I need to make a confession.....I'm a kitchen gadget/appliance addict. The funny thing is, in France, the kitchens are small. I've moved some 'stuff' out to the garage, back to a guest room (my cookbooks, xtra spices, appliances that won't fit in the kitchen, etc). When my husband goes away for a trip, he usually comes home to something new in the kitchen. He (smartly) does not complain, because I rarely repeat a meal. Complaining would upset his apple cart, ME.
When the Ultra-Hip Sam, of Becks and Posh, wrote about Utensiblity Week, I thought.....hmmmm.....so many things to buy, so little space.
Let me start with 3 splurge items: The first two items are super splurges, but give me so much pleasure.
My Simac Ice Cream Maker, well, this baby churns it out. Makes silky smooth sorbet, creamy ice creams! Since it has a built-in fridge unit, you really don't have to chill your custard and wait till the next morning. When you finish with one batch, just add another custard or sorbet mix.
Next item is my Kitchen Assistent dough machine. This kneads dough forever! Not quite a Hobart like they used in the Cordon Bleu, but it is a fine 'home-machine'. I was tearing up my Kitchen Aid Mixer (small version) making brioche dough and decided upon this, no regrets, as I'm always making bread!
The third item really isn't much of a splurge, but a necessity for the sauce makers.
The copper pan, well, if you like to make sauces (beurre blanc, hollandaise, creme anglaise) this is a MUST! It must be copper of 2.5cm, it must be inox (if you buy tin, you'll need to re-tin eventually), the handle should be iron! Sorry about the state of my copper pot, you know, not being shiny, but what can I say about the kitchen help!