What kind of Kitchen

Welcome to our Coffee Break forum! Here you can chat to other members, not just about cooking, food and recipes, but anything that takes your fancy. Share your stories, culinary or otherwise. So. What’s on your mind today?

 
 
 

Page :  1  2  | Next 
avatar
Sue G

What kind of Kitchen

do you have??.
Mine is always full of clutter, i did try when we moved to only keep everyday items in the kitchen cupboards and the rest in the basement. Didn't work, i bring things up and think, i will put it back later.

Yesterday i told my hubby,
I would love a new kitchen with loads of cuboard space, where there is room in the cupboards for those really large cereal boxes/ scales /foodmixer. Coffee cups. tea,sugar & coffee jars.

Really i would love to have empty work surface only item to be left out would be the kettle.
Am i asking for to much. Hubby said "yes"

avatar
Elpe

What kind of Kitchen

I love my kitchen - gotta say that as OH made it! Honey coloured oak with all appliances behind matching doors, dining area, ceramic tiled floor, wall-mounted TV, digi-radio, book/recipe section - I practically live there! These days we have a high chair omnipresent for his mini-majesty and the odd item would be the string tying cupboard door handles together - oh, and wellies/gardening shoes parked by the door. I do have stuff on the worktops - kettle, toaster, FP, mini-chopper, MW etc. but can't imagine keeping them anywhere else.

avatar
Essex Girl

Kitchen

Well I could certainly do with a bigger one. I try to put as much as possible away but still don't have enough worktop space in my opinion. Larger appliances have found their way onto the worktop in the small adjoining utility room so they are easily accessible. They'd never be used if they were put away in cupboards in which I don't have the room for them anyway!

avatar
Darkginger

Kitchen

Until 2 years ago I didn't really have a kitchen. This house came with 4 'bedrooms' - one of which had a cooker switch in it (as well as carpet and net curtains). It took us 10 years to sort it out into a proper kitchen - though I have no fitted units - everything lives in a Welsh dresser. It's a small room - 2.3 x 3.3m (as I found out when we bought lino tiles for the floor), but it works for me. I've got my cooker, fridge and freezer in there (the sink being inconveniently in the scullery next door), a couple of worktops, and that it's it. There's space to store appliances under the worktop, a vegetable rack and a large bin! The window looks out over our field, so I can keep an eye on the dogs (and once, a herd of stray cows) whilst cooking :)

avatar
sandra

Kitchen

I'm lazy so first priority is "easy to clean".
Have high gloss units - mocha at the base, latte above - which we all know means light brown/stone and beige !
Range cooker, island, best of all a walk in pantry.
We are moving shortly and can't wait to rip the "new"
kitchen out. OH has rolled his eyes as it is perfectly OK just not mine so it has to go !

avatar
Expat Badger

what kind of kitchen

mine is a bit old hat and will be replaced next summer. It's 'wood' but a bit orange and swirly, if you know what i mean? A basic builder special.

it's not that big but it's an open plan affair, with a decent sized island and walk in pantry which saves masses of cupboard space. Hardwood floors and regular old laminate worktops.

i like the open plan idea but if you cook something smelly the whole ground floor smells of it....not so good

avatar
sam from worthing

whats your kitchen like

I am unlike ex pat - i hate the very thought of open plan living, i have the radio on literally 24 hours a day - when i am cooking, i sing along or shout at the radio in a lively debate, while i am cooking OH is sometimes in with me as my commis chef, ie washer upper, or he is watching a film or sport on the tv - if it was all open plan one of us couldn't listen to radio or tv etc.

And also i think cooking smells permeate soft furnishings like sofas and carpets.

My current kitchen only been using it for 5 weeks - is about a third of the size of my old - and i had to get rid of some much stuff - even a sideboard. My old kitchen was shaker style in beech, with black gloss work top, very practical. and i do love the look and feel of wood.

new kitchen is shaker style again - units are white - with oak work top - i do like the work top - but i do not like white cupboards - they do stain when you splash them with curry sauce. and also, the kicthen unit that is the oven surround is already yellowing from my cooking in it for 5 weeks (brand new kitchen and it was a bloody expensive one too - as we brought my larder cupboards to match as i needed storage)

i do love my new kitchen though despite its smallness - which actually i do really like, but the best bit is its south and west facing and i can look out at the garden and see the birds using the new feeder we have brought. Oh and i don;t like the wall units - they are far too small and narrow can;t get a decent sized dinner plate in them.

and best bit NO dishwasher.

avatar
violet eyes

What kind of kitchen

This is my 3rd kitchen and it is the largest so far and very tidy. I don't like clutter so I put every thing away in cupboards,and I've got plenty of both.If I didn't have the space I don't suppose I'd have half the amount of stuff/clutter I do have.
I think a good cook doesn't always need lot's of worktops, it's nice if you have the space but many people have to manage with small kitchens and still produce good food, baking included. Our kitchen when growing up had 1 worktop the size of the desk I am sitting a now and Mum managed to cook nice food. It's not the size of the kitchen that matters it's what you do in it.

avatar
Sue G

what kind of kitchen


We are moving shortly and can't wait to rip the "new" kitchen out. OH has rolled his eyes as it is perfectly OK just not mine so it has to go !"



Sandra, that is also part of my problem.
We moved i stripped all the rooms of their 40 year old wall paper. Tiles in bathroom coming off next.

The kitchen is a good size, it's just not mine, again kitchen cupboards are 40 years old, hubby said , "just buy new doors" but i have said "might as well start from new & buy cupboards that suit our needs"

I have scrubbed the counters and they still look forty years old.

avatar
violet eyes

What kind of kitchen

Sue your kitchen sounds like the sort some people can only dream of owning. If you really don't want it someone will pay good money for it.
Old things are back in fashion.

avatar
Expat Badger

kitchen

sorry for double post above...

sam yes i do agree re noise etc - but it works for us as we hang out there together most of the time, usually with the radio on (BBC radio i should add, on the Mac, radio here is baaad)

there is another living room on the next level up for Tv watching etc...they call it a 'bonus room' here and it's v handy. OH gets to have his big flat TV up there that i won't allow in the family room!

avatar
Linzechris

Kitchen

I've got a kitchen diner with a snug off and we live in that area nearly all the time. There is also doors on to the conservatory and garden at the dining end and a window above the sink looking on to the front garden at the kitchen end. It can also be shut off from the rest of the house.It is quite big but all the space is used and I also have a rack cum shelf over the top of the window with large pans on it and hooks with utensils and colanders hanging from it. My worktops have the microwave, kettle, coffee machine, breadbin, smoothie maker, fruitbowl, food processor, egg rack, and mixer on as well as a butchers block in the middle with a thick oak chopping board and a knife rack on. It is a bit cluttered but has a homely feel and I love it. Because we have moved so much and hubby is a builder we get to put a new kitchen in each time and learn from the last project what does or doesn't work for us. However, when we moved here, for years I worked in a tiny kitchen with old 50's style units (two of them) and to start with only had the bbq and microwave to cook in, and when we start again I will probably end up with all my stuff in boxes and back to square one!

avatar
Honey

What kind of Kitchen

Mine is a typical farmhouse kitchen. A peninsular separates the working area from the dining area which houses a scrubbed table and 8 chairs, Welsh Dresser and corner cabinet.

I do have things on the work surfaces... kettle, coffee maker, bread bin, tabletop composter, scales, mini chopper (used daily), oils, salt pig, and pepper mill. So I guess it is what some would call cluttered. Certainly not minimalist. Fortunately I have a utility area for things like the bread maker and slicer, so not too bad.

There are four windows in my kitchen, plus a stable door which is often open because it gets warm (because of the Aga), two look over the back garden garden, one over the front garden and another, my favourite, looks out over the neighbouring arable field to the fields beyond (currently a mass of yellow... a nightmare for some, but fortunately it doesn't effect us).

I would love to update the kitchen (a change is as good as a rest) but when I come to plan something else, I realise that what we have is about right for this old place and if I were to put in a modern kitchen, I'm not sure the flagstone floor would be right and it would be a big job to get up the 2" thick stone floor. So I end up shelving the idea.

avatar
Dottie May

What kind of Kitchen

I love my kitchen - very higgidly piggidly (sp)? Pictures of it are on Yummy's Picasa Pets & Pastimes if you want a look. It has two windows - one which looks onto lawn/garden, then a field full of sheep with lovely hills beyond that. The other window looks out onto lawn/garden. Spend alot of time in it with the radio on all day. Yummy, herself, has a lovely kitchen. I love old china etc so have lots on shelves and various things on the worktops. It would drive some people mad. One thing I would love is a Pantry. I seem to remember that Dolores has a kitchen business and I've seen some of her lovely designs etc.

avatar
Broomstick

What kind of kitchen

Mine's currently under construction! Going to be kitchen diner with chimney breast, recessed cooker and shelf over on which I'll put my lovely old bits of china. Having a plate rack too. Planned it so that it's not space age but homely and comfy but with lots of cupboard space too. Ever since I went to Giverny (sp?) and saw Monet's blue and yellow kitchen, I've always wanted one - so here I go!

 
Page :  1  2  | Next 

Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to Waitrose.com

 

 




NetObserver
CMS solutions by REDtechnology.com