Cookware and Appliances I Use
Being a 19 year old that still lives at home, I don't have a kitchen full of gadgets, but I do have all the basics necessary for whipping up tasty meals. Below I share the things I use in order to whip up my meals!
I get a lot of questions about the food processor I use, it's a Magimix 3200. It's compact, so it doesn't have over my kitchen bench, but it's fairly high powered and does everything I want it to. I use it almost on a daily basis, so it's very handy that the bowls are dishwasher safe! If you're looking to buy a food processor, have a look around and ideally find a really good one that's on sale for a cheap price, rather than a cheaper one at ordinary price. If you want it to have a good motor and last forever, you want quality!We got our food processor back in about 2010 and it is simply invaluable. It makes everything quicker and easier, plus it means I can make homemade pestos and nut butters too!
Since I'm not much of a smoothie person, I don't own an actual blender, and I don't really want one! My food processor chops everything up and my hand blender is ideal for liquidising soups. It's especially useful as you don't need to transfer the hot soup into a blender jug, but simply blend it in the saucepan you cooked it in, which saves washing up! Ours isn't anything fancy, it's just a Russell Hobbs and it does the job!
It's not something I use much, considering I don't need to whisk up egg whites anymore, but if I am whipping up some coconut cream, such as the icing for my carrot cake, I use a Dualit Hand Mixer. It's my Mum's pride and joy and although I don't use it much, I do admire it!
I'm a long term devotee to Tefal. Non stick pans are lifesavers and make such a difference to the quality of your food, I definitely recommend finding a brand you like and sticking with them!
If I had to name one investment for every cook to make, it is definitely, definitely Le Creuset. We have two big Le Creuset cooking pots and they make such a difference to the food. They weigh a tonne because they're cast iron, but they distribute the heat so evenly and it just seems to make a far more successful soup/curry/stew! They're worth the price, definitely, but it's even better to get them on sale!
Dinnerware and Cutlery
I'm not joking when I say everything we have is Ikea. Our bowls, plates, glasses and cutlery all came from the wonderful store that is Ikea. Modern + affordable, what could be better?!
So far coconut yoghurt making has been a bit of a challenge and I am yet to completely perfect it, so no recipe yet, but I definitely recommend my yoghurt maker! I got a Salter brand yoghurt maker for my birthday and it is great, it's fairly compact so it doesn't take up loads of room on my kitchen bench, plus it's easily disassembled for sterilising.
Ice Cream Maker
I'm yet to try this baby but goodness am I excited! I got a Magimix brand icecream maker for my birthday and I cannot wait to make a million fruity flavours of coconut milk ice cream!