Mostly I have been spending time sitting at the kitchen table these days.
It’s bright and I love working and making stuff in the heart of the house. I have an Echo Show that I boss about demanding to hear the radio or music via … and a TV with the news turned down tucked in the corner near the toaster.
A trestle against the kitchen window is loaded with different teas, recipe cards, a dozen eggs, a teapot with an orange and green cosy, my mixer and plants in various stages of propagation. Beyond that is a the side garden with two lemon trees and one orange tree. Such a leafy and fruity aspect. What more could a gal need?!
I’ve been doing lots of reading and writing and cooking and craft in the kitchen … and eating some delicious meals with Ari some evenings, too. We had stopped doing that, but we’ve started again because lockdown.
You know, I prefer the kitchen to the living room, really. The kitchen is all about the promise of cooking something up … and the living room? It’s about winding down. I’m more the cooking something up type, I suppose?
Over the last week or so, these things (and many others) have been on my kitchen table …
I just made this curry an hour or so ago. It’s my favourite potato curry and I make it pretty regularly. I like to eat it at room temperature on hot jasmine rice or hot toast. Or in a squishy bread roll. Yum.
These are the breakfast cheese and carrot muffins I posted on social media a few days ago. I made a second batch yesterday. The recipe is here. I cooked these a little longer than usual and sprinkled them with paprika and sea salt before they went in the oven. They’re delicious!
Things I’m making
I’m a pretty terrible knitter, but am determined to improve. I’m making a Harry-Styles-cardigan-inspired-blanket, square by square using two strands of 8ply yarn to knit each square. I made some less chunky squares too, but I prefer the chunk!
I’m also crocheting an ACTUAL many-coloured cardigan. I am not a terrible crochet-er, thank goodness. So far it’s green and yellow, but purple and pink are soon to make an appearance.
Books and a tin of biscuits
My publisher very kindly sent me a copy of Christine Jackman’s book Turning Down The Noise. I saw her on TV and she seems brilliant. I am really looking forward to tucking into it.
Also? I’m up to chapter ten in The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf and am really loving it. It’s the book where Mrs Dalloway makes her first appearance and I’m marking all my favourite bits as I go.
And this morning I read a story by Katherine Mansfield called Prelude which was gorgeous and confusing and great.
Aren’t we lucky to have writers giving us the stories we didn’t know we needed to read?
(The biscuit tin is full of the coconut biscuits from the Australian Women’s Weekly yellow box of recipe cards.)
Other things that made a table-top appearance
Homemade tempura, teriyaki chicken, shopping lists, my water bottle, my camera, Aperol spritzes, crumpets, bills, magazines, wasabi, tabasco sauce, a Boston bun, many pretty plates, supermarket receipts, shopping bags and face masks.
What’s on your kitchen table, champ? And how are you managing?