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Initial post: 30 Oct 2012 11:12:01 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
Perhaps it's just me, but I do tend to get obsessive about things (yarn, stationery) and the kitchen is no different.

I love storage stuff. Fancy Kilner jars, or just little plastic lock'n'lock tubs. I have far too much of it, in any conceivable shape and size. It's like a disease.

Anyone else got any similar afflictions?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 11:22:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2012 21:14:35 GMT
Nordic Ware and Wilton Cake Pans.....
I've just discovered eBay shopping? - I need HELP now!

EDIT ADDITION -
Ohhh squirrels! I'm buying Brown Bag and Pampered Chef Shortbread moulds from America off eBay now!
And vintage 3D Wilton Cake Pans too - I definitely need THERAPY!!! - or a lottery win?!! ;o>

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 11:44:20 GMT
Plastic containers a la Tupperware, which thank goodness for our pension they don't have here. Particularly the ones that nest!
Jars. I always have way too many.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 12:21:37 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I had to google Nordic Ware - I think my stepmother would join you in that! She loves cake tins/baking pans of any sort.

Her obsession is these:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=anisbrotli+moulds&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=7sSPUIjLM6bG0QXWzYHYDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=899#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=anisbr%C3%B6tli&oq=anisbr%C3%B6tli&gs_l=img.3...47126.47877.2.48274.6.6.0.0.0.1.92.283.6.6.0...0.0...1c.1.fTVeSHUiwGk&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=79e60b9b4a3b009b&bpcl=36601534&biw=1280&bih=899

Anisbrötli molds. Anisbrötli are a type of Swiss christmas biscuit (aniseed flavoured, if you hadn't already guessed) that takes an impression amazingly well. You make the dough, stamp them, leave them to dry for a day or so and then bake. They're hardly sweet at all, and quite bready, but they're delicious.

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 12:39:36 GMT
Bearman says:
Knives, knives, knives

I have rather a lot of them (in the kitchen only :-)), and I like to keep them really really sharp. Anyone scared yet?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 12:58:33 GMT
Ohhh I know!!! - because I have those too!!!......HELP ME!!!.....HA HA HA!!! :o>

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 13:00:59 GMT
Whose afraid of the Big Bad Bearman?......
Hmmm? - I bet like most bears though you are a real pushover for a good tummy tickle?!!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 13:17:29 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
You make anisbrötli? Cool! I've never met anyone else who makes Swiss christmas biscuits, or even knows what they are, outside of my Swiss family. Some people know the German biscuits, but not the Swiss variations.

I love anisbrötli, but my very favourite are brünsli - chocolate, ground almonds and kirsch. Yum.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 13:20:07 GMT
Nope. Knives in the kitchen are fine. Have you seen The Long Kiss Goodnight? Chefs do that!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 13:47:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2012 13:48:05 GMT
I tend to fall in love with presses, cutters, moulds and cake pans - especially 3D and vintage. I buy them in junk or antique shops, and now online(!) too, then I research what the origins are and how to use them! I am looking at a Moon Cake mould at the moment that has an usually interesting design! ;o>

I learnt about anisbrötli from a lovely Swiss lady. Her husband brought his family over when he took over as the Vicar at one of our local churches many years ago, and they lived in a church-owned house that we have on our road. Very sadly though, he died suddenly within just a couple of years and, after moving a few times, I believe she eventually went back to Switzerland with her young son.

She was also well known for her excellent Carrot Cake too. It was a recipe that she had picked up while travelling around America - and at a time it was quite a novelty to all of her neighbours, including me. Of course nowadays, it is a common place cake that can be found on virtually every single teashop menu!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:28:12 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I am craving, now! I've got a few molds of my own that've been sent me by said stepmother.

I'm not the wildest fan of carrot cake. A nice lemon poppyseed cake, though, that's another story! Or my Grandmother's great aunt's ground rice cake - that's pretty good, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:35:16 GMT
I am utterly addicted though now, Isobel !
I can't even persuade my Mum to take me to our local Lakeland shop anymore. I did hold out and dither for as long as I could, honestly(?!) but I have just gone and bought myself a Kransekake pan set that I have simply drooled over for months! My Mum literally dragged me out before I even had the chance to buy anything else! - HA HA HA!!! :o>

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:39:34 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
I've got a few molds as well.
This isn't the place or time though.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:43:01 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
I developed a thing for knives but I overcame it by buying a good set (just 3).
But last week I spotted an electric sharpener in Aldi's for £9.99.
I've nicked myself twice already on my now sharp "rubbish knives".
I won't use it on my good knives though.
I stick to the manual sharpening wheel that came with them.
I just love prepping and chopping with a good knife.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:43:40 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
I have to ask - 3D?

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 14:45:12 GMT
The one knife in the kitchen we tend to use more than all the rest (many) put together is an old 1970s Kitchen Devil 15cm high-carbon cooks knife. It looks a lot like this very nice Gustave Emil but has a moulded non-slip handle. The extra broad blade on the old KD makes it superb for all kinds of cutting, slicing, chopping and misc prep work - knuckles well away from the board and cut produce.

For the last decade(!) I've been looking (intermittently) for a better replacement because the old KD is getting very pitted (dishwasher wrecks knives) and loses its super edge all too quickly (dishwasher etc). But then I remember who else is likely to be using a new one, and lose enthusiasm for the search; why bother if it is going to to be wrecked again?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:47:00 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
Oooh - I googled. I'll be at yours, then, for it's first run!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:48:25 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I'm so used to rubbish knives I tend to damage myself on good ones. I bought a nice knife, and the thing is out for blood! Have really cut myself on it a couple of times, now.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:49:49 GMT
Meet a very good friend of mine! - 3-D Cake Pan - Rubber Ducky

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:51:28 GMT
I got mine for just £4.99 too because the box was slightly damaged! - Bargain! :o>

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:53:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2012 14:53:35 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
Oh, that brings back memories! We had these tin jelly moulds when I was little, a big rabbit and two little ones. I'd always get bunny shaped jelly on my birthday and I *loved* them!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:53:53 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
Here's mine - seriously.
Elvis Presley Bath Duck Toy
He "flashes" in water.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 14:56:44 GMT
BeeJayTee says:
Knives are far less dangerous than a mandolin
I took the tips off three fingers and simply cannot watch TV chefs use them without a guard - and they do.
I was hurt so badly I've Emailed the BBC telling them it's irresponsible to show chefs do it.
They agreed and since then ..........
well, nothing.

Posted on 30 Oct 2012 15:00:26 GMT
In trying to find something that looked close to my trusty old KD I just found this KS Hygiene. The steel (Cr Mo V) it is made from is apparently the same as that in a superb set of modern wood shaping chisels I bought recently which are so much better than my old ones.

So I've just bought one. :^) (£4 for P&P!)

It might even be tough enough resist the carelessly heavy hands of SWMBO and Hon No. 1 Daughter and the perils of the D/W.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 15:03:02 GMT
O-Oerrr!......mine is the wrong 'sponge' for a bath - but it tastes great!
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