Tuesday, November 15, 2005
A Typical Day in Kitchen Heaven
This is the kind of stuff that goes in my mind whilst I'm sleeping, only for me to rudely awaken, realising it simply isn't real.
Picture a kitchen (it's gonna have to be a big one) heavily laden with only the best top-of-the-line gadgets and equipment money can buy. Think also of a bank balance (it's also gonna have to be a big one). Picture your days leisurely spent self-indulgently preparing and creating your favourite foods with the kind of contraptions at your disposal that would quite frankly make your grandmother feel.....Well,....Disturbed.
There are many examples of which I speak, widely available on the market, each boasting "you simply have to have one of these" or "...makes slicing, chopping, blending, roasting and hang-gliding so simple, you'll wonder how you made do without one".
So what if you could buy all the gadgets and machines available? That'd be pretty cool wouldn't it?
Here are a few things I've been looking at:
Asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon with
Poached eggs in Hollandaise sauce
Ok, so you gonna need to grind your coffee and actually make it. The Jura Impressa F90, with it's Cup Illumination and Internet Connectivity (gives users unique online help in the event of questions or uncertainties) is surely the only machine fit for the job. It's also got an integrated rinse, cleaning and decalcifation programme built in, which, let's be honest, is going to save a lot of time. Time better spent squeezing oranges to make the perfect juice accompaniment, as I'm sure you'll agree. Check out the Remida Automatic Citrus Juicer, it's "within the grasp of the discerning domestic user who is looking for the best" - Yep, that's me alright.
Toast, I love toast, that's an easy one. I just need a toaster. The Dualit 60144 Polished Stainless Steel Toaster will churn out 195 slices per hour.
Next I would really like some asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon, with a poached egg in hollandaise sauce. I'm not going to start smoking my own salmon every morning; that's just ridiculous. No, I'm going to buy smoked salmon, after all, I'm not a frivolous person. I do really need a knife though and I won't settle for anything less than Global G10 Flexible Ham or Salmon Knife, it cuts extra thin slices and that's just how I like it. I like my asparagus steamed because it's healthier and helps to retain the vivid colour of the luxurious green vegetable. I'll opt for the Grunwerg Asparagus Steamer, with it's large capacity basket and stylish stainless steel finish. I love hollandaise sauce, especially over poached eggs. The only trouble is, I'm not very good at making it. If only I could find a machine that would make it for me, that would be just dandy. How about Froth Au Lait's Froth 'n Sauce Maker. It's good for hollandaise as well as sweet sauces and topping for cappucinos. And for the eggs? This simple egg poacher pan by Clearview is great, with it's clear lid. Holds up to 6 eggs.
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Tuna Nicoise Salad
Something light for lunch and one of my favourites. Nice and salty from the anchovies and olives. To pit the olives, why not try this. It's inexpensive, but hey, we don't want to waste money do we? For the eggs, how about the Princess Egg Boiler. And to slice them, the Kitchenware Egg Slicer Deluxe will do the job well.
I'm thinking salad spinner and I'm thinking, I want a battery powered one because I'm lazy when it comes to these things. This one from Salter should do the trick. How about this handmade French Herb Chopper. I's made of oak. Ideal for adding a bit of chervil to the salad. This Oil Drizzler would be great for olive oil and salad dressings.
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Vanilla Ice Cream with Praline sprinkles
I feel like something easy going. A bit of comfort food if you will, a winter warmer. An old favourite. Home-made spaghetti and freshly ground beef with a spicy tomato sauce. Maybe some garlic bread to go with it? The easiest and best way to make pasta and grind the beef from steak is gonna be to buy the Kitchenaid Mixer and add the attachments to it. That's going to mean you've got one unit that is multi-functional and great quality to boot. You can even use the mixer itself for lots of other things too. Who knows, maybe you'll be making meringues tomorrow right? The Pasta Maker is going to roll your thin sheets of lasagne as well as cut your linguini. The Food Grinder is simple enough and is going to work for mincing just about anything (hopefully not fingers though). Fancy a bottle of red to go with that? I personally really like Rioja. I don't go in for all this wine snobbery, don't know a great deal about it, but i know what i like the taste of and i know a little bit about what-goes-with-what, but I really don't think that matters. The main thing is, how good is your corkscrew? This Screwpull Elegance is great and will un-cork just about anything with ease.
How about following that little lot with some home-made ice cream topped with some praline (remind me to add my recipe for that, it's great). The perfect dessert to compliment the sheer simplicity of the main course. The Gaggia Gelatiera ice cream maker is what you need, with it's self-refrigerating bowl and easy cleaning. And what about the Magimix Mini Chopper for the praline sprinkles. It's going to come in handy for myriad of other uses too.
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Ok, so that's a nice little lot of gadgets to be going on with for now. The burning question is though, Who's doing the washing up eh? I only really selected a few items to look at here but if you wanted to, you could buy some device or other for almost everything. It's something that's always intrigued / irritated me - this idea that you need a blender for soups and then a smoothie maker for smoothies, when we all know that you only really need one or the other. I'm sure there are in fact lots of people who go in for all these different bits of kit, and if I'm honest, I'm a bit jealous really because I can't afford to do the same! I'm sticking with my original claim though - most of it is a waste of money.
Total Money Spent Today: