The photo up there? I’ll explain at the end of the post.
So starting again. You could interpret the title of the blog post (“The last kitchen gadget”) in really all different ways:
- The last kitchen gadget…I will ever buy…
- The last kitchen gadget…I bought…
- The last kitchen gadget …that anyone needs…
- The last kitchen gadget…I have room for.
And actually in my case it’s kind of a combination of all of those things. Except probably #1. I’m continuously tempted by new kitchen tools – most recently a friend told me about this device which is about to go into production (The “Nomiku” – essentially a home-cook’s sous vide machine):
Do I need this thing? No. Am I curious about it anyway? Yes. Sigh. Very. Will I buy it? No. Very doubtful. For one, I don’t cook all that much meat and I think that sous vide is probably best for cooking meat. Although I can well imagine cooking eggs and fish too. But just like a dozen other cool new cooking devices out there that I could well imagine trying to cram into my already over-packed kitchen (see #4 above), I just can’t imagine the value add being all that high. And the girl in the video is a little too happy about her device. You’d think it did more than just “cook food perfectly.” 😛
But I finally bit the bullet on another kitchen gadget a couple weeks back. Nothing very sophisticated or new: a coffee grinder. I already had a coffee grinder because I am a bit snobby about having freshly ground beans in the morning for coffee. But in the last years I have been continuously frustrated whenever I cook Indian food. You can’t put your spices into the same coffee grinder that you grind coffee with or you get curry-flavored coffee. Or alternatively coffee-flavored curry. Neither of which sounds good to me.
A few weeks back I was fed up with it all on a Saturday afternoon, and I walked into Saturn and bought a second grinder to grind spices with. Not really a big deal – only about 20 euros or something. The struggle was more about…”am I so lazy that I can’t continue to pound the spices by hand?” combined with…”do I really have room for this thing?” And apparently the little devil sitting on my left shoulder answered “yes” to both of these questions. And when a friend recently sent over a fish recipe for me to try out, which called for “madras curry powder,” there was no longer a reason to wait to use my brand new gadget.
Homemade Madras curry powder…here we go. There are all kinds of recipes for it online and I used this one, I think (Tumeric is missing in the photo below – added in at the end).
Let me tell you: it was worth it. In about 5 minutes (after roasting the spices in a hot pan to release some of the oils), I had freshly made Madras curry powder.
I packed up the leftovers in an empty spice jar for the next time. But there was a major difference in flavor. I made some brown rice to go with the fish..a kind I don’t think I’ve tried before – norwegian skrei – but which was good with the curry.
So there might be a bit too much blogging in the next weeks about various curry powders and combinations. I apologize in advance.
Oh, and the photo at the top? Just a gimmick to get your attention. That’s a cute little app called “Maddiecam” that you can use to put the image of a dog (various versions of her) on top of any photo you take with your camera. Created by the guy who posts this tumblr blog. Quite famous by now. The photo in the background was a quick snap of the Isar from one of my more recent runs.
Have a great weekend!