Over the weekend I made these:
These are banana muffins that are about 2x2x2. In retrospect, I should have put something larger next to them for perspective. Oh well. Next time.
There are books out there for small batch cooking and baking, and special tools, too. but I tend to use the regular recipes from my old standard cookbooks and halve them. For baking, I use small cookie cutters, ramekins, and the occasional pan/odd and end from a children's baking set. Other, basic kitchen elements lend themselves to simple repurposing. For instance, a loaf pan is a wonderful replacement for a casserole dish when working with a halved hot dish or lasagna recipe. A couple ramekins make a lovely tiny layer cake, or made-for-one tart.
For those wanting to experiment: when cooking in small batches and small containers you have to watch the time. Generally I halve the oven time unless the item is truly tiny, like the muffins above. Those I kept in for 1/4 the suggested time in the recipe.
Over the years, I've collected many vintage dishes, too. Much of this has been done with the help of my generous family. My mother is holding on to the most gorgeous German serving dishes you have ever seen. Seriously. One day I'll have enough room for them to live safely amongst my other dishes.
But back to the subject at hand: one thing you'll notice about old dishes is that the serving dishes are the size of contemporary dinner plates, and the dessert plates are little bigger than a saucer for a tea cup. Small food looks undeniably better on a small plate. Lucky for folks like me, gorgeous small plates can be found on the cheap in thrift stores everywhere. Mr. Crafty bought me a little hand painted plate with flowers for Christmas that put him under a mere $2.
I should note, though, that I am the lone small food eater in this household. I don't know how such habits would translate into the every day workings of a larger, busier household. Even Chimallo the cat would prefer the whole can of tuna over a tiny serving in the shape of a leaf. And Mr. Crafty, at an impressive 6 foot 6, would likely blow away if he ate my cute little portions. But I, at 5 foot 2, find it an easier way to enjoy my food and embrace my preference for grazing throughout the day.
Also, none of this is to say I don't love a huge holiday meal or a gigantic cup of coffee, though. And I've been known to make a big pot of tea and drink the whole thing through the course of a movie, constantly refilling my cute tea cup. And some huge food is just so amazing. I've been watching a lot of old Julia Child episodes, and recently lost two hours to watching her and Martha Stewart make an enormous and gorgeous wedding cake. Oh, to be able to do something like that!