Hazel had asked in an earlier comment if I cooked. She brought up a good point, in many tiny houses they really do not look equipped to handle those of us who make use of a kitchen. I do cook, quite a bit. In fact I enjoy cooking.
I have a small kitchen, obviously. I have a two burner propane stove, and no oven. I made a personal decision to not have an oven. This was because almost anything unhealthy that made it’s way into my belly, was first in my oven. Thankfully, I have many friends that have offered me full access to their kitchen in the event I need to go on a baking spree.
I participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), with Terra Organics which gives me fresh fruit and vegetables every week. Observe ridiculous amounts of produce on the left side of the picture. I tend to stir fry and make a lot of soup now that it is getting colder. I have a wall mounted spice rack that is gorgeous, to ensure I have more counter space.
I only buy meat once or twice a week, and not very much of it. I usually try to buy it locally at Stewart’s Meat Market, to cut back on hormones, additives and packaging. If I am buying anything in bulk, it is usually beans or grains. Though I haven’t been eating beans or grains much since I moved into the little house. However, when I do, these things I will typically pick up at my local co-op about once a month. I love Quinoa over most other things that take grain form. I do not buy much that is packaged, so that cuts down on the need or urge to stock up when things are on sale. My exception this week was Silk Nog, the soy milk equivalent to Egg Nog. It is delicious and heavenly.
I buy canned tomatoes on occasion when I cannot get them fresh, as I like to use it as a base to soup. I refill my soy sauce, olive oil, Dr. Bronners soap and many other things at the co-op. My mom gave me tortillas, and I figure I should eat them before they go bad. But it has been weeks and they have not gone bad, that freaks me out. So I haven’t eaten them. It is a bit of a vicious cycle really.
Most of the tins in there are full of loose leaf tea. I tend to also buy that in bulk when I get the chance to. Marketspice Tea at the Pike Place Market in Seattle (I linked to the Orange, as that is my current favorite), Ruby’s Tea in La Conner (when I am up visiting my parents), and I think I may go visit the Tea Lady in Olympia here soon.
When cooking, whatever vegetable scraps Riley, my dog, doesn’t eat (he loves vegetables and stares at me expectantly from under the dining room table when I pull out the cutting board), goes in my composting toilet. Which is pretty rad. The toilet is through a door directly to the right of the kitchen when I am cooking.
Having a small fridge, and not a lot of cupboard space affects how I shop for food. I tend to eat healthier, as my vegetables are delivered to me once a week. I try not to buy junk food, with the occasional splurge… usually on Peanut Butter M&M’s (I know, I know, they’re HORRIBLE… but I love them). I cannot really speak for how living in a small house has affected other tiny home owners, but I enjoy cooking in my house very much. Everything I need is right here, it’s cozy and inviting and I have tea just a couple paces away.
I have one small pot, one small skillet, one deep skillet that can also be used as a soup pot [on the stove in the top left picture], then a large soup pot that I use for synthetic hair stuff and not for cooking. I use the deep skillet the most. There was an even larger skillet, but I have decommissioned it, since I managed to melt one of my stove knobs whilst using it. It was a really dumb mistake, that I did not think through. I was using the small burner and the pan was big enough to rest above the knobs. Needless to say, when I was done preparing the dish and noticed I had melted the knob, I was peeved. Thankfully, the war wound is not that bad.
Prior to living in The Fortune Cookie, I had never cooked with propane before. To say that I love cooking with propane is an understatement. Conventional electric stove tops are so slow in comparison. I love the fact that my tea is ready in under 10 minutes. I want to switch to something that is not using gas and is more earth friendly eventually, but that will likely be a couple years in the future. My shower and solar power are first on the list.
One trick I have learned while having a tiny kitchen is that T.V. trays are a life saver. I do not have a whole lot of counter space, so they provide a place to put my dishes to dry. An extra place to use a cutting board if I have a lot of items I’m dicing. A place to put my salad as I decide what to put in it. They become a place to set extra dishes and food when dining with company at the little table in my dining room. They become an end table when I have company and a spot to set their tea is needed. So, a big recommendation, T.V. Trays.
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