Me and my kitchen rules

I write this standing in my kitchen – standing is the next sitting, don’t you know? – trying to make a list of its various oddities. This time next week I’ll be far, far away (in fact, hopefully I’ll be here) as our household go on a bit of an adventure for a couple of months.

Obviously I’m beside myself with excitement, but as I write this, still in that terrible miasma of anxiety and to-do lists and hideous mess that comes with leaving the country (in some cases, just leaving the house).

More than anything, I’m hoping that the people who will be living in our house while we’re away (they’re a family of Mexican wrestling champions with a pack of snarling attack dogs), will appreciate the quirks of our kitchen. We’ve written them a list of operating instructions for the rest of the house, but I thought I’d stop short of adding ‘please be nice to all my kitchen things’. Then again, there are things I want them to know… perhaps just a top five will do it.


1. Don’t use the insinkerator – it leaks down into the cupboard under the sink where I store all my cake tins. There is nothing worse than realising that you have to clean every single cake tin you possess – or worse, not realising they are collecting mucky water for days.

2. That funny grill thing beside the stove top? It doesn’t work. It does make an excellent cake rack though.

3. Please enjoy opening and shutting the oven. We’ve had it fixed just for you and it cost so much we could nearly have bought a new oven – or a slap-up high tea for the three of us – instead. 

4. We thought about putting away various precious bits and pieces but then decided it was just too hard. So please don’t break anything. Especially the stuff from my mum’s house. Please? And don’t go scrubbing the cast iron frying pans with detergent. That glossy sheen has taken a lot of building up.

5. All useful bits of kitchen kit – wooden spoons, graters, whisks, poultry shears – are in the second drawer down. If you happen across a set of measuring spoons and a green spatula, let me know. They have gone AWOL.

Given we’re going to be itinerant for the next seven weeks, I’m not sure I’ll be able to help you with advice on what to have for dinner. If you miss me that much you can always keep up with our adventures here or here. I’ll drop in when I can – and I’ll be back, cooking stone stoup, in mid-August.

Lucy x



  1. June 23, 2013 / 8:46 pm

    Oooh, how exciting! We're going to the UK next week too, to Cornwall. Cannot wait!!! No one looking after our house though, so my pots and plates are nice and safe 😉
    Have a great trip! X Rhi

  2. June 24, 2013 / 1:16 am

    good luck with your travels – I like your idea of getting in another resident just to find some of the lost bits and piece about the kitchen

  3. June 24, 2013 / 7:15 am

    i adore your list! it's making me think of my own kitchen quirks…i would be nervous entrusting my house to others, so good luck! and of course have wonderful adventures.
    that toast pic is makign me hungry…

  4. June 24, 2013 / 11:22 am

    You are funny Lucy. I had to laugh at your list..Our kitchen would have a similar one. Are they really wrestlers with fighting dogs?

    Sounds like you're going to have an awesome adventure. I hope you enjoy every little bit of it and yes we will miss you and can't wait to hear about all your adventures when you return.

    Bon voyage…

  5. June 26, 2013 / 7:44 am

    How exciting! Hopefully I'll be back in time for us to meet! Good luck with all the travels. I look forward to your twitter updates 🙂

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  7. July 2, 2013 / 10:48 am

    Have a great trip!
    By the way, I feel your pain about the insinkerator leak. There was a leak under our sink once which I hadn't noticed, ended up with mould all through my pasta machine. Attempting to clean all the nooks and crannies nearly drove me mental.

  8. July 9, 2013 / 9:15 am

    hello lucy! i hope you are having a lovely trip. i will follow you on twitter to keep up with your deliciousness.

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