This morning, I woke up to the smell of a freshly baked loaf of bread that I started at 4 am (thank you, insomnia and Panasonic!). As tired as I was after a nearly sleepless night, this wonderful smell immediately put me in a good mood.
The smell of freshly baked biscuits or cakes reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen. I'm mad about the smell of fresh produce and fresh herbs (especially if it's a variety of fresh herbs together, like an herb stall at an open market). Freshly brewed coffee smells like heaven (if heaven has any smell, that is). And I absolutely love the aroma of onions being fried/sauteed - it's probably one of the best kitchen perfumes, as far as I am concerned. These are just a few of my favourite smells, and I'm sure there are many, many more.
On the other hand, I think that the smell of microwavable popcorn is possibly one of the worst kitchen smells, if not the worst one. I'm also not a big fan of the shrimp or fish stock smell...actually, I really can't stand fish smell at all. My OH doesn't fancy the smell of cheese, so when I, say, grate Pecorino over my bowl of hot pasta, he usually runs away from the kitchen.
What about you?