*Note -This was originally a guest post as part of a GF kitchen series on Wendy’s blog, Celiacs in the House. Unfortunately Celiacs in the House is no longer up and running, so I am sharing my kitchen tour with you here on Jenn Cuisine
Hi and welcome to my kitchen!
Living in our 500 sq ft. apartment in Europe, space is always at a premium in our home. We are lucky (yes, I say we, as both my husband and I like to cook!) to live in an apartment with such a spacious kitchen area – let me give you a quick tour: The big tall thing on the very left is our refrigerator, and “cabinet” on the very right is our dishwasher. Other than that and our oven, the rest is all cabinet space which I am extremely appreciative of. Being an apartment, it’s not like I can customize or rework the layout or material much, so it’s really about making it work for us in the easiest way we can – and that means a rather minimalistic attitude towards how we stock it. The trick to making such a limited area work is being smart about our purchases and appliances. We try not to have too many gadgets because we want as much working space as possible. Besides the fridge, stove/oven and dishwasher, the only electric appliances we have are the Nespresso machine, toaster oven (my previous apartment’s kitchen only had two hotplates, so this was used extensively to cook most everything – and now I find it incredibly useful when I don’t want to heat up the entire apartment on hot days baking), food processor, and hand mixer. Except for the grill pan, I use stainless steel cookware – this is because it can go on the stovetop, in the oven, and in the dishwasher all without issue. And cookbooks? Well, that’s what everyone’s wonderful blogs are for, as all my cookbooks are still in storage in the U.S.
And then there are the pantry cabinets themselves. One rainy day, I will organize our pantry items. Until then, we have bags and boxes of various GF flours stacked in various places, and it’s all quite unorderly. Of course I’ve been saying that for the past two years… But despite that, at least I know where everything is….
But really, my kitchen does expand a bit into the rest of our home – because I am obsessed with food photography, I have collected various pots, plates, bowls, utensils, napkins, etc. to use in my photos – so we have an extra set of shelves in the living room devoted to “props” –
and often when I cook for my blog or photography that I do, it is from these shelves that I find what I am going to cook with.
I love combining old rustic and new modern together, and one day when we have a larger more permanent home, I would love to incorporate both elements into my “dream kitchen” aesthetic. But until then, we make do with the space we have – it’s not easy raising a family in 500 sq ft, especially when the kitchen likes to be the center of all the action!