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HELP!! Kitchen Help - cooking without a kitchen (merged)

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  • i accidently smashed the ceramic hob on my cooker so bought a steamer. i've never looked back and its a healthier option as it contains more vitamins (so it claims). Some white meats look a bit anaemic but just pour a little gravy on and nobody knows its not brown. Vegetables and fish done in it taste delicious.
  • Try different fish (if you eat it) it's gorgeous cooked on the BBQ. Also try prawns and lots of veggie kebabs with cous cous, pasta or rice. Sounds like heaven to me.
  • squeaky
    squeaky Posts: 14,129 Forumite
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    furrypig wrote:
    As some of you know, after my slug invasion I found out I had a major problem with damp in my kitchen! Now we have to have all the floating floor removed along with all the lower part of the kitchen cupboards etc and dehumidifiers put in to dry it all out.This is happening tomorrow which means no kitchen for 3-4 weeks!
    Hi, :)

    So it must all just about be done now? Yes? No?

    Which tips did you find most useful and what new ones did you learn along the way?

    CuriousPeople'R'us :)
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  • fuglyjowls
    fuglyjowls Posts: 80 Forumite
    One of my old student pals used to make fantastic toasted sandwiches/pitta breads without a toaster or a cooker. Just fill your pitta bread or bread, wrap in foil, turn the iron on and iron both sides. Delicious!
    Nice to save.
  • squeaky
    squeaky Posts: 14,129 Forumite
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    As of Thurday (Gosh that's tomorrow already) I'll be without my kitchen for about three weeks. It all has to be stripped out, the walls treated for being very damp, and then a new kitchen put in. And I managed to get them to modify the new layout so it'll be more practical. Yay! :)

    So, the freezer is full of ready made stuff (that's ready made by ME) and I'm all geared up to power it from upstairs when they need the downstairs power off...

    ..kettle, microwave, breadmaker and slow cooker have all been assigned places upstairs (my other downstairs room is being damp treated at the same time as the kitchen, didn't I tell you that?)...

    ..my chest of drawers is now my kitchen worktop, suitably covered.

    Hmm... what else...? Oh, I've got a dust sheet ready to hang at the foot of the stairs to try and keep the dust from travelling too far and have promised myself to keep to a regimen of changing from outside shoes to slippers at the bottom of the stairs as well...

    ..so why have I got this horrible feeling I've forgotten something?
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  • alyth
    alyth Posts: 2,671 Forumite
    I'd be grateful for some advice on how I can survive without a kitchen for 2 weeks! My new kitchen is going to start being installed on Monday, and we'll be left with just a microwave! Short of living off microwaves meals for a fortnight, can anyone suggest any alternative way of eating! Unfortunately we also live in the sticks so there are no takeways within 10 miles! I tend to do a lot of my own cooking, but even trying to do stuff like spag bol is going to be impossible as there will be no cooker, to be honest there will be no sink either so I'll be washing dishes in the bathroom! I don't have a slow cooker either so that's out the window as well! I'd be grateful if anyone has any ideas as I've just cooked a nice meal and realised it's going to be my last decent meal for a while!
  • We spent a couple of weeks without a cooker once, and found you can cook quite a lot in a microwave. Rice, scrambled egg and even pasta can be done in a microwave. You might have to rely on tins a bit but shouldn't be too much of a hardship for two weeks. Don't forget your toaster (if you have one), and maybe you could borrow a slow cooker or george foreman type grill off someone?
  • Glad
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    spend tomorrow cooking a casserole, a chilli, a curry etc and freeze in meal size portions to be reheated in the microwave :)
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  • You could maybe buy a slow cooker as you can virtually cook the whole meal in one by popping potatoes on the top of your chicken/stew etc.
  • Glad
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    or maybe a friend/relative could let you borrow a SC for 2 weeks
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