As a stay-at-home Mother (aka Domestic Goddess, homemaker or housewife), 50% of my time is in the kitchen, the heart of the home.
When we looked for our rented apartment, the kitchen WAS the deciding factor (other than the price and location). Wanna see what my kitchen is like? Welcome, welcome…
Here are some kitchen appliances I can’t live without:
1. The gas cooktop. My 2 burners work well though I miss my 4 multiple-sized burners at home that allows me to use with small or big pots.
If you’re starting out, go for a ceramic surface, which is EASIER to clean.
2. The fridge. It keeps your fruits, veggies and dairy products fresh. Upon my mother-in-law’s recommendation, we got a 2-door one with ample storage space, frost-free and CFC-free. And of course, energy-saving!
The fridge in China has a bottom freezer, with 3 drawers. Useful for Mums to store breastmilk separately from the frozen meats. However, this Siemens model needs weekly defrosting!
By the way, choose a sun-light free corner for your refrigerator, ok? Uses less energy that way (Read this guide on refrigerators before you buy)
3. The rice cooker. My best friend! I’ll steam a dish (fish, meat or veggies) while the rice cooks. Recently, I tried an easy beef briyani and mmm…the beef turned out juicy and tender! Even the boy finished a whole bowl
4. The slow cooker. This baby turns out the tastiest soups especially when I need to go out. Throw ANYTHING in and you’re sure to get a delicious and nutritious soup 2-3 hours later. Seriously! I used it a lot to make baby porridge when he was smaller.
What’s missing from the picture?
An oven. Right before our move to China, I wondered WHERE in my tiny apartment I could fit an oven in LOL
I’ll look for an Indesit one my Mum had. That range was a special present from my father and Mum was sad to let it go…
That range is close to 18 years old but boy, did we enjoy yummy fruit cakes, Christmas cookies, roast chicken/beef and roast potatoes from it!
Not to mention the spicy curries, soups, stews, veggies (ok, maybe not!) and fun stuff like coconut candy, toffee, jellies my sister and I experimented with…
You can imagine what a WELL-FED kid and teen I was
The range is now sitting in the warm kitchen of an Indian lady who cooks and bakes every day. But I’m seriously thinking of getting one for Mum…maybe not now but one day, definitely.
What’s your kitchen like? Share, share lah…
P/S I’m thinking of posting my simple recipes. Anyone interested?