks”… one is removable if necessary. This was pure good luck as I really don’t like washing up bowls very much, however, the fact that this one actually fits makes me feel much better about using it. The taps on our kitchen sinks here are different from UK as we have a tap for hot water [the mixer on the far left ]as we are solar powered for hot water ,and the cold tank water is controlled by the tap head on the right of that mixer. The solo tap on the far right of the pictures is the mains, drinking water tap. Because the mains water pipe to our house is too near the surface, in the summer we have two kinds of drinking water, Hot and Hotter!!!! So bottling for the fridge is something of a necessity. The cutlery drainer on the right side of this picture has a removable insert so the drain water remains in the bottom and cannot spill all over your work top [ a necessary attribute when you do not have a draining board to put it on].
Let us move on to the nice bits … FOOD ……to the immediate right of this area is my large spice rack which also has been with us for a very long time. I found it in Selfridges sale about 30 years ago and it was a rare creature indeed as it was just a lovely wooden rack with NO JARS ON IT! Being already an avid collector of such items they were the last thing I wanted. So here it is .. strictly speaking, I really should not keep so many herbs and spices in the light as they gradually lose their colour and flavour. But I love my spice rack so much I still use it with it’s back to the light to protect my herbs and spices as much as possible.I only keep small amounts in them and all the back up is in dark storage .. which I will show you when I get to it. The side of my spice rack is an ideal place to keep measures .. spoons and cups plus another faithfully old companion .. the nutmeg grater.
the place for measuring things ed
storing the nutmeg grater
Next we will be visiting a very important place .. the knife store .. but I think for today you have seen enough. There really is a lot of “Stuff” in my kitchen so I don’t want to wear you out.