VeganMoFo: Welcome To My New Kitchen!

Well, it’s not so much “new” as it’s new to me.  This house was built in 1970, and I’m fairly certain that everything in it is original.  Here be the kitchen:

The stove is vented through the counter.  It’s so small and weird.

There’s a double oven, which could be cool.  I haven’t tested it yet, but I did get an oven thermometer just in case.

This is where the dining table will be eventually.

My mom says the front looks like an old man, with a chimney for a nose and a bushy mustache.

My first meal in the house was a quickie, since we were busy unpacking.  I knew I could get some ready to cook food from Trader Joe’s.  I simmered their green curry sauce and chickenless strips with steamed cauliflower and carrots, and wilted in spinach at the end.  Served over precooked brown rice.

The next day I reaped the benefits of some presents I found in the backyard.

These poor plants had been neglected for months, so I turned them into a delicious chunky marinara.  Served over whole wheat rotini and topped with lots of nutritional yeast that I had just unpacked.

On the side, mixed greens cooked with worcestershire, boullion and a little bit of ketchup.  I didn’t have any tomato paste.  It worked, okay?

More bonuses from the yard:  I believe this to be a blackberry bush that sadly went unpicked for the whole season.

And what’s this hanging over the fence from my neighbor’s house?  I thought they were limes, but when I stole one for guacamole last night, it turned out they were sorely under ripe lemons.  But soon they will be ripe lemons, and I will claim what’s on my side!

I unpacked my cookbooks today, so I will delve back into them very soon.  In conclusion, I am so happy to have a kitchen again!


  1. Adrian said

    OOooo awesome a double oven? I’m tres jealous.

  2. roo said

    haha your mom is right. I see the mustache!

    I think your house new house is awesome. I like it! I dig the retro groove. Plus all the fruits and veggies. Come on! What’s not to like? 🙂

  3. Nicole said

    Woah! What a beautiful kitchen!

  4. Megan said

    I love your new house! It has STYLE! CONGRATS!!!!!

    Lucky you to have yumminess growing in your backyard!

  5. VeggieGirl said

    Such a cute kitchen!!!

    Sooooo envious of all your fresh tomatoes – they’re gorgeous!!

  6. shellyfish said

    Congrats! I’m so jealous, we would love a house with a yard! And I totally see the old man face!

  7. Lauren said

    your kitchen is so so so SO cute! 🙂 i’m jealous!
    its so exciting to start cooking in a new place!
    everything looks so greattt 🙂

  8. awesome that you have produce plants as a bonus!

  9. melisser said

    Classic San Leandro house! Hooray for edible goodies though, super cool!

  10. Carrie said

    What a cute house! I totally see the old man comment thing.

  11. aTxVegn said

    What a great place! The kitchen will be great.

  12. Mandee said

    Hooray for having a kitchen again and I love the chunky tomato sauce!

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