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And… Hello New Kitchen!

Well, the long anticipated move is finally over… at least in the sense that we are quit of the old premises, and living in the new abode. There is still however, a lot of work to do.

In a post a few weeks ago, I bid goodbye to the old kitchen and, for today’s post, I am very happy to be able to show you the new one. It is quite a disaster with boxes all over the place, as in this picture, but the kitchen, as far as I am concerned, was a priority when it came to unpacking, and I got started on the job right away…

And… this is what it looks like now.

I have to tell you that I am really pleased with my new cooking facilities. This kitchen is much lighter and airier than the old, and the island in the middle is really a very nice feature. I have a lot more storage place for all my equipment and foodstuffs, and the modern, ceramic-top stove is a huge improvement over the four-element job I was using before.

Another little bonus of the move was the little housewarming present my wife bought for me. A new barbecue is something I have been longing for, ever since my horrible grilling disaster of two summers ago. There isn’t a heck of a lot of summer left for outdoor cooking, unfortunately, but I will be assembling the thing in a day or two and then making the most of the barbecue season left to me. Posts, of course, will follow…

Well, as I say, there is still a lot of unpacking to do and, as you can see, not all the family members are pitching in … this one, named ‘Little Black Kitty’, decided gave up supervising the move and put her time to the best use possible.

Now, I know you are probably thinking that the above photograph was ‘staged’ but I assure you that LBK did this all by herself. She loves to get under blankets and so forth, and she discovered that she could actually climb inside the fitted cover for our bedroom quilt. Accordingly, we have got used to the experience of going into the room and finding a strange little bump smack-dab in the middle of the bed.

Usually, Little Black Kitty likes to be completely covered up but the piece of Caribou skin she found on this occasion was just a little too small for that. Still, she looks comfy enough, doesn’t she?

Well, anyway… now that the kitchen is unpacked I can get back to doing regular cooking posts again. On the day we moved in, one of our friends brought us two Arctic Char he just caught and I inaugurated the new kitchen by cooking up one of them for our supper last night. I’ll be showing you how I prepared the dish in a few days, or so.

Until then, more boxes await…

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  1. Congratulations on getting the kitchen unpacked so quickly! Can’t wait to see what you whip up!

    August 23, 2012
  2. Great to be “home” and have things all set up in the most important room!

    August 23, 2012
    • Absolutely … Just have to put together the darned BBQ now. I predict a lot of swearing for an hour or two 🙂

      August 23, 2012
  3. Gorgeous and looking forward to the next posts. I have to say, that’s an amazing collection of spices (I assume that’s what those containers are to the right of the sink). Puts my mini collection of spices to shame!

    August 23, 2012
    • Spices, herbs and other seasonings… Out of sight in the picture are other herbs and things that are more used in teas rather than food, as well as larger jars for various chillies, dried mushrooms etc. The collection is like my security blanket 🙂

      Eventually, I would like to feature all the more uncommon ones in individual posts.

      August 23, 2012
  4. Congratulations! Looks like a great place to create some lasting memories.

    August 23, 2012
    • Only cooked one meal so far… recipe coming soon. Tonight I am doing Kung Po Chicken 🙂

      August 23, 2012
  5. I stopped everything I was doing to read your post about your new kitchen – it is fabulous. I love the white cupboard doors, and what a special gift your wife bought you! I didn’t realise you have kitties – I LOVE kitties and have 3 fur babies of my own. Your LBK looks super comfy!
    🙂 Mandy

    August 23, 2012
    • I like the look of the new kitchen much more than the dark wood in the old.

      We have five kitties now… Big Fat Kitty, Fluffy Kitty, Good Kitty (brother to the deceased Evil Kitty).. and last, and no longer least, given their sizes, Little Black Kitty and Little White Kitty (both cousins to the also deceased Horrible Kitty).

      Evil and Horrible were both my favorites in turn (their names reflected their relative levels of mischeivousness)… Evil Kitty died of Liver Cancer and Horrible succumbed, we think, to something poisonous. LWK is my special kitty now, which may not be a plus for her given the fate of my other two favorites 😦

      August 23, 2012
  6. Dawna #

    Congratulations on your new home and kitchen, John. AND THE BARBECUE!!

    August 23, 2012
    • Hope the BBQ fares better than my last one 🙂

      August 23, 2012
  7. Your Little Black Kitty is adorable!! My dog thinks he’s a cat and like to perch up high on the edge of our couch! I love your new kitchen, new barbecue.. and can’t wait to see what you whip up in there! Good luck unpacking!

    August 23, 2012
  8. Mazel Tov on the move and wonderful kitchen! so bright and airy. The kitchen is THE room of the house and I just know you are going to enjoy this one. Thx for the pic of LBK too and the mention of the other kitties…a house without a cat is like a house without a kitchen. The one thing about the South is that BBQ is a verb as well as a noun. Down,here, we say “we’re gonna have a cookout” because if we said “we’re gonna have a bbq” folks would be expectng that. I’ve cooked out in the snow but I know our snow is nothing compared to your snow. Looking forward to kung pao chicken – one of my faves. I wish you, your wife, and all the kitties much joy, health, and good cooking in the new home!

    August 23, 2012
  9. The new kitchen is lovely! Bright and airy, and I think will serve you very well as a cheery place to be creative. And the new grill is going to tempt you, even in winter, isn’t it! LBK is hilarious. I’m so glad you clarified that the photo wasn’t staged, because I couldn’t have imagined the ability to get “undercover.” Looking forward to your next round of cooking posts from the new chefs corner! Debra

    August 23, 2012
  10. You new kitchen is beautiful! Glad you have more room. That spice collection is impressive!
    You did a quick job of unpacking if you were able to cook so soon after moving in. Look forward to seeing that post. Love LBK and I’m glad the photo wasn’t staged. Be careful with the new grill!

    August 23, 2012
  11. Congratulations on your new home and the barbecue! Also, LBK sounds ADORABLE! (And this from me, a complete dog person who doesn’t particularly like cats…) That’s so funny that she has figured out how to climb into the quilt cover. 🙂

    August 23, 2012
  12. Totally agree! When we moved to the previous house, it was the kitchen that was the ‘sell’ of that house to us (viz: me) then in this current home, it’s the kitchen as well that was my priority and it was the first area of all places in the house that got taken care of:). Enjoy your new “work area”:)

    August 23, 2012
  13. Wow – nice kitchen – can’t wait to see all those herb and spice pots in there. Enjoy your new space.

    August 23, 2012
  14. Congratulations on the new kitchen! It is beautiful, and you made a wonderful job with all the boxes 🙂

    August 23, 2012
  15. nice kitchen and i love your center island, i’ve been planning to have one for the longest time.. its a great working space as well as a wonderful breakfast corner.. love it! by the way LBK is so adorable..

    August 24, 2012
  16. Congratulations on your move. Your kitchen is bright and beautiful. I was amused by your comments about putting together the gas grill. My husband and I have been without a gas grill for 2 years now, and we just bought a new one. This weekend he will be assembling it, so I expect that I will be recruited to “hold this” and “get that” while he does a fair amount of swearing, too. Good luck with yours—-Carolyn

    August 24, 2012
  17. Very nice kitchen, and absolutely love the spice rack. Seems kitty knows just how to handle your…cute.

    August 24, 2012
  18. Congrats – the new kitchen is beautiful!

    August 25, 2012
  19. Not sure how I missed this post! I LOVE your new kitchen. It looks like it would be so nice to work in, both because of its functionality and space, and its airiness. Good job! But you should have put LBK to work as your sous chef as punishment for goofing off. On the other hand, I’ve tried punishing my cats that way and it never works.

    August 25, 2012
    • LBK relies far too heavily on garlic salt and can’t work the immersion blender (an opposable thumb issue, I think).

      August 25, 2012
  20. This makes me jealous! Congrats!

    August 27, 2012
  21. Lex #

    You’re right – new kitchen IS lovely! I think I mainly pine for the lovely set up with your spice(?) jars! So awesome and visually striking!

    August 31, 2012
    • My spices used to be in a diverse collection of empty jam jars etc… eventually I ordered a whole box of plastic containers from a distributor on the ‘net. Now my collection looks orderly 🙂

      August 31, 2012

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