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While I wait,

Things I miss from my old flat…

I am making Hyderabadi biryani from Nabeela’s recipe at Trial And Error. Of course, by the time I post about this, I won’t be calling it Hyderabadi biryani, since the recipe will have undergone some possibly key modifications, some by choice, others by circumstance…but more about that later!

I am all settled into my new flat now, and am enjoying the different arrangement of space and rooms, not to mention no longer being on the ground floor and having a porch. And neighbours! I missed living near or with people who would lime with you over a cup of coffee, or shared meals. Or just ole talk. And of course my kitchen now actually gets natural light. But there are things that I miss about the old place…

Things I Miss:

Old Le Creuset thumbnailPots

A complete set of Le Creuset cookware. A bit banged up by some clearly undeserving previous tenants (but since they may have been left behind by a previous tenant I won’t complain too much) but so good for everything. Pelau, sawine, takari, Irish Soda Bread…sigh…I could have used that big one for the biryani. Really. This was the first time I ever used this classic, stove to oven, heavy duty, efficient cookware, and they made up for the itty bitty stove. Mostly. Now that I don’t have them, I realise that, apart from my tawah, small takari pot and the various skillets, I don’t have a lot of pots. I had to use my pressure cooker to make pelau the other day. Sigh.

My Spice Shelf

The wooden beam that ran along one side of my kitchen wall, made for a great long spice shelf. In addition to normal spices and seasonings, I had salt, sugar (for tea and coffee) and cooking spray and sesame oil etc all lined up there in plain sight and easy reach for cooking. Of course, you had to be at least 5’6″ or so to actually reach the shelf…and my first guest was significantly shorter and never even saw the shelf until I pointed it out, but it was convenient. And freed up cubpoard and counter space. Speaking of which…

Counter Space

I miss my main prep counter that was there and long and tiled and at the optimum level of kitchen organising, was unencumbered by appliances and even counter-space-saving implements. It was also a good base from which to unpack groceries, serve food (as it abutted the open space between the kitchen and dining area) and talk to guests, while cooking.

Storage Space

Looking at it, it wouldn’t appear that my old flat had more kitchen storage, since the number of cupboard wasn’t more than what I have now…but it was smarter. It had shelves on the lower cupboards so I could actually fit all my baking sheets and pans and skillets etc IN the cupboards, rather than the temporary storage now in my oven. When you have to yank out tawah and bailna and chowki and all the bread and cake tins, and baking sheets…baking is less likely (although the biryani is in there right now while the aforementioned objects lime on the couch – limited counter space remember?). Good thing the stove/oven is BIG. Family sized. Like the fridge. YAY.

Big Washing Machine

I could fit a tonne of stuff into the old one. It was big. Of course, it also took long pauses with voltage fluctuations. And I didn’t have a drier…but it was big and it didn’t sound like it had convulsions during the spin cycle. Ok, I have a dryer now, so I don’t really regret the loss of the bigger machine, but I do miss its capacity!

Mosquito-lessness

At my old flat, I was fortunate to live in an area of Georgetown that was not replete with big fat blood sucking whining mosquitoes. And still I got bitten. Mosquitoes always find me. Sigh.

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Things I DON’T Miss

– not having a view

– the gardener always outside my windows (nothing sinister, my flat was just on the edge of the garden)

– not having natural light and air in the kitchen

– tiny, non frost-free fridge/freezer

– tiny stove

– awful tv reception

– awful cellphone reception (although, that was handy when work was calling…)

– no dryer

– narrowness of everything

– inadequate guest spaces

barbados-apartment-dining-and-kitchen-areas.jpgSo, it’s not bad this new place. But it’s Sunday and I appparently have time to muse. Although, as far as kitchen go, my flat in Barbados earlier this year was incomparable to any other in terms of counter space, storage and general design. I miss that. One day I’ll have the opportunity to design my own kitchen. I’m storing up the pros and cons.

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16 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. me can’t wait to design my designer kitchen

    also
    LOVED barbados apartment :)

    1. Lilandra, Empress of Chocolate and Envious Sister on October 28th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
  2. I noticed the le creuset immediately and was shocked to hear that they had ever been mistreated, ‘sacri-large’. I have not visited either space, but think it would be interesting to design a kitchen and pantry for oneself instead of inheriting the whims of a developer/contractor/landlord. One of my personal favourite kitchen’s is Ina Garten’s on Barefoot Contessa…it just seems like it isn’t so big it overwhelms you and yet there is a spot for doing everything and loads of natural light…I can always dream.

    2. Rone on October 28th, 2007 at 9:15 pm
  3. Natural lighting in kitchen is one thing that I desperately need :(
    Also, I’m pretty excited to hear about how the biryani comes out. Do let me know, ok?

    3. Nabeela on October 28th, 2007 at 9:43 pm
  4. Alhamdullilah we too made lamb biryani but in a pot the big heavy iron pot with its own cover for the Aqiqah for the new grand daughter. I used Jasmine rice and ia mixture of coconut milk and yoghurt for marinating and cooking. Everyone enjoyed and I received many compliments……So it must have tasted good then…..

    4. TriniMom on October 28th, 2007 at 10:13 pm
  5. I love Ina Garten’s kitchen!
    She doesn’t seem to run out of room either…

    I also love the tiles in Tyler’s Ultimate…

    5. Lilandra, Empress of Chocolate and Envious Sister on October 28th, 2007 at 11:21 pm
  6. I can’t remember the tiles in Tyler’s Ultimate kitchen but I will remember to pay attention next time.

    6. Rone on October 29th, 2007 at 12:47 pm
  7. That was the kitchen based on his own apartment kitchen. Red tiles right?

    7. chennette on October 29th, 2007 at 1:22 pm
  8. i thought they were green!!
    nice rectangular tiles
    searching…hmm…whose tiles have i been dreaming of?

    8. Lilandra, Empress of Chocolate and Envious Sister on October 29th, 2007 at 7:36 pm
  9. Congrats on the new place,….you will get used to the counter space….look forward to new recipes concoted here…

    9. Cranky Putz on October 30th, 2007 at 1:27 pm
  10. Congrats on the new digs and like Cranky Putz, looking forward to your creations.

    10. Cynthia on October 30th, 2007 at 10:22 pm
  11. Thanks CP and Cynthia. Have some posts all prepped, but work is a little overwhelming right now. But soon I go home for a long weekend. (Technically for elections, but also for the niece and HOMEtime). And later, an exciting trip I hope I have lots of things about which to write blog posts.

    11. chennette on October 31st, 2007 at 12:28 am
  12. enjoy your new place!! and gift yourself some new pans this festive season.

    12. bee on November 1st, 2007 at 2:21 pm
  13. thanks Bee…certain family members have planned that I buy some le Creuset…since that plan entails those pots being in Trinidad, I am not sure how that is supposed to help my situation in Guyana!

    13. chennette on November 1st, 2007 at 2:29 pm
  14. yes yes yes
    gift yourself AND your family le Creuset!

    14. Lilandra, Empress of Chocolate and Envious Sister on November 1st, 2007 at 11:11 pm
  15. Hi Chennette, glad to see you’ve settled into your new flat. I love your analytical comparisons between your new and old places btw. I grew up with the orange Le Creuset set as well, they’re just so damn useful aren’t they!

    15. Trig on November 2nd, 2007 at 12:31 pm
  16. Hey Trig, thanks! Lucky you and Le Creuset 😀 I used them for everything and they cleaned up so well. Was so tempted to think about sneaking them out with me 😉 , as my landlords were selling and moving. But I sneaked out a PSU glass, and they gave me a lovely old heavy coffee table, so taking the pots might have been a bit much…

    16. chennette on November 3rd, 2007 at 1:09 am

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