Kitchen trends come and go; one moment a spiralizer is the It kitchen gadget, the next it’s relegated to the back of the cupboard with the yoghurt maker and the juicer. Nigella Lawson once wrote that she used to troll the internet late at night buying kitchen gadgets that she ultimately discovered she didn’t need, use, or like – and in the end didn’t keep; except for one: a rice cooker.
I haven’t bought a rice cooker yet, but I think about it every time my rice boils over and makes a mess of my ceramic cooktop. The constraints of my kitchen prevent me from adding anything without grave consideration: it is small, storage space is limited, and I have already resorted to clever stacking to fit in all that I have.
However, I have cleared an entire drawer to house my most prized kitchen possession: a collection of Global Sai knives.
A knife is the kitchen tool that is indispensable, beautiful, will never go out of fashion, and is something you use every single cooking day.
You’ve heard the saying, All you need is one good knife. This is true, and when you have a really well-made one it gets you to wondering how you ever did without it. Be forewarned: you begin with one and then you begin to lust after (one) more.
I wrote a post last winter about acquiring three essential knives: a chef’s knife, a bread knife, and a paring knife. (See here for the post). So I wasn’t actually looking for additional pieces until my younger son, who has an interest in knives and swords, found a website from Vancouver with an amazing deal on the Global Sai series.
Never one to pass up a sale, I ordered the vegetable cleaver. I honestly think we’ve started eating more vegetables just so we can use it more (I suddenly have young volunteer sous chefs!). It is a brilliant knife: bigger than the paring knife yet not as large as the chef’s knife; perfect for any and every vegetable. Slices clean, nothing sticks. Can no longer imagine my life without it.
But a family of growing boys cannot live on greens alone, so Jay, the meat carver of the family, suggested that he would like the Global Sai carving knife. (See how this happened? Not my fault, right?)
Needless to say, he is smitten with it. Roast chicken, roast beef, a big ham….I am the Queen of Meats.
So, I now have five essential knives. I really do use and love them all. But the kitchen sword is king.
Oh, and the answer to the question posed, but not answered, in the previous knife post is:
VEGETABLE CLEAVER (now SOLD OUT) AND CARVING KNIFE 10″ PURCHASED ONLINE FROM: Warriors and Wonders here
GLOBAL SAI KNIVES: FOR PROFESSIONAL OR PASSIONATE COOKS. MADE IN JAPAN. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.