Life uncomplicated

How? Choose your kitchen gadgets wisely and use them to save precious time. With the current day obsession to make everything easier and faster, we end up giving up precious kitchen space. There are a few appliances and gadgets you can’t do without. I won’t talk about them but instead, take you through a list of ten mini gadgets/ tools in my kitchen that help me every day.

These are actually simple machines designed to help us. But there are a couple of times when I got a little carried away and bought stuff which hardly saw the light of the day. These mistakes helped me decide better in the future.

The first thing that I consider is size, how much kitchen space can I dedicate. Next how often will I use it? There are gadgets that stay on the kitchen counter and are needed every day. However, there are a few which play a crucial part but come out occasionally. Let’s find out what are my top ten gadgets

  1. Manual scale: I bought mine from IKEA four years ago. Never thought of switching to an electronic one even though they are far more accurate.
  2. Can opener: comes out occasionally as I try to include less of canned food. But I do keep a can of tuna and some corn handy for those crazy days.
  3. Knife sharpener: my latest cool kitchen tool that looks like a beauty product from Think Kitchen. Sharpens my knives in just a couple of strokes. Since I use my knives for everything, from slicing veggies to chopping herbs I need them to be sharp. And now that’s not a problem.
  4. Blender: my sauces, chutneys, and smoothies are made in a breeze with my blender. I have been using mine for the past three years.
  5. Waffle maker: that doubles up as sandwich maker and grill. Kiddo loves waffles and honestly who doesn’t. it takes me just 10 minutes to serve warm crispy waffles.
  6. Zester: I have a small one that is almost the size of a spoon. I use the zest of lime, lemon, and all the other citrus a lot in my cooking. So for me, it is a must have
  7. Measuring spoons: nestled one inside the other, they are used regularly too.
  8. Spiralizer: eating gluten-free becomes easy with these cool spiralizers from Think Kitchen. Easy to handle and easy to maintain. They occupy very less place and can be mounted one on top of others.
  9. Clips and mini container: instead of using zip locks, I prefer using mini airtight containers for storing leftovers and smaller quantities of uncooked veggies. The airtight clips help me pack leftover snacks for later use.
  10. Mortar and pestle: I am a little old fashioned as I prefer grinding small amounts of spices in my mortar and pestle. From spices for our masala tea to grinding a little saffron for a dessert, this duo makes it super easy.

Whatever be your choice of gadgets and tools, it’s about making our lives easier. Choose wisely as you can’t spend time in cleaning different tools used to slice eggs, apples, veggies, herbs, etc. When everything can be efficiently done by a straightforward tool….. Your knife. The idea is to keep it sharp and in good shape. Well, when I had almost decided on buying a new blade to make another attempt at creating an avorose, I chanced upon my knife sharpener. Rest is history… I mean beautiful avoroses!!!!

Recipe for toasts

Photo of Avoroses on Toast
Recipe of Avoroses on Toast

Preparation time: 10 min
Serves: 2
Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients

Whole grain walnut bread 2 slices
Tomato 1
Cherry tomatoes 7 – 8
Avocado 1
Egg 1
Olives 2 tbsp
Sprouts 2 tbsp
Sea salt
Black pepper
Basil leaves
Olive oil 2 tbsp

Method

  1. Toast the slices. Apply labneh to one and smash half an avocado on the other. On top of the labneh, toast place a few slices of tomatoes, the sliced avocado (I choose to make a rose). add the boiled egg slices
  2. Followed by some salt, Black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Slice the cherry tomatoes and olives. Place them over the avo-toast, followed by salt, pepper, and sprouts.
    Enjoy

 

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