The Minimalist Chef

Kitche picture prompt

“Honey, this kitchen is filled with my mother’s memories. It can’t be touched. I’ll let go of one thing though..for you”

“The paper lanterns needs to go…”

“Honey, Mother hand-made them.It has sentimental value”

“A fresh coat of paint?”

“Honey, Mother hand-painted Sharkie, Carpie herself…”

“If Crapie stays…. these old bottles go”

“Honey, Mother has a story for each….”

Lizzy looked around her late mother-in-law’s kitchen once more, the greased walls and useless clutter, and took a deep breath.

“OK. I want the fire extinguisher gone”


Lizzy meticulously prepared for dinner the next day: “Flambe Bourbon corn chowder”, “Flambe Sirlion steaks  with coq au vin sauce”  and if that wasn’t enough : “Flambe Bananas”.


From Wiki:

Flambé  also spelled flambe, is a cooking procedure in which alcohol is added to a hot pan to create a burst of flames. The word means flamed in French (thus, in French, flambé is a past participle; the verb is flamber).


This  114 word story is written in response to the 100 word photo challenge  posted by Rochelle Wisoff-Field each week.

Click on the ‘blue frog’  below to read other amazing takes, that fellow Friday Fictioneers have, on the same photo prompt:


31 responses to “The Minimalist Chef

  1. Oh my. Instead of one thing, everything would’ve gone I guess.


  2. Something tells me the kitchen will be undertaking a revamp shortly!


  3. Sometimes drastic measures must be taken.


  4. That’s really tempting fate! Flamingly well done.

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  5. And I thought the Cartwrights were having a hot time at the Ponderosa, but it’s nothing compared to this.


  6. Oops… that’s how you get a new kitchen…


  7. Ahhh… She’s very clever! Good one!


  8. i guess nothing lasts forever.


  9. Clever story, made me grin.


  10. Ha ha! that’s how the kitchen got renovated again..


  11. That’s one way to get rid of all the clutter 🙂


  12. Oh dear – love the extra photo!


  13. Wonderful, I’m glad it worked for her? My kitchen needs an overhaul too, but a few years ago we had a laundry room fire and i’m still waiting for a new laundry room. Fire damage has been repaired, but, oh well, it’s a long, long story and can’t be told in 100 words. Loved this – well done – truly!


  14. After that Flambe, Am sure the kitchen needs a fire extinguisher and paint


  15. Well, I guess she got rid of it all 😉


  16. And thats how you get a new kitchen. Unless its a new home she is aiming for. Nice one.


  17. Way to go Mrs.Honey!!!


  18. That was funny. Where there is a will there is a way.


  19. Dear Ansumani,

    It sounds to me like there was kitchen Flambe all around. Nicely done.




  20. Drastic action, but whatever works. I like her spirit. Good story.


  21. Something tells me the kitchen is going to be well done when she’s finished. Well written with great description, Ansumani. 🙂 — Suzanne


  22. What a cute story! I enjoyed it a lot! The fire extinguisher is the last thing you should get rid of in a kitchen. However, they will find that out soon enough! Fun story! Nan


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