|Knives, peeler and scissors|
I also use a lot scissors not only to chop herbs, but also for bacon, thinly cut meat, smoke salmon etc... I find it very handy, some say it's the Korean way, I never realized whether Korean use their scissors for meat cutting...
Finally I love vegetables peelers (this one from Muji), it's so quick and it peels such a thin skin that it's almost as having naked fruits and veggies!
I have a mandolin in Ohara that I love and I'd love to have one in Tokyo too, but yet with limited space in the kitchen I prefer pass.
Next measuring gears. Similarly I have exactly the same two instruments and use nothing else when I use a measuring instrument (which is not often the case except for bread and some patisserie!). I have only an electronic scale (1g precision) and a Pyrex measuring cup. I avoid plastic as much as possible, I am no good friend of Tupperware. So my mixing bowls are either Pyrex or metal. So are also my spoons, spatula etc...
|Mixing spoons and spatulas|
About shapes... I have a series of 3 or 4 Pyrex pie dishes of different size and shapes, a tart dish, and a few flower cookie cutters to make pretty plates, pretty cookies... Recently I've started using stainless circles (you can see how much I use them on the pictures!) and I am pretty addicted to them. I love the clean and neat finish they give to a plate. I love also that you can use them to cook, bake or just prepare the plates. By precaution, I never use silicon shapes, nor non-stick pie dishes except for a set of small tart dishes with removable bottoms prevented from using any tools that could damage the anti-adhesive layer.
I don't bake cookies too often, but since my best friend offered me this cookie stamp I've started to make cookies more often.
As for cooking I use only gaz and I also use the same utensils in both kitchens: the T-Fal home chef series with 2 fry-pan and 2 saucer-pan. I think I wouldn't be able to cook without them anymore! I have a beautiful Staub in Ohara that I use when we have guests, for two it's a little oversize.
The final element to my collection that I use often is a blender. I love smoothies and soups, so a blender is a must have for me. In Ohara I am lucky enough to have a Kitchen aid blender. In Tokyo I have a smaller, cheaper one that works very well too (though for smoothies the KA is really great!). I have no robot for bread making, no bread machines etc... only my hands and patience! Recently I got an Atlas 150 pasta machine (see previous post), and that I must say makes a difference in the quality of the pasta and their regularity.
And you what are your best cooking allies? What do you think I should add to my collection?
|Shapes and fun things|