I’ve always wanted a proper kitchen. Not a big one necessarily, just something clean and well-equipped where I could bake without going, “oh right, the oven doesn’t work,” or, “oh right, the replacement oven doesn’t bake things evenly because it only heats from the top,” or, “oh right, I can’t fit a pie in the donut-shaped Dutch oven my mom borrowed from the elderly lady she takes care of,” or, “wait, if I want to make a pie, I need a pie pan…” (Okay, the last one doesn’t really have to do with interior design, but it’s been on my mind lately.)
My favorite kitchens I’ve had access to in London were the ones in Streatham and Crouch End. I think all owners were foodies — Crouch End girl definitely loved to cook, and in fact one of the reasons she didn’t think we were compatible is she wanted someone who wasn’t a weird picky eater to cook for. I miss that kitchen. And her Sunday roasts. I haven’t had roasted potatoes in an age. I did have fries in Hampstead Heath, and then I moved here and didn’t have a freezer. That’s what I’ve missed the most.
It turns out however that you can keep french fries in the fridge for a week before they go bad, so I’m definitely going to do that as soon as I find some goddamn french fries. They’re always out of stock. I don’t know what’s up with that.
Sometimes I still think about how I really want a proper kitchen, though, and how I want to rewatch Julie & Julia, which is probably the first time I found myself wanting a proper kitchen in the first place, and I think about my great aunt’s kitchen that she had redone last year and the kitchen in Streatham, and I’m struck by how much I like those towers of integrated appliances where the oven is stacked atop the microwave stacked atop a cupboard. That shit is awesome and it’s so great to have the oven at eye level, like — so great.
In that spirit — the Julie & Julia spirit; I may have started reading the book, and I’m trying to push through the first chapter and see if she stops using weird mental illness-based hyberbole and metaphors — I’ve put together a collage of some of my favorite kitchen pins from my interiors board, and a wishlist of appliances from MyAppliances.co.uk that I’m certain would not only make it easier for me to bake, but actually motivate me to do it.