Cooking in this kitchen is a challenge at best. I am making do but it will be months before I have a new kitchen designed and installed.
When we decided to move, one of the first things I had to do was deplete my food supply. So every mean was planned with the idea of using what I had in the freezer and on the shelves. You have to know I had a full freezer, two full refrigerators, a full pantry, and two sets of shelves in the basement with food supply. I am not a survivalist. I simply want to have enough at my fingertips to make whatever recipe I feel like that day and not have to run to the store because I am missing an ingredient.
As a result, we had several weeks’ worth of food to eat through. We literally ate for six weeks buying nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs and milk. We had that much food and we still moved with a lot of food.
Now I am in a newly purchased house with a poorly designed kitchen. We have to eat and that means I need to prepare food and make the best out of a temporary situation. Thinking like someone camping out, we prepare simple foods. We grill almost every night. I haven’t found my Pyrex or baking pans yet, so I avoid baking or oven baked dishes. We are using one set of glass dishes and a good deal of paper.
I have managed to put together a few things that require some preparation – salmon fishcakes, smashed potatoes, grilled veggies, steak, various types of chicken, sauces, rice dishes and pilafs – so we are not starving. It’s just that the space limitations, poor design, and limited counter space seem to affect my creativity with food.
Despite my whining, I am thankful and happy. I have a roof over my head, the bills are paid, and we have constant work, our health and financial stability. The challenge of our living space will work itself out. B’H, our lives are in the hands of a higher power.