Today while you are waiting for that casserole to
bubble, you could if you were so inclined take
the time to make somewhere mundane,
kind of pretty.
How's about the fridge?
* Take out everything in the fridge and put it on the
counter. Throw out anything past its sell by date or
more than a month old
(including mustards, marmalades etc...)
* Wipe down the insides of the fridge with a mix of
vinegar and tea-tree oil.
* Measure the bases of your salad drawers and using a
pair of pinking shears, cut out flowery/spotty oilcloth
liners, so you can clean the base of your drawers
quickly and easily, and they will always look pretty...
* Choose a tiny, pretty little dish, fill it with baking
powder and put it at the back of your fridge to
absorb bad smells.
* Choose a scrumptious tray (I'm saving a gorgeous
vintage glass one with a lace insert), or depending on
the size of your fridge, a couple of trays and use it in the
fridge to easily pull jam, marmalades, chutneys
and other condiments, in and out...
* Transfer blocks of butter on to butter dishes.
(pretty, not remotely precious pressed glass for me!).
* Pour cordials into glass bottles, display eggs (if you
prefer to keep them in the fridge), grapes, strawberries
and tomatoes etc in bowls, and put cheeses and
cold meat etc into their own lidded clear
containers: all the better to check stocks of...
* Remove as much store bought packaging as possible:
choose waxed paper over clingfilm wherever possible
and tie up with kitchen string.
* Store brocolli in a wide glass filled with water, like
a pretty green bouquet- as it will last longer this way..
* Store carrots standing up in a similar glass.
* Store like with like according to food safety rules.
* Remove all fish and meat from store wrappings,
wipe and wrap in greaseproof paper and store in
ziplock bags or sealed containers.
* Choose a container or tin you adore, fill it with
chocolately treats and hide it at the back, for
* Add a glass bowl for your cosmetics
* Then pop the odd crocheted doillie atop a jar
or two, pop a single flower bud in a tiny
jam jar, and close the door...
* Glue magnets onto the back of vintage paste
brooches and use to hold your
* Then get thee to a food emporium and buy a few
extra special treats in pretty packaging: divine
fresh coffee in brown paper bags, olives, sun dried
tomatoes in oil, retro style tinned fish, or
tiny little petit fours...
Then cook something delicious for dinner, go
to bed, then sneak downstairs in the middle of
the night to eat the leftovers straight out of
the fridge, Nigella Lawson style...