I wrote an ode to my kitchen

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - PARVEEN THE SPICE QUEEN -

Avery be­lated but happy new year to you all...I hope you had a won­der­ful Christ­mas re­gard­less of what you did. Whether it was a small in­ti­mate one, or a full on feast for 40!

I. my­self, was in­vited down to my daugh­ter’s for Christ­mas Day. I have to say it was quite nice not hav­ing to shop, cook and clean for a change. Although, I must ad­mit it was quite hard not to get in­volved with the cook­ing, es­pe­cially as I suf­fer from that lit­tle known con­di­tion called ‘takingover-ti­tus’!

But it was my daugh­ter’s house, so I DID feel quite at home - how­ever, for me there re­ally is no place like home and be­ing in my own kitchen. I love my kitchen so much that when I was hav­ing it ren­o­vated a few years ago, I got quite de­pressed. We were eat­ing take­aways for months, mak­ing tea on the hall­way ta­ble and us­ing the din­ing room as a makeshift kitchen, not ideal but needs must.

I found my­self wan­der­ing from room to room, like a no­mad try­ing find a place to call my own.

It was then that I had an epiphany - I re­alised that for me, the kitchen re­ally is the heart of my home, and it’s prob­a­bly where I am the hap­pi­est.

I close the door, pin up my hair, put on my pinny and lose my­self in the creative process of cook­ing.

Once my brand new sparkling su­per du­per kitchen was fin­ished, I de­cided to write a poem for it. Strange you may think, but once you have a read of it, I am sure you will get it.


For the Ma­tri­arch the kitchen is the heart of her home. You will find her in there count­less times mak­ing din­ner or oc­ca­sion­ally en­joy­ing a quiet cup of tea on her own.

For her fam­ily and friends, she cooks with the in­ten­tion of love, food that will feed their bod­ies but she also en­deav­ours to nour­ish their minds and souls. And even a do­mes­tic god­dess she strives to be at times monotony sets in and such a chore it all seems to be.

She yearns to be recog­nised for her than her culi­nary de­lights, as she had many other facets and is a per­son in her own right.

But se­cretly she rev­els in the role as the Ma­tri­arch and takes great plea­sure in be­ing cen­tral in the heart of her home.

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