Leading light and evangelist for the International League of Science Fiction Writing Cooks, Aliette de Bodard, posted her response to the following blog meme about all the cookery gadgets people tend to accumulate these days. Given the amount of cooking Aliette does (check out the cooking section of her site) I was impressed by her restraint. But I guess that’s the difference between proper cooks and the rest of us dilettantes.
Here’s the score for my household:
I wonder how many Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of:
pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic presses, margarita glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, food processors, ice cream makers, takoyaki makers, and fondue sets languish dustily at the back of the nation’s cupboards.
Actually, our score isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Yes, we’ve got some gear in the cupboard that never gets used, but most of our bits and pieces see action from time to time (although not necessarily for the purposes they were designed for, but heh). Some of our gadgets get heavy use – the pressure cooker is an old friend and the slow cooker has provide itself amazingly useful for people who work nine to fives.
Of the unused pieces of kit… well I’ve always intended to use the pasta maker, honestly. I even bought pasta flour a wee while back. And we have a TAGINE! I’d completely forgotten! Really want to use this too (although, the slow cooker…). I hereby promise to get both of these into action before too long.
Interestingly… yesterday I made fish pie. Sum total of gadgets used: one box grater, and one sharp knife.
Oh, and I had my second attempt at making bread too. One large, well-fired, delishy loaf. Gadgets used: a bowl and my own two hands.
Makes you think.