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What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« on: May 24, 2017, 08:47:22 pm »
There's quite a lot that gives me pleasure in a fairly low key way - things like my knives - but each time I reach for my masala dabba
it makes me happy.

 OK, I've only had it for a couple of years, but it still does it for me. What does it for you?

(full declaration - this is a stock image, mine has ground cumin, coriander, chilli, turmeric, cassia bark, cinnamon stick, cardamon pod)

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 09:02:51 pm »
The view.
My butchers block on wheels.
But mostly the view.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2017, 08:58:04 am »
Our view's pretty good, too, out across the meadow and down to the river, with the other half of the village opposite and the hills rising beyond.  That works; and the dogs hanging around for scraps.

Other than that it's a great heap of veggie stuff chopped & ready to go into something Cajun.  And the smell of roasting coffee.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2017, 09:07:05 am »
The door into The Sheds :D
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2017, 09:08:00 am »
Walking into the kitchen and finding that someone else has cleared up and washed up.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 07:15:16 pm »
A good sharp knife.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 07:59:12 pm »
Walking into the kitchen and finding that someone else has cleared up and washed up.

+1.  Absence of piles of washing up (washing up is usually my job thobut, so it's more a case of people not creating it than doing it).  I'm easily pleased.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2017, 08:07:31 pm »
A good sharp knife.

True. I sharpened The Big Knife the other day. It's nice and, umm, sharp, now.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2017, 10:40:20 am »
A good sharp knife.

True. I sharpened The Big Knife the other day. It's nice and, umm, sharp, now.

And then the murders began...

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2017, 11:32:10 am »
A good sharp knife.

My diamond steel is great for that. It'll even sharpen ceramic knives.  It had to be run in, though - the cheap ones lose odd bits at first.
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But hold the oysters.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2017, 05:32:22 pm »
Usually, a bottle of Merlot.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2017, 08:07:31 pm »
I need to add one more thing: my dinner gong. Wot is a Slovenian cow bell.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2017, 01:03:50 pm »
Good quality, well designed, sharp knives.

A gas hob, but an electric oven (the new kitchen will have two, a conventional one and a steam oven).

Loud music.

Everything else is optional gravy.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2017, 02:55:35 pm »
I need to add one more thing: my dinner gong. Wot is a Slovenian cow bell.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2017, 03:00:31 pm »
The view from my kitchen is nice (if you like big suburban gardens) with added cat antic entertainments.

What makes me unhappy in the kitchen is a sticky counter from unwiped fruit cutting. GGGRRR...

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2018, 10:57:54 am »
Walking into the kitchen and finding that someone else has cleared up and washed up.

-1. Washing up is my relaxing pastime.

To answer Ham's question: Cooking a Sunday roast.

Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2018, 12:35:37 pm »
The smell of garlic when it hits the butter/oil in the pan.

Saffron infusing.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2018, 12:50:08 pm »
Walking into the kitchen and finding that someone else has cleared up and washed up.

Walking into the kitchen and finding that someone else has cooked dinner! ;D

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2018, 01:25:33 pm »
Food, but that said any room with food will make me happy.

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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2018, 01:27:53 pm »
The smell of freshly ground Monsoon Malabar coffee beans and the aroma of a double shot of it in a cup.
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2018, 04:11:43 pm »
Sex (though this is a distant memory now)

In general, or just in the kitchen?  ;D
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Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2018, 04:37:31 pm »
This house came with an Aga, which was a bit intimidating at first.  We debated replacing it with a conventional cooker, but got used to its ways before we came to a conclusion.  So it stayed. 

It somehow enforces a more relaxed attitude to food preparation— no fiddlng with knobs or worrying about oven temperature.  No cleaning the oven either.

There are downsides.

Re: What makes you happy in the kitchen?
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2018, 06:41:58 pm »
Sex (though this is a distant memory now)

In general, or just in the kitchen?  ;D

It’s a distant memory wherever I am.
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