© 2014 Lynsey

Heart beat

Our kitchen is unlikely to feature in any fashionable magazine.


It’s not that kind of place.

No, our kitchen is more likely to be found in Alchemist Monthly. Laboratorio Casero. Cuore della Casa; Hjerte af Hjemmet, Srce naše Kuće. 我们家的心跳; or more recently ကျွန်တော်တို့၏မူလစာမျက်နှာ၏နှလုံးခုန်. Just depends on what we’re cooking.

We’re casual about a lot of things. But not our cooking. Not our kitchen. It is no effete status symbol. It is more wild laboratory. Workshop. Atelier. Studio. It’s cluttered, crowded, intense. It is fragrant when things are going well, and sometimes smelly when the food fights back. There are sticking plasters, rubber gloves, and two fire extinguishers. There are knives of all sizes. Loud music or sweet quiet music, depending on the food. There’s loud conversations, and sometimes awkward silences.

There are stocks, sauces, and soups. Carrots and leeks lounge around on the counters, fighting for space with the avocados and tomatoes, and cabbages hide under the stools. There’s probably twenty different types of tea, coffee, and an assortment of other beverages. Bench tops are speckled with salt and pepper and flour and paprika, cumin, juniper berries, dill, chilli, and the sticky residue that always lives on the bottom of the balsamic vinegar bottles, no matter how much we wipe them clean.

And there’s almost always a big handful of fresh strong herbs – rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, and oregano. Our garden isn’t picture perfect either, but it grows herbs that know where the wild things are and these herbs fit right in with our approach to cooking.

Our kitchen isn’t neat. No-one would accuse our cooking of being twee or needy. Our kitchen doesn’t look efficient. In part that’s because you don’t just *look* at our kitchen. You engage with our kitchen. You communicate with our kitchen. You make love with our kitchen, live and die with our kitchen, and perhaps, yes, perhaps even step a little closer to heaven with our kitchen.

You will feel our heartbeat throbbing, pounding.

Our kitchen is the fierce heart of our home.

29. Every day eat, drink, rest, work, exercise, play, love, create for your own good. And the good of others.
35. Every day focus on what matters to you.
42. Every day celebrate. Who you are. What you have achieved. Things that matter to you.

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