Is the Food Processor really a Time Saving Device?

Good morning Tiny House people, thanks for joining me today.  I want to share with you my epic battle with the Food Processor.  I was curious – is a Food Processor really a time saving device?  The process of finding that answer was pretty interesting, and I drew some conclusions from the experience (that are at the end of this video).  Let me know what you think.  I was surprised to find that many of my friends were already on team #knifeandcuttingboard.  Maybe fewer folks use these space-hogging machines than I realized.  Are you going tiny?  Will you take your food processor with you to your tiny home?  Why or why not?  Let me know in the comments.

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Adapting Shrimp & Grits for a Tiny House

How do you adapt a complex recipe that requires lots of space and dishes to one that can be made simply in a tiny house?  This video shows how I take a complex dish and make it a very simple one.  To adapt a recipe for use in a tiny house, plan out how you can use less dishes, use less power, and avoid putting a lot of moisture into the air that could create a mold problem in your home.  You can create great food in a tiny house kitchen, and these strategies will help!29c45-1a2bcarmen

Traveling Foodie

We are having a fantastic time in California and are looking forward to the event on the RMS Queen Mary where my recipe will be demonstrated before a crowd by the Chef of the Queen Mary, along from a recipe from her sailing days.  This is part of a book event featuring my dear friend, Patricia V. Davis.The fun is the 6th but we are already here soaking in sunshine, delicious California produce, and unwinding a bit.

We are enjoying the hospitality of a lovely AirBNB host.  We walked to the market this morning for a few groceries and walked back.  We asked our host if it would be ok to cook in her kitchen and she readily agreed.  My Austrian cracked open a beautiful fresh coconut and we drank the refreshing juice and munched on coconut as I whipped up some yummy omlettes.  We have plenty for a few meals even though we will eat out and enjoy the local cuisine.  We had a delicious Mexican meal yesterday along with some seafood, and we haven’t been hungry enough today to budge from our comfy spot here on the porch.


We are having a lovely time!  Yum!!  Enjoy the journey!  -Carmen

The Hungry Healthy Hippie Scramble

This is how we cook on any given night, we simply make it up as we go along.  You’ll see me try something, then change my mind and change direction.  That’s part of the fun, you really can cook in the same way jazz musicians make music – an improvisation on a theme.  In this case, the theme was farm fresh local eggs, and they were delicious!  This meal works very nicely for dinner or a hearty breakfast.

I’m enjoying the idea of this Copper Chef Induction Cooktop because it means you can have a burner anywhere you have power.  Even in the smallest of the small kitchens.  Pair this with a toaster oven and you’ve got a world of possibilities at your fingertips.  In addition, it can all be stowed away out of sight when you wish.

The table where I cooked this meal was 6 square feet, proving the point that you can comfortably cook a delicious meal in a very small space!  In fact, the smaller a kitchen, the more efficiency is built in.  No need to walk miles in an expansive kitchen when you can stay put and cook something lovely in a small space.

Is there something specific you’ve like to cook in your tiny kitchen but can’t figure out how?  Do leave a comment with your comments and questions.  LOTS more delicious food coming your way!

Stay Tuned,

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Sunflower Cake (Apricot Almond Cake)

Welcome back, I am so pleased to bring you my new favorite Paleo treat: “Sunflower Cake” or “Apricot Almond Cake” if you prefer, or even “Cake with Two Names” (or even three)!  No matter what you call it, it is inspired by Mary Berry’s Wobbly Apricot Tart, but it’s CAKE!  PLUS, it’s Paleo, which means no dairy, no gluten, no grains, and no problem.


There is no refined sugar in the recipe, but unfortunately, the almond paste comes with lots of sugar in it and my local stores don’t stock a almond paste that isn’t already sugar sweetened.  Marzipan is one of my favorite flavors, and it’s apricot season here, and the fruit has been marvelous this year!  That means it’s time for this delicious Apricot Almond cake.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe: (And you don’t have to have a mixer to make it!)

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I’m using Pink Himalayan Rock Salt)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

Stir together and break all clumps.

  • Then add 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil (it’s hot here today, so mine was already liquid, but if yours is pretty solid warm it slightly until it’s soft)
  • 2/3 cup honey (you may sub in maple syrup)
  • 4 large roughly treated fresh eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond extract (sounds like a lot, I know.  If you vanilla or almond extracts are extra strong, adjust accordingly.)

Stir together, and pour into a 9 inch round cake pan that has been buttered with coconut oil and lined with waxed paper (the waxed paper is an optional step that zero waste folks will be fine to skip).

  • 2 large fresh apricots, peeled, and sliced thin

Place the apricot slices evenly around the edge of the cake for sunflower petals.  I used two large apricots in the video, but I’ve since been back to the market for more and they were quite small the second time, so use what works for your situation.  It’s never wrong to have a  few left lovely fresh apricots left over for snacking.

  • 4 ounces almond paste

Roll paste into snakes, cut into even rounds and roll into little balls to be used for the middle of the sunflower.  Use a little powdered sugar to keep the paste from sticking to everything.  Any extra almond paste may be chopped and stirred into to the batter.

Bake at 350 degrees, conventional oven, for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Let me know what you think of my recipe.  I think it works as a dessert and as a breakfast cake.  And as you can see in the video, it’s easy to make in only 6 square feet plus oven and a sink for doing dishes.

Thanks for visiting my blog and stay tuned for many more great new recipes that you can make, even in a teeny tiny kitchen!  Even if you live in a tiny house like we do, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor!

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Welcome to my Kitchen!


Hello everyone, I’m happy to finally post my first video in the series on how we transformed this small kitchen.  Soon I’ll be full tilt into sharing my favorite recipes with you, but first we need to finish that kitchen!

I’ve lived in a tiny house on wheels of 125 square feet since September 2014 and we really love it.  As a retired restaurant owner used to having tons of space and gear, it took me a while to get used to cooking in such a small space.  If you’re making the transition from a large kitchen to a small one, I can help!  It might not be a comfortable transition, but it isn’t the end of the world.  You’ll still enjoy marvelous food!

I’ll show you how to cook like a chef, even if you kitchen is very small.

The Tiny House Foodie Kitchen

I enjoying taking some time over the holiday weekend to make some progress on my tiny house kitchen.  I’ve removed the doors and painted the upper cabinets and the window and it is a vast improvement.  THF Kitchen Progress 1

Soon all the base cabinets will come out and we will be installing small fridges and new kitchen cabinets below.  I can’t wait to show you the green oak kitchen cabinets, I think they’re lovely!  THF Kitchen progress 2

The plan also includes some salvaged Carrara marble that went through a house fire.  It remains to be seen if we can get enough of the smoke/water/fire stains out to make it salvageable for a counter top.  We shall see.  Finally, I have some beautiful tile for the back splash.  I’m really excited about seeing this cute little kitchen come together so that I can share lots of great food with you.

Are you building a tiny house or do you currently live in a tiny house?  Post photos of your tiny house kitchen and the food you make there on the Tiny House Foodie Group page on Facebook.  I’m totally looking forward to meeting all of you that are following along and seeing what food we create together.  If there is one thing I know, it is that Tiny House Folks are incredibly creative and resourceful and I can’t wait to see your kitchen and hear all about your favorite dishes.  Let me know what challenges you’re facing with your tiny space and that way I will know how to add value to these video sessions for all of you.  See you in the Interwebs!  =)

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Tiny House Kitchen

I am looking forward to sharing my stack of recipes with all of you.  However, we are in the middle of a kitchen renovation.  I’ve been collecting goodies left and right for this new kitchen and I can’t wait to share the space and my recipes with all of you.  I must admit, I’m impatient to get started.  So while I get busy shopping, painting, and bugging the installers, I’m also making lots of lists of great recipes to share with you.   It’ll be great.  I’m stoked.  Meanwhile, contact me with your Tiny House Foodie questions.  I may have paint all over me, but I’m here.  Peace.

Welcome

Welcome to the Tiny House Foodie!  I’m Chef Carmen and I’m going to show you how to cook great meals like a chef, but all within the confines of a small kitchen.  It can be done, I promise.  I’ve lived in a tiny house for a number of years and I’ll show you how.  Stay Tuned!  ~Chef Carmen

First blog post

Hey everyone, Chef Carmen here.  I look forward to sharing great videos, blog posts, ebooks, and books with you… all focused on creating great food in small spaces.  It can be done, but it requires a specific mindset and willingness to try.  I know you’ll love it.  Stick around, I’m cooking up something yummy just for you!