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?