In My Packed Kitchen

What gets packed? What stays? These have been constant questions on my mind for months now. The kitchen in Athens I will shortly be going to is a fully functioning one with many utensils, pots, pans, bowls, baking sundries… Plus, I want to keep the kitchen here in the UK functioning as well. My son – and sometimes sous-chief – will be manning the home front between our visits back. 

So, after due deliberation, what got packed were items that were idiosyncratically me. Naturally, the Ice cream machine and scoop…


Many specialist baking items…


Muriel, daughter of Priscilla, the sourdough starter, dried and made ready for the journey…


A selection of David Mellor knives. Can’t be without Sheffield steel…


My lucky chicken, Caddina, swaddled in protective bubble wrap…


A small library of (mostly pan-Mediterranean) cookbooks as well as dozens of e-cookbooks on my iPad…


And, of course, a number of food items – Yorkshire tea, odd spices, my favourite vanilla essence…


By the time this post goes live, our boxes will be travelling overland, over ferry to Greece. Meanwhile, I’ve also “packed” a number of blog posts and scheduled them to appear on a regular basis this month – a busy time while we make the tansition from here to there. But, next IMK will report from Athens!

A monthly IMK (In My Kitchen) post. Check out the fabulous Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who lists all of us IMK bloggers, writing about what’s been happening in our kitchens each month. A chronological listing of my In My Kitchen blog posts can be found on a separate page, just click the link or look under the heading of Diaries in the Menu bar above.


  1. I hope the move goes smoothly for you. It sounds very exciting, and I look forward to hearing about your new kitchen and discoveries in your new home.


    • Thanks Hilda. There is so much involved in getting the garden (and house) ready for others to take over, even if temporarily. I will miss those berries, but my son has promised to freeze raspberries. We will be in berry heaven when we next visit home.


  2. A very sensible prune down of essential items. Little Caddina will ft in well in Athens and your icecream maker also for new experiments. Best wishes for the transition and re-settlement. Exciting times a head.


  3. All the very best for the move. The torture of having to choose what goes and what stays …… I don’t think I would do a good job of that.


    • Hi Glenda – well, for something that appears simple, it took quite a time deciding what to take. Luckily, I got to see the kitchen I am going to, but it was such a fleeting visit, that there was no opportunity to snoop through all the cupboards and drawers! That helped. And, since Athens is a capital city, I imagine anything forgotten can be acquired.


  4. How exciting, but I would think a little unnerving too! Good job with your choices, I’d be hopeless I’m sure. Chadian is a goddess! Good luck with your move, look forward to the updates. ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Best of luck with the move. How exciting. Can’t wait to hear all about your new kitchen. You’ve made some tough choices about what to pack. Love the fact that you can’t leave without your ice cream machine (I couldn’t either).


    • Thanks Cherry – we travel in under a week. It was definitely final when I saw all our boxes shipped off. Next time I see the stuff, we’ll be settled in Athens. Only time will tell if I made the right choices in what to bring!


    • Athens will be for a number of years, but we will come back to the UK after that. It will be exciting, but I fear the view from the kitchen is simply a courtyard with storage rooms – kind of outdoor pantries. Views from the other rooms, however, overlook a lovely garden. Getting excited about all the new things to post.


  6. Good luck with the move Debi, hope it goes smoothly. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures and new life in Greece. Take care and happy settling in x


    • Thanks for the good wishes, Ania. Am looking forward to finally being in Greece. It seems it has been a ling time in the planning. Hope to report with some interesting features on food shopping/cooking/eating in Greece.


  7. Hello there Debi… wishing you a smooth move… love the things you’ve gathered to take with you.


  8. Well the ice cream machine sounds essential given the climate youโ€™re moving to, and cookbooks are vital I think…I love how pristine your pans are BTW, anyone would think you never cooked ๐Ÿ˜‰


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