Okay, maybe if this had been my kitchen I’d miss it a bit. LoL
Hey it’s Friday!
Let’s talk about kitchens and food! I’d love to be able to say I’m getting ready to do some great barbecuing or planning a dinner out this weekend; but no, not for a few weeks yet. The Boss is into his extreme schedule so it’s dinner for one these days.
Anyhoooo… I read a Facebook status the other day from a friend of mine who is living in her camper for a bit while she waits for her next stick and brick home to be ready. Her update was about how she was already going nuts not having a “normal” kitchen – after less than two weeks.
I didn’t get into details about whether her appliances were working properly or not, or if it was just a matter of missing all the extra space she had in her old kitchen. I guess maybe I should have. But my point is, I have not once yet missed having a big traditional kitchen… and it’s been a year and a half!
Yes, I will say I’ve had to adjust to the limited storage issue. But as far as having every gadget under the sun and a pot rack full of every size imaginable… nope, don’t miss it at all. We’ve been adding a few things here and there that fit easily into the space we have. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that’s even on my “wish list”.
An added bonus to not having a million gadgets is that we don’t mind paying more for higher quality products when we do decide we need something. Of course only having a couple of pots and pans means I’m only washing a couple pots and pans! Woo hoo 🙂
We usually use our grill for the full-course type meals anyway. Somehow the hubby creates a lot more dishes outside grilling than I do inside cooking. But he’s cooking, which means I’m not, so I don’t complain (much). It doesn’t hurt that he rocks at grilling!
I’ve been making an effort to make myself an actual meal instead of just grabbing whatever’s quick and easy when I’m alone. I put together a great little pizza the other night using nothing but the grill, a knife and a spoon. No, it wasn’t a frozen pizza. Yes, really!
Here’s my creation…
Spicy Avocado Grilled Pizza
Okay, I did cheat a little and used an 8″ Boboli mini crust as my base. After grilling it for just a minute or two on each side, I used spicy red pepper hummus as the “sauce” then topped that with thinly sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, avocado, and kalamata olives. It was dee-lish!
The crust was warm with a bit of crunch, the perfect balance to the smooth creaminess of the hummus. Then the cool crisp veggies on top were just enough to mellow out the spicy heat of the hummus. Yummy 🙂
There are so many great grilling cookbooks available today it’s hard to pick just one. I was looking for something dedicated to RV cooking. I came across these two that look promising.
I usually just fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to throwing things together in the kitchen. But I’m also a book lover and cookbooks can be great reading!
So what’s the verdict?
If you’re a full-timer do you miss your traditional kitchen?
If you’re a weekend warrior is there one kitchen gadget that you absolutely must bring with you when you leave home?
That’s all for now. As always, thanks for stopping by! 🙂