Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Random Recipes 18 - something a little different...

This month's Random Recipes challenge is a change from the regular. No rifling through cookbooks is required. No counting pages, no random number generators, in fact no cooking at all!

Instead, Dom at Belleau Kitchen, the mastermind between then Random Recipes challenges has asked us to give the world a sneak peak into our culinary lives by photographing and posting some in-situ shots of our cook book libraries.

So here's mine! But be warned - I got a little bit snap happy!
2/3 cookbooks, 1/3 board books!

Let's start with the highest concentration of cook books - the hall book case. I get 2 shelves, Mini-M gets one. Although recently she's started asking to read "Mummy books" too, and is particularly a fan of River Cottage Veg Everyday, where she likes ordering me to turn the pages and pointing out all the veg that she knows. It's a shame her willingness to eat them wasn't as extensive as her vocabulary!
A book case location shot

The bookcase sits in our hallway, with Luigi for company.
Spot the cookbooks...
 There are a few cookbooks stashed in the living room too - here's a close up...
Living room cook books
These seem mainly to be here by virtue of the fact that most of these have been given to me as presents... which have been opened in the living room and never left! They share a shelf with such living room essentials as a series of zoo animal masks, classics like "My First Mega Sticker Book" and a newspaper from the day Mini-M was born. Did I mention we don't really do filing... or indeed organisation, or tidying!
A few more obscuring a picture (poor picture!)
 These ones are some books I'm in the process of reviewing for the Daring Kitchen, so are left in an obvious place in the hope that I won't be able to overlook them. I wouldn't put it past me though!
The kitchen!
Now the one place you would probably expect cook books is in the kitchen, but weirdly here they are few and far between. Pans - check; Lots of cereal - check; Mini-M's mini kitchen - check. Cookbooks... not so many.
The cooker (and it's surrounding chaos)
No cook books in this shot either! And I'm blaming some of the surrounding cooker chaos on Mini-M who seems to derive never ending enjoyment unpacking the shelves of baking tins, flasks, tinfoil and greaseproof paper.
Oh look - the cook books!
 They might not be in the kitchen, but they're close by. Just outside the door, which currently features a giant cupcake, a colours poster, and some nursery artwork.
What's behind the curtain?

This curtain is as old as I am - I remember it at home as a child, and then when we moved into our house, it re-emerged from a box of old curtains. I love it's brown flowers 1970s feel. But what lurks behind it?
(Organised?) chaos
Our larder cupboard - full of all manner of tins and jars, including the stash of dried apricots up on the highest shelf and well out of Mini-M's reach!
Finally, the paltry kitchen cookbook offering...
In the kitchen there's only 1 actual cook book - one of the set that's obscuring out living room artwork. But beside that is 'my' cookbook. The notebook where I jot down the recipes of my kitchen creations and de-dairification of recipes.
Just chaos - no organisation this time!
And I leave you with a photo of my baking cupboard where chaos reigns well and truly. If nothing else, I hope this post has made all that read it feel good about the relative organisation, order, and control they exert over their own kitchens!!!!!


  1. I love the larder... I always wanted a larder!... I am LOVING this challenge... I cannot begin to tell you how briliant it is to see inside peoples lives... I think i'm a genius!!! thank you so much for taking part x

  2. How wonderful to see other people's kitchens ..... nosiness being part of the human condition !!
    What a lovely homely kitchen you have, perfect for lots of happy cooking.

  3. Hi Ruth, Is the Flavour Thesaurus the book with the flavour wheel? I was so put off by the apparent proscriptive nature of that, that I wouldn't buy it. But if it is the same book, how do you rate it?

    ps Your place is so tidy!

  4. Wow - thanks so much for this. My favourite photo is the one with your cooker - love the hearts and the homeliness of the most important part of the house!
    Your home is such fun - Mini M will have fab Memories of her childhood home.

  5. Thought you said you weren't organised! I would be too ashamed to post pics of my kitchen at the mo! Love the egg holder - might have to get myself one of those and create myself a little bit more worktop space!

  6. WOW, you've got tons of stuff!!! I love to see some sneak peaks of bloggers' lifes, it brings us a little closer!!!!

  7. Thanks for showing us around! I love being a nosey parker ;) I'm starting to think that I need a serious tidy up before taking any photos! PS i love your egg holder :)

  8. Hi, I'm visiting from Dom's cookbook challenge and I wanted to pop over and check out all your photos! You certainly have a lot of cookbooks, which I love!!!

    I also love the giant cupcake on the door! Thanks for letting me peek into your cookbook world!

    If you have time, please stop by, I love company and new friends are always welcome!

  9. What a fabulously generous look around your home. I do feel a bit voyeuristic having not taken part in the Random Recipe this month (or last!) Great larder, I do wish I had one of those. We all seem to have a sprinkling of Jamie. GG

  10. This is just a brilliant challenge, I love having a nosey around other folks cupboards and books.

    Your home is lovely, it's just that....a home.

    Sue xx



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