Wednesday, 25 June 2014

My kitchen story

For many families around the world the kitchen is the most important place in the house, where family meals are cooked, councils take place, important decisions are made around the table and even revolutions are being hatched. When I was growing up, I remember we all preferred to eat in the kitchen, next to the cooker and a low-humming fridge which produced an occasional hiccup sound. My Dad used to work in the kitchen as well, creating the most beautiful pieces of jewellery and listening to the radio non-stop. I have very fond memories of my friends' kitchens as well.
Yet the kitchen we have now is not exactly a family space. We eat in the dining room. Our kitchen is a later addition to the house, a narrow long room, cluttered and in great need of re-decoration. Our boiler is so vintage, they don't do them like that any more. There is no space for a table and chairs. It has a potential, and I dream of re-doing it one day.
It is a place where I cook all our meals and take a lot of photos for my blog. It has shelves and shelves of teas and my pretty vintage china.

There are lots of things which probably reveal my likes and hobbies, and make it a personal space. It is very colourful and a complete design disaster. I could imagine the likes of Kirstie Allsopp would faint or condemn me for the lack of integrity in the design department.

Could I also sneak in a picture of my favourite kitchen in Cogges Manor Farm? This is my dream kitchen, but one which sadly I will never have.

I might not have the space of the Cogges kitchen, or their historical background, but my own kitchen faces our lovely garden, with the beautiful roses, lilac, rhododendron, potted herbs.

When I was the dishes in the sink, I watch the black birds frolicking in the garden, listen to their tweeting.
The other thing I share with Cogges is that neither of us has a dishwasher.

Why am I talking about my kitchen?
BritMums have recently teamed up with Fairy Platinum and asked the bloggers to talk about their kitchens, saying "the kitchen, it's the heart of the home. We eat, socialise and sped time as a family there... we work at making it a place that reflects our family's style".

When Fairy Platinum sample has arrived, I clutched my head. For some reason I expected it to be a Fairy Platinum washing up liquid, not the dishwasher tablets. Oh my, I'm in a pickle, I don't even have a dishwasher. Thankfully, my friend Liz came to the rescue, she invited me to her kitchen to test the Fairy Platinum in her dishwasher.

I checked the BritMums appeal again in my Inbox, and No, it only mentioned the Fairy Platinum, so it was a genuine mistake on my part.
I gave the dishwasher tablets to my friend.
And this is what my friend Liz said:
"We would normally wash our loads in a 50 degree 2 hour wash but decided we would try your tablets on a 30 degree quick wash lasting 35 minutes.
I was very impressed. Even with oily pots and pans from our cooking everything was spotless and shiny so I didn't even bother testing it on the hotter wash. The only thing I didn't like as much as those we use at the moment is the fragrance as I did notice quite a strong sweet smell, although this doesn't seem to transfer to the crockery so possibly just a general cleaner to the dishwasher"
And here are some photos Before, After and a very shiny plate!

I confess I am impressed with the results, and even mentioned it to my dear husband that perhaps we should consider getting a dishwasher.

This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum” 

If you enjoyed reading My kitchen story, you might like to read Tales from the Kitchen Sink written by Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews.


  1. Wow, I could spend hours in your kitchen just looking at all the interesting things on your shelves ! That's a very impressive quantity of tea ! :)

    1. I confess there's much more tea in that kitchen, in the closed shelves. I'm (a bit) obsessed with tea. :) Looking forward to reading your kitchen story.

  2. I loved hearing about your colourful kitchen and how it is a personal space. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BirtMums and thanking you for taking part