Today you get a glimpse of my kitchen.
Exactly as it is in the morning.
Dirty dishes and all.
I love that space. It kind of got cut off, but there's a window over the sink on the left side, so I can watch the girls play outside while I bake or prep veggies or whatever.
We did a major kitchen remodel after a flood several years back. I don't recommend this as the route to a new kitchen, but I am grateful for the space.
I am not, however, so happy with my pantry. The shelves are pretty deep, and I never seem to keep them organized. I mean, I lost a jar of coconut oil in there. Seriously. I gave up and opened a new one this morning.
See those jars in the back . . . behind the flour bags? There's almond flour somewhere back there. Dang it. Almond flour is expensive. It needs a better place.
But this is why I'm doing this workshop. We eat a mostly gluten-free vegetarian diet already, but I'm horribly disorganized. I think my main problem is that I have a mix of food in store containers/bags and food in jars. I don't immediately transfer my stuff when I get back from the store, so it quickly becomes a big, jumbled mess.
Plus, I haven't found a good rotation system for these deep shelves. Things (coconut oil, almond flour . . . expensive things) get lost or forgotten in the shadows.
I need a pantry fairy.
Or pantry gnomes.
Yes, pantry gnomes would be nice.
Moving on to something much prettier than my pantry.
Made with rainbow lights chard from my garden, tomatoes and cucumbers from the farmer's market (our tomatoes are still green), and topped with sunflower seeds, red pepper flakes, and a simple balsamic-olive oil dressing I keep mixed in the cabinet. Summer.
And for a little extra kick, homemade pickled spicy beans.
I have some beans and carrots in the fridge calling out to me to ferment them. But first I'd like to clear out some space in the fridge. It's not quite as bad as the pantry . . . not quite.
My plan is to have that pantry whipped into shape by the end of the month.
Until then, send any spare gnomes my way.