This is how things looked when we first moved in about 9 years ago.
You probably wonder about our kitchen. When I read blogs about food, the first thing I wonder about is their kitchen. I used to dream of huge kitchens. Our last one seemed a little cramped at time but we were feeding a small army. We are a blended family with eight children. We have three grandchildren. It was not unusual for us to have ten to fifteen people for supper.
The Asylum is a grand title for a small place. Our kitchen is small as well. Sarah is an amazing cook, by the way, but it is a hobby for me, so think of it like a man cave in the garage. There is no man cave in my garage. i would be afraid someone might move in.
Looking from the kitchen into the Ninja/Unicorn training site. My desk. To the left is our wood stove and i store a few large pots behind it. Ok. Let’s take a tour.
Here is a broad picture of one side.
I will give a fairly detailed description so you can see how everything fits together. Everything needs to be kept in its proper place, as I have significant short-term memory problems and get frustrated if I am cooking and need to search for something. We have a separate pantry for food storage.
Excellent fridge, microwave and oven unit. Microwave and oven are convection. The fridge is cavernous and has separate areas for stuff that are climate controlled differently. If we buy produce, it keeps for a very long time. Important when a lot of produce can be substandard. And a freezer in the bottom. We have two refrigerator freezers, and one freezer in the garage. I plan to freeze a lot of produce this year.
Over the appliances are large cupboards for roasters, and more specialized cookware.
Below…to the right is a place for cookbooks and dishes, glasses, mugs.
At the bottom of the pic (I am not the best photographer) is our drink and toast centre. There is a food processor, mixer, sink and dishes. The top drawer is cutlery… second drawer, assorted kitchen tools…third drawer, mixing bowls. There is a small deep fryer under the sink, along with a few cleaning items.
The clock in the window is now properly hung. This one runs on batteries so one clock is correct after power outages. This is the stove. The granite backsplashes locally. We cannot get natural gas here. I do not really like propane anyway, but also do not want a bomb next to the house. I’m weird that way.
I know it looks crowded down there beside the stove. Space is at a premium, so i put up some pegboard and painted it. Pegs and magnetic strips hold items in place.
This is the view from the other side of the kitchen. Just so you get an idea of our space restrictions. These cupboards were built by Dan’s Cupboards here in Cochrane and his work is impeccable.
You can see we have tons of cupboard space. To the right: the top drawer is spices (i have around 50 or so). Second drawer is cheesecloth, wax paper, and that sort of thing. Bottom drawer is plastic containers for leftovers or takeout.
Under the stove is a place for measuring cups and other baking things. Below that is where pots and pans are stored.
The prize butcher block. Scooped it in London, Ontario…way cheap (it was in a restaurant basement with big steel legs, covered with years of wax and dirt. Trucked it all the way up here, along with our flooring and appliances. Delivery costs would have been quite high, so we bought a small trailer and brought it up ourselves. The trailer is now used for watertight storage.
i took off all the old wax with steel wool. Then i sanded it for hours by hand. It has a nice finish, as i freshened up the beeswax for the pics.
It may be difficult to see in the above shot, but we have a Vitamix (love it!), spice grinder, knife sharpener, mortar and pestle, flour and sugar, salt and pepper beside the stove and get other things together before I cook. As I said earlier, focus and memory problems demand I be organized.
Here is the total view from the other side of the kitchen. The butcher block was designed so people could sit and watch me cook, talk, etc. It is better than everyone sitting in the dining room (which is to the left of the wood stove).
I love to cook. I love to bake. I have a smoker and charcoal bbq. Together, Sarah and I put up a lot of our own produce. I will be sharing some of my favourite recipes as we go along, so I hope you learn some new tricks and techniques.
I love our little kitchen.
Come on over for dinner sometime,