The Gallery: My Kitchen

The theme for this week's The Gallery requires visiting an area of the house that's going to get a lot of use over the next month, more than normal and culminating in either catastrophic chaos or a calm culinary corner away from glitz and sparkle:

This week's theme is: The Kitchen.

It can be food, or your corner of the kitchen, or something you particularly love in there, your apron, your favourite recipe book.

Growing up, we had a tiny kitchen. Little more than a galley, there was just about room for two people to stand either end as long as they didn't want to pass. For a household of six people, it was far from ideal, but as it was located in the first floor extension of a four-storey house which had been converted into maisonettes, there was little room for expansion.

When we bought this house I sighed wearily when I saw the size of the kitchen. We live in a 1950s ex-council, three-bedroom, semi-detached house and the kitchen, again, was woefully inadequate in comparison to the remainder of the house. However, we were lucky because we needed to do a fair amount of structural work to the property and so were able to create more space by knowing the hall cupboard and pantry out and joining them onto the kitchen.

I love the room now. It's big enough for several people to stand around in and chatter while I cook, there's plenty of workspace and cupboards, and on a day like today the sun streams through the south-facing window and sets the walls alight with am amber glow.

My kitchen is the place where this happens:

It's a place to show off these:

And, despite me always maintaining that I hated things on the fridge, it is now The Gallery in this house:

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  1. Jenny Paulin says

    Awww you have done exactly what I was going to do with my post! Except I haven't done one yet and now I can't because you will think I pinched your idea!! (showing B cooking i Mean) although I have a differnt take on it so maybe I will still post it (eg. Encouraging my boys to use the kitchen!)
    Your kitchen aspirations seem very similar to mine and I love the photos especially the one of the boy peering into the oven to check on his cakes.
    Anyway I waffled a lot there sorry but it's a fab post x

  2. says

    Love those photos. I went from having a massive kitchen at my mums to having a small one now but it's ok for the two of us. I love looking through people's recipe books but the things on their fridges are so fascinating. I can spend ages just looking at everything! I'm off to gaze at yours for a bit now.

  3. says

    Lovely photos! My little girl loves to cook, and I think it's v important they learn.

    My fridge is a bit of a gallery, too, and it houses my collection of takeaway menus as well as kid art :)

  4. Mum2BabyInsomaniac says

    I love that first photo! He is so cute, love your fridge too. I can't wait to cover every wall in my house with Iylas works of art! x

  5. Mum2Four says

    I love seeing pictures of The Boy cooking – I wonder if he will become a chef when he is older?
    I miss having a fridge to use as my gallery :-(

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      He'd be just like his uncle if he did then! I want him to be capable of making his future wife dinner without being prompted!

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