I’m far from a gourmet chef (despite my claims). But I like gadgets and tools of any description. And, while I’m, err, inexperienced (some have used the phrase “useless“) at cooking I do enjoy it when I make the time.
Tonight I made a red chicken curry and I’d only be mildly overexaggerating if I state that it was the best food I’ve ever eaten. While I was cooking I really enjoyed two of my kitchen tools and thought I’d share.
Firstly, my Wustof knives. Tonight I was carving through chicken like it was warm butter. My vege’s practically sliced themselves for fear of Wustof fury. If you’re one of my friends that hasn’t heard me talk about these knives, consider yourself lucky. They’re great, frickin’ awesome, highly recommended and I’ll try and leave the praise at that. They only have two problems. They’re fiendishly expensive here in Australia. Do what I do and buy them overseas for (literally) half the price. If that option isn’t available then try searching online – I’ve also purchased some reasonably that way. But don’t expect to wander down to the King Of Knives or Myer and get ’em for a song. Oh, the second problem is that I can no longer blame the tools for being the worlds slowest food preparer.
The other tool I used tonight (for the first time) was my rice cooker. It was a present from Mum and Dad for Christmas and, while I’ve always thought such devices are great, it was proven tonight. I may have mentioned that I’m a
crap inexperienced cook and am lacking one of the gifts of a real chef – timing. I can make rice, no problems (absorption method, slow boil, microwave – whatever!). But when I try to make rice while cooking the rest of the meal I fall to pieces. Inevitably, my food comes out burnt or the rice comes out gluggy. Can never seem to get the timing right. With the rice cooker it doesn’t matter. Just rinse the rice, stuff it in the cooker with some water and voila! The machine makes perfect rice and can keep it in that state for up to five hours! Now I’ve just got to get better at cooking the rest of the meal…
Oh, another fantastic gadget is my pasta pot. Another Christmas present, this time from Luke & Collette, this pot is sweet. It’s got a strainer built-in to the lid! When your pasta is ready, instead of dirtying your colander, just twist the lid of the pot (to lock it) then pour the water out through the perforations. Simple and effective. Whenever I empty that water I smile.
What kitchen gadgetry do you love?