Welcome to the Salima’s Kitchen Tour! Today I’m sharing a “behind the scenes” look into the kitchen of a food blogger.
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Inspiration Behind the Salima’s Kitchen Tour
You know how sometimes you see a challenge and you aren’t *mentally* ready to accept?
Well instead of beating myself up about missing the deadline (by many months), I am giving myself the green light to give it my best attempt now!
When I saw this Kitchen Tour story over on my friend Cosette’s (from the amazing Cosette’s Kitchen) Instagram story, I thought it was the most wonderful idea.
This idea of sharing a “behind the scenes” into the kitchen of a food blogger really allows people to see behind the perfect, curated images we share.
You will see a kitchen that endures so much in the name of good food, flaws and all. In fact, the challenge encourages bloggers to embrace the good, the bad, and the organizational tips!
So what are we waiting for? Let’s dive into my very own Kitchen Tour. Today I’m sharing 1 thing I love, 1 thing I don’t love, my favorite tool, an organizational tip, and my favorite serving ware.
1 Thing I Love
Since moving into our current home, my favorite room has always been the kitchen. Several windows line three walls around it, it’s got plenty of cabinets for storage space, and it has a wonderful gas stove.
It may not have perfectly white Instagrammable (this should be a word by now) cupboards or a white marble countertop, but it is pretty darn close to being perfect for me.
In honor of choosing (just) one thing I love, it would have to be our island.
This island is where I prep all the meals for catering jobs and photography shoots. It’s where I make breakfast every morning and dinner every night. It’s my favorite surface in the entire house.
1 Thing I Don’t Love
This element of the “Kitchen Tour” feature is one of the things that made me so excited about doing this blog post. It’s not that I’m so excited to complain about part of my kitchen.
On the contrary, I find it so important to acknowledge that even though we can get caught up in acting like our kitchens are perfect and beautiful and clean, they aren’t always!
There are days when things are an absolute mess, just like you must have in your own kitchen.
And so… here is one thing I really don’t love:
This drying rack situation is such a bummer. It gets damp almost immediately and things will sit on it for days trying to dry.
Any recommendations for a new dish drying rack are greatly appreciated!
My Favorite Tool
Not trying to sell you stuff here but seriously stop everything you are doing and go by this tool.
It’s seriously a game changer if you love citrus as much as I do.
I use it for lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, etc. and it makes squeezing fresh juice without any seeds or sting effortless.
You can find one like mine here: lemon juicer
An Organizational Tip
This organizational tip is 100% food blogging related but can be tailored to meet your needs.
My most basic and yet also most useful tip is to keep a separate shelf with your food photography props on it. I say this is important for 2 reasons:
- They are easy to find when you need them
- You (and your family/roommates) are less likely to use your fancy dishes when they aren’t commingling with the common pieces
Here are my prop shelves:
My Favorite Serving Ware
This is the most simple piece of serving ware but sometimes the most simple pieces are the best for that exact reason.
Thank you to all the inspirational women who led me to this challenge.
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