Better yet, now that the dusty work is finished, the door between the dining room and the kitchen has been unsealed, so we can get to the kitchen -- and more important, the basement -- from inside. For the past months, we've had to go around the outside of the house to see progress on the kitchen or get downstairs. Hauling baskets of laundry around the yard to the cellar door got tired fast.
The cats love exploring the new room. So many smells! Here is Ella Fitzgerald admiring the island before a leaping circuit of all the counters.
I haven't read any food books this week, but I did just buy one yesterday. And, yes, I bought it because of the title: Spotted Dick, S'il Vous Plait: An English Restaurant in France by Tom Higgins.