If you are willing to pay a lot of money you can get really fantastic kitchen knifes. I was not so far. Maybe because I don't have good cutting skills yet, and I sort of think this would be the premise to spend all that money on a knife.
Luckily I got this beautiful knife last christmas as a present. It is hand made by Francis Schön in Switzerland.

francis schön knife
green wood

His knifes are not only beautiful they lie very good in the hand and of course they are sharp as hell.
All i need now is the cutting skill. But at least I got something to practice with.

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Kitchen confession No 1: Pans


I don't know about you but I have several kitchen secrets that I'm a bit ashamed of.

Today I'm going to reveal one of them:

I own 18 pans

copper pans

A huge stainless steel spaghetti pan
3 smaller stainless stee ones for pasta, milk ete.
1 durotherm pressure cooker
1 cast iron Le Creuset Pot for sew and mussles
3 easy tevlon frying pans, a big and a small one and one with creasing.
1 cast iron frying pan I hardly use because we don't eat meat
1 peruian black clay pot for vegetable stew and tagine
3 copper saucieres
1 copper pan
2 copper "frying" pans
1 small copper pan for sauces and reductions

mad no?

For my defense I must say that I did not plan to have so many copper pans. I bought one big sauciere years ago in france. No kitchen is perfect without a copper pan. Nothing is better to cook risotto, stews, vegetables - in fact everything. If you have not cooked with Copper Cookware before, you'll be amazed by how quickly and evenly the pan heats up. This same property allows the pan to respond just as quickly to a reduced temperature setting if the pan is too hot, which is of particular importance when making delicate sauces. Well I got hooked. Only some weeks after I bought my second copper pan in france (it's way to expensive here in switzerland and you don't get nice ones) I found 4 hardly ever used copper pans at a secondhand store and of course I had to buy them. I only paid 10 francs for all of them.

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Beautiful Laguiole

The Beauty

This is the beautiful Laguiole corkscrew Sarah gave me for my birthday. I admire the handmade Laguiole products since I first saw one at Sir Nick's. It is soo nice to actually own one now :)

Chateau Laguiole Bois d'Olivier
Chateau Laguiole avec manche bois d'olivier. Mitres inox brossées.
Tire-bouchon en téflon pour une meilleure introduction dans le bouchon.
Handmade in France.

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