Food in small kitchens

Excerpt from “Downsize your home and regain your freedom’
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Don’t worry, i’m not even going to think of giving you a bunch of ‘small kitchen recipes’.

I had a small kitchen in different countries  and I ate completely differently in all of them, as I love markets and go for whats in season, inexpensive and ripe.

If masses of  huge kitchen utensils are now packed away keep out 2 plates, 2 bowls, 4 mugs, 4 glasses for juice, a frying pan, large pasta pan, med pan, small milk pan, a pile of plastic salad bowls, some cutlery and wooden spoons, bottle opener and can opener .

I can’t live with out a carrot juicer, soup whisk and orange squeezer.

To make this easy  there are a few jobs that are exactly the same on a limited work surface or a huge spacious kitchen.

Making a salad.  Fill the sink with everything,  wash it all well and drain in a large calendar. Chop, peel and dice when you next pass buy next.

Making a good large soup.  Wash everything, chop, sauté in large pan, add speices and herbs and water, bring to the boil and simmer. Go and watch TV.

Frying fish is a huge problem as the whole place will smell including your clothes. Put it in the oven or poach it. Go and relax.

Pasta, rice, noodles (get a wok) needs large pan to boil water. Don’t go too far:)

Sauces need a good base, fresh ingredients and attention. Stay and stir or it will all burn you will ruin the meal.


Clean as you go! You have no room. Use items then rinse immediately and wash as you go.

Buy spices and herbs from the country you are living in or buy in the ethnic shops they come from.

Make enough for two days as your fridge will be small and not full of nibbles.

Shop every day like the french.. A smaller quantity of quality products is delightful to pick up. I have not done a ‘big weekly shop’ for years.

Make dinner in the mornings. Do your preparation in the morning, chopping, peeling and washing, or at least by 4.00pm. Either pop it straight into the oven or let it marinate before serving.

Never cook when your hungry in a small space. You will be frustrated, impatient, you will spill, burn, drop stuff and loose the plot

Have emergency items like ham, cheese, smoked salmon with beelines, caviar, croissants, tinned sauerkraut, tinned spinach, puy lentils, frozen petit pops, sweetcorn, good jams, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruits, cereals for emergency snacks.I always have a large tin of Confit de `Canard in France to heat with red wine in case I have no time. In the UK I rely on risotto rice or pastas.

Do not eat crisps while you cook. Its cheating.


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