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Getting Ready For Guests

In the spirit of not being distracted by other things when getting the house ready for our visitors, this is what the kitchen looked like at one point yesterday


I attacked the pantry. 

But it was a thorough examination, I didn't just clean everything and put it back (to be honest, I didn't even clean everything) but I did get rid of some things. Capers, an enormous tin of water chestnuts and a couple of other things I'm never going to use have gone to work with Dan, someone will take them. I used up a couple of near empty packets of things, and I threw some things away.


Coffee grinder, Dan bought a better one recently and I planned to keep this one to grind spices. The thing is, I don't tend to grind spices, and when I do it's only in small amounts so I use the pestle and mortar, so it's off to the charity shop.


A yellow trolley


A green trolley! These are two of the first things I bought from the charity shop, I love them but the thing is, they're not very useful! So with a hardened heart they left the house. 


A big stack of jars. This is another task I'd been putting off. We bought these jars to stage our old house when it was on the market to make the place look a bit more fancy (it worked). Some of them were cracked, some had lost their clips and the clips weren't great quality (looking at you Ikea) and some I just wouldn't use. the usable ones are on their way to the charity shop. 


More space up on the top shelf, now the flasks have a proper home. 


Space at the bottom for the steam cleaner and iron without taking any space away from food storage. Another thing I noticed when putting everything back was how few herbs and spices I use these days, I'm happy with that, I don't mind using the same things - cumin coriander, sage, chilli, paprika, I'd rather have that than lots of things I hardly use hanging around. 

Maybe to the untrained eye it looks exactly the same in there, but to me there's room to breathe, which is what I need right now. Yes, I do use my laundry basket to store crisps. 

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  1. Looks great. As always I get pantry envy every time you post about it.

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  2. A UK English definition compared to a US English definition that always makes me laugh is the word flask. You all use it to label thermos's, or insulated beverage containers. In the US if I told someone I was filling a flask for a picnic, or for work, they'd think I was filling it with booze. So I had to smile seeing your shelf of flasks,ready for use.

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    1. If I said Thermos, people here would know what I meant, but I wouldn't say that unless it was a Thermos branded item. A small flask for alcohol is also a flask but we'd more likely say hipflask, just so people knew you weren't planning on carrying a litre of brandy around in your bag!

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  3. WE had a good old clean up of the kitchen cupboards at the weekend - unearthed spices years past their sell by dates! I love your little trolleys, I can understand why you snapped them up - Jon's got a similar fetish for 1950s pan stands! Somebody else is going to love them. xxx

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    1. There's nothing like going through the kitchen cupboards!

      I have tried to use the trolleys everywhere in the house, I love them so much but they're more for occasional use than the workhorses I need everything to be to earn a spot here. I also love pan stands but don't have the space for one!

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  4. I bet you feel really good, I know I do when I have had a good clear out.

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    1. I love it when the pantry is tidy. The rest of the house is far from ready though, but let's not worry about that!

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  5. Excellent job. I really need to go through my spices now that you have reminded me.

    God bless.

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    1. Thanks, it's worth doing every now and then isn't it. All those packets, some bought just for one thing, they can hang around for ages.

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  6. I, too, enjoy a tidy and organised pantry, shame my pantry cupboard isn't as neat as yours right now! Husband is currently fitting doors to it and it's full of sawdust!

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    1. An organised pantry is a very nice thing. You'll be happy when all the sawdust is gone!

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  7. I KNOW I should do this too but I am a coward!

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    1. I had put it off for a very long time, ignoring the truth of the matter!

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