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#1 Sun 08 Apr 07 1:26am

owenia

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Basic cooking utensils etc...

One of Jamie's tv series had him crouching near a river on a footpath. The topic was what essential items a cook/chef required for operating efficiently in a kitchen.

can anyone remember which series that was in?

cheers
owenia

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#2 Sun 08 Apr 07 3:45am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

It was a one off program that included him visiting different people and cooking to different budgets. I can't remember the name of the program however...maybe pukka tukka?

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#3 Sat 14 Apr 07 8:36am

owenia

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

Thanks White Rabit...got that DVD and, in it, he has a visit to the same location (I think it is anyway) and he's not showing cooking utensils, but rather the sort condiments and essential extra foodstuffs he feels he needs for a job. Definitely no discussion or, evidence of utensils in the 'hamper' he has with him.

thanks for the feedback White Rabit. I live in Sydney also.

regards
Owenia

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#4 Sat 14 Apr 07 11:49pm

The White Rabbit

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

Ah....i thought this might be a problem. I have it on video and it didn't include that section either. i thought the dvd might have it (well, you have saved me a purchase smile) [to anyone else who is wondering what we are talking about: some years back a series of programs was shown on the ABC (a tv station here in Oz) the episodes are featured on the video/dvd pukka tukka but there seems to be a bit missing and it was jamie talking about different utensils needed].

If you can put up with advertising there is info on how to select items here
http://www.deliaonline.com/cookery-school/equipment/ her book "how to cook volume 3 (?) has a list and sod it I'm going to type it out for you because she hasn't got it on the website anymore and that's irritating. there won't be as much detail as the book

Knives: (interestingly the photo is of victorinox knives which are my fav)
Serrated palette knife
cook's knives (7 inch plus two smaller serrated edge ones)
kitchen scissors
peeler
curved paring knife (we have one of these as mr rabbit has done commerical cookery at tafe, it is the annoyign knife that i always pull out of the block thinking it's a paring knife, it never fails to piss me off)
paring knife (that's not on the list but it is useful anywho)

graters
four sided grater
microplane graters (IMO all others are useless)
zester (does anyone ever use these?)

pestle and mortar (most jamie fans already own at least one)
salt and pepper mills
citrus reamer

sieves, dredger (??) and colander

spoons, forks and whisks (get matfer brand if you can - mccarthey's next to the stanmore maccas on parramatta rd does them)

spatulas, slices (egg, fish) and tongs

scales (I got mine from www.petersofkensington.com.au but i warn, that place is highly addictive)

meauring jug, cups, spoons

cake tins (round, square, loaf, tart), baking sheets, biscuit cutters, rolling pin (get one that is complete flat, ie. no notch near the ends, they just hurt your hands), cooling racks (i get mine from woolworths or coles so i can ruin them if i want)

saucepans (delia suggests heavy gauge aluminium saucepans, a cast iron griddle and some casserole dishes - i like my crueset dutch oven)

steamers (metal or bamboo - for the latter plus a great range of asain cookware go to the thai kee supermarket at market city (above paddy's market at haymarket))

misc:
oven and sugar thermometers
kitchen timer (both my oven an microwave do this but the latter is unreliable if other people need to use it)
icecream scoop
skewers (flat sided - again, mccarthey's in stanmore)
apple corer
melon baller (fun for kits to use on cheese)
garlic press
she also suggests pasta tongs - i've never had a problem with normal tongs
and bean slicer is on the list (my question: what is wrong with a knife?)

i also think a giant roasting tray is a good idea - if you have a miele oven buy the cast iron one that they make for their ovens, my mum has one and it's great.

that lot, with my witty additions  tongue, may or may not be of any use to you but at least i had fun - and really, isn't that the most important thing  big_smile

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#5 Sun 15 Apr 07 11:50am

GeoffP

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

Wot - no Wok!

A good large carbon steel Wok is an essential in my kitchen.

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#6 Mon 16 Apr 07 4:53am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

oh yeah a wok - i don't know if delia has that on her list

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#7 Mon 16 Apr 07 9:07am

GeoffP

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

It's on her list of Oriental Essentials.

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#8 Mon 16 Apr 07 8:32pm

SusanneH

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

mrgreen

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#9 Tue 17 Apr 07 5:24am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

why can't she have just one list? i also think it's odd how she groups the entire of asia as oriental - there are vast differences in the food...maybe you only see significant differences when you live near the region

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#10 Wed 18 Apr 07 9:44pm

cm

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Re: Basic cooking utensils etc...

Cupboard Ingredients:

Tea and/or coffee - your choice
Oils - olive or sunflower - I prefer olive oil
Vinegars - red wine, white wine, balsamic, rice wine
Mustards - Wholegrain - I use Grey Poupon (Refridgerate after opening)
Salt - Sea, iodized (table salt)
Sugar - brown, white - I mainly use brown sugar
Flour - plain, self-raising
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
Semolina (flour), couscous (like rice)
Rice - any type you like best
Dried pasta - I use vermicelli and rice pasta
Yellow split peas, lentils, garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) - if you like to make bean recipes or soup
Capers - salted (small ones are best) - I love capers
Olives - black, green - if you like them
Soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce
Canned plum tomatoes
Chocolate, cocoa powder - good quality 70% cocoa solids - if you bake
"Red Pepper and Parmisian Cheese Salad Dressing" great on a baked potato or a barbequed burger or any dressing you like (Refridgerate after opening)

Spices:

Spices are a must. They are non perishable and generally cheap.

Black peppercorns
Dried chillies
Nutmeg
Cloves
Coriander seeds
Fennel seeds
Cumin seeds
Caraway seeds
Oregano - you can used dried but I prefer fresh
Summer Savoury
Dried Parsley

Fresh Produce:
Try and use what is in season. Remember Fresh produce is perishible.

Lemons or Real Lemon Juice
Garlic
Ginger
Onions and/or Shallots
Chillies
Potatoes
Carrots
Bell Peppers

Equipment:

A heavy wooden chopping board or block - I use mine all the time. Also have handy a plastic board for meats, so you don't cross contaminate anything.

Vegtable Peeler
Chefs Knief
Parring Kneif
Colander / Strainer
Large Mixing Bowl
Spatula
Skillet and Various Pots and Pans
Baking Sheet
Roasting Pan
Pepper Grinder
Quick Shake (to make salad dressing and such)

Crunchy Peanutbutter
I use this alot

Hope this helps,
-cm-

Last edited by cm (Wed 18 Apr 07 9:45pm)

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