As I continue to try and blog more often I thought I’d post something about “my working conditions”. I didn’t do much baking in the first few weeks of the year and my kitchen was unusually clean so I’ve taken some photos of the space, equipment and utensils I use and my usually store cupboard fillers.
I love my kitchen. It really is my home within my home. I’m never happier then when I’m pottering around my kitchen usually with a cooking program on my tv and a cup of tea within arms reach. It’s the first kitchen that’s ever been mine and I have everything laid out just how I want it. It’s not huge but there’s only me and my flatmate using it and it’s big in proportion to the rest of my place.
When I was looking around for an apartment to buy some of the kitchens are really shocking (galley kitchens are for submarines and trains!) and I don’t blame a lot of people for saying they don’t enjoy cooking when you see the space they have to work with. The only thing I’d change about my kitchen is the amount of storage space…I only have one cupboard dedicated to stolen pub glasses which really isn’t acceptable to a modern bachelor such as myself!
I’ve been slowly building up baking equipment over the last couple of years, when I first started out I thought you could make do with whatever you have around but as I’ve tried to do more recipes I’ve needed more specialist tools. Some things have been purchased cheaply in my early days, other things have been more expensive.
I use a fair amount of sillicon moulds and some of it was bought a bit naively (like the cupcake trays) but I generally do like it and one massive advantage for me is you never have any trouble squashing it in to the bottom of carry on bag and jumping on the plane which I do a fair bit.
Next up is my general storecupboard; it’s missing something vital which I only realised when I tried to start baking recently; see if you can spot it 😉 .
As I mentioned in an earlier post I don’t make many recipes more then once, some of the more unusual ingredients below were bought once and have stayed in the cupboard ever since. If anyone has a recipe that will help me use up all of this stuff in one massive bake please sent it on!
Other then getting in eggs and milk fresh when needed and chocolate (which I don’t stock up on cause I end up eatting it) the missing store cupboard essential is yeast. I’ve picked up more since these shots were taken and I have to make sure I don’t run out as I plan to do a lot of bread in the months ahead.
So that’s everything I guess. The vast majority of things I post will have been produced in the few square meters of space I have and using the equipement shown above (except Kenneth who’s gota post featured all to himself).
*If anyone isn’t familiar with where I’ve nicked the idea for the title of this post it’s from a passage called The Rifleman’s Creed which features in two of my favourite films Full Metal Jacket and Jarhead. It’s commonly used by US Marines in training but I think the opening few lines work quite well if you replace the word rifle with the word kitchen:
This is my kitchen. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My kitchen is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My kitchen, without me, is useless. Without my kitchen, I am useless.