Since I've become interested in cooking I've had a fascination for cooking gadgets. whenever I happen to be in a nice cookware shop the temptation to increase my collection becomes almost overwhelming. Don't I need that olive stoner? And what about that panini grill... it looks neat. I try to control my shopping sprees and actually manage quite well IMO but not in that of my sweetest half. Yes, every now and then some new little gadget will find its way in our kitchen drawer/shelves. Since our kitchen space has reached its limit, this now means only small utensils. There are a few of these tools which will eventually become accepted , since their usefulness has proofed itself: my nice zester and the digital kitchen thermometer have finally made it into Daniela's "good gadgets" list :-). But there's one or two of them which remain a talking point or actually an arm in our little game of poking fun at each other. Of all my gadgets the no.1 bad-guy is no doubt my truffle slicer, which you see above, followed closely by the gnocchi board.
The main difference in deciding which is no.1 is the way I and Daniela judge the "uselessness" of a kitchen gadget. For me the price comes inevitably into account. My guilt feeling is inevitably directly proportional to the amount of money I spent. I don't have a problem with my 3 euro gnocchi board, but the 30 spent for the truffle slicer still bring waves of guilt feelings. On the other hand it's not as if I had bought a duck press... although... just kidding!
Daniela instead judges my gadgets from how useful they are. In this case I can't deny,the gnocchi board is the clear loser. Nothing much I can do with it except, as the name says, gnocchi. The truffle slicer has proven a lot more handy than I at first thought. It's great to make dish decorations: very thin fruit slices for dessert, chocolate curls, paper-thin cheese slices and so on. Apart slicing truffles, which up to now happened the grand total of one time. Maybe if I keep using it I'll eventually turn this into a "good gadget". Sure, if I had a real mandoline I could probably do the same things with that. And wafer chips. And slice potatoes for the perfect gratin dauphinoise. And... Ok I guess I know what I would like next ;-).
And what about you? Any skeletons in your kitchen drawer?