Our little kitchen can drive me crazy at times (like whenever I'm in it), the benches are way too low for me, terrible lighting such that every time you use a bench you cast a shadow over where you are working, a silly low hutch over one of two bench tops making it virtually unusable (unless you are really short). It always seems that we never have enough bench space....and although I like to blame the poky kitchen there are other factors at work....
It seems as fast as I bottle, cook, freeze the excess fruits that come our way (or from our garden), more bowls and bags appear on the benchtop! I'm starting to feel like my mother.....I remember our kitchen benches were always filled with excess fruit & veggies that wouldn't quite fit anywhere else.
Tim has already done a batch of quince paste (started back in this post)
now all wrapped up and ready to be used in gifts & for winter feasts. Despite all the mixing this is one of those preserves well worth taking the time to do (we eat this a lot!)
On the weekend I did some big batches of our apples, the quinces & pears
There was tomato sauce (for pasta & the like) cooked & frozen/bottled
Looks like we have more of the same ahead of us if we want to see the bench tops anytime soon!
One of these days I'll get a picture of our downstairs storage lockers where all this stuff ends up....I can't promise it will be as organised (or neat) as Michelle's pantry!