by Danielle Del Vicario
Last week, I made hummus. I know, I know. Right now you’re probably rolling your eyes and saying, “Danielle, you make hummus all the time. And write about hummus all the time. We get it.”
But bear with me.
I made it from scratch, with nothing but a knife, a pot and a potato masher in my student apartment. As I mashed away, my thoughts laced with nostalgia, I remembered my well-stocked kitchen in Durham, England, complete with two food processors, pasta maker, spiralizer and raclette set. What I would give for the days of easy smoothies, perfect zucchini pasta and bubbling French cheese. Much mashing, stirring and (attempted) mincing of garlic with a dull knife later, I had an acceptable—but still pretty lumpy—hummus, packed into the fridge with a disconsolate sigh.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a little elbow grease in the kitchen. I’ve been known to beat egg whites to stiff peaks using just a whisk all in the name of almond riciarrelli. (The perfectly balanced almond cookie, native to Sienna, is worth a quick Google). And while an avocado slicer is not going to make a significant impact on your life, there are kitchen gadgets that will. So as you near the end of exams and possibly even graduation, treat yourself. Please. It will be a life investment with countless hummus-y returns. My five can’t-go-without gadgets are below, but I also salute you on whatever kitchen-related spurges you make.
It’s essential for grinding almonds and hazelnuts for all your baking needs, and ideal for homemade hummus.
A modest gadget when compared to an industrial food processor or your mom’s well-tried Kitchen-Aid mixer, the hand blender will become your new best friend. Say hello to smoothies, salad dressings and smooth soups.
Knife (a good knife)
It’s not really a gadget, per se, but probably the most important contribution you’ll make to your kitchen.
For the best tagines, ribs and loaves of sourdough, look no further. One of the few pieces of kitchen equipment I’ve never owned and have always wanted, so if you get one, I expect a dinner invite soon.
And last but not least…
It needs no introduction other than it’s available from Amazon and worth every penny.