My thinking and writing about food has hit a dry patch. We're in the full force of summer with full baskets of vegetables and fruits but with the renovation I have little time to cook or even eat. We scrape together what we can. At least with summer here we can eat a lot raw, out of the sack.
Still - I have to cook at least one meal a day and now that we're near the end of our apartment stay I can truly say it's been a challenge. At first glance, the kitchen is pretty functional. There is a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and a cupboard full of pots and pans. However, there are a couple of major limitations that makes cooking for a family of four on a daily basis a challenge.
Here's what I have to work with:
A two-eye electric burner. It takes *forever* to boil a pan of water. But when it's hot, it's hot! I learned to cook in shifts. The pan of new potatoes from the Ile de Ré became a super yummy potato salad.
Two paring knives. Seriously. No kitchen knife. My husband and I think up challenges. He's won so far when I tasked him with taking apart of whole roasting chicken to braise.
We don't have an oven, either, but this hasn't bothered me too much. There have been a few times in the last two months when I wished for one to keep food warm but since it's summer I get by fine without it.