Every month we have a look into one of our food blogger’s kitchen: a little ‘through the keyhole’ moment; a chance to be a bit nosy, see what their favourite gadgets are and drool over shiny work surfaces and appliances. This month we are in the kitchen of Vicki who writes at The Free From Fairy.
Over to Vicki…
I started the Free From Fairy four and a half years ago to help other people who have restricted diets. I’ve suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for around 20 years and am intolerant to wheat and cows dairy. My daughter was diagnosed with egg and milk protein allergies at 9 months and subsequently with coeliac disease at the age of 2.
I share my wholesome free from recipes along with tips and advice about following a healthy free from life.
I am just about to have my kitchen partly re-done. In the next day or so the work tops are being replaced, extra cupboards are being added and the floor is being changed. It is long awaited as I’ve hated the work tops and flooring ever since we moved here 6 years ago, and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
The kitchen is where I developed my wholegrain gluten and rice free flour blend which I brought to market last summer! It is also where all the magic happens to ensure that we eat a well balanced wholesome diet but don’t miss out on anything that others have.
I’m going to show you some of the bits in my kitchen that I love…
The first thing I want to talk about is my coffee pot. Without proper fresh coffee in the morning I am a nightmare. It is what wakes me up and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. We bought this coffee pot so that we could enjoy fresh coffee when we’re camping too, without the risk of breaking a glass one.
In this picture you can see that some hot cross bun rolls are cooling and no I couldn’t wait for the coffee to brew to eat two!
The second thing I love in my kitchen is this spinning serving board. My husband’s incredibly clever aunt designed and made it for our Christmas present last year. It has all our names on it around the edge with this wonderful message inscribed in the middle. It is really special.
She is now selling lots of personalised wood items on her website www.harvestmouse.net.
Next up on my things to show you is my fabulous ‘milk bottle’ rack. I bought it for myself a couple of years ago as a way of getting the kids to drink more milk, and perhaps as a rather lovely looking prop for my food photography! It sits on my window sill and makes me happy!
The kids designed these gorgeous calendars and made them at Christmas. They make me feel very proud of them especially as Pickle is not a big fan of art and used to refuse to do any art related work at school! The kids like to mark special days on them and then count them down by ticking off the dates. It’s so sweet to see them excited about things.
Roo bought this sign for me at her school Christmas fair out of her own money. Rather than keep it and give it to me for Christmas she gave it to me straight away and it makes me smile while I’m standing at the cooker. She knows me very well and I love her generosity.
My waffle maker is something that gets used most mornings and it makes fabulous waffles with no effort what-so-ever. If I know I’ll be strapped for time in the morning I make the batter the night before, then all I have to do is switch the machine on, fill it with batter and drink my coffee. Everyone’s happy.
Finally I’m showing you the table corner of the kitchen. It’s where we sit down and share meals, and it’s also where I put this fabulous seasonal food calendar. The kids enjoy checking what’s on their plates is in the right month and it helps to explain why some months the vegetables on their plates are the ones they don’t like much! I hope it gives them some understanding about seasonality in this crazy world they’re growing up in where you can buy strawberries all year round!
The eager-eyed of you will also spot a selection of times tables practice books on the radiator. We try and practice them at breakfast time every day and these help to remind me!
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