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The last kitchen gadget

23 Mar
Madiecam Magic

Madiecam Magic

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:

  1. The last kitchen gadget…I will ever buy…
  2. The last kitchen gadget…I bought…
  3. The last kitchen gadget …that anyone needs…
  4. 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).

Madras curry powder ingredients

Madras curry powder ingredients

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.

Finished Madras curry powder

Finished 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.

Fish with tomato curry

Fish with tomato 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!

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9 responses to “The last kitchen gadget

  1. Ruth Nathan

    April 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I’m headed to the Indian market in Walnut Creek to see if the have curry leaves. I read there is just no substitute.

     
    • diginibble

      April 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      There isn’t. Tip: you can freeze them. Buy the fresh ones, not the dried. Although dried is also ok.

       
  2. James

    April 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

    My last kitchen gadget was… actually one I made myself. I was tired of washing my hands every time I used my phone to follow recipes in the kitchen, so I made a phone/tablet web browser which works with hand gestures for following online recipes, without needing to touch the screen. It worked well, so I’ve just put it up in the app store for everyone else.

    Ms Diginibble, as someone who likes technology and food, if you have an iPhone/pad and think you could find a use for it, I could send you a copy. My contact details are here: http://www.disconnectionist.com.

     
    • diginibble

      April 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Sounds very much like a useful kitchen gadget. I do use my iPad and iPhone in the kitchen and can definitely see the hands free benefit of scrolling using gestures. I’d love to check out your app. Meanwhile, I think Samsung has developed a phone with this capability baked in already, but I am an Apple girl, at least for now.

       
      • James

        April 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

        Yes, I noticed the new Samsung model has the eye tracking, which will stop scrolling when you stop looking at the screen. It is only a matter of time before phones start making better use of all the data streaming in from the sensors and cameras to anticipate our needs better. I wasn’t going to wait for that, though – I had a Black Forest Cake to make!

        The app is here (I didn’t want to put a link up unless I was sure you would care) – http://appstore.com/handsfreebrowser
        There should be a new, improved version and better screenshots in the app store in a few days. It does cost 99 cents, but if you and your readers would find it useful, I can make it free for you all for a few days or so – just pick a date!

         
      • diginibble

        April 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        Hi James. I saw it this morning, will download it and try it out. I will write a review over the weekend sometime and then you can offer it for free to my readers if you like. But if it’s good they should also pay for it! 🙂 Will get back to you shortly.

         
      • James

        April 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

        Hi, thanks, that would be great! Hopefully the new version 1.1 will hit the stores over the weekend for you, but the differences are mostly cosmetic. I can also give you a coupon code (via email) so you don’t have to pay for it, since I’ve just told everyone it’s going to be free soon ;).

        There’s nothing in the app itself that requires an age restriction: Apple makes developers restrict the age if there is any way to get access to the wider web through an app. It does look scary, but that’s the only reason for it.

         
      • diginibble

        April 13, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Ok. Will send you an email address. Thanks!

         
      • diginibble

        April 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        One quick question. Why is the app age restricted?

         

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