The Domestic Goddess reports

The apartment I’m in is quite modern, and compact. The owner has used IKEA to advantage, especially in the kitchen.

There is no dishwasher and the storage is rather limited. So here’s how the dishes are dried and stored.

The wet dishes are left to drain on this special mat.

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Once they’re semi-dry, they’re put onto this rack, which also acts as the place for storing the crockery until you need it again. Simple, effective. Shut the cupboard doors and off you go to have some fun.

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While we’re being all domestic, I’d better tell you about another nice meal I had. (Lucca is proving very tempting, food-wise.)

For starters, I had a delicate cheese soufflé topped with porcini mushrooms. That left me scraping the dish, wishing for more. The next dish was a humble farro soup, which I absolutely adore. Farro is a type of hulled wheat, which can’t be threshed, it might be spelt, emmer or einkorn. I really don’t care, I love it!

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  1. My domestic goddess reckons you’ve misspelt the title.

    She spells it s_l_a_v_e 😊.

    I agree ! Faro or farro is delicious in soup !

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  2. I was just pleased to see the little espresso maker! :)) my tiny tiny kitchen in Helsinki was very similar (yay for ikea) but there was a HUGE coffee maker lol. I had to keep it on the dining room table. (I also had taken a small plunger in my luggage just in case. Priorities.)🙂 wishing you a very safe trip back. 39 here today. Hope your home is a little more inviting than that.🙂

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  3. Its important to document simple things like how we wash-up – not seen this anywhere else!

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  4. That little kitchen looks perfect for a home away from home. No need to be wasting time on dishes when there is exploring to be done. Your meal sounds delicious Yvonne.

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  5. You menu was cruel. Here I was/am looking for an original way to try and cook a sausage and you posted that. I am drooling. Have a safe trip back to Down Under, dear person.

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  6. Having just turned out and washed my cupboards and their contents, this rack looks really appealing. Have a safe trip back home. I hope the weather isn’t a shock.

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  7. I hope you won’t find Myrtleford
    Too dull and underwhelming
    ‘cos coming home from overseas
    needs lots of understanding.
    Today it’s cold
    Tomorrow’s warm
    And soon enough
    A Thunderstorm,
    But whatever things are like in Rome
    I hope you’re happy to be home.

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  8. I had farro soup too, in Piazza Anfiteatro. I loved it.🙂

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  9. I have a recipe for farro soup, but I haven’t made it yet because it looks too complicated….soaking things overnight and such. I’d rather go to Lucca and have some in a nice restaurant…..Enjoy the rest of your time there, Yvonne!

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    • I shall enjoy my last few days, thank you, Cynthia. Tomorrow, I’m going to see a young family in Florence. I first met Francesco 7 years ago, now he has a nice wife and a cute little daughter whom they adore!

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  10. I used to have that same electric tea kettle but I learned that it’s not healthy to heat foods in plastic. I bought a stainless steel kettle which is heavy as sin; so I get a workout each time I pour tea.

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  11. Andante

    So who needs a dishwashing machine? They’re noisy, wasteful and not good for the environment – and they take so l-o-n-g about it, too.
    I’m happy enough to be the scullery maid and dishwasher to an expert cook – and he can, and has, designed a kitchen that really WORKS, as well. He’s done it three times, now. (He says it has to … because he’s the one who uses it!) Our dishes always drain-dry before they hop into the cupboards, ready for next time.

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  12. For some reasons I guess it is a man who organized that kitchen.
    But Yvonne take care , Do not forget a scale ( I think of your meal(s) !!! 🙂 🙂
    Love ❤
    michel

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    • Hmm, maybe it was a Swedish man who designed that.

      So, you think I need some scales, just because my jeans are a little bit tight? You could be right, Michel.🙂❤

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  13. james

    I don’t know the layout of your kitchen, but the cupboard rack is generally placed directly above the sink, so the intermediary drying phase is unnecessary, since they drip into the sink or the stainless steel apron which is generally aside it on many Italian sinks. That obviously is not possible in some situations, such as having the sink under a window. Have a safe trip home. Will you be celebrating “Martedì Grasso” back home?

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    • Most of the ones I’ve seen and used before are as you describe, James. This one has no place to put the crockery aside from the racks, and I discovered how annoying it is (I’m such a Domestic Goddess) to have the wet stuff drip from the top shelf onto the dry stuff below.

      I haven’t give a thought to Martedi Grasso. By the way, have you been colluding with Michel to introduce the concept of “grasso” into the conversation?

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    • Well done, bloke!

      Did you approve of my punctuation, also?

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      • And, thank you very much from a budding poet laureate (Bert), who did a bit of tweaking of my words:

        The apartment I’m in is quite modern and compact.
        The owner has used IKEA to advantage, especially in the kitchen, that’s a fact.
        There is no dishwasher and the storage is rather limited.
        So here’s how the dishes are dried and stored, don’t be inhibited.
        The wet dishes are left to drain on this special mat.
        Once they’re semi-dry, they’re put onto this rack,
        which also acts as the place for storing the crockery until you need it again.
        Simple, effective. Shut the cupboard doors and off you go to have some fun.

        While we’re being all domestic, I’d better tell you about another nice meal I had. (Lucca is proving very tempting, food-wise.)
        For starters, I had a delicate cheese soufflé topped with porcini mushrooms, I tell you no lies.
        That left me scraping the dish, wishing for more.
        The next dish was a humble farro soup, which I absolutely adore.
        Farro is a type of hulled wheat, which can’t be threshed,
        it might be spelt, emmer or einkorn, my tastebuds refreshed.
        I really don’t care,
        I love it! So there!

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  14. That was clever from Derrick! 🙂 I love good food and the dish drying arrangement is fabulous – why don’t we all have that? How long are you in Lucca for Yvonne?

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  15. LOL! Thanks for my first hearty guffaw of the day, Derrick. I wish now I had left out that comma!

    PS I just noticed I had some rhyming going on there, as well. I must be channelling Cynthia and Bruce, I guess.🙂

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  16. the comma after spelt was crucial🙂

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