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This one time, at band camp, Simon Wistow wrote: > Maybe a couple of other things but not much. You need a rolling pin, of course. The solid cylinder type are far superior to the ones with shaped handles. We've recently bought a salad spinner and I'm pretty keen now. We eat a lot of salads, and the dressings stick better (and you use less) when the salad is properly dry. A stick blender is the bare minimum of electrical appliances. I have my grandmother's antique Kenwood Chef in storage, but it needs some work. I'm quite looking forward to using its dough hook when I get around to having it fixed. Oh and I love our stainless-steel benchtop. AU$170 at Ikea for the bench unit for our barren rented kitchen, which is an amazing bargain for a piece of furniture so solid. You can put hot stuff right down on it. It's nice and cool for pastry rolling. And it's so damn easy to clean! Wouldn't want it on every surface, but every home should have one. > A really nice pestle and mortar A cheap one does just fine. And is essential. > a rice cooker (once you use one you'll not go back to the absorbtion > method). I've always wanted one of these, but never got around to it. I've actually only recently worked out how to get basmati rice to cook properly. Some years ago I gave up and started using american long grain exclusively, because it's idiot proof. Back here in Australia, I refuse to buy Australian rice because it's ridiculous to be growing such a thirsty crop in such a dry country. We don't seem to import any long grain rice, so I bought Pakistani basmati. Following the instructions, I found I can actually make proper rice without it turning to glue. The tricks are: * Rinse the rice until the water washes clear * 1:1.5 by volume of rice:water I'm sure I've tried these tricks before, without success, but the ratio seems important. I'm pretty chuffed to be able to do rice at last. I felt like such a tard. -- Rev Simon Rumble <firstname.lastname@example.org> www.rumble.net The Tourist Engineer Just because you're on holiday, doesn't mean you're not a geek. http://engineer.openguides.org/ I've found Jesus. He was behind the sofa the whole time.
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