October 05, 2008
The theme for this week's "This is ..." asked us to show our favourite kitchen tool. The clown in me, considered showing a picture of the telephone (which is oft resorted to in our house!), but in fact I really love cooking and have a pretty good array of gadgets.
One of my all-time favourites is the slow-cooker my parents gave me last year. Its a 6.5 litre beauty, that I use to cook a good portion of our weekly meals. Slow cookers are wonderful for busy people. Set in the morning and forget; dinner is ready and waiting in the evening - I love it. However, for the week's theme, I thought I would dig out something that fewer people might have seen.
This is it: the Sticky Bowl. Its a relatively new, chef-invented, Australian product. I saw this on a TV program called the New Inventors and then patiently waited until it became commercially available, to snap one up. The Sticky Bowl is effectively a double-sided suction cup that you can use to secure a mixing bowl to the bench. If you have ever made custard from scratch, you'll know how attractive this idea is. You can whisk and pour at the same time, without having to worry about steadying the bowl. (You can see a demonstration here).
Its also a fantastic gadget to have on hand when cooking with children. By securing the mixing bowl, you have two hands free to avert any potential culinary, ahem, incidents. I have also used it on the odd occasion to affix an evening meal to a high chair tray!
Thank you to Sharon at Handmaiden for the great theme this week and to Angela at Three Buttons who is hosting "This is ...".