Week of the kitchen


{ This is my fave photo of the week – the lovely delicate french glasses we use for wine }

Following the delivery of our wonderful organic vege box I am pleased to announce the quality of cooking and eating in the house has gone through the roof – it’s really inspiring being given a box of veges – here you go – make something with this!

Our new Habitat pan has also got me hankering to be in the kitchen. I am totally in love : )

happytat pan

We’re pretty much at the end of the veges so I made a Leek and Potato soup – and the beetroot salad I’ve been eating for lunches every day.

Leek and potato soup

Leek and potato soup

Slice 2 leeks and pan fry in a deep pan until golden brown. Slice 2 potatoes, chop some sage leaves and add to the mix. Once the potatoes are looking a bit cooked (2-3 mins) add in just over a litre of stock (chicken / beef / veg). Add salt and pepper, put the lid on and simmer for 25 minutes. Serve topped with a sprinkling of parmesan.

Beetroot salad

Beetroot salad

Grate or dice 1 big fresh beetroot and 2 carrots. Dice a tomato or two and a green pepper (capsicum). Put it all in a nice big bowl.

Make a yummy viniagrette: Into a jar add 2 parts oil, 1 part vinegar, juice of a lemon, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, a teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper and a pile of fresh thyme leaves. Put the lid on the jar and shake. Pour over the salad items and toss. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. This is also good served on a bed of salad greens.

Poor old sewing machine though hasn’t had much of a look-in! Although I am working away on some more zip pouches in Liberty Phoebe babycord, lined with Betsy tana lawn. Yes – they are just delicious! And I do have a plan for them which shall be revealed in due course…


And I’ll also make some with these fabrics:


We did the second coat of white paint in the kitchen and half of the hallway. And, following young Miss Nicky‘s request, I have just taken some photos so you guys can watch progress as we renovate.

All we’ve done so far is a bit of paint – and there’s a lot to go ! The dark blue paint in the hallway illustrates what we have just had to paint over (in hallway pt. 2). It’s had two coats and needs more – and we still have hallway pt. 1 to do!


I’ll leave you with our kitchen enjoying its new walls by candlelight.


Have a fab week (and Queen’s birthday weekend if you’re lucky enough to have that) !!

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8 responses to “Week of the kitchen”

  1. Emily S. avatar

    Wow, those are some gorgeous photos. Your home looks lovely.

  2. Anna avatar

    I love the dark blue in the hall. It’s a beautiful colour. And that beetroot salad looks really yum.

  3. Montseta avatar

    The soup looks delicious!!!! I’ll try it next autumn (starting to be too hot now in Spain for soup). The vinaigrette looks very similar to the one I make, but instead of sugar I add honey and also a bit of moutarde a l’ancienne (mustard old style?), the one with the seeds/grains. Try it, the honey gives an extra flavour.

  4. Nora avatar

    Beautiful photography. The last one is so inviting – and the colours are so gorgeous.

  5. deborah avatar

    hi there … oh all that food looks so delicious and wholesome. really lovely. i’ve updated my reader with your new url!

  6. Amber avatar

    What beautiful pictures! I absolutely love those French glasses you use for wine—so beautiful.

    It’s strange to think of your going into autumn whilst we’re heading into summer here!;-)

  7. Veronica TM avatar

    i love that photograph too! and you house is looking beautiful already.
    thank you for the recipes, they seem easy and delicious.
    and last, can’t wait to see what you create with those gorgeous fabrics!

  8. Lesley avatar

    I love the photos of your house. It looks like a great space. Thanks for the recipes. I think I might try your beetroot salad sometime. Looks nice and healthy!

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