The Tiny Kitchen

I’ve been meaning to write about our tiny kitchen.  Today is a good day, because soon it won’t be ours.  We are moving to a house with a bigger kitchen.  This is excellent news for those of us at Simplicity & Spice.  100% of the bloggers on this team think the kitchen is a bit small for a cooking blog.

Yet, yet –

It has served us well.

Our tiny kitchen is less than 50 square feet.  There is a stove with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, double sink, and microwave in the kitchen.  There is about 20 square feet of floor space and only one entrance.  It is a closet-kitchen.

In our tiny kitchen, we store 4 sets of mixing bowls, bakeware, a stock pot, two oven-safe pots, a saucier, two skillets, a blender, a food processor, a stand mixer, an electric wok, a toaster, a griddler, a collection of cooking utensils, silverware, and tableware in addition to our food and other kitcheny things.

From our tiny kitchen we have produced roast ham, roast chicken, many chilis, whole wheat bread from scratch, king cake, rolls, homemade caramel, squares, soups, biscuits, casseroles, curry, layer cakes, decorated cookies, french fries, stir fries, salad, smoothies, hummus, rice pudding, couscous, grits, risotto, fried chicken, fajitas, pizza, cupcakes, popsicles, blueberry grunt, strawberry shortcake, peach cobbler, handmade gnocchi, waffles, muffins, pancakes, toad-in-the-hole, beef wellington, sausage patties, biscuit-topped chicken pot pie, brownies, jello, countless eggs, and bacon-mac-n-cheese.

Despite the fact that we have space for only one cutting board on the countertop, we have done well.  Despite not having storage (not to mention money) for a ton of fancy ingredients, we cook with variety.  We eat fresh fruit and vegetables several times every week.  We make almost everything from scratch and can turn our pantry into dinner on a dime.  Despite of our tiny kitchen – or maybe in part because of it – we laugh while we work together, bumping elbows and blocking eachother.

It will be great to have a bigger kitchen.  But I want to be clear – a big, beautiful kitchen is not necessary for home cooking.  We’ve done just fine.  If your kitchen is tiny, you can too.