Cooking in Rome is an all-around challenge. From the size of my kitchen, to the appliances, to the lack of conveniences like a food processor, mixer or microwave, and the effort it takes to simply gather the ingredients, it’s tough. But I do love it.
My Roman kitchen is small verging on tiny. U-shaped with black granite counters, it occupies a corner of what is our living/dining room. It has the essentials: cooktop, oven, sink and a dishwasher. The cooktop technically has four burners. But if you put two pots of any size on it, there is no room for a third let alone a fourth pot or pan. There’s a small window which doubles for a fan when we need it, which turns out to be often.
Sometimes I feel like I’m playing a game called: Can You Cook This? I usually can. And once I get started, it’s actually fun.