Friday, November 5, 2010

veganmofo.1.5: Welcome to My Tiny Kitchen

 Just in case you didn't believe me when I said that my kitchen was 'unfathomably tiny' I thought I'd show the evidence. When I told friends that I was moving to a 150-square foot apartment (or is it 140? I can't remember now) in Tokyo, they said "good luck with that!". And it doesn't feel as small as a Canadian apartment of the same size would, but that is because it is so compact and efficient - for the most part. I do dearly miss my old kitchen, though. Here is the tour of what I have now:


This is the stove and sink. There is one gas burner, no oven, and no counter. You see one cabinet about and one below, and that is all the storage space I have! As you can see, spices, oils and vinegar are lined up around the stove, and dishes are drying on the little shelf to the left of the sink.


And here is the rest of the kitchen: the fridge (just larger than a beer fridge) and microwave. I'm not generally a fan of microwaves and haven't owned one for years, but this one came with the apartment and it does come in handy when one has only one burner and no oven. Tea, coffee, rice, seaweed, bananas, and seasonings sit on top. And you also see my most trusted kitchen appliance, the mini-blender - a very worthwhile investment as I use it nearly daily for making green smoothies and salad dressings. In the absence of a counter, I have to move things over to my desk for kitchen prep, which is just to the right of the fridge.

So, now you know all about my tiny kitchen! And I dare anyone to find me a kitchen that is smaller and can still be called a kitchen (dorms with microwaves don't count). Have a lovely weekend!

8 comments:

  1. I realize it must be hard, especially having to do the prepping at your desk! But I would also imagine that it makes you more aware of what you do have in storage. Like, use up the things you buy before buying more stuff and end up with having loooads of things you have to use up.

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  2. I love seeing other peoples kitchens! Also, I need to stop complaining about how small my kitchen is!

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  3. Wow, that is a tiny kitchen! I would love to see the rest of your place!

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  4. My old kitchen was about that size. It was really frustrating sometimes, but it also forced a bit more creativity. If I can make marmalade and gnocchi there, I can do it anywhere.

    Glad to have a bigger kitchen, though, gotta say.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I am humbled and fiercely impressed by your resourcefulness! I vow to never gripe about my "lack of counter space" again. Cheers!

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  6. It's very cute and cosy and you are making the best of it :)

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  7. I make green smoothies too! So vital! Nice blender and tiny kitchen! Wouldn't take long to tidy up, eh?

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