Over the past 15 months I have lived in a meth lab, a bug infested suite, across the street from an exhibitionist, underneath a racist hypochondriac and now in an amazing house with a micro kitchen.
In my kitchen I have a hot plate, a toaster oven, a toaster and a microwave. For someone who loves cooking as much as I do, I was super hesitant about not having a full oven to use but as my husband says “it will build character”. I’ll be honest, the first couple weeks I ate a lot of sandwiches and packaged salads. Then I decided I needed to embrace my new surroundings….and that is when my micro cooking began. Here is what I know – a cook top hot plate is not great (Salton portable infrared cooktop), the heat isn’t even and the element is very slippery…slippery with a steep ledge making me very nervous. My parents used an old coil hot plate and it was super easy. So in my world, cheaper is better. BUT using the toaster oven has been an awakening!
I use the Cuisinart Deluxe Convection Toaster Oven Broiler. It warms up quickly, provides even heat and can easily cook 5 chicken breasts at one time. It is great for baking too. Yes, baking cookies takes longer because you can only bake about 5-6 at a time but the wait is worth it (especially the recipe linked below). I have cooked a roast, made phyllo pastry, roasted veggies and made a yummy gluten free pizza! I would consider having one of these machines on hand if you are cooking for one!
As for micro cooking it has it’s advantages too, you make smaller batches and I find I eat less because I just literally can’t be bothered to cook. If and when I move to New York and live in a 200 square apartment I will be so ready!
And now this…
Fun: I know I am late to the party on this one but I really enjoyed the movie Spider-man; Homecoming. It was funny, fast and for a non-Marvel fan, I really liked it. Don’t waste your money on Bad Moms 2 (I was a fan of the first one), this one has no heart and it gross just for the sake of being gross (and I love me some gross, this did not scratch that itch).
They have totally set it up for a third installment, I wont be going.
Fitness: This past week I have been super sick (stomach flu, I will spare you all the terrible details) and as a result I was super stiff and needed some yoga. So, I did a “first time free” visit to One Yoga for their gentle yoga class, it was exactly what the body needed. I had never been to their studio before but I will totally go back. The vibe was nice, the space was good and the instructor new her stuff. Back to crossfit this week with a yoga peppered in.
Food: My favourtie cookie right now is chocolate salted caramel and I use the Chipits brand chips. Follow the recipe exactly on the back of the bag and trust me they will be the show stopper at any party!
Fashion: I am trying to embrace the whole velvet trend and according to Marilyn Denis for the holiday season your outfit should have just a hint of velvet on it some where! I bought a pair of fitted black pants with a velvet stripe down the side….I feel like they look like fancy track pants so basically I win! Slip on, black, velvet, and I could do karate in them! BOOM! Are you doing the velvet trend? I think it looks questionable on tv so this will be a strict off-air outfit.