Basically, I have a very small kitchen. This often discourages me from trying fancy new recipes because I feel like I don't have the space to spread out and make a mess (not that I enjoy messes, cause I don't). I feel like I would bake more if my flour, sugar, etc. could sit in neat glass canisters on the counter instead of being shoved precariously into the cabinet. Or if I could have pretty containers of various rices and grains, I would be more creative with my side dishes. Or something. I think, for me, it's all about the wanting what I don't have...and the decorating. I want that dream kitchen where the food acts as art. Prettily displayed pastas and oils and salts and such. Not the "hide it all in cabinets because lordy I have no counter space" philosophy.
I am realizing, however, that this may just be me making excuses. I am the Master when it comes to the Art of Justification! Is there a way to make a career out of justification and excuses? Because sign me up, I am awesome at that! Anyway, I know all of you beautiful food bloggers out there (I'm looking at you, Shanna, Elissa, Jacqui and Bria, just to name a few!) don't have professional-grade, restaurant-quality kitchens (though I am convinced that you are slightly magical). But somehow, you manage to inspire me with every recipe you post. You make such lovely creations in normal kitchens...even tiny kitchens like mine! Or maybe even smaller! Who knows?
I would like to know. And I want to reach out to all of you out there...all of you wonderful ladies and gentlemen who read this blog. Whether you are new readers or have been reading since it all began. Sidenote: I used to write about knitting a lot. That reminds me, I need to get back into knitting.
Anyway, here is what I propose: Take a picture (or several if you like) of your kitchen, and email it to kimskitchensink [at] gmail [dot] com. Whether you have a hot plate and a microwave or a full, fancy kitchen that will make me die of jealousy, I want to see where you cook. Partly because I am a little bit nosy (omg Tricia, I loved this post), but mostly because I'm hoping that seeing where other people cook will inspire me to make the most of my tiny space. If you approve, I'll compile all the photos into a slideshow which I'll post it right here on this blog, so we can all inspire each other. If you don't want your photo shared (or want it shared anonymously, or shared without a link to your blog, or shared with your full name and address - just kidding), just say so. Or don't send one. Just kidding, please send one. Photos can be taken with your fancypants cameras, or with the camera on your cell phone, I don't really care. If you want to send along the approximate measurements of the space, great. If not, that's ok too. Want to include a photo of your favorite meal to come out of your kitchen? Awesome! If not? Guess what? That's ok too.
I'll get you started with this one (albeit really old) picture, just to put you in the mood!
Who: You, my lovely few-but-awesome readers
What: Photos of your kitchens
Where: This here blog, the interwebs
When: Get the pictures to me by, um, December 31? I'll send out a reminder next week.
Why: Because I am curious and looking for kitchen inspiration
How: Email a picture to kimskitchensink [at] gmail [dot] com
Let's start 2010 out with some kitchen inspiration! :)