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Old 03.05.2017, 18:46
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Let's see some pics of the other rooms stacked up with old newspapers. How many cats do you own?
So you didn't see Tom's Hello Kitties in another thread?
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Old 03.05.2017, 18:49
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Let's see some pics of the other rooms stacked up with old newspapers. How many cats do you own?
Newspapers get burned, and we have no cats.

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Old 03.05.2017, 18:52
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That's what we're going to do but use Philips dimmable LED lights when I find a good supplier.
If it doesn't have to be Philips, check out this site.

@Tom You do realize that after you posted those pictures none of us is gonna come help you move should you ever
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So you didn't see Tom's Hello Kitties in another thread?
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Newspapers get burned, and we have no cats.

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Ahem...

https://www.englishforum.ch/2726751-post30.html
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Old 03.05.2017, 18:54
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Actually, I've neither made nor had beans on toast in my life!
Photo 4:

Tin of beans - next to the Italian book on 1000 ways to eat a horse.

This is like those "Where's Wally" books.
I haven't found the toast bread yet but I know it's in one of the photos.
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Old 03.05.2017, 18:58
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Photo 4:

Tin of beans - next to the Italian book on 1000 ways to eat a horse.
Lentils, actually.

And mare is seafood, not horse (though we did make horse carpaccio for dinner last night, and there are still some dried horse sausages in the fridge).

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Old 03.05.2017, 19:02
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Lentils, actually.

And mare is seafood, not horse (though we did make horse carpaccio for dinner last night, and there are still some dried horse sausages in the fridge).
The octopus joke I was going to use didn't seem as funny as the horse one...
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Old 04.05.2017, 00:20
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

Have to admit to being somewhat of a gadget nerd, have a self-chilling ice cream maker with a strong motor and a sharp paddle - makes for very smooth creamy ice cream.

My current favourite gadget is my Anova immersion circulator, turn a big saucepan into a sousvide cooker.
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I've got three wooden spoons.
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Have to admit to being somewhat of a gadget nerd, have a self-chilling ice cream maker with a strong motor and a sharp paddle - makes for very smooth creamy ice cream.

My current favourite gadget is my Anova immersion circulator, turn a big saucepan into a sousvide cooker.
I backed a thing called Codlo on Kickstarter, that turned my unitasking rice cooker into a sous vide device. I regret it, given how within six months of getting it shipped (after typical kickstarter delays) the wands from Anova and the like were pretty mainstream, and they do a great job of turning pretty much any vessel into a sous vide bath.

oh and because my rice cooker was a little small I bought a slow cooker that's also codlo-compatible. And sure, who doesn't need another such gadget?
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Old 04.05.2017, 22:51
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If it doesn't have to be Philips, check out this site.

@Tom You do realize that after you posted those pictures none of us is gonna come help you move should you ever
Wrong Tom (I think).

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Oh dear me, Tom.. I read this as:

"into tooling my wife's gadgets.."

I need to get off this Forum and go and cook dinner
You really don't want to see my wife's gadgets (or perhaps you do?)

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Old 04.05.2017, 23:36
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

Cant live without my Thermomix! Use it daily.
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Old 05.05.2017, 21:13
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Wrong Tom (I think).

Tom
the bit about not helping to move after you showed how much work that would be was for you
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Oh, cool.

I have a question for you: I suppose you have to take it someplace to sharpen it, periodically. Can you recommend one (that is cheaper)?

I asked a friend who's visiting Japan soon to buy us one too.
Thanks.
If you fancy a trip to the lovely old town of Rapperswil, the folks at Elsner Messerschmied are very good. Not especially cheap, but not eye-wateringly expensive either:

http://www.messerschmied.ch
http://www.messerschmied.ch/damast-schleifservice.html
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One more of the kitchen necessities.

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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

Can't live without a good cup of coffee, so my Saeco for-dummies-press-1-button-machine is my can't live without appliance. I bbq all year round, so I'd recommend a Weber (cast iron grills). My latest gadget is the Hurom slow juicer. I juice almost daily and whatever pulp comes out is made into a cake. No waste!

I love stews and soups, so my 15-year old Tefal pressure cooker gets used a lot. Waiting for it to die so I can get my hands on the latest digital Fissler pressure cooker. That was at least a year ago, and my Tefal is still going strong. How does one destroy a solid piece of cookware (so to justify a new one?)

I'm also considering the Instant Pot. Does anyone have it? Love this thread, but all this talk about gadgets and machines make me hungry.
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

I have friends in the US who adore their instant pots as a yogurt making device, and because they are afraid of regular pressure cookers.

I never had a pressure cooker, before living here and now I have two kuhn -rikon. Love them for making stock, soup, etc. and cooking beans.

Last I looked - several months ago - you could only get the instant pot in the uk.
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A Griddle.
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Re: Kitchen Gadgets/Appliances - the good and the bad

I really appreciate appliances that turn themselves off when they're done. To that effect I can't believe nobody mentioned a steamer.

In the US I was a die-hard rice cooker fan, until I found that my steamer could do that and all my veggies perfectly. I have one of those multi-basket jobs where you stack things... Absolute necessity, and cuts out a single-use appliance.

Slow cooker tho, who needs it when you can use a pressure cooker? Does essentially the same thing. Sure the pulled pork is not /as/ good, but I can't get the right cuts here anyways.

Aside from that, I think toaster ovens get a gold star. Make cakes while my oven is already baking a cake? Why yes, I think I will. Slow roast veggies in the oven while I quickly roast my lamb at a different temperature? Why yes. Heat up my pita bread or tortillas? Open face sandwiches? Toast? Thanks little oven, you're a champ.

I also really liked having a coffee grinder- I don't drink coffee, but it grinds up spices, herbs, and seeds (e.g. flax) much faster than a mortar and pestle, and doesn't give me the nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling.
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