This is a sponsored post, but is written by me and all words and opinions are my own
I almost called this post “Kitchen/Home Essentials for the Useless Cook” but that’s probably not very fair and who wants to admit that they are useless?! I’m not totally useless when it comes to cooking, but I spent 20 years living with someone who liked to do most, if not all, the cooking. So when I moved into my own flat, I had to learn a lot of stuff from scratch.
I mostly cook for convenience but I can make a half-decent spaghetti bolognese and, now, a lasagna. I’m slowly increasing my range of cooking abilities, but a lot of the time I go for something easy to throw together.
So I’m going to share with you my favourite items to make cooking, and indeed life, easier.
I have loved my microwave ever since I first got one. Great for heating up soups and other food. If you’ve pre-cooked meals you can heat these up. When I had babies, I used it to heat up their formula. I have to say I’m not as adventurous as I could be when using the microwave. You can do allsorts with it beyond simply reheating. Check out this article: 10 dishes you can cook in the microwave in minutes – great ideas from risotto to rice pudding!
The technology has also improved immeasurably over the last few years. Now you can do all sorts with your microwave. Check out Microwaves in the UK by Panasonic. Their new range of Microwaves have the option to grill, steam and bake. Microwaving also preserves flavour vitamins and nutrients. I may have to google a few more recipes myself as my smoke alarm regularly goes off after I’ve been cooking something in the oven!
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Mine is a Pampered Chef one and since I moved home I use it regularly to chop onions or other vegetables that need to be chopped finely. I use it to chop up nuts for my home-made muesli. My ex TRIED in vain to show me how to chop onions, but I could never get it so I use this instead and it’s great.
Pampered Chef are sadly no longer trading but I’ve had a quick look on Amazon and it looks very much like this one:
Or this one:
My next favourite item is not something I could have afforded on my own. This was a present from my parents and I absolutely love it. I am a bit of a coffee addict and at one point used to spend a fortune in Starbucks. In fact, I’m sat here now in my local Starbucks, but only because I had a voucher from a friend for Christmas and was going stircrazy at home all week.
I would totally recommend this one if anyone is on the lookout for a decent coffee machine. The pods are not too expensive and can be recycled directly through Nespresso. The only thing it doesn’t do is froth the milk and that leads me onto my next item….
I got this idea from a friend of my sister’s when I stayed at her house. She had the same coffee machine that I got for Christmas (above) and instead of heating the milk in the microwave or on the stove (like my parents do whenever I go round there for coffee), she just put the milk in the milk frother and pressed a button and within a couple of minutes you have hot frothy milk to pour into your espresso to make a lovely latte.
Not exactly kitchen related – although mine is located in my kitchen – my washer-dryer is absolutely essential in my life. Especially when I have my kids I need to be able to clean and dry their clothes over night.
I have an Indesit IWDD7123. It pretty much does everything I need it to do. You can wash clothes, dry clothes or both wash and dry them in one go. The only thing I would say is that it doesn’t have an option to do a quick wash. This is something that my mum says would have been very useful although I get around it by generally just doing loads of washing.
I hope this has been useful.
This post contains sponsored links and also Amazon Affiliate links – the Amazon ones are all for products that I have and use regularly. I’m not trying to push anyone into buying anything I’ve advertised. Simply to let you know how I’ve found them. But if you do click on the Amazon Affiliate links, I will get a small percentage of anything you then buy on Amazon. So thank you in advance if you do.