The pantry is the place to be
Full of all sort of culinary
Granny used to cook and bake
And from the pantry she would take
Making things that taste delight
My eyes wide open and shining bright
Victoria sponge and fresh baked bread
The smells go whizzing through my head
The pantry was an Aladdin’s cave
All the food stacked in its place
Vegetables form granddads plot
Fruits from the orchard there was a lot
Tins and packs of all dried goods
A drum of flour in the corner stood
The treats our granny she would hide
Deep in the pantry out of sight
Sunday lunch was the best
Around the farm house table in our Sunday best
The smell of home made food, it filled the room
Like some luscious sweet perfume
Before we start we say our grace
Then we’d sit and stuff our face
These memories are of the past
But our bonding it will always last
02 10 2009
Growing up my favourite place in the whole world was at my Nanny Verner’s. Her pantry was my favourite room in that big old 5 bedroom house.
Nanny’s pantry had a big window which over looked the fields behind her house. Her cupboards were chalk full of food, after all she had raised 16 children, many of which still came home for Saturday or Sunday lunch, bringing their families along. I learned by watching Nanny cook, especially during the holidays or for baby showers and weddings (sometimes in that order).
I learned to count to 100 by checking the number of can goods Nanny kept in the corner cupboard. At the end of her pantry was a built in china cabinet, where Nanny kept her Nippon china service for 8. Sounds fancy doesn’t it. She collected these dishes weekly by buying a particular brand of soap suds. With such a large family, it did not take long to collect the entire set.
When we started to plan our log home, the first thing I requested was a walk in pantry with a window. It didn’t really matter to me how big the house was, how many bedrooms it contained as long as it had a pantry and two bathrooms. (I grew up in a house of 9 people with one bathroom…….enough said).
My pantry is still a work in progress. I did not want to rush anything, until I was able to calculate the work flow of the room. Early in the spring my husband and brother installed the run of lower cupboards, with plenty of drawers. Until then I used a beautiful pine cupboard my friend Susie gifted to me.
We will not be installing upper cupboards, as I want everything in clear view. DH will be installing plate rails on three sides of the pantry, to hold my collections of plates and knick knacks.
During the Christmas holidays my DH and I built the mason jar cupboards and installed the pot rack.
So here my pantry, not quite finished, but quickly becoming my favourite room in the house.