Tuesday, 24 April 2012
I am obsessed with kitchens. Some people might size up what someone is wearing, admiring them for their unique choice in blending a floral skirt with a leather jacket for contrast, but I admire people’s well-equipped kitchens. Whenever I go over to someone’s house I inspect their kitchen, whether they know it or not, for kitchen fantasticness. The dreamy look you get in your eye when looking at something appealing, like a crush or a big plate of food when you are hungry, is the look my eyes get when I am given a tour of somebody’s kitchen. Most recently, I was invited over one of my very good friend’s house for dinner and was completely enamored by their kitchen gadgets and setup. My friend’s mother had worked at Williams Sonoma and admitted that “there is no way I’d have all this stuff if it weren’t for the employee discount”. Right then and there I considered applying for a job at the kitchen gadget specialty store.
Not to brag, but my kitchen at home is pretty fabulous with a KitchenAid mixer, various silpats, a candy thermometer, a blender, and so on. I take advantage of the gadgets my family has acquired due to my mother’s love of food. I do not consider myself a chef or a baker, but rather a seasonal kitchen adventurist, meaning during my winter and summer breaks from school I manage to have extra time for kitchen experimentation. I wish I were able to improvise more, but perhaps I will get better at it the more I cook. My mother told me she didn’t have a clue when she was my age, and that I know how to cook and bake more than she did; now she can make just about everything.
I tell myself I will become a true self-taught cook once I have my own place, and therefore my own kitchen outfitted to my liking. Here are some kitchen gadgets that are at the top of my list:
I love using spices, especially ones with a kick like cayenne and curry powder, so I could utilize something like this.
Good set of knives
I would have to do some research on what kind/brand is best.
My drink of choice is a quad espresso iced with nothing it; I am a coffee addict, enough said.
I think every kitchen needs a few of these, no matter how little you cook.
Making meat dishes and stewed cabbage in this is super easy. I’m sure if I had one of my own I’d find a bunch of other things to make in it.
I blend up a lot of smoothies!
I like making gluten-free treats which require grinding up nuts and dried fruit. I also like making salad dressing, so I could really use a big one.
I could spend hours and hours thinking up more things I want for my future kitchen, but I think I’ll wait until the time is actually here. Of course I want everything to be high quality. When I have my own place the room I look forward to “decorating” the most is the kitchen (but I’m sure you figured that out already).
What kitchen gadgets do you have/want in your kitchen?