A little while ago well……. last week Becksie was having an uninspired day! A lovely lady who has been a HUGE support with this project sent us a guest post to have in the blog bank for a night when we wanted a night off. You’ve guessed it……. we want a night off. So……. we scheduled this post and when you get to read this we are probably drinking wine, watching tv or more likely thinking up our next plan for world domination. We can highly recommend that you sign up to read Kate’s blog as it is most excellent and her recipes are great. So……… Kate it’s over to you:
‘CookaholicKate has never considered herself to be a naturally organised person and I remember one of those fridge magnets that we used to sell in the shop that stated
“I’m not organised…I’m just too lazy to look for things!”…..
this along with
“ Dust testing in progress … please don’t disturb the samples” and
“I’m on the Gin Diet…I’ve lost two days already”
will give you a pretty good idea of my philosophy on life and the way my nearest and dearest obviously judged me to be!
The “too lazy to look for things” certainly applied to my working life and I must have driven the girls barmy with my “systems” and colour coded files , my new husband on the other hand is of the “nutty proffessor” variety and liked piles of paper all around his chair. A whirlwind of confetti and expletives would occur whenever he needed something and my cat thought it was a great game too and would always join in with the paperchase! Obviously now that he has married me things have changed and if papers dare to remain on the floor they will get filed in the vacuum cleaner…an item which is of course a mystery to many men that live on their own!
Now like many of you who are keen cooks you will be with me on that oh so annoying trait of
“things that lurk in kitchen cupboards”…the one that occurs when you are halfway through a recipe, being certain, of course that you have all the ingredients in stock “somewhere” in those cupboards!
It generally involves removing every said items in food cupboards, drawers and anywhere else that I might concievably have stashed it. If I am lucky I will find it eventually and it will be shrivelled beyond belief and about 5 years out of date and said recipe will evolve into something else entirely.
Once I was no longer working in the shop , cooking became a more important part of my daily life and those pesky “systems” soon started to appear in my kitchen and for some reason that I can’t quite fathom my visitors and dinner guests curl up with amusement when I open my kitchen cupboards now!
I do confess to having purchased the containers from (sorry Becksie) a Supermarket, in the days before I knew better of course, but I have seen them in Pound shops and those lovely Independent shops that sell everything under the sun. The cereal type with pop up lids are perfect for flours, otherwise test a few different sizes to find what works best for you. I love my blue lidded tubs as they have a lovely little scoop in the lids which means I don’t dirty up another spoon (you can see the lazy theme coming in to play again here)! If you are an avid Chinese takeaway consumer their containers are great for smaller 100g packs like nuts. Labelling has just been a cheap roll of white labels and a permanent marker pen but you could get creative with a computer and clear labels or find pretty labels in a craft shop if the fancy takes you.
Shame I can’t feel the call to organise my linen cupboard too but my “Gin Diet” is calling right now!…..(ps Becksie don’t post this at 10am or I will look like a right lush!)’
Thanks Kate………. we considered posting a picture of our ingredients cupboard but…….. we daren’t! Although we are proud to share a picture of our oven – cleaned by the lovely Mammar Gray today. Thank you it’s AMAZING! Mammar also LOVES storage tubs but hers are not as tidy as Kate’s!
Have a fab weekend and don’t forget to pop on over to Cookaholic Kate’s blog