E.M.’s Sunday Ramble #15

Kitchen and Food

Here are the questions:

When you are in the kitchen cooking (or cleaning), do you have anything playing in the background (i.e.,TV, music, Julia Childs, etc.) while you are completing your tasks? If you are not someone who cooks or does chores in your kitchen, think of another chore or task. While you are doing that task, do you have anything going on in the background?

Upper Kitchen

It depends. At my old house the kitchen was separate from the living room and I didn’t have TV in there. Here the kitchen I use, well it’s more of a kitchenette really, adjoins the lounge. Often, I’m talking to Naomi while I am preparing food. If I am alone, I might have the TV on, usually YouTube, or play an audio book on my laptop but only if I am doing a task that will take a while. I’m more likely to sit down and watch something while waiting for a cake to bake for example.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten that someone cooked for you?

David and I had Haggis in Scotland. That was from a cafe, not something someone cooked especially for us, but I guess it is weird, well some people might think so.

Thinking of that weird food, did you like it enough to eat it again or get the recipe?

I liked it. I’ve never eaten it since but probably would if I got the chance. I wouldn’t try to cook it myself though.

What’s the food you usually refuse to share?

I don’t think there is anything I wouldn’t share. I was taught not to be selfish with treats.

Do you use recipes when you cook, or do you have your own way of cooking the food that you love? If you are not the person who cooks in your household, pick a task that has directions/instructions. Do you follow the directions or put them to the side?

I prefer to use a recipe for most things I cook. Even though there are some things I make often like fruit cake or banana bread I still get the recipe out. It helps me to remember the amounts of each ingredient and I am less likely to leave something out. I do vary a bit of course. I may put in less sugar or more fruit but I don’t change the method usually. Except for pastry, I never chill it when the recipe says to do so. Once I find a recipe that I like I stick with it.

Recipe pages.

Bonus: Pick three smells in your kitchen that make you happy when you smell them.

  • freshly baked bread,
  • roasting meat,
  • fruit cake in the oven.
Fruit cake made with tea.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

One comment

  1. I have heard of Haggis, but I’ve never been sure of what it is lol. I had a friend that lived in Scotland, and he always talked about Haggis. I never asked him what it was 🙂 Those were some wonderful smells! I too said roast. Bread has been the main one so far. Great answers Taswegian! I always enjoy reading them, and I like the picture of the kitchen 🙂 Thanks for rambling with me! Have a great week!

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