West wall again
These photos are of my kitchen. For those of you who may have thought I had this ultra glam, sleek, totally outfitted kitchen, sorry to disappoint. Like most people, I have the kitchen that came with the house not the one I designed. It is a good size, but has a poor layout and you never have enough work or storage space. Other than highlighting my less than stellar housekeeping skills, sorry Mom, yes you taught me better, these pictures illustrate that you don't need a kitchen equipped with all the bells and whistles to be able to cook. It's great if you've got it, but not essential. All my appliances are basic models, no time savers but fewer things to break and nothing you need an advanced degree in computer science to operate either.Making the most of your kitchen is a challenge, especially if you don't have a lot of usable space. Mine is fairly large, but there are three doors, a window and not a single unbroken wall to run counter space or add cupboards. We all have our crosses to bear. When you are deciding how to set up your space, be realistic. How much do you cook, how many people are using the space and how much can you really afford to spend?
There are five of us who share my house, myself and four tenants, all with different schedules and levels of cooking expertise so the kitchen is always in a state of disarray. That is the sad truth, no matter that I would wish it otherwise. My kitchen also sees a lot of hard use, so it is equipped purely to be functional with a minimal level of expertise needed.
At the table again, a few years later
Me and Mom
Me and Dad
These are pictures of my Mom's kitchen back on the farm. They have lived on the farm over forty years and it is the third, and final my Dad is probably hoping, renovation. Mom picked out exactly what she wanted. She chose all the materials, appliances and the lay out to get what she wanted to make her space tailored to what she needed. It is gorgeous and I am terrified to cook in it. I am always afraid I'm going to drop something and crack the counter top, ruin the back splash, you name it. I'm clumsy and truth be told just not that conscientious of a house keeper to maintain it properly. I'm sure my mother is terrified when I cook in her kitchen too. LOL
Regardless of your kitchen's shortcomings, every cook I know lays claim to their space and we are a very territorial bunch. I actually have things in my kitchen all my housemates are forbidden to use, even Ferd. They either don't use them properly, the top of a double boiler is not a sauce pan, or don't clean them properly after use. I know where everything is and have made the most of what I have at my house. It amazes me what people can do even with tiny spaces. I may not love the kitchen I have, feel free to send obscenely large cheques so I can renovate LOL, but I think it works well and prefer to cook at home rather than anywhere else. I'm sure most of you feel the same.
North wall, because there are times when you need a little divine intervention in the kitchen.