Cooking up a money storm
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.’’