People have the strangest of passions. I believe mine is worth writing about on a blog, even if it’s not the most usual of hobbies. So “Hello, my name is Josh Carlson and I’m an addict”, but not the kind you would expect. My addiction is related to electronics and especially smart kitchen appliances and I don’t see that as a bad thing (maybe only when I spend more than I can afford on them). I started buying all sorts of aiding kitchen items when I began cooking more complicated dishes. In the first weeks, I had trouble making dough on my own, so I bought a dough maker, chopping vegetables was also a nasty task and it took me a lot of time (and parts of my fingers occasionally), so I bought an onion chopper, if I wanted to make some kind of sauce, I needed a blender, etc.
All in all, my small utensils helped me through difficult times and I don’t know when buying them stopped being a necessity and became a pleasure, something that I did because it made me feel excited. I think the first item that I bought out of sheer excitement was a two-color teapot, although not for me but for my mom, who’s a great tea lover and she always invites people in for tea.
However, anytime I buy a new kitchen electronic I make sure it is not only useful, but it is also funny or have a design that will make me enjoy using it and that’s how I managed to keep myself an avid cooker and a healthy eater. It is true that I also have items that are not particularly funny, but these are extremely useful, so they keep me hooked with their practicality. One of these is the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker that allows you to prepare a breakfast sandwich with eggs, ham and bread in about 5 minutes. At the end of these short minutes, all it’s left to do is to take the sandwich and eat it. It is incredibly useful and easy-to-use, and occupies only a small place.
Cooking and kitchen appliances are not the sole passions that I have. I’m also a fan of fantasy movies and literature. Star Wars is among my favorites and I have watched the series countless times. When I ran into this pancake maker, I knew it had to be mine. It works like a normal pancake maker, that is, you just pour the batter inside it, close the lid and adjust the cooking time depending on how crunchy you want your Darth Vader pancake to be. May the force be with you when you browse the internet to find it!
P.s.: If you can’t find the Darth Vader pancake maker you can try the Darth Vader imprinting toaster that will toast your bread wearing the face of the villain on it.
The iPhone controlled Kettle
This one is my newest kitchen gadget. This device I can control using my iPhone from a distance. If I’m outside the house, I can just program it to start. In the morning, when my alarm sounds, I can command the kettle to start boiling water automatically. It’s really useful in mornings when you stumble out of bed and you have a hard time deciding what to do first. One website that features a lot of interesting such products is http://kitchenettejen.com