Now as you hopefully know we are quite into eating……….. there is only one problem with cooking lovely food, it generates piles of washing up.
If proof was needed that Ian and Becksie were a good fit for each other Ian likes and Becksie hates washing up just as much as Becksie loves and Ian hates cooking! Ian has always liked washing up, he finds it quite relaxing and finds the cleaning very satisfying.
Grandpa Pugh is also a keen washer-upper, the washing up bug must be inherited! Grandpa Pugh has, however, very strict rules on washing up, taken from the household guru Mrs Beeton. As far as Grandpa Pugh is concerned Mrs Beeton’s words should followed to the letter, meaning that he has an incurable fear of washing up poisoning!
So Grandpa Pugh washes all of his pots in a lovely hot soapy bowl, then dips the washed item in a stone cold bowl of water to rinse off the soap suds. Now we appreciate that perhaps in Mrs Beeton’s day there was more of a risk of this, however we are not sure we have heard of anyone who has died from tasting washing up liquid residue, but perhaps this is because Grandpa Pugh sneaks round to swill people’s pots off……
Ian does not subscribe to this theory, he has no fear of washing up liquid poisoning! He does however have several of his own washing up rules. He only ever uses good quality washing up liquid, Original Fairy, or Persil at a push. He does not subscribe to these fancy flavours of washing up liquid, and there is no worse smell than Lemon Fairy YUUUUUUUUUUUCK! We have tried several cheaper washing up liquids, but the really do not cut the mustard off the plates! He also is a firm believer that drying up is a waste of time, why do something that nature will do for you!
Below are Ian’s top tips for washing up perfection!
- Always start with a nice clean sink and draining board
- Get a lovely bowl of piping hot soapy water and start with the glasses, cups, plates, cutlery and then pans
- Bread bowls, always something of a nemesis until Ian read you should put cold water in them, the mixture falls right off
- Fill dirty pots and pans with washing up water and leave to soak while you wipe down the worktops and table then scrub out and swill off
- Sponge scourers are the only tool to use, effective and easy to clean out
Oh, and finally a little admission. On the remote off-chance…..however unlikely it is…..regardless of all of his bravado…..Ian does swill the suds from Lizzie’s drinking cups…….just in case!!