The first year I was retired I developed a sort of routine to organise my time. Friday was devoted to the kitchen. Over time I fell away from this system, trying to cram in 1,000 other interesting things and eventually my routine sort of crumbled.
However, on one of my more productive days pottering around the house of late, I realised that I spend next to no time in the kitchen. Over the holidays Bill took over more and more of the cooking - he really likes doing it - and of course I 'let' him. Now it seems to me that who ever has the lead role of cooking seems to 'own' the kitchen space and we've discovered that this is not a job we share well. When he tries to help me, it goes awry; I need to think about what I'm doing and if I have to talk to him I'm bound to screw something up. If I try to help him I invariably stand in the very place he needs to be. So, we just take turns doing solitary KP.
|Kitchen English, Part I|
I've since taken the cooking back, as he has started working on re-decorating the front hall. I decided I would 'Occupy the Kitchen' (no disrespect to the 99%, I'm largely in agreement.)
Things I do in the kitchen besides cook meals and wash dishes:
|Kitchen English, Part II|
- unclutter and organise cupboards, pulling out 'unusual' foods (who buys these things? me!) to figure out how to use up
- put dried beans, lentils etc into clear glass jars on eye-level shelves
- make a batch of cornbread (we buy 5 kg/10 lb bags of polenta)
- make a loaf of bread (in the machine)
- clean the counters using the Braille method (a downside of dark brown mottled surface)
- soak beans, then cook in the crockpot
- water plants
- clean out fridge (finding not so much spoiled food, as odd items I forgot we had - butter, capers, jalopenos)
- clean out microwave and oven (well, the front anyhow)
- un-clutter the 'hardware' drawer
- un-clutter the cleaning supplies under the sink - we have a dozen bottles with 3 mm of liquid in them, but I don't dare combine them!
- pull things out of the pantry - the catch all cupboard; we have a lifetime supply of cling film and parchment paper owing to some sale or other
- clean out the trash bin
- wipe down the outside of the kettle and toaster
- clean and re-fill the filtered water jug
- wash the walls just above the counters and behind the stove, where things tend to splatter
- empty the compost box and wash
- re-pot the rootbound herb plants I bought (dill, basil & chives) for 79p each at the grocery store
- wipe down front of cupboards
- sweep and mop floor
- hang wet laundry on the airing rack (the thing on the ceiling in the photograph above)
- fold dry laundry and take upstairs
- give the cutting boards a good scrub
I'm sure there is loads more that hasn't come to mind just now. I know Bill does most of these at one time or another - in fact he's more likely to do some of them. I enjoyed myself once I got started. Although the breakfasting end is currently filled with furniture, carpet and curtains from the hall and stairs, the cooking end was set to rights and I was feeling my halo of accomplishment.
|Kitchen English, Part III|
Do you tend to get out of the kitchen ASAP, or do you like to occupy that space?