"A good craftsman never blames his tools". This is one of many sayings you will invariably hear if you decide to take a career path in the kitchen. I secretly never really understood this saying as surely a good craftsman would be nothing without his tools.. and it leads me to think that surely if you have malfunctioning tools, say an oven that doesn't work, then you can only be held back in your craft...
Chefs (who it has to be said do not get out much) have a tendency to indulge themselves in any and all new gadgets/knife makes/kitchen tools/accessories, in fact you name your poison and a chef has probably indulged themselves in it! Me and R are no different, we get excited about new-fangled things just as much as the next person, however, if you turn my opening statement on it's head & consider that just having good tools it doesn't necessarily mean you are a good craftsman (and this is something I do understand!).
It is my personal belief that unless you are happy and confident to cook for others in any given situation: say on a makeshift fire at the beach to a busy service in a professional kitchen to even hosting a dinner party at your own home, then you need look no further than your two hands, a knife, an oven and a pan. It gets to the point however that when you have mastered the basics in the kitchen that you yearn for a little more variety and interest in your career (hobby for some!). If you are indeed one of those people, or you just have some space cash to burn, then take a look at this wish list of things that R and I hope to one day afford.
1. Thermomix TM5
The standard 'electric commis' has had a revamp, it includes a self locking system, touchscreen, bigger bowl and numerous other features! (EDIT: R would just be happy with a Vitaprep blender - such an old man!)
2. Multivac C350 Double Bar Vac-Pac Machine
For when a professional vacpac machine just doesn't cut it, these babies have two sealing bars inside a chamber for double the number of bags! Efficient and economical...but most of all saves a lot of time!
The list could go on forever as R pointed out, there is always more stuff to be had for a kitchen and we'd be pretty over the moon with a good set of pans at this point in time, which are in themselves not cheap either! Look out for a future blog post by R about different pans, their materials, construction and uses. Best, A.
3. Carpigiani Ice-cream machine
These machines are favoured by Heston Blumenthal (okay so I'm slightly biased) for churning out (quite literally) smooth ice-creams in a matter of minutes. The one downside is they're quite the opposite of cheap.