Monday, October 29, 2007

Encyclopedia of Me Monday: K is for...

An inordinate amount of time is spent in my kitchen, certainly not because of its charm or efficacy, or because I have such stellar skills to practice there. In fact, the kitchen here is cramped and slightly dark, designed poorly with a door to the backyard right in the middle which takes up much needed space. It's barely big enough for two people to sit down and eat together, and preparing any kind of complex meal is a challenge with about 12 inches of bare counter space.

But it's the place we seem to end up most often, whether to make coffee, grab a handful of cookies, let the dogs in or out (that ridiculous door), or just lean against the counter talking.

I harbor dreams about bright, spacious kitchens, with one of those cooking islands in the middle, copper pots hanging overhead. I imagine people gathered around, sipping wine, sneaking bites of whatever gourmet feast I'm preparing for them.

But whenever I'm tempted to blame my lack of culinary prowess on the size of my kitchen, I recall a television special a few years ago with Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck, cooking together in Julia's home kitchen. These two world reknowned chefs prepared a five course meal in a kitchen no bigger than a breadbox - a galley kitchen with not more than a square foot of empty counterspace anywhere. They were literally bumping into each other at every turn, and by the time they were done, not an inch of space wasn't occupied by a dirty bowl, pot, or dish.

Yet, they laughed, and talked, and sampled, and finally served a glorious meal.

So no excuses in my kitchen, which is grandiose by those standards.

Then again, I'm not Julia Child.

The kitchen is often called the "heart of the home," and for all it's shortcomings, I have to admit my little kitchen often serves that purpose.



Blogger Michele said...

What precious thoughts, Becca! I loved reading every word and could just envision your tiny kitchen filled with warmth and love and aromas of homemade goodness (and I even caught a glimpse of that pesky door!)

Thanks for sharing ;0)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

With such warm thoughts about your existing kitchen it'd be a shame to change it. Nice post.

Blogger deirdre said...

I have dreams of a big kitchen with a long wooden table in the middle. I'm not sure there's a perfect kitchen, but it seems to be where everyone settles in anyway. I'm sure your kitchen is cozy and welcoming - the heart of your home.

Blogger Robin said...

I love this post. The kitchen really is the heart of a home.

Blogger paris parfait said...

Your kitchen sounds like ours in terms of space - although I think we have slightly more counter space than 12 inches! But your kitchen sounds filled with love and the hub of activity for family and friends.

Anonymous MissMeliss said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that the new cafe writing prompts will be live at 12:01 AM Central time.

Also, I really enjoyed reading this.

And finally, Happy Halloween.


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