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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{Our Kitchen Improvements}

It is almost impossible to keep up with posting all that is going on in our garden and in the home... But today I proudly want to share some projects that my dear handyman Pieter accomplished just before summer. It made me so happy and it is a daily joy to work with it. Once the weather will cool down a bit (after Labor Day...) I will enjoy my kitchen even more. For now it often is salad time, or something that doesn't require much 'heat' in the kitchen! How about you?
Our kitchen is white... my favorite color. To the left are our Miele dishwasher; plate & cup warming drawer and oven. All Miele appliance is a lot more eco friendly!
The white hot-water faucet has been replaced and also the white kitchen sinks.
Here you see the new hot-water faucet in chrome.
The Atag kitchen sinks and Atag electric cooktop have been replaced after 20 years of use.
One of our 3 Kichler All in One Xenon Under Cabinet Lights as I've written here in a previous post.
They are very slim and have two settings.
New Italian Ilve stainless steel kitchen sinks installed, all by Pieter himself.
Ilve, from Padova, Italy near where we lived...
The two sinks together and the faucet, which does have a pull out hose and it swivels over both sinks.
Our Amana Energy Star easy reach pull out drawer bottom freezer.
That fridge is super for placing large platters in for special occasions.
Rösle grater hangs with the ladles on rack...
Will show more later...
Here is the newest Miele KM 5656 Electric Cooktop.
Pieter had to cut out the Corian counter in order to put this in.
The previous cooktop was 24" (60 cm) wide and this Ceran one is 30" (76 cm) with as bonus a new drawer underneath. This Miele Ceran Cooktop is so slim...
By the way, the mouse is a pink cat toy; not a real one!
There it is, our Miele KM 5656 Ceran Glass Electric Cooktop with 4 heating elements and 6 cooking zones (2 variable zones).
Oh, how happy I was with this additional drawer that Pieter installed!
This Miele is also a very sleek one. Click→ Miele Built–In Wall Cabinet Hood.
Great halogen lights and easy to clean removable, dishwasher safe metal filters.
Here you see the back element which is either round or large oval.
The same for this one that is in a variable round size.
The bonus for all my Rösle gadgets... a new drawer!
It is a blessing for having such a great husband with golden hands, who's always eager to please others.
Indeed a blissful relationship—ongoing!
Show more about our kitchen later.

{More of Our Kitchen} previous post by me


  1. Liebe Mariette das ist ja wunderbar das Peter soviel gutes macht in deiner Küche.Oh ja Miele ist ein wunderbare Qualität,du wirst noch lange deine Freude haben mit diesen Geräten.Deine Küche ist meiner sehr ähnlich,ich habe mir auch eine weiße Küche gewünscht und bekommen.L.G.Edith.

  2. A new kitchen. How exciting. I like how bright and elegant it looks, with all that white. You and I both like Miele appliances. They are not cheap, but worth every penny. Great job Mariette. Veronique aka French Girl in Seattle

  3. You're a lucky girl to have such a handy husband! Your kitchen is beautiful. xo

  4. Mooie keuken hoor...en Miele...er is geen betere......hihih!!...liefs van mij...xxx...

  5. Hoi Mariette,

    Jullie hebben een hele stijlvolle keuken én wat ziet het er netjes uit! Dat is bij ons wel even anders met drie opgroeiende tieners. Er staat altijd wel iets op de aanrecht.

    Fijn dat Pieter zo handig is. Daar ben ik stiekem een beetje jaloers op ;-)!

    Een gezellige dag!

    Lieve groet, Madelief x

  6. What a gorgeous kitchen Mariette, so bright and cheerful! You're lucky to have such a talented husband:) My husband has been doing a ton of outdoor grilling on our deck this summer, I love it!

  7. Hi Mariette,
    Your white kitchen is so lovely and clever organized. I am too looking forward to cooler days to enjoy more baking.
    Have a nice day!

  8. Dearest Mariette
    You are a very lucky lady to have such a tremendous handyman at your hands. And may I say that is one spotless kitchen - would of course expect nothing less from you! :-) It's just wonderful having such great appliances - it makes it all such a pleasing experience working in the kitchen.
    Much love from Joan

  9. Dear Mariette,
    Your kitchen is beautiful! We are so lucky to have handyman husband. ;)

    Blessings ~Wendy

  10. Your kitchen is lovely, I like all the white. Nice to have a handyman husband to do all those types of jobs. I'm sure you will enjoy baking all sorts of yummy things when the cooler weather comes along.

  11. Dear Mariette,
    Your kitchen is lovely setting up that I like very much.
    I guess you are going to cook special food for your handyman husband?
    to said "Thank you":-)
    Enjoy your new kitchen,

  12. your kitchen is just wonderful! I sooo wish my husband was handy!

    I love your sinks, they are so unique!

    Let me know what you think of the bottom freezer, I have heard mixed opinions about them.

    Also, I have a cooktop quite similar to yours. For me it is quite difficult to keep clean, what do you think of yours?

    This kitchen is just beautiful! Enjoy! xoxo

  13. How wonderful!!!
    We have a saying that "Kitchen is the wome's castle" Haha, maybe kind of another our male dominated culture's symbolism.
    Hope you are enjouing the beauty of your new Castle♡♡♡
    Love and Hugs xoxo, Orchid.

  14. I love it all my friend. Now you KNOW I DO! Fresh and clean! YUMMEEEE! And sooo ECO friendly!


  15. Great kitchen. I can just imagine a lot of great food coming from there. Love the stove and how slim it is, with the drawer underneath.
    Pieter is very handy to have around. Really, he is talented to do those installations.
    When the weather cools and the cooking revs up he will get paid.
    Love to you,

  16. Oh, I've just found your comment.
    Thank you very much for pointing out my mistake. In English, "new" means totally NEW, right? In Japanese we use the word "new", even if it is a small remodeling. It IS a big mistake from "literal translation".
    Wow, thank God you letting me know.

    Love, Orchid.

  17. Liebe Mariette,

    eine Traumküche hast du! Ich liebe weiße Landhausküchen. Und Glück mit deinem Mann hast du auch, der dir die Küche so schön gemacht hat, wie du es wünschst. Dein neuer Herd, die Abzugshaube und auch die Spülen sehen wirklich sehr elegant aus. Da wird dir das Kochen doppelt Freude machen.

    Liebe Grüße von Elvira

  18. la mia cucina è molto simile alla tua !!!!!!!! un abbraccio lory

  19. Kitchen remodel is spectacular! Clean, crisp .. perfect environment for creating yummy dishes.

    Summer means tomatoes, cucumbers, anything I don't have to cook!

  20. Mariette, da haben Peter und du eine wunderschöne Küche, in der das Kochen sehr viel Freude bereitet.
    Miele Küchen- und Waschgeräte habe ich schon seit vielen, vielen Jahren.
    Und ich bin immer noch zufrieden.
    Einen lieben Abendgruß sendet dir

  21. Wat goed van jouw Pieter! Jullie keuken is erg mooi geworden, vooral die witte oven(denk ik) vind ik erg mooi, past veel beter bij het geheel dan een zwarte!
    Lieve groeten,

  22. Hallo Mariette,
    was für einen praktisch veranlagten Ehemann du hast. Pieter kann wirklich alles. Ihr seid ein tolles Team. Die Küche sieht aus wie aus dem Möbelprospekt.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

  23. Ciao Mariette, complimenti, hai una cucina bellissima!! Anche a me piace il bianco perchè da luce ad ogni ambiente..
    Ottima la scelta degli elettrodomestici Miele, sono i migliori (io ho l'asciugatrice Miele).

    Baci e abrracci

  24. Dearest Mariette,

    I can not tell you how much I enjoy an all white kitchen. Perhaps it is because my kitchen cupboards are all white as well. They always look crisp and clean don't they? Your kitchen is beautiful. And how wonderful to have a hubby that is handy! :)

    xo Catherine

  25. The kitchen looks lovely. To me white is the best kitchen color. It exudes cleanliness, although it requires regular cleaning as any kitchen should.

    Don't forget to visit my blog tomorrow (Wed 8/31/11) as Doris Plaster visits.

    Tossing It Out

  26. Dear Mariette,

    Your kitchen is wonderful and love all the white and what you have done.
    How handy Pieter is doing all the work himself. What a great idea the plate and cup warming drawer is, have not seen one of those.

    Have a happy week

  27. Beautiful kitchen dear Mariette!

    Have a nice day:)

  28. Ich liebe weiße Küchen, ich habe auch eine weiße, allerdings ist sie modern, meine nächste wird ebenfalls im Landhausstil sein, aber das dauert noch ein bißchen... schade.

    Eine sehr schöne Küche!!!

    LG Lea

  29. Wonderful improvements, Mariette.

    First off, I didn't realize that Miele is more efficient—I will definitely keep this in mind... not only that, I've heard that the quality is amazing... and the look? Beautiful.


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