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Lifestyle : My Kitchen
1HERSA1 0021 Vjg Eqqmu Ujqr We don t import on price. We e port or it . e tr i n de e Uni orm 1 1 O ord Street r ing r t 9 i ip Street rr m tt et ic m de 9360 4 60 www.cook op.com. pending TreSpade IMPORTER CLEARANCE SALE 1st TIME EVER - BIG DISCOUNTS APPLY SATURDAY 27TH & SUNDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2010 9AM TO 4PM ITALIAN KITCHENWARE TABLEWARE GIFTWARE EX DEMO COFFEE MACHINES WAREHOUSE: Trans Tech Business Park, Unit 16, 12 Mars Rd Lane Cove West NSW 2066 Turn off Epping Rd into Sam Johnson Way Enquiries: 9420 2007 • www.premierproducts.com.au • Visa, Mastercard, Eftpos & Cash Accepted DGS CHRISTMAS SALE YOUR DREAM KITCHEN TODAY... DGS KITCHENS specialise in custom made kitchens & joinery to suit almost any budget. Take advantage of our CHRISTMAS SALE by visiting our showroom or call for a free measure & quote today. Showroom: 150 Fairey Rd, South Windsor www.dgskitchens.com.au 1300 695 544 *SAVE OVER $1000! Free Installation until 31 December 2010 *Conditions Apply AG3073285AA-161110 The Sydney Morning Herald smh.com.au/goodliving Tuesday, November 16, 2010 21 good living It doesn't matter if I'm making toast for the kids or cooking dinner, it's the one thing I always use.' Alex Herbert, chef Tools of the trade . . . (from left) Dan Puskas is excited by a SodaStream; Alex Herbert nominates her mother's chopping board; Maggie Beer loves her jar opener. Photos: Marco Del Grande discovery, Puskas told two-hatted Sepia owner and chef Martin Benn of his ideas and Benn now plans to buy a SodaStream for the restaurant and to begin testing new recipes. The owner of the Camperdown kitchenware store Chef and The Cook, Michael Robertson, loves his mandolin. The razor-sharp and practically lethal (if used incorrectly) gadget is a horizontal blade embedded in a plastic or metal board. Food, usually raw vegetables, slides against the blade, producing perfect slices with even thickness. Apple tarte tatins, potato gratins and french onion soup all take on a new form, Robertson says. Flash new gizmos quickly become essential items as more home cooks become skilled users of once professionals-only kitchen tools, Robertson says. He uses his Tamis drum sieve to make what he labels the creamiest and smoothest mash potato. ''A Tamis is quite hard work to use,'' he says. ''You can't boil the potatoes too much because they get too much water in them. You really have to steam them. It's still dry when you add your milk or cream so it becomes more absorbent and more decadent.'' Food photographer and stylist Katie Quinn Davies's love of baking heavily influences the implements she invests in for her Sydney home. Most days, she says, her KitchenAid is whizzing away in the corner. But it's her lemon squeezer Quinn Davies cannot do without. ''They are a hinged thing and you put the lemon in upside down and there is a lever. I find them brilliant,'' she says. ''They are not too messy, they capture the pips and get out all the juice. I use lemons by the dozen, in salad dressings, cakes, in marinades for the barbecue. They do all the work for you and I am not left bending over an old squeezer all day.'' Admitting it's one of those things many people might regret buying, Quinn Davies also loves her cherry pipper: ''Australians are crazy about cherries in summer.'' As the fruit comes into season, one of her baking favourites is black forest gateaux, filled with fresh cherries and cream, when the pipper comes in handy. ''They are only about $5 and they are one of those things that stay in your kitchen gadget drawer all year untouched,'' she says. ''But when you need it you are blessed you bought it.'' Just as Beer loves the jar-opener her mother gave her 20 years ago, the chef and co-owner of Bird Cow Fish in Surry Hills, Alex Herbert, always brings out her mother's old wooden chopping board at home. ''It doesn't matter if I'm making toast for the kids or cooking dinner, it's the one thing I always use. I grew up with it,'' she says. Also always whirring in the Herbert household is a Cuisinart ice-cream maker. ''We're making strawberry ice-cream tonight with the kids,'' say Herbert, whose youngest son is allergic to eggs. The machine allows ice-cream into the house, using recipes Herbert has come up with so her son can eat it. Having gadgets in the home is about making cooking easier, Herbert says, but overstocking drawers and cupboards defeats the purpose. Rummaging around in the third drawer down for that culinary knick-knack can be a lot more of a hassle than pitting a cherry by hand.