It’s been a while since we had a peek into a food blogger’s kitchen so I thought I would share mine. I blog about food at Cherished By Me, usually something sinful but very tasty, quite often it will be gluten free as I have a son who has coeliac disease, and also about recipes my youngest son makes.
Having had the ‘dream kitchen’ in the past my criteria on moving house last year was a kitchen large enough to fit a kitchen table in it so my family of five children and I could eat our meals together in what is essentially the hub of the house despite the rooms in the rest of the house being teeny tiny.
We had a huge kitchen table and big chunky chairs which were never going to fit in our new home so it was a chance to treat ourselves to a gorgeous bright white table from Danetti which extends to sit at least eight people if necessary but doesn’t take up too much room for everyday family meals. The bright white helps bring some extra light into the virtually basement kitchen. The chairs are from Next.
Baking can sometimes be a bit hit and miss as the oven is on a slope and it is also gas which I haven’t used since a child…I am a big Aga fan personally! Plus, trying to feed a family of six in a small single oven can be a little challenging at times but a bit of juggling usually works.
I love a cookery book, if only to ever salivate over the photos. This is quite often the case, I have a lot of books but there are probably only a handful I go back to on a regular basis. This includes Nigella Lawson’s How to be a Domestic Goddess and The River Cottage Family Cookbook. I was sad to have to part with many of my recipe books when we moved last year but I love this shelf in the kitchen where I can display some of my favourites though, the rest are scattered around various nooks I have found in the kitchen.
The pièce de résistance in my kitchen is my prized Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer in hot pink! I saved and saved John Lewis vouchers for years to be able to justify buying it. It not only looks delicious it also mixes pretty well too, and I can make dough in it, fab ganache, meringues and light and fluffy cake mixture!
One of the things I was most upset about having to sell when we moved last year was my beloved stainless steel Maytag fridge freezer, which was huge, over thirteen years old and still going strong! They just don’t make them like that anymore, it cost an absolute fortune when we bought it but there was not a chance it was going to fit in to the new kitchen. So with a lot of research, selling of items on ebay and managing to find a bargain online I bought this retro looking Gorenje fridge freezer. It looks good but it’s not the same…and I can only fit a couple of days worth of food for six of us in it. It does make a great place to store our fridge magnets from all over the world and doubles up as the obligatory family notice board!
Finally as this kitchen is painted in typical rental property magnolia, I love my painted china to brighten it up a bit. I decorated and designed the biscuit barrel myself many moons ago! I always try and get some fresh flowers to bring some sunshine into the room and my friends keep me supplied with scented candles as they know how much I love them.
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