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The 4 ingredients you need most

Posted in The Chef's Toolbox with tags , , , on June 7, 2009 by lickthebowlcomau

The 4 Ingredients phenomenon continues to gather momentum like a snowball travelling at light speed down Mt Everest!  Ok, so you can dish up some clever recipes using just 4 ingredients, but as Rachael Bermingham and Kim McCosker have shown, you need a little extra help in selling the idea.  A sparkling kitchen set decked out in grey and white marble and featuring red accents here and there is a delightful backdrop to their famously simple recipes.  And don’t you notice they always use non-stick pans?  If only they would have a Chef’s Toolbox party and show off ‘the good stuff’ to the world!

For us in the know, Chef’s Toolbox cookware is superb, dahling!  And here is my tips for the most important 4 ingredients you should aim to have in your very own kitchen at home … whether or not you have TV lighting, a makeup crew and your own world tour coming up!

28cm Saute Pan

28cm Saute Pan

Number 1: como advanced 28cm Saute Pan ($220)

Truly, it’s the most versatile pan you’ll ever own!  If you want to start building your own Chef’s Toolbox cookware collection, this is THE piece to grab and run with.  It not only looks gorgeous, but it’s non-stick, can be used on induction cooktops as well as gas, electric and ceramic, AND it can be used on the barbecue and in the oven.  How’s that for clever?  You can roast in it, fry in it, sauté, bake, use it as a slow cooker, serve it up straight on the table and wash it up with absolute ease.

Use your Saute Pan for omelettes, fried rice, stroganoff, paella, stove top pizza, spaghetti sauce, chicken curry, risotto, Sunday roast, cinnamon scrolls, scrambled eggs, poached pears, scones, homemade jam, baking cakes, lamb korma, fish tagine, jambalaya, vegetable biryani and the list goes on.

 

 

 

Silicone Spoon Spatula

Silicone Spoon Spatula

Number 2: Silicone Spoon Spatula ($27.50)

 

 

 

Every good cook’s toolbox must contain a handy dandy silicone spoon!  It’s an absolute must-have so that you can spare your beautiful non-stick cookware from scratches and scrapes.  Stir, scoop and serve then stick it in the dishwasher.  You’ll be lost without it!

 

 

 

18cm Fusion Knife

18cm Fusion Knife

Number 3: ct-edge 18cm Fusion Knife ($95)

 

 

 

This is the ultimate food preparation knife, designed for a multitude of purposes. Its thin and very sharp blade makes slicing and chopping effortless.  A cross between a traditional Asian cleaver and a Western knife, the ct-edge 18cm Fusion Knife is sure to be your favourite, no matter how many other knives you own.

 

Flexibake 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Flexibake 12-Cup Muffin Pan

Flexibake 12-cup Muffin Pan ($39)

 

If you’ve never used silicone non-stick bakeware before, you simply must!  And the Flexibake 12-cup Muffin Pan is an excellent starter piece.  No more stuck-on muffins and no more nightmare-to-wash metal pans.  You can even scrunch it up and store it in an empty corner of your pots cupboard.  Go your hardest … it’ll spring right back into shape when you need it!  Sweet and savoury recipes work a treat in the Flexibake Muffin Pan.  Try quiches, cupcakes, muffins, timbales, sticky date puddings, caramel tarts, fruit mince pies, chicken pies, friends, apple cakes, scones, custard tarts, filled filo pastries and layered ice creams.

 

Chef's Essentials Kit $279

Chef's Essentials Kit $279

These are the 4 ingredients you need to get you off to a great start in the kitchen.  Whether you’re setting up house for the very first time or your tired and battered old equipment has had its day, get a hold of these and you’ll be re-inspired.

Remember, you can buy the Saute Pan, 18cm Fusion Knife and Silicone Spoon Spatula as a bundle and, well, save a bundle!!  Individually they retail for $342.50.  The “Chef’s Essentials Set” is just $279 (save $63.50!).  Contact me to order yours.