When I was little, one of my favourite things to do was making chocolate krispie cakes with my mum. We’d get all the odds and ends from various cereal boxes, a large slab of cooking chocolate and a bag of raisins, and create delicious cakes. I’d sit at the kitchen table, apron on, stirring and spooning, probably singing along to Radio 2 in the background, as happy as can be.
It’s amazing how many of our strongest memories take place in the kitchen – even when I think about my student days, at parties, we’d always gravitate towards the kitchen, ignoring the comfy cushion-laden sofas in favour of sitting on the kitchen worktop, legs swinging, as we swigged vodka and Coke, sang along to Finlay Quaye and set the world to rights.
And now, in our own family home, the kitchen is the hub – where we eat, where we do homework, where we just hang out and chat.
In the last year or so, the seven-year-old has really got into playing games – her Christmas list this year just has board games on it – so we can often be found at our kitchen table, having a family games session. Music on in the background, cups of tea on the go, and a mammoth game of Monopoly or a few rounds of UNO.
I love that we all enjoy the same games now (and that we no longer have to pretend to love doing Peppa Pig jigsaws…) We can have a real laugh with only a few crossed words – when the seven-year-old tries to cheat, in that way that most seven-year-olds like to do…
We’re even thinking about transforming the back of our kitchen into more of a living area, with a sofa, rug, table and curtains on our patio doors to give it a really cosy feel, for hanging out in.
So as someone who loves to make memories in the kitchen, I love Magnet Kitchens’ latest campaign, celebrating those special family moments that happen in the kitchen. They’re giving away a new kitchen to one lucky winner, and it’s got me thinking about the elements in a kitchen which really lend themselves to families – for me, the essentials are:
- Large table or breakfast bar to sit at
- Big windows to let in lots of natural light
- A radio for music – built in speakers are a bonus
- Cool floor tiles (that are easy to mop – anyone else’s kitchen floor get FILTHY?)
What are your family kitchen essentials? Comment below to tell me, and head over to the Magnet site to share your kitchen memories and be in with a chance of winning your dream kitchen!
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