Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Farewell to my Kitchen
Since I started writing this blog over 12 months ago, we have been in our 1970s house waiting for the plans to be finalised, consents to come through and the winter to be over before we start the major re-build. Prior to us moving in there (also about 12 months ago) we lived in a new house with a modern kitchen. When we moved I thought that my right arm was cut off, not having a fan bake oven – I have learned to cope :0) and all the baking you have seen on my blog has been done in my old Atlas oven. It works like a bomb!
However, the time has finally come for us to move out of our house and the builders to move in. I thought you might like to see a photo of what my kitchen actually looks like. And so, here it is! Not in the slightest bit flash, but it has done the trick. Even though it is old it still has a dishwasher and a waste disposal. We move into a little two bedroom flat in the weekend. Not sure what the oven will be like, but it looks fairly new. It will be interesting. Then, once our house is finished in 6-8 months, I will have a state of the art modern kitchen with a scullery, a 900mm wide stand alone oven, a second oven in the scullery, gas hobs, great lighting, a huge island, soft close drawers and all the other mod cons that I could possibly want. I cant wait! Although, weirdly enough I do feel a little sad saying goodbye to my old kitchen!
One of the last things I will cook in my oven is this cranberry, apricot and walnut loaf. The recipe is a Julie Biuso one that you can find here. I didn’t love it – although it is a sturdy loaf and I think it would be quite good toasted and spread with butter. My husband enjoyed it. I think I may have been a bit mean with apricots, craisins and walnuts – so if you make it, be generous!