This is my New York City kitchen. I hear it’s pretty big for a kitchen in these parts, but I’m still adjusting to its smallness. There were lots of crashing and grumbling sounds coming from this room as I made dinner the first few nights, but I’d like to think I’ve made a little progress since then. Both in attitude and organization.
Let me give you a little tour.
I can’t tell you the exact size of the kitchen as it’s a triangular nook. Does anyone remember how to figure out the area of a triangle? 1/2 base x height? But to give you an idea of the size, take 2 steps in and you’re at the sink.
I’m very thankful for all new appliances that make everything sparkly shiny.
This is my skinny oven.
I love that it has a gas range.
This is my sink.
I love how deep it is.
This is my dishwasher, a rarity in the city.
I placed a dinner plate on the counter so you could see just how skinny it is!
This is my workspace.
I’ve never had a granite countertop before, so I’m really excited about that!
But there’s only one counter. That means that I’ve had to get really creative with my workspace. Thankfully my cutting board will fit over the sink to create another place to work. I just have to remember to wash all of the veggies before I start chopping. (Learning from experience…)
I also have a rolling cart around the corner that can create additional workspace for those times when washing, drying, chopping, peeling, soaking, whisking, and processing get a little out of control.
This is also where the dehydrator and the slow cooker live, which leads me to another challenge. I had to get really creative with my storage space as well.
I was prepared for small, so I only brought the appliances that would be absolutely necessary.
For a food blogger.
Since this raw food lover won’t be using the oven much, it is creating nice storage space.
I’ve also decided that I won’t be using the luxury item.
For anything other than storage.
And the front hall closet is a great place for quick access to crucial items like the juicer, spiralizer, rice steamer, and a few odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else.
(Don’t let the term front hall closet fool you. There is no back hall. And it’s not really even a hall at all, although we do like to call it the North Wing Foyer. But it’s really just a coat closet two steps from the kitchen by the front door.)
The kitchen itself does have several nice cupboards that have been filled and rearranged at least 5 times now.
There are no drawers in my kitchen, so the bottom shelf here holds silverware and high-use tools. Other drawer-like items are kept in the dishwasher.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the hardware store looking for space-creating shelves and gadgets so that I don’t knock things down while looking for specific pantry items.
One of my most important kitchen tools is this fold-up step stool.
Following New York thinking, you can always expand up.
The top of the fridge seems to hold more than the inside. Slight hyperbole. The shelves are only 10 1/2 inches deep! Go ahead. Measure that out with your fingers. Less than a foot. But I’ve noticed that it forces me to use up everything in the fridge. Nothing goes bad because there’s no room for leftovers to hide. There’s also no room to put an extra bunch of kale because “it looked so fresh at the market”. I have to stick to the list. Plus, whatever I buy I have to carry home.
So is this going to work?
Of course it will!
I’ve already made almond milk. The stove top is a perfect place to soak and sprout nuts and seeds. The deep sink is a great place to milk the almond cow. I’ve even sprouted buckwheat to make these Raw Buckwheat Strawberry Cookies.
I’ve prepared whole foods meals in a large kitchen, a medium-sized kitchen, and now a small kitchen. If I can prepare healthy gluten-free, high raw, vegan food in this tiny space, anyone can. I knew that this was going to be a challenge, and I’m up for it!
Thanks for coming on The Gluten-Free Cat Kitchen Tour. Two steps to the left and you’ll find the exit.
- Do you have any tips for me? I’m all ears!
- What is your favorite thing about your kitchen?
- What’s one thing you wish your kitchen had?
- How have you created extra space or better organization in your kitchen?
***UPDATE! The Husband found great shelves for the front hall closet yesterday. After a
little lot of reorganizing I can now use the dishwasher too! Woo hoo!!