About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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  1. Doris says:

    Ooh, not for a moment did I didn’t picture your salad servers looking like that. In my mind I had pictured a wooden set; now where did I get that idea from? But for the indents on one of them, and perhaps their more than jaunty colour, I would have mistaken these for two spoons and concluded, given their size, that all the spoons to their left were teaspoons. And I am intrigued by your use of the bottom section for forks. Now I have never, in all my years, see that before. I thought everybody reserved the bottom section for teaspoons. This has turned into a night of revelations.

  2. blarneycrone says:

    Dear Doris,
    As readership of my blog hurtles past 44,000, I pause to consider how fascinated people must be by this in-detail examination of my kitchen organization. I will admit that my forks seem to have been breeding–I have about twice as many of these as of any other utensil. So many, in fact, that they wouldn’t sit nicely in the third row where the teaspoons now reside. It is probably fortunate that my particular cutlery tray seems to be both broader and longer in its bottom tray than is typically the case. I don’t know what has happened to all the knives but, as you probably know, Americans seldom deploy a knife when eating and so, in my current social circle the shortfall is not quite the disaster it would be in Appleton Marsh.

  3. Doris says:

    Blabs, the autopsy of your cutlery drawer has been most enlightening. The tray brings order but makes the right hand side of the drawer look like a game of Jack Straws. It’s hard to imagine extracting any implement without unintentionally rearranging the other items and undermining the predominantly sou-west nor-easterly orientation you have achieved.

    I’ve made myself a hot chocolate and and I shall go to bed still not sure what need you would have for Perspex knuckle dusters. The explanation will have to wait until tomorrow.



  4. blarneycrone says:


    You have correctly identified that the right hand side of the drawer is filled with stuff nobody needs–measuring spoons, pastry scrapers, and novelty butter knives. I therefore don’t think we need to worry too much about getting them in and out–except of course when the person who gifted them comes to call. The perspex bunny shaped item is actually a bottle opener, and I don’t know what I’d do without it now the Pope has gone missing.

    Sleep tight.

  5. Doris says:

    Do you have another drawer for your spatulas and the suchlike? I’m imagining you do.

  6. blarneycrone says:

    Working on it Doris, working on it. At the moment, they are in a Curious George branded bucket, intended for children to take to the beach, and they become rather greasy, due to being too close to the stovetop. Am determined to have them bright, shiny and all lined-up in their own drawer by the weekend.

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