So, as part of my decision to start an online cookery course, I took a long, hard look at my kitchen. It’s all very well having a clean, neat and tidy kitchen, but it’s a whole new ball-game when you want to show it to everyone on the internet! I just know you’re all going to inspect my kitchen when I start putting up pictures and videos. Don’t deny it, you know you will I took a few photographs and made a few quick videos, and then looked at them as though I was a stranger looking at someone’s kitchen. I didn’t particularly like what I saw. The cooker was old and worn out; The tiles were discoloured and the grout needed reviving; The worktops also need replacing, but as it’s rented property there’s not much I can do about that. I’ll have to work with what I’ve got. The first thing I did was get rid of the old cooker. It was an old model, the kind with large metal plates, that take ages to heat up, and you have no quick control over the temperature like you do with gas. Unfortunately we don’t have gas here, so I went for the next best thing – a ceramic hob with a separate grill and oven. Almost as much heat control as a gas hob, with the even heat distribution of a fan oven and the ability to grill and roast at the same time. While the cooker was out, I made the most of the time, giving the tiles a deep clean with industrial strength degreaser, and re-grouted the whole area. It helps that I’m also a qualified electrician, so I could remove the old cooker and install the new one myself 😉 I’m looking forward to cooking here again!