When we think of house moves, probably the first thing that anyone considers these days is “how big is the kitchen”, followed very swiftly by “where’s the range cooker, and/or is there a woodburning stove? . . . .” Things are so very different from when my own parents were struggling to buy their first property way back when. Dad had just come out of the services and after year of carting us around military married quarters, they were free to start afresh. None of the fantastic choices available today – but then with less choice comes a much easier canvass to compare and contrast! The kitchens were not fitted – you were extremely lucky to get anything larger than a scullery with a wooden draining board attached to the ‘one size fits all’ ceramic sink. From the late 1960s onwards there would be running hot water to the taps upstairs and down . . . . Hmm the good old days? Maybe not all of them!
Getting the right kitchen set up is critical for smooth domestic bliss. I have a daughter who runs a very busy web based business – she and her partner are on the go all the time. To add to the mix, they have two dogs, both of which need plenty of exercise and hands on care. I sometimes wonder if they’ve gone stark raving mad.
They are currently in the process of moving to a much bigger house, out in the country. Living up to the dreams of so many hopefuls on a certain well known daytime lifestyle property search programme. We spent the last week chatting endlessly about what needs to be installed in the new kitchen “if we’re lucky enough to move . . . .” following every sentence. The new house will need new white goods in the kitchen and utility room – as a first port of call. Good job there are some fantastic online sites dealing with kitchen and homeware upgrades!
By golly it can be a very trying time to be planning weddings and anniversary parties for the average British summer at the best of times, but this year has been unbelievably complicated. Spring eventually drifted in from a cold and very wet, but not particularly notable winter. The flurry of spring weddings and easter festivities generally happned without a tremendous amount of heart ache. There was pockets of bizarre activities on the news – variouss old fashioned ames being revived for the many charitable bashes about.
When catering for a large and varied bunch of folk, there will inevitably be cause for concern that everyone has read the invite / ad and noted if they need to request any special dietary items. At a recent party held a a local boating club, the hosts had made sure there were choices, and these were kept entirely separate from main stream. Oh and don’t get me started on gluten-free!
Ah the need for a good clean kitchen – imperative when certain relatives are on the prowl. I am not big in entertaining per say, but when it is my turn to do lunch, the food part is only one minor element of a very busy session of me becoming more closely acquainted with the room at the back of the house with the strange cooking implements and large stainless steel sink.
I have got my recipe planning down to a fine art, I have six complete main meals and three alternative desserts which I select from, depending on the season and what I already have in stock. A rissotto is my default choice, but obviously not too often in case I repeat it in a moment of forgetfulness. Once the food side is clarified, getting it prepared early on is essential. I then give my kitchen a really good going over!
Ah, just as the sound of leather upon willow conjurs up the tsmell and taste of cucumber sandwiches for me the very name Wimbledon, or as it is now very fashional to do, call it SW19, brings the thought, sounds and taste of strawberries and cream! There are probably many other very good examples of such food and sport pairings. This brings me to the subject of kitchens. Whenever there is any kind of amateur sporting fixture that needs food to complete the afternoon, then someone’s kitchen is going to be needed to bring about this feat of domestic engineering.
With any kitchen related purchase, be it the full remit of cabinets, integral whit goods, thre has to be a proper plan of action before any purchase and fitting is attempted. Online suppliers offer a tremendous scope for design, installation and fitting – all it takes is a bit of cooking skill and heaven is acievable!
In a recent splurge of activity I was going around some of the more up market kitchenalia suppliers for ideas to offer a dear relative of mine who is about to reluctantly downsize house – but not her kitchen supplies. It was a breath of fresh air to me for sure, having not really taken on board a great deal of the excitement surrounding the upsurge of interest in all things baking, master chef-ing, pattisserie-ing etc. I am a basic down to earth cook but with a stunted imagination. It was wonderful to look at the kitchens themselves – great shiny gorgeous cookers of all sorts. An absolutely amazing array of appliances, big and small. What I really liked was the colour co-ordination going on in most of them.
The sheer joy of the demonstrators was unbridled passion in some quarters. What happiness can be gained from all kinds of kitchen ideas!
Oh for that beautifully appointed kitchen – the object of many a dream. Perfection in the execution of every kind of meal imaginable. The confection that could be oozing from the beautifully matching appliance . . . . oh yes, the best possible things happen to every family with a decent kitchen, or so the advertisers would have us believe. It is true to say though that if you have all the right components in useable, ergonomic sensible placement, then this should fire up the thought processes when a stream of mial times is called for. Not all of us like the idea of delving into the deep freeze for that next box of ready meal.
With the sheer number of fantastic food based programmes about, there should be more really good food put ot there on the collecting meal table! A few ideas online can also be a great mood booster – being able to browse for kitchen design and behavour
The joy of a new fresh spring arriving cannot ever be over stated! The long winter season has gradually shifted away, taking with it the grotty dank muddy cold. Boy hasn’t it been cold too. Not quite as much snow as the children would like of course, but freezing conditions for many more days in the late season.
Now though, having established that spring is in the air, we turn our attention to the joyfulness of the lighter season. Firstly we have the Eastertide festivals – family gatherings with lamb and lighter meat meals and rather a lot of chocolate quite probably. Before that of course comes Good Friday with the ritual hot cross bun eating toasting and eating. Kitchen appliances are always lovely to have and renew. Easter seems such a good time to do this, especially with such a choice online. It is now possible to get anything your kitchen loving heart desires.
Many of us will be selling houses this year, either moving up to a larger property, or perhaps downsizing to something a little smaller – something we all have in common though is the thought that we need to get our houses ‘ready for sale’. This is the process of redecorating in order to get the house looking smart and presentable for the viewing public to decide to purchase.
The issue with this pre-sale decorating is that it is actually completely unneccessary! Many people when they move into a house actually tear out all the ‘old’ stuff and replace it with their own chosen decor. This means that all the hard work and money you spend on updating the kitchen and bathroom will have gone to waste in the bottom of someone else’s skip! Instead of focussing on decorating, why not instead focus on decluttering and getting your own things ready for the big move instead?
Houses never used to be built with fitted in kitchens – sounds mad doesn;t it! Cupboards used to be more like storage crates, roughly fixed to the wall in a rather untidy manner. Nowadays, we all have beautiful fitted kitchens, with neat and streamlined cupboards tidily concealing their contents behind shiny doors with slim handles.
One place to buy a nice fitted kitchen is in a DIY store where you can get the individual cupboards, oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge/freezer to fit yourself. This is good for people on a tight budget, as through doing the work yourself you save money. The drawbacks here is that you need to be confident to install these items, and of course if you are using a gas hob you’ll need to get it all registered and checked by a professional.
Another way to get a lovely new kitchen fitted in is to call in a carpenter to install stunning storage units with your appliances built in. This offers a neat way to design your dream kitchen without the need to understand how to build anything yourself.