Updating a dated kitchen

When we first moved into this house, this is what the kitchen looked like.It wasn't perfect, but relative to the other options in our price range, I was pretty excited.

The first thing the instructions tell you to do is to clean the tile with the solution provided. I used a large bucket to mix the powder with water, and then just washed the countertop with the solution and a small rag.

The note “For a Plate” and the final instructions for garnishing suggest that this dish would have appeared on a banquet table among other cold, highly-seasoned dishes. (Martha Stewart can help you make a bigger batch to serve with boiled lobster here.) Hardboil your eggs. The flour will thicken the sauce to form a light gray. The sharp sorrel is delicious with the buttery sauce and the yielding egg. And, a bonus, the cooking process didn’t take long or make the apartment unbearably hot. Each year when swampy summer hits Philly, I start to make a list of recipes that do not require me to turn on the oven.

Our Recipe 2T butter (to clarify, for serving) 1 cup sorrel leaves, washed and sliced into 1/2-inch strips 1T butter (for cooking) 1t flour 1/4 t freshly ground pepper (2-3 grinds) 1/4 t salt 1/8 t ground nutmeg (2 scrapes from a whole nutmeg) 2 eggs, hardboiled Prepare your drawn (or clarified butter). (I like Heidi Sawnson’s mini recipe from Super Natural Every Day: Cover eggs with water, bring to a boil, turn off the heat and let the eggs cook more in the water for 7 minutes, then cool in cold water before peeling.) Put the remaining 1T butter in a small pan over a low heat. I added a little water during cooking to thin out the mix. Artfully arrange your egg quarters so the one end is on the sorrel mix and the other end is on the plate. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this recipe for “Chocklate Cream” on the Shakespeare’s World Twitter feed in the midst of many delicious tweets associated with the ongoing Recipes Project “What is a Recipe? It may be 85F today, but this morning I had milk and eggs in the fridge, chocolate and sugar in the cupboard and this mousse-like pudding only required stirring on the stove.

And let me tell you, I've now painted a sink, a tile countertop in the kitchen, and a tile countertop in the bathroom. Obviously, it's not going to be as durable as real tile or a real sink, but for , total win in my book.

I also opened all of the windows in the house to allow for adequate ventilation.

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