Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A Peek Inside My Kitchen - WorldFoods Fusion of Flavours

I happily found out recently that I'd been chosen to be part of a team of bloggers assigned with testing out and trying Asian-style recipes for WorldFoods Fusion of Flavours. The first assignment was to introduce ourselves and our kitchens - so that readers will get to know us a bit better.

It's a post that I've thought about doing for a while, but now that I've been given the nudge, here it is.

We only moved in to our flat about a year ago, and very slowly we've been kitting it out with gadgets and pretty things to make it an organised (most of the time) and comfortable working space. I spend a lot of time in there - and it's quite a small kitchen, so it has to be easy for me to work in.

I love the retro look - red 50's style toaster, Typhoon cake tin, tea, coffee and sugar tins (wedding presents), old-fashioned weighing scales ... and I have a clatter of metal cannisters that hold a tangle of utensils such as a sugar thermometer (used it once!), whisks and my trusty pink silicone spoon that I use for everything from baking cakes to whipping up a quick stir-fry.

As for my style of cooking, I reckon I'm a bit of a 'throw it in and see what it tastes like this time' kind of a girl, but I do have a pile of cookbooks, and my own personal cooking notebooks that I refer back to so there is some degree of restraint!

I also have drawings my daughters have given me magnetted on to my fridge, along with other cuttings that make me smile (the one of the lady eating spaghetti was on a calendar).

Inside the cupboards I have just about every oil and vinegar under the sun - including truffle oil, which I OD'd on once drizzled over some pasta and haven't yet had the courage to face it again. I have a big box full of little jars of dried herbs and spices and a tiny bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from La Fattoria la Vialla organic farm in Italy.

My first stop every morning... coffee!

There is usually a little tupperware container full of cakes or biscuits (usually because the cake tin is full!) and at Christmas I strew little glowing red chilli pepper lights along the shelf to make it feel a bit more festive.

Well, there you have it. That's my kitchen, and where I spend a good part of every day, cooking, developing my recipes, reading and writing - and occasionally bopping around to The Puppini Sisters.

Do keep an eye on the WorldFoods Fusion of Flavours Facebook Page for updates from myself and the other team members as we are set our challenges. But for now, I'm off to brew a cuppa!

Why not give us a little peek into your kitchen? What are your cooking styles?


  1. Wow. I absolutely love to see someone else's kitchen. Part of it is complete nosiness but you also pick up handy hints and ideas. I like all your utensils arranged in cannisters. I have all of mine lumped in one great big flower pot. I like it but I can see that putting them into smaller pots would make things a little easier and more organised. And I love all your retro things. There is something wonderful about the 50s housewife style. (Although I'm glad I'm not a 50s housewife!)

  2. Wow, thank you! Yes I love the '50s housewife idea, but I love my washing machine, toaster, coffee machine, blender, processor etc etc etc.... a bit too much to want to go completely retro! How they ever did it all without their gadgets I will never know! :) Thanks for your comment.

  3. Love it! I'm just about to do the blog post about my kitchen - had to give it a good clean first!

  4. Hello Mrs M! It was fun, I enjoyed doing it :) Look forward to seeing your post!

  5. I have exactly the same 3 canisters full of utensils too - though my sugar thermometer is still in the original packaging, must get round to using it!!

    We had our new kitchen fitted in January the picture is very neat looking as it was taken before all the bits n bobs were put out, now there are spice racks, canisters, oils, Kenwood chef etc! I adore the hot pink colour and the design works well in a small space, suits me very well!

    I veer between following recipes to the letter, to throw it all in and hope for the best! :)

  6. oh! dear! I am feeling the pressure. As probably the only "not a proper cook" taking part in the Worldfusion event I am getting very nervous about how professional your kitchens look !
    Gorgeous ! I love the retro style to, although most of my stuff is "vintage" i.e old xx

  7. Hi Anne - thanks for taking the time to comment :) I often go through stages when I put everything away to make the kitchen look a lot more tidy and clean! But then everything graually soon comes back out when I have to find spatulas and whisks and things. So I gave up fighting it, lol! At least it's practical! :)

  8. Hello Karen - I haven't really thought of myself to be honest as a "proper cook"! But thank you all the same! :) I had a look at your kitchen ( and I love it! (PS I want your bread bin)!
    Look forward to sharing ideas with you soon :)