So, after years of keeping my kitchen down to a bare minimum, I am going to have the space to put new stuff. And I'm going to give myself a while to buy everything I need because, Godammit, I didn't win euromillions last night, can you believe it. And since I actually don't enjoy buying new stuff I thought I'd ask for some recommendations. But what better way of finding lovely shiny new stuff than by having it recommended to me by lovely people who won't try and sell me crap. Because if I go into a gadget shop then you can guarantee I will come out with stuff I don't need. Please help me get it right...
1. The first thing I need to buy are new pans. Yep, a whole set. This is urgent as my pans are ancient and don't do induction thingies. Plus they are knackered after years of abuse and being shoved in a dishwasher. So, new pans, which are happy with induction. Any recommendations? Are the Ikea set that every holiday rental house in France seem to have any good? I haven't used them enough to judge. Any others?
2. A slow cooker. Firstly, do I need one? Are they really that good? Honestly? And if so, how does one choose? So if any of you have a slow cooker and would like to share nuggets of information about its awesomeness, or lack of, please please let me know.
3. A bread maker. I actually know how to make bread from scratch but (a) am far too lazy and (b) live in France. But now I'm going to have some space to use up and I like the idea of being able to smell fresh bread cooking. This craving might wear off once the baby arrives, I am aware of that, but if I'm indulging in some gadget porn, then a bread maker has to be on the list. But do any of them really make as good bread as I can find at the boulangerie? And do they save money in the long term?
4. A deep fat fryer. This is the second pregnancy I have had where chips have been one of my cravings. Oven chips don't do it for me, and since I have been pretty house bound the last few weeks I haven't been able to indulge in my cravings since early June, when I made my husband drive us to Belgium to get some decent chips. Belgium is only 25km away - that sounded a lot more demanding than it really is. I have never made chips before - haven't a clue how to, and don't know if I should get a machine that does it for me, or if I should get a chip pan and risk the consequences of my clumsiness. All I know is that once I am no longer pregnant, and I become less obsessed with chips, I'd like to be able to make them on occasion. And could I use a deep fat fryer that I use for chips to deep fry other stuff too? Like
5. A blender. That's right, at the moment I don't even have enough room for a blender. But do I need one? I have a great food processor, that I use for loads of stuff, including soups and whisking cake mix. Do I need a blender? And if so, which one do I need? And why would it be more useful than my food processor.
Is there anything else I need or should have?