5am and I can’t sleep.
I have a vision of my perfect life.
I bake once a week, and somehow always have all the ingredients on hand. I will bake cookies whenever I feel like it, and never turn down an opportunity to share a cookie with a loved one (husband/kids). Cold milk is a must. Birthdays mean Mummy will bake a cake, though she can’t guarantee they’ll be as nice as store-bought ones. I’ll bake madeleines and scones and cupcakes and brownies and cookies… and I will have an assortment of cookie cutters because shapes make me happy.
In my ideal life, I have a well-stocked pantry with all different kinds of pasta (bowtie is a must, and angel hair because it sounds magical). I will have small pots of herbs. Basil, chilli and maybe rosemary? I wil always, always, always have garlic and onions. And eggs, just because I could eat them in 101 different ways. I will have bread, never white. Hopefully by then 100% wholewheat bread will be easy to come by and affordable. I will have all sorts of grains and healthy stuff that I can sneak into my cooking. I will have couscous.
I will try and make my own sushi. And ramen and Oyako Don. And tempura. Mmm…Japanese food.
I will have a fruit juicer for mornings when I want a fresh start. There will always be fruits, always. Apples, oranges, grapes, pears (those juicy soft ones, not the hard ones), watermelon, strawberries and blueberries. I will have tons of lemons lying about (also handy for making lemon tart or lemon pound cake).
(There will always be vegetables and tofu. Tofu is King)
There will be potatoes (roasted potatoes with rosemary on lazy days. Lazy days will be DVD days.)
There will be many types of cereal, just like in Seinfeld. Although I will only eat muesli, I shall let the kids and husband have their pick of their favourite cereal (I’m guessing Honey Stars will make the cut).
Sundays will be a Special Day. I will make pancakes with maple syrup and fruits. Sometimes I will make choc chip pancakes and make smiley faces with the chocolate chips that will make my kids laugh. (After that we either go out cycling or walking about or we stay in and watch TV in our jammies)
There will always be nuts. Almonds, hazelnuts, macademias (a lil pricey though) pistachios walnuts.
And dried fruit…mmm apricots. mmm cranberries.
I think that should be it. Oh! I will have a nice spice rack as well, with both asian and western spices.
Oh! and in the fridge! Chicken…always chicken. Some beef, some fish (O Salmon!), some seafood. And oh….MUSHROOMS. How could I ever forget you.
Okay, that shall be it for now.
My perfect kitchen.
(Oh, and since we’re at it, my perfect kitchen will have a huge island, filled with every imaginable kitchen appliance [a pasta machine, a bread machine, a KitchenAid and an ice-cream machine have been suggested] And many, many bowls. I have this obsession with mixing bowls of many, many sizes. And square plates. In my ideal life, the best family memories are when me and my family are huddled around that island, sharing a cookie or two with a tall glass of milk. Even before taking a bite, I smile, because I am happy.)