Use the back kitchen for everything breakfast. Tea, coffee and toast making. Cereal getting and all the cutlery and dishes that get used at breakfast. Then you do not mess your main kitchen until the serious cooking starts later in the day.
High-quality stainless steel saucepans and sauté pans, cast iron skillets, a great set of knives, a wooden cutting board and a Dutch oven that can go from stovetop to oven — these are the workhorses of the kitchen and are worth the investment.