I hate clothes shopping. I have zero desire to browse the rails. I’d much rather be cruising the aisles of a supermarket or, even better, a kitchen store. I could spend hours in Lakeland ogling cake tins, household cleaning potions and foodie gadgets.
On a recent trip to Copenhagen, one of the highlights — other than getting to hang out with a very dear friend and see The Killers live on stage — was perusing the range of kitchen goodies in their main department store, Illum.
Scandi design is so stylishly simple, but sadly, not cheap. With hand luggage only, I was limited to a few souvenirs, and other than LEGO bits for the mini-Fressers, picked up a lovely wooden board — perfect for serving smoked fish and sauces — and a cute trivet-type thing. I know it sounds unexciting, but I’d rather be looking at those in my kitchen than wafting around in a Danish designer frock. I also picked up a gorgeous jar of sea salt.
So, at this time of year, you won’t find me fretting over my Seder menu, I’ll be planning which kitchen items I can add to my Pesach provisions.
Here are four items I’d be happy to add to my kitchen this Passover:
- The Gefu Spirelli spiralizer — in my view, a spiralizer is key in the modern Pesach kitchen. Pencil sharpener-style ones like this are super easy to use and make light work of turning those veggies into a wannabee pasta supper. They are neat and easy to store and clean. You simple turn the vegetable as if sharpening a pencil and out come ribbons. Brilliant. It will open up a world of new dishes to you — I promise.
- Salad servers — Who doesn’t eat a lot of leaves at this time of the year, so it would be nice to enjoy serving them up. These olivewood salad hands are simple, not too pricey, and the olivewood feels suitably biblical. They are from Borough Kitchen, which also has some gorgeous, fancy, brass salad servers which would make an ideal host gift for the poor soul who serving up a Seder to the five thousand.
- Dualit mini oven — what a perfect addition to your kitchen for the eight days. It’s cute, helpful and — best of all — can be moved anywhere you need a hand. There’s even a convenient place for your plates on top. www.dualit.com
- Chalk reusable table runner — not strictly kitchenalia, and ignore the chometzy doodle, but I love the thought of being able to actually draw the plagues on your table! And it would also make amazing entertainment during the long Seder service for the smaller people. I want one!
Once the kitchen is sorted I can get on with planning what to cook in it. And sharing plenty of recipes.