It’s been a while. As mentioned in the last post, your correspondent has moved kitchens (and other rooms as well) from the city to the suburbs. The change has been exhilarating but exhausting as well. Between packing and unpacking, renovating and repairing and generally re-ordering our lives, it’s been a hectic few weeks, with precious little time for R&R—or blogging. Experts say that moving house is one of the most stressful life experiences and, if this move is typical, I’d say they’re right!
But, when all is said and done, it’s been well worthwhile. The new kitchen is bigger, brighter and, in just about every way, better than the old one. And while I try to keep the focus here at Memorie di Angelina on the food, not on me, I couldn’t resist the temptation to share this new space with you. After all, this is where the cooking actually happens. So, without further ado, here’s a brief tour of the new digs:
First, the kitchen island, my “Command Central” where the prep work happens. It has plenty of room for chopping and slicing, with room to spare for all my ingredients and an open cookbook:
Against the windows there’s the cooktop—finally, I’m cooking with gas again!—and room for keeping all (or most of) my utensils at the ready, plus assorted oils and sauces, plus some extra work space on both sides. Notice the daylight streaming into the room. And, on the left, my trusty stand mixer:
One of the great things about this kitchen are the shelves. I can now keep most of my cookbooks right in the kitchen!
I love our new KitchenAid refrigerator, with a huge center drawer for produce:
On the far side of the kitchen, a double wall oven:
And now perhaps my favorite corner of the kitchen, with more counter space for appliances, plus shelving above for canisters of dry ingredients, my terracotta pots and, yes, more cookbooks. At the moment I have my toaster oven and trusty rice cooker out on the counter. Below the counter I’ve stashed away my deep fryer, blender, fondue pots, vacuum sealer, spice grinder and other goodies. (Stuff I used to keep down in my basement, requiring a special trip to retrieve.)
On the right side of the sink is the coffee station. This might be the most important part of the kitchen; where would I be without my morning cup of cappuccino?
Right off the kitchen, there is a pantry with generous storage space and (out of sight) an extra fridge and a ‘spillover’ closet for serving pieces, oversized cookware and other stuff that I don’t use every day:
And did I mention lots of drawers and cabinets to keep pots and pans and dishes and all sorts of the gadgets, and special purpose drawers for cutting boards and baking trays? Folks, I finally have a kitchen where I can keep, at the ready, all of the stuff that I’ve accumulated over a lifetime of food obsession.
Of course, what you cook has got to be eaten. Off the kitchen, we have two areas for enjoying the fruits of my labors, an indoor breakfast area which, truth be told, is where we have lunches and dinners more often than breakfast:
And, right outside the kitchen door, we’ve set up a space for dining al fresco:
Ready for our Labor Day cookout…And, for formal occasions, the dining room:
Yes, this new place is a wonder. It certainly makes for a real change from our city galley kitchen! And it makes an even bigger difference from the kitchen where Angelina prepared her wonderful dishes:
When I think that she turned out exquisite multi-course meals for ten (or more) people at a time…which only goes to prove that you don’t need a ‘gourmet’ kitchen to prepare wonderful food. But, I can say, it does make cooking a lot more fun. Now that we’re settled into the new digs, I’m looking forward to getting back to presenting you, dear reader, with more recipes from Angelina’s repertoire and beyond, just in time for the dreaded but inevitable rientro (return to work after the summer holidays). Until then, happy cooking!