Like me, my kitchen is old and scruffy. My friends say I need a new kitchen and it’s probably true…
However, I also love my kitchen. My old Grandad used to love visiting us because of all the jars, packets and bottles filled with interesting stuff. He would peruse the shelves with interest. He was an foodie too who made his own bread every other day.
The only down side is that every few weeks I have to spend a whole day cleaning kitchen goo off all the jars and bottles.
The shelves are heaving with six different types of rice, beans, lentils, five different types of chillies, muscovado sugar, demerara sugar, cashew nuts, pistachios, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and at the moment I have pine nuts too!
The spice shelf has most things you might want: chilli powder, ground cumin and cumin seeds, ground coriander and seeds, turmeric, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, ground cardamom and pods, fenugreek, celery salt, sea salt, black, pink and white pepper corns, Kala Namak (black) salt oregano, Italian herbs, cloves, mace, mixed spice, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, asafoetida, ras el hanout (essential for a good Moroccan tagine), harissa, sumac (great on a roast cauliflower) and lime leaves for Thai green curry.
I like pickles and sauces and we have a good selection of condiments: cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, alegar (vinegar made from English ale), Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed (canola) oil, toasted sesame seed oil, pomegranate molasses, tomato ketchup, HP sauce, Branston pickle, aubergine pickle, Really Fucking Hot chilli sauce, Psycho Juice chilli sauce, chipotle Tabasco, rice wine, mirin, soya sauce, Marmite and Marigold bouillion.
And the cookbooks… these are only some of them! Among these my favourites are Appetite for Reduction and Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World and Mr Boston – the king of cocktail books!!
One day I’ll get a new kitchen and I’ll be able to stop cleaning all these bloody bottles and jars.