Things have been pretty busy chez Litlove these past few days. Tomorrow work starts on our house; we are having a new boiler put in and, given that this entails ripping out most of the old kitchen, having our kitchen renovated, too. Consequently we have spent the Bank Holiday weekend clearing out twelve years of accumulated stuff. Finally we have donated the plates we used to use at university to the charity shop, and I have at last thrown out a bag of spelt flour in acknowledgement of the fact I will never have the time or really the inclination to bake bread. My parents came over to help on Sunday – my mother managed to clean out the sink in the utility room, used for the grubby jobs involving paint or cat food, until it looked like new again, and my father manfully emptied all the out of date tins and bottles into a dish so that we could save the environment and recycle the glass and aluminium. You should have seen the dish afterwards – or maybe not; it was for the strong only. For the time being we have set up a temporary kitchen/dining area in the conversatory (just about warm enough – just) but we are still at the stage of opening cupboards in the kitchen every time we want a plate or a fork and then realising they are empty.
Tomorrow the whole room is demolished, leaving me with just a microwave oven and a slow-cooking dish to cook our meals. Most people would say, great, we’ll eat out for a fortnight! But this is not so easy, or indeed much fun, on a restricted diet. When I accepted I would give up sugar and yeast I promised myself I would still eat lovely meals, and this is perfectly easy to do with fresh ingredients and a full compliment of kitchen equipment. Processed microwaveable meals, takeaways, heavy restaurant food, none of these spell pleasure for me, alas. We’re going to have to work it out as we go along. I can only hope that whatever food crises we endure in the next couple of weeks will make for entertaining blog posts.
I do apologise for not having yet had a chance to reply to all the wonderful comments that have arrived over the weekend. I have so enjoyed reading them all and will respond individually, like usual, in the very near future. It’s been an exhausting few days but I’ll be back into a routine soon, I hope. And I still have lots of books to tell you about! Hang on in there for Adventures In Building Chaos Part 1 – to be posted in a couple of days, I would imagine….