In my kitchen-Finally!

For those that don’t get regular updates to my posts, for the last four years I have endured living with no real kitchen, no hot and cold water connected at the same outlets, bucketing water for dishes, no real oven, no proper storage and have been using the gas camping cooker as a range. I’m not complaining, luckily I am a very resourceful person and have managed quite well even down to baking our sourdough bread weekly in either the ‘Sunbeam Pizza Bake N grill bench top oven’ or on the gas BBQ.

This was the space when we first moved in to this house, there was no cold water to the sink, only hot. The cupboards, floor and wall were all rotten and stunk!

Kitchen 1We started our ‘exteno’ this time last year, it involved moving the existing wall out another 6 or so metres, plus there so much other work my mind starts to glaze over just thinking about it. Check out my blog for full details, I shudder at remembering it in detail! This shot shows things in early progress stage.

Kitchen layout This is what our dishwashing facilities were in February this year. That was fun, as we had ours sons wedding and houseful of guests! Kitchen sink removed This is the same corner where just today we brought in the antique dresser/sideboard that I have been working on restoring over the last few weeks. The unit had been coated with polyurethane that gave it an orange ‘glow’ and I was adamant that I wanted it back to its raw timber state. I have dressed the timber with Feast and Watsons carnauba wax which is a natural blend of beeswax, citrus oils and some other wonderful smelling goodies. This has been a labour of love, my hands hurt like hell but I don’t care, I love it! sideboardThis is the sort of project where you need to know when to stop, if you are into things being pristine and ‘neat’ then these projects would leave you disappointed. I’ve yet to put the handles on and the hinges need a tweak or two, but overall I am so happy with this project. Notice the chimney has also been stripped and that there are real benches in the middle of the room (albeit covered with bread making ‘stuff’). I now need to fill this beauty with some very special items. When I was about 16/17, I went with my then boyfriend to pick up some second hand golfing stuff his father had bought from the ‘Trading Post’ (yes, pre buy/swap/sell days) and this lovely old lady was getting rid of a beautiful Royal Doulton dinner set. Well this dinner set has moved with me, been boxed for years and only once or twice seen the light of day as I knew one day I would have an old dresser where I could display it. I have no idea why I bought it, but I thought the $8.00 she was asking wasn’t such a bad investment. Complete with soup bowls that have little handles and everything else. Don’t think it’s valuable, but I am very excited about seeing it out from the boxes and realising my dream that ‘one day’ has come .img_9508Tonight was the first night we could cook outside, ON THE NEW DECK! There are just too many things being achieved all at once now, I don’t know where to start. Hope you like the lovely stand the Weber Q is on! This pic is from the new deck looking back into the kitchen space. The boys are debating whether the light fitting over the island bench that moves in the breeze because its not tightened should stay on the angle. It’s one of those bottle of red discussions!img_9519-001I’ve been turning out some pretty impressive sourdough bread,img_0814 And because I have a real stove top, I can take my Indian Karahi out of the shed andimg_0827create meals like this beautiful Indian vegetarian matar paneer curry,img_0828 or this cumin stew which is a recipe from the Anatolia cook book. I have returned this to the library and forgot to write the recipe down, but it was lovely, strong flavour but lovely.Cumin stewI made Turkish boregi (water pastry) which is really a light style of lasagne. I needed to use up some things in the fridge so this is what it tuned into. This was really easy, I will add the recipe later this week. A great picnic, holiday dish.img_0841 img_0833I know there is so much else to report “In My Kitchen” since the necessary hiatus it has undertaken. Thanks to Liz at Bizzy Lizzie Good Things for picking up the reins and supporting us all in sharing what is ‘In My Kitchen’ every month. I never thought I’d see the day when I could actually say I had a kitchen. Still a few things to do, range hood, display shelves, splash backs behind the benches and stove, painting the windows etc but we are pretty much there. This time last year the kitchen benches were still standing as the framework of the old rooms, covered in cobwebs and all sorts of other debris. I’m happy that we have retained the feel of the old house but the working components are clean an functional.img_9523

About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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33 Responses to In my kitchen-Finally!

  1. Glenda says:

    Absolutely fabulous. So what do you think of the Falcon?


  2. This post sounds happy! You obviously are very pleased to finally have a kitchen – and a beautiful one at that. I love it when you find a bargain at a second hand shop. Both the dresser and the china are lovely. The deck just outside the kitchen is fantastic, too – finished just in time for your warmer weather.

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  3. Congratulations! Its looks great and well done on your patience and perseverance. We have many years of “exteno” ahead of us but it is amazing what you can live with if you try…..enjoy!

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  4. Hi Maree, wow, what a huge undertaking, but how exciting. Loving the peek into your kitchen, and how about that sour dough! Thank you for the kind shout out. Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.

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  5. ladyredspecs says:

    Looks fabulous Marie, you must be pleased. The finish on the dresser looks amazing. Looks to me as if your getting control of the new cooker, the Turkish feast looks delicious


  6. Has it really been 4 years! Your hard work on the dresser shows, it will look lovely with the dishes all in place. Absolutely stunning!

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  7. Wow beautiful kitchen! These Indian dishes look so yummy! I never cooked Indian food even though they are one of my favorites! Enjoy your brand new kitchen!

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  8. foodnstuff says:

    The difference is amazing and a credit to your idea of how you wanted it to look. I must have missed seeing the picture of the original kitchen…how awful it was! How could anyone paint over that lovely brick fireplace and with such a dingy colour! And those red tiles! Bleagh! The new kitchen is so warm and friendly. Well. Done. You.

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  9. marcellina says:

    This is my first month participating in IMK and I am loving having a peek into everyone’s kitchens. Yours is beautiful! I love you new kitchen and deck!

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  10. SeattleDee says:

    Wow, four years without a proper kitchen sounds more than challenging, but how rewarding to know what you have accomplished. Enjoy!!!!


  11. Francesca says:

    The room is looking fabulous Maree. The old dresser fits in perfectly. I’m feeling exhausted just thinking about a kitchen reno. Well done. Great bread and my fave, Muttar Paneer.


  12. Kim Bultman says:

    Maree, I’m grinning from ear to ear — LOVE your new kitchen, and deck, too! You continue to inspire me to make do with what you have until you work long enough and hard enough for your dreams to come to fruition. (Hear, hear for resourcefulness!) Your KITCHEN is absolutely gorgeous and I’m SO happy for you, xoxo. That sideboard is perfect next to the restored fireplace, and I can picture your beautiful dishes in it. (Next post, yes?)


  13. Lisa says:

    Your new kitchen is so warm and welcoming. It really is a beautiful space and that dresser looks marvellous. I love the story of your dishes… and that sourdough is definitely looking very impressive. I’ve loved following along with your renovations!

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  14. thesnowwoman says:

    Wow! I love your kitchen. And the food looks amazing.

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  15. oh wow it must be a wonderful feeling to have a kitchen again. i love the fireplace and the dresser. your food looks so delicious too. that paneer curry! and all that beauteous bread. is it a very old house? renos are such a pain aren’t they? we had an electric frypan and a microwave when we did our renos. such fun.

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  16. Gretchen says:

    After all you’ve been trough the celebration should last a year! What a fantastic kitchen, though I’ll miss the extent updates. More delicious food to see though I guess.

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  17. Good lord woman, you have a kitchen! Your bread looks amazing, although it looked amazing when you were cooking it in the dinky toaster oven too.. 😉 Congratulations on the exteno, it’s all looking fabulous!

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