This is my first IMK post since we've moved. I'm still figuring out where things sit in the kitchen and learning the temperament of our oven and hob. So, as well as some of the food within it, I thought I'd feature the kitchen itself in this post. Eventually we will redo the kitchen, but it is perfectly serviceable in its current form.
One of the nice things about this kitchen is it has room for my cookbooks. I like having them easily accessible for inspiration or direction.
Another nice thing is that we now have a dishwasher. It sounds terribly spoilt, but I really do value a dishwasher. We had one in Australia and I missed it enormously in London! This one is quite small, but entirely sufficient for the two of us.
By the dishwasher is our back kitchen door, which I also love. It's an old stable-style door so you can have the top half open while the lower half remains shut.
Adjoining the kitchen is my favourite room in the house, the dining room. I love the fireplace in particular, although we need to organise an electric fire to sit within it.
The dining room also gives plenty of storage for crockery, which is nice after having things squished in odd places in London.
I also found sugar-free vanilla syrup for adding to coffees or similar. I now have a routine of buying a soya latte to take on the train to work, and like that I can flavour it myself with these drops.
Less fancy than Waitrose but just as fun was a shopping trip to Asda on the weekend we moved. To those of you not in the UK, Asda is one of the cheaper supermarkets on offer. We have never lived within walking distance of one and as we don't have a car, haven't explored the chain much. We hired a car for our moving weekend so took advantage of that to visit and stock up.
Being me, I stocked up particularly well on chocolate. The pistachio chocolate and cacao nib chocolate blocks below were particularly delicious.
I also liked these Asda takes on Naked bars, which come in a few flavours. I liked the banana-oat and cocoa-oat versions I tried.
I was also pleased to pick up this yellow courgette from down our street. Someone had left a bundle of them out the front of their house with an invitation to help yourself - obviously a good gardener.
As we sit on the cusp of summer and autumn, my kitchen also has plums and views of rain. I was feeling sad about summer ending a few weeks ago, but am now savouring the signs of the next season and am feeling increasingly inclined towards porridge and soup.
What is happening in your kitchen this month?