The Hunt for Dinner

Sis has a designer kitchen. Big cooker, dishwasher, large double sink and waste disposal, a full welsh dresser, an understairs store cupboard, 10 other cupboards and a stack of drawers.
welsh dresserAdjacent to that is a utility room housing a huge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and a further array of shelving and cupboards, plus a wine rack.
Our instructions for meals during our stay was ‘anything there’, so I thought it would be quite straightforward to prepare a simple meal for the three of us.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The freezer was well stocked, so that wasn’t the problem. It was finding the basics to throw something together with whatever I took out…….. like rice, flour, stock cubes, onions, eggs, pasta, hell, even a bowl to mix in. I did find her spice rack, but that was only because it was too big to put in a cupboard or on one of her shelves.
It was frustrating. It had taken me over a quarter of an hour to find the cornflakes for Mum’s breakfast and a further ten minutes for the jam/marmalade to go on our toast.
tcsIf there hadn’t been little canisters on the window sill with tea and coffee in them, well, we would have dehydrated and died of thirst.

On the boat, I have one cupboard housing our tins and dry stuff, our cutlery and bowls are under the sink together with our cleaning stuff, first aid kit and sewing box, and my saucepans are in the little locker under the cooker. One small wall cupboard contains our phone chargers, my spices/herbs, our guest cups and sugar sachets (I’ve never purchased a bag of sugar all the time we’ve been here, and ‘pinch’ the single sachets available from tea houses, McDs and anywhere else we get our coffees) whereas the other holds teabags, coffee, vitamin C lozenges, olive oil, lemon juice and a tin mug of biros. Bathroom things like soap, shower gel and toothpaste are in the cupboard under the sink in there, and our supply of toilet rolls, kitchen roll and elephant bog roll are in the shower converted cupboard. I am therefore used to opening a cupboard and retrieving what I was looking for.
With such a wide choice of ‘hiding places’, Sis wins, as I couldn’t find a thing I wanted very easily.

Washing up the breakfast things, we couldn’t find bleach or a scourer to de-stain the cups, so Hubby went shopping, coming back with a pack of 12, plus 2 pizzas, cottage pies for our main meal (I’d raid the fridge of salad stuff), a lump of cheese to replace what we’d used for our toasted sandwiches the night before, plus some chocolate bars in case of trick or treaters.

You want to know something funny?
Hubby washed the car yesterday afternoon, and asked if I could look for some car wax shampoo.
No need. I put my hands straight on it as I’d seen it earlier……….. under the kitchen sink with the toilet rolls.
car wax


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to The Hunt for Dinner

  1. I always find it frustrating to work in someone else’s kitchen. Their organization doesn’t always fit my vision of where stuff should be!

  2. It sounds like hide and seek – the grown up version!

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