The next page of my last summer’s travel diary finds me in a place I hardly want to leave… a Stately Home kitchen.
As the proud owner of a miniscule 1930’s Dutch kitchen, I struggle with space, and of course have only recently graduated to a large oven… but even so, I still find myself with serious and incurable oven-envy when I come into this kitchen at Audley End House.
As with the laundry it’s located a little way off the house because of fire hazard but it’s beautiful inside all the same.
It’s not just just humongous coal range that has the Wow factor and some… but also in a separate alcove, a huge bread oven in the wall with another coal range along side.
Judging by the very large square copper kettle on the top, possibly this one was for a plentiful supply of hot water.
Himself and the kids did the whistle stop tour of the kitchen and then bounced back outside to burn off some energy… Leaving our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” (also a fellow Foodie) and I free to browse at leisure and drool excitedly together over copper pot and pans, jelly molds, and coal ranges in peace.
No doubt some other visitors overheard our back and forth delighted shrieks and exclamations of new discoveries of beautiful kitchen items and probably assumed we were somewhat deranged, but any fellow foodie would have well understood.
I soooo want a kitchen this big… with a few high tech electrical additions discreetly incorporated of course.. and a few scullery maids to do the washing up. (no wait… maybe I can rope in my kids on that one).