It’s 2015, 21st century, modern era. We love our mothers and grandmothers but there are so many easier ways to execute your beloved family passed on recipes. Yes they are Oedipal and special and your grandmother insisted that things be done just so. But do you really have the time or the energy for a 6 hour meal? Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate tradition. The best lessons in life, we learn from our elders. If they’ve managed to live as long as they have, surely there must be something to it.
But I don’t want to slave away in the kitchen like my mother or grandmother used to( just making a point as my grandmother was career driven and didn’t know how to cook). So I have a few apparatus or gadgets if you want to call them that, that help me as my assistants in the kitchen. They make my life easier and my kitchen experience much more enjoyable.
My gadgets begin with:
My frying pan- no frying in oil as traditionally done on this apparatus, I cook with a lot of other liquids in this, such as avocado oils, different vinegars, margarine etc. I especially like it for my Cantonese rice, you can view from the archives- click search. But the best part about my frying pan, is that it’s so easy to clean because of the non-stick surface, love it!
My Induction cooker- funny story about this.
I dragged my husband to a ‘home expo’ a few years ago, or was it a food festival? It doesn’t really matter. What matters is, we saw this new amazing invention. A plate stove that used conventional current to provide heat for the pot and cook food, it does not require as much electric current as a normal stove. And when you take the pot off, the stove top is cool to the human touch. Amazing right? No more burning your hands!
And obviously I used all the possible strings for hubby to buy it for me, for one of the days husbands must buy their wives stuff on😊( like valentines/ Mother’s Day/ women’s day/ birthday/ Christmas and my son’s birthday in my case because I don’t understand how I shouldn’t get a gift when I was the one in labour!) So for the next Mother’s Day, I got it! But the funny part is, 2 years later I still haven’t used it. Not because I don’t like it, it just scares me. I don’t want my house to blow up in flames. The manual says it won’t but you never know. But I’ve conceded It won’t blow up and the problem now is, it’s been so long that to use it for the first time I need a special dish. So now I’m not using because I haven’t found that special dish yet.
My George Foreman grill- This was my birthday gift, when I turned 25. I had been wanting it for months, after seeing it on TV and needing a grill. I wasn’t even sure who George Foreman was but I wanted his grill. It grills on the one side and fries/sear on the other. Very valuable for steaks, grilled meats and breakfast on the frying surface( not deep frying in case you were American and wondering😜, jokes)
My spice collection organizers. I’m sure by now you get the theme, I have super powers to convince my husband to buy me stuff I can easily buy for myself but it’s still better coming from him☺️. But my black, rotating spice organiser which came with the spices I bought all on my own( had to sacrifice a pair of shoes for this but very worth it). When we moved to our house after having lived in Natal for almost 3 years, I was not happy with the kitchen, especially the limited space. It could’ve been bigger like anything in life 😉 but I needed bigger cupboard space. So my lovely husband made me a pantry and mounted spice organizers on my kitchen wall for easy access and so I can just look at them like I often do. This is one of my most priced possessions.
My Airfrier- yes, what you’re thinking is exactly what it is. This gadget fries food using air current generated within the appliance, instead of oil. Obviously is a much healthier option than deep frying, which is in oil. Most people usual then ask, surely this gives you dry meat as a final product with the warm air having sucked out all the moisture. The answer is simple, your meat will not be as moist as when you dip it in a liter of pure oil, but it is pretty close and with some meats such as chicken or naturally less lean meats, there’s no difference at all. And so much friendlier to your figure and your arteries. Definitely worth it for me.
The weber- this has become one of the most used apparatus in my home these days. Eskom’s load shedding power outages has forced a lot of us to find different means of putting dinner on the table, when the power is off, which is daily. It is a big inconvenience but my weber has turned it into a fun experience for the whole family. Daddy makes the fire, my son enjoys being outside, helping daddy with the fire and watching the smoke as mommy cooks and braai’s. What makes this, the weber, better than a normal open braai, is that you can also use conventional current and pressure to cook or braai your meat as you can cover the braai with a lid.
My pasta maker. This gadget my husband bought for me as a bribe. He knows I enjoy using things that make my life easier and especially like kitchen gadgets. So he bought me this so I can start making him more Italian dishes. He obviously know that I’m always game for a challenge and especially if it means figuring out things and then putting my own twist on it. With this you can make your pasta at home, much fresher and more deliciously tender than dry pasta you buy from the shops. The pasta maker comes with attachments you can put on to make different types of pastas, from spaghetti, ravioli to fettuccine, tagliatelle etc.
Easy peasy, simplify your life with easy to use kitchen gadgets/ apparatus.