To a sharper 2013!

Prestige knife setMr. P and I bought a Prestige knife set as a Christmas/New Year gift to spur ourselves onto greater culinary heights. We owned another Prestige knife set actually, but that went with us to Singapore and never came back. We didn’t take very good care of our first set though, resulting in some stain marks on the blades, so we decided to save the hassle of moving the knives across countries again. Having learned our lessons, we have invested in another set, but this time round we intend to handle our new friends in the kitchen with utmost care!

IMG_0797There were other gorgeous, higher quality and more expensive knives of course, but we think our new collection is suffice for now until we attain better skills on the chopping board. The set comprises of five knives—paring, slicing, chef’s, bread and utility—which I think will cater to most kitchen needs.

IMG_0799The only tool missing now? A knife sharpener.

Seeing Circles

I went hunting for Chinese soup spoons on Saturday but couldn’t find any that I like. Instead I found other things I like and which I think will be useful for my kitchen adventures: a purple-dotted placemat, a set of stainless-steel measuring spoons and a set of multi-colour measuring cups by Trudeau. I didn’t realise my new buys have circular motifs until I placed them on the table, and the shutterbug in me couldn’t resist taking some pictures. It’s circles, circles and more circles! ^^

New Tool: Thai Mortar & Pestle

I finally bought a khrok (ครก) and saak (สาก), the Thai mortar and pestle. Mr. P and I have bee looking around for the perfect specimen around our neighbourhood until we found it in a little provision shop. The young, friendly shopkeeper allowed us to rummage through his entire stock of mortars and pestles until we found our perfect combination: a ceramic mortar that has an even reddish colouration, and a wooden pestle with a smooth finish and hue that matches the mortar. I’d already put my mortar and pestle to use by making my first somtam (papaya salad) last week but the resulting dish wasn’t too satisfactory. So I’m going to tinker with my new tool some more—look out for Xin’s somtam soon!