Making progress…Making Food

It´s been a while, I´ve missed you all. Lots of news to update you with though.

Work has been going well, the kitchen has now moved on from this…

To this…

Just the final touches to the units (handles, skirting boards), then the wall units to follow. There´s still wall tiling to go but … pah…easy peasy compared to some of the things we´ve been doing.

Of course, when you have a hob and an oven (as of yesterday) you can COOK!! Oh what joy to have a relatively dust free area to prepare meals that are not sandwiches filled with cement or fried eggs lightly dusted with sawdust.

Supper was a simple meal of grilled lamb chops sprinkled with Malvern sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice, with rice mixed with garlic mushrooms. It was nothing complicated but with a good glass of wine it tasted like the food of the gods.

Lunch today was a sharing platter (we have a lot of those as it means less washing up, very important when you´ve had to wash up with cold water in a bucket!). Good old tortilla, a leftover corn cob and some salami from home with a little salad made with sweet juicy local tomatoes.

Hopefully soon I´ll be able to get a little more adventurous in the kitchen, and we´re not talking about power tools here.  So…a little more news which may leave some of you wondering if we both need to get our heads examined. Things have gone so well, and we have learned so much…we´re going to do it all over again when we´ve finished this house. Yes, you heard right. Just around the corner from this house was another one crying out for some love and attention. It has a very similar scary carpet but we´ve learnt not to fear the shag pile.

It´s been more recently modernized…we´re talking some time during the late 1970s as opposed to the early 1960s in the current house, so a little less work. But not much.

No…your eyes do not deceive you…that´s a downstairs bathroom coming off the “oh so modern” kitchen.

We´re getting the internet installed though, so cross your fingers, toes and eyes for us and hopefully in about a week I´ll be chatting away to you all in my usual fashion and hopefully doing a bit more talking about cooking and a little less about house renovating. But I´m not making any rash promises!


62 thoughts on “Making progress…Making Food

  1. There’s something lovely about the old retro fittings in one way, nostalgic. But that new kitchen looks stunning, being able to cook is definitely something worth celebrating! 🙂

  2. It looks as though it’s all going really well – but I think you’re brave to contemplate starting all over again.. Good luck! That bathroom off the kitchen reminds me of my early 70s student flats – ugh!

  3. Thanks for update. You kitchen looks lovely, I bet you can’t wait to start cooking in it “full time” 🙂 That lamb chop is mouthwatering, and as always simple meal is the best! Good luck on your new renovation adventure! 🙂

  4. Ah! You’ve got the bug, Tanya. People renovate one home, are surprised that they can, in fact, renovate a home, and move on to a 2nd. You’ve done such a good job in the kitchen — both the remodel and the meals — that it’s easy to see why you’d do this again and, dare I say, again? And a sharing platter would be perfect for your current situation. In this case, it’s what’s on the platter that counts, not whether you’ve set proper place settings. Continued good luck to you both, Tanya, and thank you for taking the time to keep us updated.

    1. Hi John…yes, I think you´re right. We´ve got the bug but I am hoping that after renovating the second one the antibiotics will kick in and we´ll be cured! Sharing platters are the way to go when you´re in a rush and need to get back to the painting 😉 Hope all is well with you, can´t wait until I am properly connected again and I can read your posts!

  5. What an amazing transformation! And only you could make some “simple” dishes look wonderful and gourmet! I like the idea of sharing one dish… or maybe I would just eat out of a pot?.. that would be so much easier at clean-up.. and kinda fun!!

  6. Good thing that run-down kitchen and bathroom look more enticing and workable to you than to me! I would never know what to do with them! Maybe run very quickly to the next item on the rental list?

    1. I am a “glass half full” kind of person – always seeing the best in things, even stinky kitchens and bathrooms. I should have put in a shot of the outside loo – now that´s scary!

  7. Oh sounds like you’ve been bitten good my friend! Once the mind starts a project like this, then succeeds, suddenly an appetite appears for more! I love the idea of Chica Tanya and the Big Man from the Mountain going about an English neighborhood beautifying what’s been neglected! I so relate to what it’s like to once again put warm food on the table…kind of thrilling, isn’t it, when before being put to the minimalist/remodeling test, it felt quite ordinary. Continued best of luck to you & the pups! It’s all looking so good!

  8. You feel pretty good when you doss down totally weary, don’t you?! I wish for you and a long, reasonable autumn in S England! Results much faster than I would have anticipated . . . and they look great! I would be challenged by numero due also, but, somehow, I can hear the mindsets moving . . . 🙂 !

  9. My bathroom is next to the kitchen as well in my flat. I found that quite odd. Why would you do that? Congrats on the progress and good luck with the next one.

    1. I think it was done a few years back in lots of places, although I´m not sure you can do it now if you´re modernizing. It has its advantages too, especially if you are cooking and “caught short” 😉

    1. I know what you mean Roger. We´re having the carpet fitted today and Big Man is fascinated by the process as he´s never seen anything like this before as we´re used to tiles everywhere!

  10. Oh the silver motif on the wallpaper. The loo oh so handy when needing a nature break while washing up. Lovely.

    You are, of course, raving mad to do it all again lol. Internet access will help, dongle free hopefully and I guess access to long beachy walks of an evening will soften the madness some. Oh, OK then. Hope you make it back to the mountains too though :o)

    1. We will definitely be heading back to the mountains – I miss them desperately. But I´m enjoying the experience, am gobsmacked by the hideousness of the wallpapers we´re coming across, and we are becoming an expert DIY team. We´re having great fun together too, I have to say, with very few rows (which is remarkable under the circumstanceds)!

  11. House really looking good Tanya, and the lamb chops, lol, they look like proper lamb chops, yumee. Slowy packing things away here, apartment hunting Thursday/Friday. Hope to speak soon, lots love, XXX D & S

  12. Missed you LOTS – so nice to see an update! You are really going for it with doing another house – I am super impressed and I must say that your chops and rice looks…wait for it…SCRUMITY!
    🙂 Mandy xo

  13. Great to see you back and I love the White Cliffs!
    I haven’t posted for a while either – I’m shooting a documentary on the Paralympics with a German film crew. I haven’t had time to think let alone type 😉

    1. Wow – I am looking forward to hearing more about what you´re working on. We were hooked on the Olympics and are now complete Paralympic addicts every evening! Hope it all goes well 🙂

  14. ¡Qué bien Tanya!
    Lo estais haciendo fenomenal 🙂 Una vez terminada esta casa, ¿qué hareis con esta casa? y con la próxima? Me parece un proyecto super interesante.

  15. Some people are addicted to alcohol…some to sex…Chica and her man are addicted to renovating! I guess you will at least have something to show for your addiction ;). Wonderful “first food” shots…taken with all of the love and care of someone salivating behind the camera. Kitchen “tick”, NEXT! Bring it on! We can lounge around here in our armchairs in our pyjamas (some of us in our underpants ;)) and watch you work…nothing like it for making a body feel mellow…no work for me dear…I am too busy watching someone else work! 🙂

    1. Yes…our addiction is out in the open! I should go to a meeting “My name is Chica and I´m a Renovator”! And as for work…it´s great, I could watch it for hours 😉

    1. Yes those fires were scary (and deliberate, to make it worse). Not so far from us, but not so close either, I guess they could have been worse Not good though. The kitchen is coming along well and should look fantastic when it´s done!

  16. wow! Go go go! Two houses and so fast! Want to come and update mine? 😉 Well done on preparing simple meals too, sometimes those are the most rewarding!

  17. Even though we have all missed your recipes, I love all your updates on your house refurbishment! Keep them coming! You are making good progress. In bocca al Lupo!

  18. Ha ha! Don’t be frightened of the shag pile!! Are you two MAD! I take my hat off to you both. Blimey, you’ll end up buying the whole street! Its looking good though. If you get a chance don’t forget the Wartime Farm starts tonight. Keep Calm and Carry On!

  19. Looks fantastic! I’m in the middle of remodeling our little 1968 cottage and feeling overwhelmed by all the visual chaos! Looks like you’ve got it all under control and you even cooked! I must make one of your tortilla’s soon. Everytime I see one I want to reach into the computer screen and grab a slice. 🙂

  20. You and Big Man are doing a terrific job! Oh that meal must have tasted so good. I commend you for taking on another project…when you are on a roll, sometimes you just have to keep going. The best of luck with your work ahead.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Karen – although it´s exhausting a lot of the time, we´re having a great time. It´s all very satisfying seeing things come together!

  21. I know how excited you must be to step into the kitchen again and start to feel your way around the new surroundings!! You’ve done alot of work in that house so far, it’s amazing to watch the transformation! Take it one day at a time Tanya….one meal at a time too 🙂

  22. You’re doing another one! Are you mad? That or very clever, I can’t quite decide 😉 Loving the patterned carpet wallpaper combo very Vivienne Westwood 1992, I believe. When she was doing Dangerous Liasons basques with carpet bags, I so wanted one of those basques, I was 19. Anyway, good luck from (still scorchio) Andalucia!

    1. Mad I think rather than clever. I´m trying to see the Vivienne Westood but failing 😦 Too much scary wallpaper strpping has addled my artistic brain! Please send us some hot weather please, it´s cooling down here with rain and wind on the way…

  23. You are doing a great job so far Tanya and I can only imagine how good a home cooked meal seems after all this trouble!
    I am looking forward to seeing the whole before and after now..and ofcourse the new before pictures of the new house too

    1. Am working out a way of showing these separately – maybe a web link for anyone interested! It´s good to be cooking again – even if it´s only quick and simple meals 🙂

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