Sunday, 8 March 2009
As well as being a geek at the computer, I'm also a total geek in the kitchen.
You know the kind of kitchen gadgets that other people get as wedding presents and use once before leaving them to gather dust? I buy that sort of thing for myself - and I use them.
I've already mentioned my toasted sandwich maker and my chocolate melter, both of which get used about once a week. Other kitchen electronics include two kettles (yes, two), 4-slice toaster, ice cream maker, slow cooker (I think this is what the Americans call a crock pot?), raclette, etc. Funnily enough, although I do have one, I almost never use my food processor.
On the non-electrical side, I have a pasta machine, turntable for icing cakes, marzipan fruit rollers, three fondue sets... you get the idea. Possibly the most critical is the gadget for releasing the pressure of jars so a weakling like me can open them without my husband's help!
My latest kitchen toys are some silicone 'poach pods' that I bought on eBay:
They're designed for poaching eggs but I think they'd be equally good for small steamed puddings or idli... anything like that.
What's your favourite kitchen gadget?