Cook­ing up a money storm

Upper Hutt Leader - - WHAT’S ON - ROB STOCK MONEY MATTERS rob.stock@fair­fax­me­

Ev­ery­one’s an as­pir­ing mas­ter chef now.

Some days, it feels like all there is on TV are cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

It’s paved the way for the mar­ket­ing of a mas­sive range of spe­cialised kitchen­ware so won­der­ful it’s easy to lose con­trol and end up with cup­boards stuffed to burst­ing with sin­glepur­pose items.

In my house­hold there’s a strict(ish) ban on buy­ing things that do some­thing only marginally bet­ter than we can al­ready do it.

Sin­gle-pur­pose items are wel­comed, only if they will be used fre­quently.

The other day I en­joyed the guilty plea­sure of leaf­ing through Milly’s Kitchen’s cat­a­logue.

I love Milly’s Kitchen. It’s a shop in Auckland’s posh-butquirky sub­urb of Pon­sonby.

En­ter­ing is like step­ping into a pol­ished cop­per won­der­land. It’s hard to leave with­out stuff you didn’t know you ‘‘needed’’ be­fore


Be­ware the allure of bet­ter Buy less, buy qual­ity Get your bal­ance right you went in.

Some of the items in the cat­a­logue were so spe­cific, they were funny.

Bear claws ($39.95): Imag­ine knuckle-dusters in the shape of plas­tic bear claws, so fear­some I sus­pect you’d be ar­rested if caught wear­ing them in the street. ‘‘Per­fect for shred­ding meat, and pulling pork’’, the cat­a­logue says.

Onion gog­gles ($16.95): Brightly-coloured rub­ber sealed eye wear. ‘‘No more tears when slic­ing onions’’.

Herb scis­sors: ($19.95): Five­bladed scis­sors to cut fresh herbs into lit­tle bits with one fifth of the snip­ping ef­fort.

A real chain-mail coat for your chicken called a ‘‘Roast­cosy’’ ($154.95). Helps your chicken roast bet­ter, and look mas­sively cool.

I have no doubt each item does its job, but it is ex­pense to achieve a mod­est amount of bet­ter­ment.

Some ‘‘bet­ter’’ in ev­ery life is clearly good, but there’s a kitchen bet­ter­ment ma­nia go­ing on, and sin­gle-use items seem to me to be ex­em­plars of the trend.

I could serve bet­ter cof­fee, if I bought a cof­fee ma­chine. I could make toasted cheese

‘‘Some 'bet­ter' in ev­ery life is clearly good, but there's a kitchen bet­ter­ment ma­nia go­ing on, and sin­gle-use items seem to me to be ex­em­plars of the trend.’’

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