I love kitchen equipment. Having the proper, handy tool to get the job done makes cooking a breeze.
These are a few of my favorites:
Mortar and Pestle
I use this to grind and mix spices for curries, to get salt to the required consistency, really for anything that's dry and needs grinding up. It is so much more satisfying than chucking it into the Magi-mix. Baba Yaga, the witch in Russian folklore, travels in a mortar and pestle.
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The Cheese Mill
No more bits of scraped knuckle with the parmesan cheese! You can use it right or left-handed. Imp 1 and FOTI get confused when they pick up the cheese mill after our southpaw Imp 2 has used it, the handle is on the "wrong side" and must be switched around. Aside from this minor limitation, it is a great little item. Never, ever buy pre-grated parm. It is a culinary cardinal sin.
There is a primitive joy to whacking the hell out of a chicken breast or slab of meat with this thing. Also good as a weapon to keep under your pillow in case of burglars.
Pasta aglio e olio (Cheese Mill)
Chicken Marsala (Meat Tenderizer)
Fresh fruit for dessert
I'm not using the mortar and pestle for anything today. Maybe to fly around in tonight...although to be fair, the cheese mill gives better mileage and has sportier steering.
Below is the recipe I use for the Chicken Marsala. It is from About.Com
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: Serves 4