My First Kitchen
I have been wanting to show you my new kitchen ever since I moved in, in February, February! Goodness its been forever since I blogged (sigh, I miss you all) but I'm back and in my new Joburg kitchen - oh yes, I live in Jozi now- I'm on that hustle, or something like that.
Anyway, so I decided it was time that I show you my new home (and let me tell you I cleaned like my mother was coming to visit before taking any pictures). My new kitchen is small with wonky cupboards, the stove didn't work for a while and they dented my fridge when it was delivered. But for the first time, everything in it is mine. My kitchen is a collection of gifts and items that I have bought over the last few months. It's not finished yet - everyday I find something new I want but in time it will come and if not hey friends and fam you have a few months to save for my birthday!
So first lets start off with what it actually looks like...
Look, mum, look how clean it is! First off we have limited cupboard space so somethings live on the counter now, but that's ok. At first, my fridge felt like it was in the middle of my kitchen but I have grown accustomed to it. And I can happily report that Fawlty Towers 2.0 (aka my basil plant) is still alive (I definitely killed the last one).
Now every kitchen needs a good set of pots and pans. I was lucky enough to be given a scanpan pan from my dad, it's a heavy based pan that can go in the oven (bring on those winter casseroles and Sunday brunch frittatas!). The rest of my pots are from Woolworths - I bought a five piece set that included a pot and two sauce pans. The only thing I need now is a 24cm non-stick pan (nudge nudge, wink wink).
Now the perfect set of pots requires the perfect utensils. Of course, I wanted the copper plated ones but woah would that I have been a bad idea! Beautiful? Yes! Practical? No! They would have scratched and damaged my pans so I went for safe black and silver nylon utensils.
Let's start with the basics- you need a pasta spoon, a slotted spoon, a soup ladle, a lifter and turner (apparently the correct name according to google- hey you learn something new every day) a whisk, a masher, and a wooden spoon. But because I was treating myself I also got some tongs and a hand grater (I have been wanting one for years!). And just to finish my collection off I got a a metallic spoon holder that sits next to my stove. I sourced all of these items from Woolworths, Pick n Pay and Mr. Price
Next up is the preparation station! and the introduction of my favourite kitchen item - my chopping board. It's has a beautiful wooden chopping board perfect for serving and cutting things like bread. And it has 4 plastic boards they are dedicated to fish, chicken, vegetables, and meat), the plastic does not absorb the juice of the food and having separate boards means you don't have to wash your board while cooking (ka-ching!) I got this gem at @home.
The preparation station needs to include other goodies, like a good set of knives (prized possession goes to my Le Creuset knife it makes everything feel like I'm cutting through butter) I also bought a serrated knife and two pairing knives from Woolworths. I also included a vegetable peeler, a wine bottle opener, and tin opener - all from Woolworths too!
I could not, for the life of me find a proper glass measuring jug so my solution and another item I got to cross off my kitchen wishlist was a set of stainless steal measuring jugs and spoons. Inspired by the food kween herself, Nigella!
Now it is all good and well making delicious things but you have to have beautiful plates to serve them on. Originally I was going for an all white crockery set, however, I let my housemate have a little creative reign and we found the most beautiful grey and beige plates and side plates. I also found these great wide shallow bowls that are perfect for pasta dishes! All of these are from Mr. Price.
Every good dish requires a liquid accompaniment be it red wine or steri-stumpi! (or water, I enjoy drinking my water out of a wine glass because I'm classy and I'm a lady). I was given a set of mugs by my aunt and we bought our high ball and wine glasses from Mr. Price. This little espresso mug is my housemates Sean's and it is from Tretchiko.
Now no dinner service would be complete without a standard set of cutlery. These were a gift, I like how they come with their own stand which means that take up minimal space.
Now these are not kitchen standards but they are my 'treat yo'self' items (if you don't know what this is click on the link and be entertained ). I have an iPad recipe stand - to make looking up Ashleigh's Kitchen recipes easy and accessible (shameless, shameless plug) and a Le Creuset coffee tin that I use as a cookie jar because I can.
There you have it my Ashleigh's Kitchen starter pack! All I need now is a dining room table and I can start throwing dinner parties!
Happy cooking x