I had plans to move on to the next party idea today, but the gloomy, dark, rainy weather had other ideas. Instead of photographing food in these far from ideal conditions, I decided to use today as an opportunity to take part in the kitchen tours that some Vegan MoFo bloggers have been doing on their blogs. Please excuse the dimly lit photos! (Definitely check out the awesome kitchens of Kittee, Mandee, Amey, Angel, Erin, Amy, Amanda, & Fanny!) I’ve so enjoyed peeking into other people’s spaces and seeing where they create. If you’ve watched any of my cooking videos from the past year, you’re already familiar with my kitchen, but here it goes…
On one wall of the kitchen there’s a light and below it I’ve hung the Mr. T painting that I did several years ago. It’s a three-dimensional painting. The fork is plastic and the tofu was made with polymer clay. It really amused me to put it under a light, as if it was a piece at a gallery. (That being said, if there was a gallery that focused on works of art based on Mr. T, I would go in a second!)
Here I have the toaster and wooden toast tongs. (They’re held onto the toaster by a magnet.) Then there’s a fruit bowl that looks like a belt, which I made. The two covered jars contain heads of garlic, and they were made by one of my favorite potters, Tombo Studio. Then there’s a copy of Vegan Eats World, which just arrived a couple of days ago! (So excited!) I was a tester for the book, and I was thrilled when it showed up.
I have a tray that I made, which is holding oil, vinegar, and a salt pig. It’s next to the jar, which holds nutritional yeast flakes. (If you have a jar of nutritional yeast flakes on your kitchen counter, you just might be a vegan!)
Then of course, there’s my juicer and the love of my life, my Vitamix. I was talking with my sister-in-law recently about my Vitamix and telling her how I’d thought about it many years before I got it because it’s a big commitment, but that I’m thankful for it everyday. If anything, I only wish I’d gotten it sooner. She said, “You know, if someone walked in the room during that part of the conversation, they would have thought you were talking about getting married or having a baby – not about buying a blender!” That still makes me laugh.
Finally, outside the kitchen I have my collection of wooden wine toppers, which I got on our honeymoon in Switzerland. They all have little levers on their backs, and if you pull them, the wooden people move. The guy with the beer stein lifts his beer and opens his mouth, the lady with the phone holds it to her ear, the couple kisses, the woman reading lifts her glasses to her eyes, and the guy on the end sitting on the keg lifts his hat. David drilled holes in the shelf, so that we could display them. We never use them for wine, because I don’t want to stain them. However, it makes me really happy to see them and pull their little levers every now and again.
So that’s my kitchen! If you haven’t given a kitchen tour yet, do it! I’d love to see where you make your food come to life!