It can be hard to find moments of calm, mindfulness or privacy in what for most are busy, busy days. How your micro apartment kitchenette makes the chore of making food simple.

Each UKO has different kitchenettes; Padding original, Stanmore and Newtown have communal kitchens with a traditional oven in addition to individual studio microwaves or convection ovens. When it comes to making good food around your busy schedules here’s why micro apartments are beneficial. 

  • Interestingly, 12% of people globally don’t feel they have the right to ask for privacy at home (Ikea). Micro apartments provide a space for you to cook at any time. You get the privacy that you need to access your food and cooking whenever you like – it’s all yours and there’s no need to share;
  • The confines of a kitchenette might mean that you need to simplify your cooking however this doesn’t mean you have to compromise flavour (although I’ve have heard of some epic meals being made you can eat your dreams in a micro space), 
  • You can reframe an everyday chore such as making food as an opportunity for time out.

Good food cooked on your watch and time out – this all makes for a powerful wellbeing combination. Even when I’ve had access to a fully equipped kitchen I’ve never used all the ‘equipment’… why? Well it’s all too time consuming and I hate dishes. Cooking has always been challenging amongst busy days. Makes the chore of simple:

Clear enough space to cook in

Like most people’s, your kitchenette counter gets cluttered; ensure you clear an area big enough to cook comfortably in. Also make use of jars and other storage containers. 

Don’t clutter your space 

Try not to buy additional appliances for your kitchenette as this clutters space. In many cases you can use existing appliances to get the job done. For example, to make a toastie put your sandwich on a hot pan and place another pant on top – voila a toasted sandwich maker. 

Take advantage of being in a small space

Having everything in arms reach means your fridge, cooker and bin are all so close – you’ll save time in the kitchen running back and forth. Working close to the stove means you can do a few jobs at once (like start an eCommerce store whilst cooking because your kitchen is right in front of you and your desk is right behind you!). 

Cooking with Convection Ovens

If you’re cooking with a convection oven – fish is your friend, it’s a source of protein that’s super easy to cook and put with any rice, pasta or salad dish – it works great in Mexican style dishes! 

Cook whenever you want, cook efficiently and enjoy the process knowing that you’ll have minimum clean up! Oh yes and flavour… Community Host Jorge gave me some insights into his cooking tips – sautéed onion and mushroom in red wine works wonders for Italian – I tried this with pasta sauce and I can confirm that this is delicious.