DINER DANS LA CUISINE
When we don't have guests, we eat most of our meals in the kitchen. Its convenient and convivial.
Sometimes, depending on the relationship we have with them, it is where we have lunch and sometimes dinner with guests as well. It takes organisation and discipline and mostly a wish for a relaxed atmosphere. No place for big tralala in a kitchen. A detail most appreciated by hosts and guests alike I have noticed.
There are rules, however, if all concerned are to be comfortable and happy:
SPACE. No trying to squeeze between cabinets and chairs in a tiny kitchen. That is really no fun for anyone.
NEATNESS, neatness, neatness. Less (on the counters) is MORE!
SIMPLICITY: favor a one-dish meal like a stew or a Tajine, so nothing need be cooked while everyone is waiting... and watching.
I suggest another rule:
LOW LIGHTING. It's more intimate, it creates a great ambiance and a mess is less visible if one cannot be avoided.
images cote maison, cote sud, tom smythe