from one generation to the next
My life and that of my immediate family is in transition. It all began with the announcement that a new grandchild on the way. Very exciting news!!
2000 kilometres is a long way to go to help out the new Mum and her bub so we reached the momentus decision to relocate for a while. Our Brisbane investment property will become our new home and the funky warehouse apartment in Melbourne’s inner east that we’ve called home for 18 years will be leased. Because we’re moving north, another daughter whose been in fulltime employment has decided to start her own business to allow her extra parenting time. Our grand daughters will learn to fly unaccompanied for the short hop north. We’ll still spend school holidays together. Then there is a wedding to help plan…..
It’s decision time!
Do I pack my stash of beans and rice that I use as pastry weights when I’m baking a tart shell blind? When was the last time they were used? If I apply the principals I use to clearing out the wardrobe, they’ve not been in the oven for more than 2 years so it’s pointless keeping them! And should I keep this trangular mold? I bought it with great excitement after doing a cooking school with Philip Searle in 1989. We learned to make an elaborate raspberry and champagne dessert which I recreated once, just once. The Mouli Legume I used repeatedly over the years to puree and strain tomato sauce. This hasn’t been used since my kids left home almost 20 yrs ago. It’s in good order…… How many vegetable peelers does a kitchen need? Three can go the kitchen at my grand daughter’s school.
I’ll keep the fish kettle which gets used to poach a whole salmon for heydays and holidays even though it needs a big space in the kitchen cupboard and the storage box of rarely used tart tins , cake tins and cookie cutters, I can’t bear to give them up….. The julienne peeler I bought with high hopes can go to the charity shop along with the collapsible funnel which collapses if you use it with hot liquids My kitchen souveniers from India need a good home too, the coconut grater, idli steamer and sev extruder seemed like a good idea at the time…. The vacuum sealer was invaluable when packing dry goods to carry into the outback. We’ve sold our caravan, now the vacuum sealer is redundant. Five wine bottle sealers seems a bit excessive too….
Anyone in Melbourne who is interested in my cast offs, everything is in good working order, they are free to a good home! Please email me to arrange pick up or to talk more if you’re interested.
The lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts the monthy In My Kitchen forum. Food bloggers from around the world invite you to drop into their kitchens for a peek. I always feel inspired after reading their posts.
I hope to be settled enough to return to IMK in October.