We have been living in our new home for almost two months now and we are still waiting for our kitchen to arrive. Due to a date mix up, our kitchen will not arrive before the 22nd of September. I have been looking forward to this kitchen forever as it was the first thing we ordered for our new home!
This is kind of the worst thing that can happen to a passionate cook like me but I had to find a way to live with it as the only kitchen we have until then is the one you can see in the picture above.
You can see, there is not much to it and cooking on there is not necessarily the most fun thing in the world… If this ever happens to you and you have to live without a kitchen for a while, here are my ideas on how to survive:
Get Take Out Food
It is not the most delicious food in the world and most certainly not the healthiest either but if you are having this once in a while, it won’t hurt. Usually, in every bigger city you can choose from a variety of different take out things such as Italian, Asian, Turkish, Greek and other meals.
Eat Meals That Do Not Require Cooking In The Kitchen
There are a lot of meals that can be assembled or cooked directly at the table and cooking in the kitchen is not needed. What about having a delicious wrap (I am sharing the recipe for this shortly), a fondue or a raclette evening with friends?
Have Cold Dishes
Meals do not have to be warm all the time. What about a nice salad or some bread for dinner? In Germany, it is a common thing to have bread with cheese or sausage on it for dinner.
Don’t Use Too Many Plates/Pots etc…
You’ve seen the sink in the picture above, right? You really don’t want to have massive amounts of crockery to clean do you? We are currently trying to use as less as humanly possible…
Do A BBQ Once In A While
We Germans love our BBQs but when you do not have a proper kitchen, a BBQ is a great solution! You can cook all your meat on the grill and have some fresh salad and bread with it – perfect isn’t it? I promise you, you will forget your missing kitchen for as long as you are enjoying this!!!
Especially if you’ve just moved to a different city or area, checking out restaurants in your neighborhood can be great! You can encounter new places and remember them later when you want to take guests our to a restaurant.
Special tip: If you are very smart, you order an even bigger portion than you usually would and take the rest home with you to have it at home the day after…
Get Invited To Other People’s Houses
Maybe you can ask your friends nicely to enjoy a night out at their house and offer them a dinner for the time you have a kitchen again to make up for the dinner you had at their place. You could also kindly ask if you are allowed to cook dinner for them in their kitchen. I bet most people would not say no to a lovely dinner…
Having Guests Over?
No worries! There are caterers around you could hire to bring food for your guests (most of the time they even offer to bring plates and take the dirty ones afterwards…). If you feel that ordering food from a caterer you can also easily pick one of the options above to enjoy with your guests.
As you can see, not having a kitchen is annoying but it does not have to be. There are ways to have nice and yummy food even without a kitchen. You can easily mix and match from the options above to have a bigger variety of different things.
How would you survive without a kitchen for two months? Do you have any more ideas to survive a situation like this? Please share them in the comments section below!