was reading this article about gadgets in the sydney morning herald…i agree with choice mag, i think my rice cooker is the best gadget i own – altho they put it at second behind the water filter, i definitely put it in first place. it’s amazing how many things go with rice. i use it at least 3 or 4 times a week and every time i think how much i love it. i’ve never been able to cook rice properly (despite many careful instructions from friends), but was never able to make the rice i remembered my nana making – drier and with separate grains. we bought the rice cooker and wahey! the rice of my childhood. i could live on rice and soy sauce. i often make some just for myself for lunch, with soy sauce and a 3 minute egg when i’m short of time and can’t stand around the stove making something hot. in fact…..i could do with some right now cos i’m starving! we didn’t buy a fancy one, just a basic model, but it was worth every cent of the 60 or so francs it cost.
most useless gadget – bread machine : ) although i was enthusiastic at first, i soon came to despise the pale, crumbly loaves i kept making. and switzerland has SUCH fantastic bread that i couldn’t bear to miss out on it.
oh, and my other favourite gadget – zyliss salad spinner. i never thought i’d own one of these totally mumsy things, but i LOVE it. i hate wet salad leaves with a passion – the only thing i hate more is drying said salad leaves with a bloody teatowel or whatever. my salad spinner is amazing – a few whizzes and it’s perfectly dry. in fact, we have trained max to do it (he loves spinning it) so salad is even less hassle for us. it comes with a lid so after you have finished spinnignit you take off the spinning lid and put the other one and hey presto! a salad crisper that keeps the salad perfectly for quite a few days. i couldn’t imagine living without it now!