by Sharon Archer
I had such a lovely time on my last two blogs with Mr Gadget’s techie toys that I thought it was only fair to open my kitchen drawer. Maybe you have one the same... it rarely sees the light of day and is stuffed full of those “must-haves” that you can’t go another day without?
I’ve collected mine from various home shows over the years - each and every one of them a great idea... at the time.
Like these natty little club sandwich cutters in the shape of card suits. Perfect for serving up bite-sized cucumber and cress sandwiches at a bridge party. Um, not that I play bridge... nor have I eaten cucumber and cress sandwiches. But if I ever want to, I’ll be able to present them very elegantly.
I must say I do find the heart-shaped one handy - I've used it for heart-shaped shortbread and pastry decorations on pie.
Samosas, anyone? And three different sizes! Don’t they look like sets of dentures? I confess, I've never used these so I've no idea if if they make samosa-making easy...
Then there’s the melon ball makers... I have two and one of them is a very serious piece of kitchen hardware. I must have imagined myself as a kitchen goddess flitting around the benches making delicious melon ball desserts or salads.
And how about this apparatus...it looks worryingly like it might be more at home on a hospital theatre tray for a medical procedure.
It makes curly chips... one curly chip at a time.
Since I’m a cook who loves quick and easy, what possessed me to buy something that would take an age for me to make a snack-sized serve of chips. Mind you, I expect with practice I’d get faster – I seem to remember the man who demonstrated this, twizzled his way to an impressive pile of curly chips of carrot, potato and kumara without too much trouble.
And finally, a lemon juicer – just twist it into the whole lemon and pour. Since I have a cold at the moment I might just use this later when I’m making a hot toddy!
So how about you? What lovely “must-haves” have you got lurking in your kitchen drawer?