I don't have a kitchen island. Now, I realise that it was a design error. A kitchen island is ever so practical when one is preparing food. So now, I have to make do with a wooden table. Unfortunately, a bare wooden table is hard to disinfect. To sterilise the kitchen, we either wipe down with bleach or we use hot steam. Both will destroy the table. Finally, I laid a piece of plastic on the table.
That posed another problem. The plastic would melt when we placed hot receptacles on it.
Finally, I went to scavenge 2 marble tiles from a marble cutting factory nearby. Now, I have 2 cream coloured marble coasters to hold my oven trays and pots.