For the past few weeks we have both been dreaming and daydreaming. It’s been a while since we acquired any new kitchen appliance and we are getting really ansty to try a few of the products that have made it to the top of our combined wish list. Yes, Chef you are right. I am the one who has been really ultra eager. No I won’t mention the countless times you have hissed your teeth at our domestic juicer and blender, grunting that they were not up to standard and ruining your recipes.
Our last appliance acquisitions were the Bamix of Switzerland hand blender, our Kitchen Aid Mixer with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment and our extra large capacity Magimix Food Processor. Our Bamix is our most used appliance, our Kitchen Aid is a very handy tool for baking and food prep alongside our Magimix Food Processor for everyday meals, demonstrations, entertaining and catering. We want to develop some exciting recipes for these appliances as well because you know how we feel about giving you options for superbly tasting food that doesn’t take you all day.
These appliances make food preparation fun and practical not only for the assigned cook of the household, but even for otherwise reluctant cooks. Here are some of the things we would love to have in our kitchen right about now. Two of our appliances need replacement and the others are necessary kitchen resources for improving our workflow in our home kitchen. Of course, since we are Chef and Steward, we have selected the best products in their categories that would suit the kitchen of culinary professionals and keen home cooks. If only we had a fairy godparent to turn our wishes into reality!
Vitmaix Vita-Prep 3 Blender
Vitamix is the mother of all blenders worth housing in the kitchen of persons serious about food and beverage. The image used here depicts the professional CIA edition of the Vitmaix, used at Chef Lij’s esteemed alma mater in New York. The equivalent sold on this side of the world is the Vita Prep 3, which is made for a commercial kitchen. It comes with a 3 year warranty but for a longer warranty, we would recommend the Vitamix 5200 which has a 7 year warranty and was developed for household use and has a 2 horsepower motor.
Huron Slow Juicer
We have been juicing for years. Our current centrifugal juicer is only wasting our food and money, especially on the leafy vegetables. Now that The Apprentice is a little older and almost ready for solids, we are making the long journey to buy organic food from the farm. Organic produce is healthy and comes at a premium and we cannot afford to continue wasting precious juice and scarce nutrients in our outdated juicer. The Hurom Slow Juicer is a masticating juice extractor that is excellent with leaves and grasses and soft fruit. It gets the juices out without the oxidation that occurs in high speed centrifugal juicers. The things we would do with this baby.
Crock-Pot 6.5QT Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker
I always thought that slow cookers were for moms. Guess what? I became one. And now as dishes burn as I rush to attend to my baby, the idea of a CorckPot is as sexy as playing Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. We have so many recipes that can be reworked for a crockpot as well and this 6.5qt capacity allows me a few portions for leftovers – the other sexy play in a new mom’s arsenal. Plus this baby turns itself off. Simply set it and forget it! Even Chef is keen on the idea. It means we can cook and sleep or go run errands and are not held to being in the house or awake for every meal we make at home, which is a huge positive when we are both constantly suffering from sleep deprivation and the general malaise of too little time, which is the reality of working parents.
Cusinart Ice Cream & Gelato Maker
We LOVE making homemade ice cream. So much so that store bought versions do not come close to those we make at home. We use great ingredients and follow superb recipes for exacting results. We have put our Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Attachment to good use but not its time to move on up. Furthermore, we are on a mission to be the favourite aunt and uncle to all our nieces and nephews and children of our friends. Who doesn’t love an aunty bearing delicious (and wholesome) ice cream? Cuisinart went back and did their homework to improve on the previous model which had quite a few faults. The result? This machine which makes icy treats a charm. Built with its own compressor, there is no need for a freeze bowl attachment which is a huge relief for us because who has freezer space for them in these small fridges that are popular in the UAE? Even if you do have a bigger freezer, having to freeze an insert overnight usually zaps any jollification out of making ice-cream or frozen treats at our whim and fancy. This solves that. We are sold.
Imperia Pasta Machine (with all the attachments)
If you have ever had fresh homemade pasta, you will understand why Italians make the extra effort daily for their pasta course at the traditional Italian tavola. The Chef usually makes and rolls and cuts completely by hand but in the era of parenthood and additional responsibilities at work, time is preciously limited. So now we want a fully loaded Imperia Pasta hand cranked machine with all the attachments for a variety of pastas and including pasta hangers to dry the pasta for optimal results.
Waring Pro Professional Belgian Double Waffle Maker
Waffles scream breakfast decadence. Having your own machine means experimentation beyond the ordinary. How sublime would that be? This Waring Pro Professional Belgian Double Waffle Maker makes not one but TWO waffles waffles at a time. The waffles are baked to perfection- crispy on the outsife and nice and fluffy on the inside. You may have seen a version of this waffle machine on the breakfast line at the last hotel you stayed. We are particular for round waffle makers because of the even heat distribution and spreading of the waffle batter. Imagine topping these waffles with fresh organic berries and fruit or delicious compotes and syrupy Grade B maple syrup.
We want to hear from you. Do you long for any of these items as well? What’s on your wish list and why?