The kitchen is finished! I have cupboards, plumbing and working appliances! I can’t tell you how frustrating it was to see our brand new kitchen garden producing all manner of wonderful things while I had no means to take advantage of them (aside from the salad, of course!) The walls still needs painting, and the floor needs to be laid, but I have a functioning kitchen, at last.
My friend and fellow-foodie Estelle came to visit from France this weekend, so we christened the new kitchen with a sumptuous homegrown feast last night, which was really rather fabulous. Unfortunately, my photos of it were a little disappointing, so here are some far superior pictures Ade has taken of the delights growing in the kitchen garden this week.
I just need to finish unpacking all my kitchen stuff that has been in boxes since last October, and then I’ll be able to start whipping up some lovely new recipes to share with you again.
Watch this space!
So, here’s the irony of the current situation. Our brand new kitchen garden is now starting to reward us with all manner of delicious riches, however, we don’t currently have a kitchen to cook them in.
That was our kitchen two weeks ago. We had expected the installation to start later this month, possibly even August, but the builders called us in the last week of June to tell us they could make a start on the 1st of July and before we knew it, everything got ripped out. Then there was a little delay while our poor plumber tried to make sense of the convoluted pipework… and had to re-do most of it 😫. The new units are now in, but we’re still without a functioning sink and appliances. Plus we’re waiting on the worktop. Dishwashing happens in a bowl at the outside tap, and we’re living off salad (homegrown of course), and the odd takeaway, while the broccoli eyes us reproachfully from the veg bed (it’s not our fault you arrived at the wrong time, just hang in there, buddy!)
BUT… my goodness, once it’s all up and running, I will be in my element! I haven’t posted a recipe on here for almost a year (ALMOST A YEAR!) and I am so eager to get experimenting again. My new fridge is the size of the starship enterprise, which might seem a little excessive considering there are only two of us, but with all these homegrown veggies pouring into the kitchen, I know I’ll need the space. I’ve also got an induction hob coming. Anyone have experience of these? They’re super energy-efficient apparently. I do love a gas hob, but there’s no mains gas out here in the sticks, so our options were a bit limited.
So there we are. Another week of chaos and noise ahead, but we’re getting there. The kitchen garden, meanwhile, is a picture! Ade can’t wait to share it with you all, he’s working his video-editing magic as we speak… just you wait! 😄