A day ago, my kitchen looked like it was going to burst out of its belongings. And there’s nothing I hate more than a cluttered kitchen. But the paradox here is I love buying things. I keep adding on to my repertoire – pots, pans, glass jars, crockeries, and the list goes on. And don’t get me started on my baking equipment. I have more than extra of almost everything in the baking department. The problem is there’s no space.
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I had people over for dinner a couple of days ago. It’s been a long time since I had a dinner party at home and I realized how much I miss it. From planning the menu to preparing the dishes to buying flowers and changing the drapes, there’s nothing to dislike about good company and delicious food.
I thought I’ll keep the food simple and straightforward and what’s simpler than Italian food? I sliced up a big loaf of baguette, lightly toasted it with some olive oil and smeared it with some mashed chickpeas and sundried tomato topping; I suddenly felt like Jamie Oliver, preparing a 15 minute meal. That’s all it took, 15 minutes to actually make a fancy bruschetta.
I don’t know about you, but as a baker there are certain things I can’t live without. Offset spatulas, dough scrapper, wire whisk, wire rack and so much more. This is as far as equipment goes.
With ingredients, if I don’t have a bottle of pure vanilla extract at all times in my cupboard, I cannot function.
I am quite the puritan when it comes to baking ingredients. I cringe when I see bottles of artificial vanilla extract at the store (any artificial flavour as a matter of fact). Artificial vanilla is not vanilla and in the long run it’s not really good for you.
If you are on the same page as I am, you wouldn’t believe in using artificial vanilla extract either. But as much as vanilla is indispensable in baking, it is expensive.