My First Meal in my New (Unfinished) Kitchen
We often have threads about what one's first meal is going to be. My kitchen isn't finished, but I finally got the dropcloth off of the island yesterday! And made a tiny, casual Seder. The big family Seder is on Saturday, which is when people can get together. Last night was fun and casual, and only five of us, though it seems to have used every appliance except the warming drawer.
First there was the cleaning and the washing of oh so many dishes that had to be put away so that I could stack the empty boxes behind the couch. I got tired of using one of my good mixing bowls for the rinse, so bought a big dishpan. My dishwasher is supposed to be fixed next week. In some ways, it's been useful having to handle everything and great properly reacquainted by washing, drying and putting away.
One of the last things washed--appropriately for putting away leaven--is my "bread bowl". The picture is really for Rhome410 who, like me, is a vesselarian.
Below is part of the reason that I love my plain white floor: It's so easy to see where one dripped!! I think that's watermelon juice. It's a big floor. I'd rather use a rag than get out the mop.
I LOVE my prep sink!! The trough works as expected. My favorite orange collander can sit either in the narrow end, or in the bowl. The soapstone is great if I splash (watch the flow washing celery!) because it's so easy to just slick the water into the sink. And having the fridge drawers right there to put things in and out of is even better than I expected.
So here's the set table, with the saltwater in the middle of the vegetable tray and an extra bowl of charoset because the amount that fits on the Seder plate isn't enough.
And here's the last cooking. At this point there's gefilte fish (brought by guests), eggs, and green salad in the fridge, as well as the wine chilling, and meat in the oven. Chicken soup was simmering with matzah balls on the gas. The tzimmis (what's on the stove) is baby carrots, baby golden beets, peewee potatoes, pearl onions and baby turnips, steamed in the combi-steam oven. The "sauce" is large sultanas and Trader Joe's dried golden medley -- or whatever they call it -- (golden raisins, cranberries, blueberries, and cherries), sauted with chicken stock and a little Manischewitz Concord Grape. Here they are combined and heating: