Books Read 2020

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

A Clean Kitchen


Our weather has changed to slightly warmer temperatures and a lot of clouds, after heavy overnight rain, and that was enough to enthuse me into tackling the kitchen and giving it a good cleaning.

I used to follow a strict timetable that had everything being done on a regular basis, but those days have long gone and I now find that every few months surface cleaning just isn’t enough and a session of deep cleaning is needed.

And, I must admit, it is much more satisfying to clean something a bit grubby than to clean something that is sparkling clean!

Once that was all done, I called on a sister-in-law and spent most of the afternoon visiting her.  It is always nice to catch up on all the family gossip and discuss the state of the world and how we can fix it!

Lake Te Ko Utu, in the heart of Cambridge township

I found this joke in an old woman’s magazine:

This week, just for a change, I thought I’d give you my favourite recipe for fruit cake.  You’ll need a cup of butter, a cup of sugar, four large eggs, a cup of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts and a bottle of whiskey.

Sample the whiskey to check for quality.  Take a large bowl.  Check the whiskey again.  To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.  Repeat. 

Turn on the electric mixer, beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.  Add one spoontea of sugar and beat again.

Make sure the whiskey is still OK.  Cry another tup.

Turn off the mixer.  Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.  Mix on the turner.  If the fruit gets stuck in the beaters, pry it loose with a screwdriver.  Sample the whiskey again to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt.  Or something.  Who cares?  Check the whiskey.

Now sift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.  Add one babblespoon of brown sugar, or whatever colour you can find.  Wix mel.  Grease the oven.  Turn the cake pan to 350 gredees.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.  Throw the bowl out the window, check the whiskey again and bo to ged.


Hope you enjoyed it 😊



  1. Excellent joke. Thanks for the , hic, laugh

  2. Ah, and oldie but a goodie, that cake recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
    Yes the weather was somewhat kinder today, but I was busy on the computer and then (after school) babysitting grandchildren as their parents are now both working....
    Stay safe

  3. Seems that we follow the same pattern. We wipe down the surfaces daily and then every couple of months or so have a session when we scrub everything thoroughly, empty the cupboards and drawers and wash them out too.

  4. The poke is a gud 1. Whiskey 2.

  5. Don't sit still in the kitchen Mittens - i know those days. Best go find somewhere well out of the way. (There was me asleep in the bottom of the bbq and awoke to discover i was surrounded by water. F was washing the balcony around me!)

  6. That sounds like a lovely day, making the most of not-the-best weather. And finishing with that recipe caps it off perfectly!

  7. It’s amazing how a little sunshine can make us feel like getting up and doing things again
    Still rally cold here. But we too have some sun today

  8. ha ha just as well I don't drink. We are due for another polar blast this week so stay warm.

  9. It's a big job deep cleaning the kitchen but there's a good feeling knowing it's all sparkling clean again. For a while.
    Thanks for the chuckle; the joke is a good one.

  10. Loved it!! I needed a decent laugh. I've just done the fourth day in a row of childcare with an off-colour-not-very-well-but-not-quite-sick 3 year old granddaughter. Very. Hard. Work!! Mother has now collected her, gone to the doctor who has prescribed antibiotics for the chest infection and a cream for the facial dermatitis caused by the sniffling. Poor wee mite. Fortunately the other grandparents are now down to do tomorrow! Deep cleaning the kitchen might be tomorrow's light relief!

  11. I did an unplanned clean of my pantry last week while trying to find the rolled oats. After everything had been taken out, surfaces cleaned and everything returned I decided I was out of oats. Thanks for the joke!

  12. If you find a way to fix this world, please share. It does feel so good when you dive in and clean a room from top to bottom, so satisfying. I'll bet the old lady in the joke got a very good night's sleep :)


Thank-you for visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it when you leave a comment. Have a great day! Margaret xx