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2021 Kitchen Gadget Update – 12 interesting ‘gadgets’

The Grind has covered the topic of kitchen gadgets several times before, ranging from the 'useless' to the 'essential'. But as every year passes, new kitchen gadgets appear, with some disappearing almost instantly, some becoming the kitchen equivalent of a one-hit-wonder and others becoming permanent fixtures in kitchens around the…

If you go down to the woods today… you’ll probably find someone making artisanal handcrafted knives

What's seven years, apart from the time between itches? That was the last time we wrote about knives as works of art. So it's probably about time we looked again at the burgeoning world of knives as works of art - the custom made kitchen knife. In the beginning all…

All you need to know about sashimi

Not to be confused with sushi, sashimi is the Japanese term for a dish that comprises raw fish cut into very thin slices, generally using a specialised sashimi knife (like this one) which is flat on one side. Sushi (also referred to as 'nigiri') on the other hand is the…

What did people do before electric knife sharpeners? They used a ‘moleta’

We answered this question back in 2014, talking mainly about the manual method - using a whetstone to sharpen a blade. But what wasn't covered in that article was another alternative – getting somebody to sharpen your knives for you. In one of our earliest articles (Ballarat butcher looks back),…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part II)

Here is the final part of our take on celebrity chefs though history (read the first part here). 8) Fanny Cradock If you love pizza – and are not of Italian descent – you may well have Fanny Cradock to thank. Fanny Cradock (only one ‘d’) was born in 1909…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part I)

Today the world is swimming in celebrity chefs. Take one look at the Wikipedia entry List of chefs, which divvies up famous chefs throughout history and, in sheer numbers, there are ten times as many modern chefs (ie those active in the 20th and 21st centuries) as those in all…

Food leftovers – some not so fun facts

Are you still eating leftovers from the Christmas food binge? The current thinking of health professionals is that any leftovers should be eaten within 3-4 days, or the risk of 'foodborne illness' (aka food poisoning) goes up considerably. What's a little alarming about eating leftovers is that the conventional 'sniff…

Passion projects

Look up the phrase 'passion project' and you'll find something like what appears on the Cambridge Dictionary site… “A piece of work, especially a film, that someone gets involved in because they love or feel it is very good and important, not to make money.” Which brought back memories of…

Cheese

Browsing a bookshop the other day we came across a new title called “Who ate the first oyster?” and no further explanation was required – no need to check the back cover to see what it was about. Do you ever find yourself wondering who was the first person to…

Love it or hate it – Halloween’s coming

The very mention of the word ‘Halloween’ invokes very different reactions in people… The funny thing is, it’s not really an American tradition. A quick recap… The word Halloween is just short for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the night before All Saints’ Day – a Christian holiday to commemorate…

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