This week goes in the win category for me. That isn't saying that this week has not had its challenges, like Sunday night's mystery reaction. As always, almost everything I ate was homemade, but there were a few new ingredients. I was happily enjoying dinner and dessert, until an allergic reaction crashed the party. Sometime in the next few days, when Hubby is around (for safety and moral support), I will start testing the suspect ingredients to see what the culprit is. I am not looking forward to hives and trouble breathing, but I need to narrow down the list. It has been quite a while since I had such a severe reaction, and the severity of this attack was alarming.
So why is this week still a win? Because I was able to get my hands on a few new tools to make my life in the kitchen a bit easier. Recently my food processor decided to start chewing itself up along with whatever I was processing. Since I am not fond of plastic (especially as an ingredient), I decided that this was the last straw, and I started looking for a replacement (preferably a quieter and more effective one). I did tons of research, and I think I know what I want to get, but it is a bit out of reach. I decided to get a food mill for now, and with considerable savings, I was also able to get a heavy-duty stainless mandoline, a spice grater, a stainless steel cookie sheet (sans Teflon), and a stoneware jellyroll pan (all for app. $157). I received the loot today, and I am as happy as a clam.
I have a level of enthusiasm for kitchen tools and ingredients that many women reserve for new shoes or clothes, and considering that I use my kitchen considerably more than I do my shoes, it makes total sense. The mandoline and food mill had been long-time ‘wants', so I can cross them off of an ever-growing list that still includes:
• meat grinder
• grain mill
• pasta maker
• rolling pin
• food processor
• ice cream maker
• gas stove top and electric convection oven
• etc. etc. etc. LOL
I know that is quite a list, but to be fair, I am making everything from scratch. I should also point out that this list has been around for a long time, and I am waiting to buy really good quality tools, and until then I can MacGyver my way through.