Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Written by  //  May 9, 2014  //  This and That  //  4 Comments

Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens etc etc.  These were a few of Maria’s (from the Sound of Music) favourite things.  Some of my favourite things are a bit more practical, they live in or around the kitchen and  I thought it was time to take stock and maybe sing their praises.  I’ve said before that kitchen gadgets have to earn their place in my kitchen which is not as huge as I would like it to be.  My friend has recently moved into a brand new house and her kitchen is the kitchen we would all have in our dreams, I have serious kitchen envy!  Anyway I don’t have a large kitchen but what can I fit in?  I’m not talking about ovens and kettles which to my mind are basic but the extra gadgets that make life “easier”

kenwood chef

I have to start with my very faithful old timer.  She is very discoloured and has turned yellow over the years but we all discolour as we get older, my hair use to be almost black!   I used wedding present money to buy my Kenwood almost 38 years ago and she still works very hard, mostly I use it for mixing bread dough, enough for 3 loaves, which she handles with ease and as I make a lot of bread it definitely earns a place. Cakes pose no problems and whisking egg whites for meringues is effortless for me and the Kenwood doesn’t complain either.  My friend has a Kitchen Aid and sings it’s praises so in the near future we are going to have a show down to see how they each perform.  We have done this before with another gadget but more of that later.  Would I like a shiny new all singing all dancing Kenwood Chef and would I replace it if it became necessary?  Yes but I can’t abandon this one while it still works so well so who knows how long I will have to wait!

Sous Vide Thermal Circulator

From my oldest machine I move on to my newest, the Sous Vide Thermal Circulator.  It’s too soon to say if it is something I would replace if I had to but I am beginning to get to grips with it and having more successes than failures.  Going on a course certainly helped, I do like going on courses!

The Mighty Vitamix

What can I say about the Vitamix that I haven’t said before, to say it is just a  blender is to completely undersell it, I love it and find myself using it more and more.  It is used at least once a day, often more, so it has the honour of sitting out on the worktop.  It’s only fault is the noise it makes, it is SO noisy but I can live with that.  Would I replace it?  Absolutely.  My friend Frances has a similar machine called an Optimum and we spent a morning putting the machines head to head to see which was the best.  The conclusion was that the results were pretty much the same but the Vitamix was faster.  Frances blogged about our test and  her review was picked up by Optimum who have now sent her not one but two new machines, no strings attached.  How lucky is that?  This won’t ever happen to me because Frances has made her blog public but my blog is private.  I write it for my own amusement and to have somewhere I can look for recipes quickly.   I think at the last count I have 13 readers.  Frances has offered me  a guest spot on her blog so I may take her up on that offer.

Food Processor

My food processor is another old timer I have had it for more than 20 years but since the Vitamix arrived it isn’t used a lot, I sometimes use it when I make shortbread.  The grater and slicer attachments used to be used a lot but I now use my bamix, more of this machine next.  Would I replace it if it was to break?  Probably not.


I have had my Bamix for quite a long time, maybe 8 – 10 years but I could be wrong, time seems to be passing more quickly these days!  The Bamix is basically a hand held stick blender, very useful for going directly into a pan of soup.  The two attachments you see in the picture are very useful, the sliceSy has a grating and slicing disc which is very good, it is a mini food processor but much easier to clean.  The smaller mill is great for blending spices to a fine blend, caster sugar is turned into icing sugar in seconds and things like pesto are blended in the blink of an eye.  Would I replace it?  Probably.

Citrus Juicer

Another machine I don’t use very often is my citrus juicer but it wasn’t expensive so I’ll hang on to it till it dies then perhaps replace it with an add on for the Kenwood.

Hand Whisk


I use this quite a lot so if it was to die I would replace it, I use it mainly for whisking egg whites or cream.

Froth and Sauce

Before the Vitamix came to stay with me I used this Froth and Sauce machine for making custard, hollandaise etc then with a change of attachments you can froth milk for coffee.  It is a pain to clean and because I now have my friend Vitamix it won’t be replaced.

Krups Nespresso Machine

Last but by no  means least my beloved coffee machine.  Would I replace it?  Yes yes yes I couldn’t imagine life without it as I do like real coffee, I don’t drink instant.  I have had other coffee machines and when I go on holiday I take my little Aeropress which is non electric and very good but I love the nespresso pod system as it is so clean and easy.  I may be replacing this machine soon as it has sprung a leak which doesn’t stop it working but is a bit annoying.  It does have to work very hard though!

Well those are my favourite things in the kitchen,  is there something I don’t have that I need to consider  Do you have a favourite kitchen helper?


4 Comments on "Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens"

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    Frances May 9, 2014 at 20:25 · Reply

    Now that you have blogged it, I guess the official Kenwood (38 years) versus Kitchen Aid (5 years) Challenge is on! Is that really fair?!

    • marietait34
      marietait34 May 9, 2014 at 20:26 · Reply

      Are you scared?

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    Frances May 9, 2014 at 21:05 · Reply

    Considering the quality of your website, I am terrified!

    • marietait34
      marietait34 May 9, 2014 at 21:33 · Reply

      I thought the competition was between the machines!

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