But since I spent last night reading The Simple Year, where Kerry documents going a whole year without buying anything new (other than groceries), I decided that for today I could find a different way to improve my life.
So I baked and cooked. And I took some photos while I was baking and cooking so you can see how I make it work in my tiny kitchen.
The first thing I did was get my bun dough cranking in the breadmaker, since it takes a couple of hours in there.
In the next photo you can see that I set the breadmaker up on the stovetop, since that's where the only electrical socket is on this side of the kitchen. Also the stovetop is flat so I use it like a bench top when I'm not cooking on it (and even sometimes when I am).
|Bun dough in the breadmaker and fresh banana chocolate chip muffins.|
While the bun dough was doing its thing in the breadmaker, I put the oven to use baking banana chocolate chip muffins. Some of these got eaten for morning tea today and I froze some to pull out for lunchbox fillers this week. I freeze them because it means the kids won't find them and eat them early, and it keeps them fresh until I'm ready to use them. Note my silicion muffin liners. I love these and have used them over and over for a couple of years now. #zerowaste
While the muffins were baking, I chopped up pumpkin, onion and apple to make pumpkin soup. It went into the oven after the muffins came out.
|Roasting pumpkin, onion and apple for soup.|
Once it was done roasting, the whole lot got whizzed up with homemade chicken stock on the stovetop next to the breadmaker.
My soup only required half a pumpkin, so I peeled and diced the other half and double bagged it to freeze for another day. I used an empty bread bag for one of the bag layers. #zerowaste
|Bagged pumpkin pieces ready to freeze.|
I do a lot of food prep on my dining table. As you can see, that's where I chopped up the pumpkin above, and in the next photo I'm cutting up the bun dough ready to shape buns.
|Slicing dough to make buns.|
|Dishes having a party.|
Once everything finished baking and cooking, I did the dishes, so now my kitchen is back to normal. Of course, while my back was turned, this happened.