16 January 2011

Pancake Accessories for Christmas

My sister the master baker and I had a conversation when she came to visit about kitchen stores. We both agreed that they are full of one-use gadgets that we would never buy, but that we secretly think about and covet once we leave the store. Our example was the one-egg frying pan. You can easily cook one egg in any frying pan, something you are sure to say when you are ridiculing the item in the store. But then in the morning when you are cooking your one egg and it's spreading all over and you're trying to pull it back together with a spatula, you think "if only I had a one-egg frying pan..." Has anyone else had that experience? Are there one-use items you secretly covet?

Being a thoughtful person with a very good memory and a sense of humor, my sister went to a cooking store for my Christmas presents and bought me three one-use items I would never allow myself to buy, including a one-egg frying pan. The other two were a pancake pen and Star Wars pancake molds. Who needs those?? No one. And yet...

The Star Wars molds are pretty much what you'd expect. They allow you to put pancake Yodas and Darth Vadors and Storm Troopers on your plate, smother them with maple syrup and chow down. Unfortunately they don't actually make the best pancakes. You have to spread the batter very evenly to work and so you miss out on that dense and mushy fat center that poured pancakes often have. Um, but did I mention you get to eat Yoda?!

The pancake pen, on the other hand, is going to change my life (or at least the way I make pancakes). It's large enough to fit an entire batch of batter. You just pour the batter in and squirt out however much batter you want, in whatever form you want into the heated pan. Plus, it stores the batter extremely easily. You can just stick the bottle in the door of the refrigerator and pull it out any time you want a pancake. (No, they're not paying me to say this. I just loved it!)

I should mention that I also received a beautiful mortar and pestle from my parents that is not a silly gift at all and will also change my life in the kitchen. I can wait to make Indian food with fresh-ground spices! Did you all get anything fun for the kitchen these holidays?


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Cute! May the force be with you...



Camille said...

A mortar and pestle is a wonderful kitchen tool. I use mine way more often than I thought I would.

For Christmas, I got an awesome book about chocolate and a set of three beautiful soufflé dishes. Yay!

Niki said...

lol! I LOVE the star wars themed pancakes! Very cool!

Kirstin said...

Just so you know, those Star Wars cutters are TOTALLY NOT useless.
In fact, I think I most definitely need them.
...and the pancake pen.

Cicero Sings said...

Oh, yes, I often want one of those, use once a year gadgets ... but then I think of storing it. I have many such items already so have become a little more cautious in my purchases.

My pancake batter is too thick for that last gadget though I do like the idea one can have a pancake whenever one wants. I whip the egg whites separately and fold them into my batter ... so you see, it wouldn't work for me. I particularly like the recipe, after trying many others, so am not apt to change. You can say I'm stuck in a rut ... I don't mind.

Laney said...

Wow, sounds like you have a really cool little sister! I bet she also has a crazy schedule and feels really bad about not answering her e-mail.

Hopie said...

Rosa - Hehe, you know it is when I make pancakes!

Camille - Oooh, if you need guinea pigs, you know, for test runs of your new stuff... ;-)

Niki - You should come to Paris and try them ;-)

Kirstin - Yep, case in point. You see them, you need them. And trust me, you definitely need them.

Cicero - Yea storage space is a stuff one for me in my apt kitchen. I want more and more stuff but I really don't have space for it. I used my Dad's pancake recipe, which luckily fits perfectly, but yous sounds light and delicious - no need to fix something that ain't broke!

Laney - Yes I do. And I hope she does. Ahem. Ahem.

Caroline said...

I am so smitten with tons of uni-taskers! Those Yoda pancakes are adorable, my husband would love those! I could see doing all sorts of fun things with that pancake pen from shapes, to colors, to all sorts of funky designs. What a sweet gift!

Tony said...

Yay! Now I get to see the pancake pen and Star Wars molds. I'm pretty jealous. That pancake pen would've come in handy today when I was figuring out how to store a bunch of leftover pancake batter.

kitchenmorph said...

ooo i wish i had that one egg frying pan...it makes a lot of sense to have one.
veddy well-written post...lovely kitchen gifts.
i'll be doing a post on a kadak indian chai specially for you once i get my new cam (normal one)!