Kitchen equipment, food products and related items, or objects of desire (yes, they do exist) that catch my eye, or that I've used and loved.

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KitchenAid Artisan (or Kenwood Major?)

Posted by on Monday, November 9, 2009, In : tools 



Mine, mine, mine, mine, MINE !  At last. *sigh* I finally got one for my birthday about 2 weeks ago, in the exact colour you see above, a deliciously retro shade of creamy duck egg blue, that KitchenAid calls "Ice".

I've been silently lusting after one eversince I saw it on Monica Geller's turquoise  counter top, over a decade ago. Before that I'd been using either a Philips hand held mixer or a Kenwood Major, both purchased in the early to mid 80s. Eventually I stopped using both as the Maj...


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Bonjour Ceramic Double Walled French Press

Posted by Kmk /dd on Friday, June 26, 2009, In : tools 


I've always recommended the French Press or cafetiere for making good coffee at home and
the Bonjour Maurice Ceramic French Press makes a great cup with the added advantage of keeping the coffee warm for longer than most other presses do. This is achieved by its double walled construction which retains heat marvellously but does not alter the taste of the coffee. Its filter is rimmed with either rubber or silicone which makes doubly sure that the grounds stay put at the bottom of the pot and ...


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Antique Silver Finish and Glass Stoppers

Posted by Kmk /dd on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, In : tools 



This set of 4 antique silver finish bottle stoppers, embellished with clear glass jewels, is  as useful as it is heartbreakingly beautiful. If like me, you've always got half finished bottles of wine in the fridge or a bottle of brandy with a broken stopper then you know you need this. Or, imagine your own home made bottles of lemon or lime cordial crowned with one of  these dainties. Each stopper is about 2.5 " tall and made from real cork. Use them in your kitchen or bar. Suggested price US...


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Lakeland Poach Pods

Posted by Kmk /dd on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, In : tools 


If poaching eggs is always a hit and miss undertaking, you might want to consider this ingenious solution to meandering egg whites and strangely shaped poached eggs. No funny business with vinegar, mini water cyclones in your cooking pot or slippery sliding with saucers. These 'pods' also, theoretically anyway, do away with soggy, water laden eggs that take all the crunch and fun out of toast and crusty English muffins. "Theoretically" because I haven't tried them, yet. The idea alone though ...


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de Buyer Lyonnaise Blue Steel Frying Pans

Posted by Kmk /dd on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, In : tools 


Don't be fooled by the basic no-frills look of this pan, which I actually find quite beautiful, in an elemental sort of way. I have tried my share of cookware, (won't name names though I sorely want to) This is the same pan I recommend in my cookbook, that my editor wouldn't let me name. But this is my blog, so I'll scream it from any mountain top; de Buyer of France, makes hands down, the best frying pans I have ever cooked with. I have the 26 cm frying pan which I paid SGD 59 for, at 5...


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Pylones Nonna Graters

Posted by Kmk /dd on Sunday, June 21, 2009, In : tools 



I cannot personally recommend these quirky French beauties as I haven’t tried them but aren’t they a treat? Imagine one standing on your kitchen counter, and the amused, or indeed, bemused reactions they would elicit. They look more like dolls then graters but those whorls of grating teeth on the ‘skirts’ look sturdy and sharp; possibly sharp enough to shred your nail tips off, if you’re not careful! The grating skirt is approximately 13 cm tall and the rubber base ensures a firm an...


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Henckels Twin Pollux 200mm (8 inch) Chef’s Knife

Posted by Kmk /dd on Saturday, June 20, 2009, In : tools 



This knife is a dream to use. The curvy handle provides a very comfortable and firm grip and prevents hand or wrist fatigue. The curve and length of the blade is absolutely perfect and allows fast and effortless cutting. I’ve had this knife for about a year now and have hardly looked at another since I bought it. I can’t remember the exact price but I got it at a hefty discount and paid about SGD 70, at Tangs  – a mere pittance for the quality. The cutting edge seems to remain sharp no ...


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