Friday, October 15, 2010

Cook's Nook!

I have been invited by Sharon of The Key Bunch to join the October Blog Carnival - the Cook's Nook! We're talking kitchens here...but we all know the kitchen is not just the cook's nook.......the kids do their homework there, the dogs lay on the floor while the cooking is going on, drooling for any food that may fall accidentally, guests always gravitate to the kitchen no matter how lovely the living room is, in other words it is everyone's nook!
My kitchen is no different. Every new house we move into has had a larger kitchen than the previous one and yet, my kitchen is never big enough! I like lots of counter space....my mom jokes saying I need lots of counter space to keep empty :-) Yes, I don't like clutter. I enjoy cooking and I need all the space I can get. I love love old utensils and cooking gadgets.....traditional grinding stones, stone mortar and pestles, antiquated coconut scrapers and vegetable cutters and so on. I have inherited a lot of brass and bronze ware from my mom and grandma which co-exist happily with Indian village mud and clay pottery, Italian ceramic ware, Moroccan tagines and Turkish bowls! Its a synthesis of old, new, modern, rustic, simple and sophisticated! And I love it all!
The nook

Brass coffee filters, copper and bronze glasses

Tibetan copper tea kettle and singing bowl

Measuring spoons and cups

Brass pots as spoon holders

Painted mud vessels...for storing rotis(bread) and yogurt

Very old wood painted Laccadivian coconut scraper...masquerading as a fruit bowl!

The essential of any Indian kitchen....the "brass masala dabba" (literally translated to mean the box that holds the spices)

My mug collection...yes, a bit freaky I know

My dachshund salt and pepper shakers


Thank you Sharon for letting me participate in this!

19 comments:

GB said...

Okay kamini, it's official...I have a massive "girl crush" on you! Now that THAT's out of the way....

The tibetan tea pot is adorable. I want mitti roti holders like those, the coconut scraper (I used to think it was one of those prayer-book holders) is even more amazing now that I know what it is {wouldn't have a clue as to how to operate it!---I buy the frozen shredded coconut! :-( } I am really lusting after all those teacups and coffee mugs (I'm also glad that my collection "only" takes up one shelf---which means I now have license to EXPAND it!)

:D

GB said...

oooh---flavored honey straws in the background? (last picture)...now I have to hit the farmer's market tomorrow!

Indie.Tea said...

What a magnificent kitchen! Love the brass pots as spoon holders.

krithika said...

Kamini, It was a feast for the eyes to look at your kitchen and the drool worthy items you have collected. Loved the colorful coconut shredder, brass tumblers and measuring spoons !! You are amazing !!
love, Krithika

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I want the roti holders, the tea kettle and everything else..wow!! The coconut shredder....stunning.

brinda nilesh said...

mannnnnn...!!unique and totally individualistic!!i dont know which part/room of ur lovely home i like better!!:)

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

So glad you participated Kamini! Your kitchen looks better everyday...and you are so right! The kitchen IS everyone's nook! I really love your spice box and coffee mug collection...and the expanse of counter space...that's somethign I am jealous of!:)

Thank you, mabruk!

Sound Horn Please said...

Gosh! Your kitchen is such a gorgeous space- the brass vessels, the painted coconut scraper and the silver spoons-I fall in love with them everytime I see them on your blog. I'm visiting Hyd next time I visit India, as my grandmother can no longer travel- I'm definitely wrangling an invitation to your home (Be warned ;))

Turmericnspice said...

love the kitchen...what fun to cook in a beautiful kitchen like this..

Sudha said...

have to invite myself over, the next time i m coming to hyd...wish i had known u during this visit...would have loved to see the kitchen in person..and of course a personal house tour :)

Anu said...

LOVE ur kitchen! Everything is fabulous. I love the old look and feel of brass and copper. :)

Nayana@CherishDreamLove said...

Kamini, your kitchen is so beautiful.Love love ur collection here, cant choose which one my favourite. love everything.

Patricia Torres said...

aaaaaahhhh!! Oh my gosh!! I have to say.. I am going green with envy... I so want that kitchen.. Its amazing.. Can you please revamp my kitchen for me.. and get me.. all those little things I can see.. wow!! wow!!

When can I come to take all that stuff???

Nags said...

omg!! this is amazing! can i feature your kitchen in my site too?

sudha said...

I love your kitchen.I cannot take my eyes off the brass vessels as spoon holder and mud pot.I wish to collect like yours.I am glad that I visited your blog.

arwenevenstar said...

Beautiful Kitchen, I must say. It must be a joy to work there and also a sanctuary for you :) . The pics could have been bigger though so as to better enjoy all the beautiful stuff you have.

Anonymous said...

hello ..everything u have is very amazing but i had a question about one thing..the measuring spoons hanging up. a family member just got some recently and was wondering what exactly they are.like are they antiques and where they are from..if you could be of any help please repost here..thank you..dustin

Kamini said...

Dustin....I bought the measuring spoons at a store in Seattle called Fireworks. They are made of pewter and came with the stand. I bought them in 2006 and the store keeps changing their stuff....so I am not sure they carry it any more.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for the info, it really helped alot..ill deff check it out and see if ian find anything else...and once again beauuutiful kitchen :) dustin