tirsdag den 14. november 2017

Åbent køkken -- Open Kitchens (14. november)

     Uglemor har kigget på huse de seneste dage. Næh, ikke fordi vi skal flytte, vi bliver her i Ugleboet, men Uglemor er nysgerrig, og af og til drømmer hun om åbne vidder og plads til husdyr.
     Men næsten alle de huse, Uglemor har kigget på, er blevet diskvalificeret med det samme.
     Der er to ting i vejen med de fleste: Der mangle et badekar (ikke ét ord mere om det) og så er der samtalekøkkener - eller åbne køkkener. Og lige ved siden af står der store, hvide sofaer med puder og tæpper. Ofte er der også kun en bue ind til stuen ved siden af, eller trappen står lige ved siden af køkkenet. Jeg vil have døre! Hvordan kan man dog lave mad i sådan et køkken, hvor al lugten fordeler sig jo i hele huset, sidder i møblerne og hænger i gardinerne. Selv hvis emhætten kører medens man lave mad, så kræver det jo omgående opvask efter endt aftensmåltid. Hvis det er sådan, huse almindeligvis er indrettet, fatter jeg godt at folk synes madlavning er en udfordring og bare  varmer en noget frossent mad eller et par dåser et eller andet i mikroovnen.Selv det at bage et brød eller en kage, som jo dufter skønt, medens det står på, giver en kedelig fugtlig-metallisk lugt efter et stykke tid.
    Uglemor bliver så glad for sit gamle slidte køkken med døre der kan - og skal! - lukkes, med vinduer der kan åbnes, og en emhætte, der faktisk virker.

     Uglemor håber ikke at trampe på nogens tæer, men Skribenten koger grønkål til sig og Hvalrossen, og om onsdagen - når der er en fiskemand inde i byen - steger vi friske fisk. Af og til blancherer Uglemor broccoli og porrer til fryseren, eller koger syltetøj og sylter grøntsager. Alle disse lugtende aktiviteter kan hun slet ikke forestille sig at lave - eller holde ud - i et hus som det på billedet her.
Taget fra EDC-mæglernes hjemmeside
MotherOwl has been looking at houses for sale. No, we're not planning a move! We're staying in the Owlery. But MotherOwl is curious and sometimes dreams of more space, pastures for sheep and horses, and maybe a dog.
But all the houses or almost all of them were put in the circular file after a short glance.
Two things in particular sent them there: bathrooms with no bathtub - not a word more on this! and entertaining kitchens / open kitchens.How on Earth and beyond can people live and cook in a house like that? And next to the kitchen are big white sofas with pillows and blankets. Often there is only an arc dividing the living room from the next, or the staircase is right next to the kitchen. I want doors! How can you cook in a kitchen, where all the smells drift through the house, sneak in the furniture and hang in the curtains. Even if the hood is running, you have to do the dishes immediately after eating. If that is how houses are usually laid out, I suddenly understand why  people find cooking a challenge and just throws a frozen food or a couple of cans in the microwave. Even the smell from baking a bread or a cake turns into a dull, wet-metallic smell after a while.


MotherOwl is suddenly quite fond of her old worn kitchen with doors that can - and should! - be closed, with windows that can be opened, and a hood that actually works.


MotherOwl do not want to step on any toes, but the Writer cooks kale for himself and and the Walrus, and on Wednesdays - when the fishmonger is in town - we are having fresh fish for dinner. Occasionally, MotherOwl blanches broccoli and leek for putting in the fridge, or makes jams and jellies. All of these smelly activities MotherOwl can not imagine doing in a house like the one at the photo.

1 kommentar:

  1. Uglemor,

    This post made me smile. We have an open plan kitchen and not many doors! I must admit that sometimes I'd like a few more doors. It's impossible to keep the dogs out of the kitchen or off the cream coloured carpet in the living room. Also, we can't make just one room very cosy during winter by closing a door to keep the heat in. But on the positive side, no one ever shouts, "Close the door!" When we lived in a house with doors, these words were a constant refrain. And no one bangs doors and they don't bang shut in the breeze coming from open windows.

    I've never noticed bad kitchen smells pervading the whole house. (Maybe our house smells of dog instead!) Our house is very airy. We have lots of big windows. Maybe that helps.

    We've lived in all kinds of houses: old and new, airy and mouldy, big and small. Each one has had its good points and its bad. We've made a home in all of them, making each our own.

    I bet your house also reflects who you are. Your kitchen sounds very cosy and welcoming and I'd love to sit at your table (with the door closed) and chat with you while you're making jam!

    SvarSlet