January 6th, 2011
First things first, Happy New Year and best of 2011 to all my readers! That’s you MOM and DAD!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this blog, 60+ hour work weeks will do that . It was a hectic holiday season this year, between juggling work (both jobs), family, friend and festivities. I still managed to work Xmas day at the NAC with @michaelblackie. We cooked 65 turkeys, 300lbs of mash, veg and all the fixing for the Chef’s “take away turkey” bonanza! It was a blast and I’ll do it again next year. It seems as though our customers were happy with the product. Here’s a write up from girlaboutotown.com about here take away turkey dinner. NYE was a gong show, most of my coworkers including myself were fighting a damn flu. We still managed to serve 180 that night regardless of the conditions we were fighting.
And now for this years first Kitchen Gadget Thursday, the double-edged grapefruit knife!
On one side, a curved, deeply ridged blade separates segments from the outer skin. The serration makes it easy to handle around the fruit’s thick pith, and the bend makes it easy to scoop and pull each slice away from top to bottom. The knife’s other side is a double blade, meant to fit closely around the membranes of each segment and slice your work in half. As a duo, the knife works quite well, preserving a more of the fruit than comparable grapefruit spoons. It’s ergonomic and sturdy (made of stainless steel) and really does cut down on the time it takes to prep a grapefruit.
November 5th, 2010
I was talking to my dad yesterday and one of the topics of our conversation was coffee machines. Turns out his old one crapped out and he’s on the hunt for a new one. He has recently retired and to keep busy he got a part time jobs at C.A. Paradis (Chef’s Paradise!). If you’ve never been, this place it’s a MUST! They have almost every kitchen tool or gadget known to man!
He was talking about their selection of coffee machine and which one he was considering. This weeks KGT is totally appropriate. Here it is, check this unit out!!! SAECO Xelsis Stainless Steel
With the Xelsis, it is like having a coffee-bar in your own home. Making use of cutting-edge technology, the Xelsis is extremely versatile and able to offer multiple types of beverages, all of which can be completely personalized: from strong Italian espresso to a mild American-style coffee, cappuccino to latte, and even hot water for a cup of tea. It is possible to create up to 6 user profiles, of 6 drinks each, customizable for each family member. The Xelsis’ 36 unique beverage settings are all activated with the simple touch of an icon. All beverages and functions are accessed through the wide, easy-to-read display screen located prominently on the front of the machine. The Xelsis alsp provides an entirely integrated milk solution to automatic espresso machines, making it easier than ever to enjoy cappuccinos or lattes at home.
October 28th, 2010
I just received an e-mail from my GF pointing out I’m on CRACK!
Thanks Anneke! It seems i’m running 1 day ahead in mind. Since it’s actually Thursday, Anyways, here’s this weeks Gadget!
I guess maybe I should start the Kitchen Gadget Friday as opposed to Thursday, since this is the 3rd week in a row I post my gadget late. I’ve been so busy as of lately it’s hard to make time to post frequently, that was the whole idea of KGT.
Anyways better late than never,
The kerneler had the potential to be a fun knick-knack—I didn’t expect it to change my life, but I thought maybe it would encourage me to make better use of some farmers’ market produce. I liked that it shucked off the kernels and collected them in a cute little canister, both eliminating fuss and mess.
But here’s the thing: it doesn’t fit around most ears of corn, and requires far more force than just using a knife whenever it does. Even then, it’s hard to get the kernels out of their container, as they get stuck in its little ridges rather that pouring. Cleaning is a downright hazard, with sharp edges all over and plenty of stuck kernels around them that can only come out with careful prying. Good thing frozen veggies are just as healthy, anyway.
October 15th, 2010
It’s Friday and I’m late for KGT this week, this might be a new trend as I posted last weeks KGT at about 10pm. This weeks device is actually based on a tool found in commercial kitchens. A Tomato Slicer. I’ve had to use one of these @ the Ottawa Marriott, some of my co-workers had issues keeping the tomato slices consistent so the chef resolved this issue with the Tomato slicer.
Here’s a shot of the commercial product, you’ve probably seen the Subway
“monkeys” attendants use these.
Perfect chef-sliced tomatoes are now a reality for the home cook thanks to the new Joie Tomato Slicer with Knife from MSC International. Simply fit the slicer over the tomato, place on a sturdy flat surface, and make smooth guided cuts with the matching knife. This 2-piece slicer set also works for potatoes, onions, and more. For quick slicing, while keeping your fingers safe, the Joie Tomato Slicer with Knife just might become the hardest working gadget in your kitchen.
October 7th, 2010
It’s late in the day for my usual KGT post but better late than never! Today’s post is a kitchen appliance I had never seen before setting foot into Chef Michael Blackie‘s “Star Wars” Kitchen! Chef Blackie has several different kitchen gadgets. A Thermomix, is a cooking machine capable of many functions, including chopping, mixing, kneading, simmering, boiling and steaming. Definitely a cool kitchen gadget if you can afford it!
Chop! Chop! The Personal Soup Chef is perfect for you to get your favorite soup recipe going in no time at all. After all, it is capable of chopping up your vegetables automatically without the price of nagging at you for all your other faulty traits. It is capable of simmering broth at the optimal temperature to make nearly two quarts of homemade soup with minimal human intervention. Inside the soup cooker lies food processing blades that will slice vegetables and gently stir ingredients as they cook.