Friday, 2 November 2012

a friday in my kitchen with strawberries and gingham

october kitchen a I thought it would be nice to show you my house. Today I am starting with my kitchen, something of a work in progress. These are from a couple of Fridays ago, when I had a morning doing Serious Grown Up Things and then had some friends over for dinner. It started off pretty cold and pouring with rain, and I wasn't going to give up my curls that easily – hence the scarf.me apron I was thrilled to find this vintage gingham apron a few months ago. I wouldn't say I was overly uptight about being careful when it comes to cooking, stirring and what not, so an apron that protects my vintage dresses is most welcome. I do love a bit of kitch every now and then, too, and what better place for it than the kitchen? It is only two letters off, after all. This ruffled, country cottage girly apron makes me smile.me whisk Smile at whisks, no less.october kitchen b And at bowls of vegetables. What can I say? I was in a very good mood but I admit, I did feel a bit awkward taking pictures in my kitchen! These were on the menu: bread and tomatoes for the Tuscan tomato salad, and broccoli and asparagus for the garlic-y, buttery spring greens component. mousse ingredients And these were for dessert! Strawberries were so cheap and I got four punnets from the market. This is just two of them. The eggs are from my mother-in-law's chickens, who have started to lay. They're quite small eggs, as the chickens are still quite young, and they are often double yolked. The yolks themselves are so beautifully rich and orange when raw, and perfect when poached. I am so happy, and so lucky, to have hen access again.chicken rosemary potato Main course: roast rosemary chicken and potatoes. A big tumble to go in to the oven.orange stripes b The cold, wet morning turned into a very warm, sunny afternoon, and I had to change into my new sundress, from my last post. kitchen bread And I could take my curls out. Now it was time to smile at cubed bread..! couch While we're here, let's have a look at the living room. There are no windows in the living room or kitchen – well there are, but they are high up above ceiling height, making the straight join to the pitched part of the roof. I'll have to show you what I mean with photos next time! Anyway, it does mean the kitchen and living room, which make up one big space, get very dark in winter during the day. I'd LOVE to have a kitchen window! plant stand If I open the back door in the afternoon, we get lots of golden sunlight streaming in. My plant stand is from the hard rubbish day a few months ago. It was a bit sad and rusty, so I roped John in to help me sand and paint it. He wasn't too willing, to begin with, and to be honest painting it became a bore – so fiddly – but we both love the result. Now I have to find more plant pots that fit it, and then fill them with trailing, leafy plants. I want a jungle! I want that in the kitchen, too. Where there should be, I think, a window on that wall, we put up some plant racks instead. I can't wait for the herbs to start spilling over the edges of those pots. kitchena table set I have been surprised with my herb patch in the backyard. I let it go over winter, and as it is not in a very sunny spot I thought that everything would die, and that we'd remove it to make room for a bike shed. Instead, the herbs have been thriving. My once tiny sage plant is now a good sized bush, and I use the flowers from it – which can't be good for the plant, to let them grow on there, surely?! – for a touch of free floral table decorating. I like the purple against the mustards, blues and greens.saucer Vintage saucers, for the starter: oysters!oysters at home And cheese, and olives, and dinner, and wine, and then the best bit: pudding.pistachio I made Nigella's vanilla mousse with strawberries and pistachios. It was easily the tastiest thing of the evening and everyone wanted seconds. I'm going to tinker with the recipe a little, and make a lemon vanilla version – and I'll post it for you when I do. I think it will be so summery, and so good! strawberry pistachio mousse

24 comments:

bon. said...

pretty photos, love that your kitchen is so white!
the headscarfe looks amazing holding up your curls, rainy weather suits your hair :)

battlecriesandchampagne

mancunianvintage said...

It's my first visit to your blog - what a great find!

I love your gingham pinny, your beautifully coiffed hair and your dinner skills - jealous! :D

Harlow Darling said...

You have such a beautiful home, your kitchen looks like something out of a magazine! I live in a really yucky share house where the kitchen is just an abomination...so your pretty and tidy kitchen just seems other worldly to my eyes, and well...magical :P

The vanilla mousse looks really delicious too! Yum!

Mrs Advocat said...

The dinner looks great but I was mostly captivated by your apron! I love cooking but I always want to wear an apron so as to not spoil my dresses but they are so very hard to come by these days...

Kailey said...

I love getting a glimpse at bloggers' homes - they are usually just gorgeous! I love all the plants in your kitchen :D

Talisa said...

You house is so so so beautuful. What a inspiration.Really a dream house!

Melissa G said...

You are without a doubt an incredible hostess.

Alli said...

Aren't you the cutest?!?!?
I LOVE your kitchen....so fresh. I'd love to have a white kitchen as clean as yours.....little difficult living with 2 young boys. Maybe when they are older ;) (fingers x!)

Vintagesuburbia said...

Wow, wow double wow. That was a great post! You have done so well decorating your kitchen, I know you said it can get dark, but the white makes it look so clean and bright. And LOVE the retro table and chairs. You have given me some great ideas for dinner party fare - I am not into Nigella Lawson as a rule, her recipes are a bit complicated, but will defo try that dessert.

Caitlin said...

The food looks so yummy! Your kitchen is adorable!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Your house is absolutely stunning! The kitchen is exactly as I'd long pictured, and all the other corners are so "you" too (by which I mean they'd make me think of you, if I saw these photos and didn't know they hailed from your home).

♥ Jessica

Bethany said...

That sounds delicious! And you look so adorable and vintagey! :)

Dulce said...

that kitchen is a dream come true, so perfect, and the living room too

Picturetalk321 said...

I know what you mean about a dark kitchen; our ground floor is very dark. It's a bit gloomy and frustrating in the summer but very cosy in the autumn and winter (which is what is happening in the northern hemisphere right now!). The hanging herb pots are wondersome.

Mollie@Kitchen Organization said...

I enjoy the tour in your kitchen.It's very cozy and inviting.

Farah said...

Hi, lovely kitchen, I have been looking for handing baskets for my balcony for ages, can I ask where you got the green and white ones please?

esme and the laneway said...

Alli, bon.: my kitchen is light green but it looks white becuase of the weird flat light from the skylight! :D

Vintagesuburbia: the mousse is easy and divine, I promise! :D

Picturetalk321: that sounds so cozy and nice! :D

Farah: they're from IKEA :D

x

Karoline said...

Love love LOVE it!!!
you re a beuty!

Kalaurie Karl-Crooks said...

You have such a delightful space.

Do you share with flatmates or do you live alone?

x Kalaurie

esme and the laneway said...

Kalaurie Karl-Crooks: I live with my fiance and one fluffy cat :)

Sarah said...

More beautiful photos! Though I secretly can't stop giggling at the "smile at whisk" which reminds me of the "laugh at fruit" modelling moment on Graham Norton... :P x

esme and the laneway said...

Sarah: smiling at ___ has redefined my photographic life! ;D

Viktorija said...

Your place is very nice. :} And I'm spechless about your pictures every time I watch them. They are sooo great. ^^

Judy said...

I'm in love with your house so far. It's so cute, especially the kitchen. I think the herb pots are brilliant. Can't wait to see more.

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