Being stuck in hospital for the past month (so far) ,with a broken leg, I’ve had plenty of time to browse the many glossy magazines around the place that abound with ‘new’ kitchen ideas – most look more sterile than the laboratories I’ve worked in! Their slick lines and industrial looks did nothing for me so I thought I’d invite you into our 1870 stone cottage and my country kitchen to share what makes it a space I love .
Step back in time far away from those streamline, sterile modern kitchens that you see in magazines to a utility room that rather than being planned has evolved. yes some may think it’s cluttered but it reflects our lifestyle. It is a comfy country kitchen that always have magical aromas wafting from within with the added comfort of the wood cooking stove with its pot of soup and things baking one or both the ovens during the cold months.When we came here the kitchen consisted of a sink –too low for even me! A burnt out wood stove with a mantle piece that I hit my head on, a electric stove with one hot plate that worked and a white cupboard with wire for handles.This cupboard once stripped and with new handles looks fantastic.The wood stove was replaced firstly with an aga and now with a thermalux complete with hot water jacket.There is also the gas stove for warm weather cooking. The rest of the kitchen has been made out of second-hand wooden cupboards and I’ve built the shelves and things out of mainly recycled timber and things.
|Onion storage||Useful tools|
|Nut crackers||Trusty tool rack||The blue box was once a candle mould.|
Back in 1972 I built the tool rack from directions in a book “things to do in a day”It took more like a week or so. It has travelled with me from NSW to SA and graced various kitchens along the way and now has been a main pat of this kitchen for the past 30 years and most of the tools are in regular use.
Our country kitchen is the main social hub of the house, the harvest kitchen,brewing room,preserving room, a place to relax ,cook and consume delicious food and to celebrate not only special occasions but every day .
Goodies from the Kitchen
|Regular batches of sour dough bread.||Another batch of raspberry vinegar.|
Celebration dinner, Roast venison with chestnut puree.
|Mulberry wine in progress.||Breakfast- poached eggs and asparagus.||Garden vegetables ready for roasting.|