Forget spiral slicers, veggie splitters are what it’s all about now. The Water Spinach Splitter looks to bring to the masses a specialized kitchen gadget that creates a neat garnish quickly and easily.
Water spinach (rau muong in Vietnamese, ong choy in Cantonese) is a super popular green vegetable in Southeast Asia and Southern China, where it grows literally like a weed. The tender leaves and tops are boiled and stir-fried. The tougher, hollow stems (about 1/4 inch wide) are resourcefully split so that they’re easier to chew.
In the Vietnamese kitchen, the shreds of stems are soaked in water until curly and crunchy. There’s just a slight grassy flavor in the stems, which are enjoyed mostly for their nutritional value and texture.
Typically, the shreds are lightly dressed with a vinaigrette for a salad or set out as a noodle soup garnish for guests who want to add extra crunch and fiber to their meal. (Eating too much of the stems, however, may lead to constipation.) Indeed, there’s little waste when you’re feeding lots of people.
A knife is traditionally used to split the stems, but the modern water spinach splitter (dao che rau muong, literally “knife for splitting water spinach”) works much better and saves time.
For a more personal take, check out Wandering Chopsticks for a nice little story of discovery and enjoyment.
April 16, 2015 No Comments
Stickers are handy little things when it comes to organization. Just write what you are storing on one and stick it on the thing you’re storing it in. But then there is no turning back (only adding additional stickers).
Items in the kitchen lack permanence (thankfully). As we eat our way through the pantry and food cabinet, the jars and storage containers have their contents reduced until the label is staring back at us with empty, cold indifference. Incorrectly as well. How rude.
The Chalkboard Labels Sticker Set looks to politely erase that mistake by allowing actual erasing. Consisting of a variety of styles at an affordable price, the reusable stickers can be written on with chalk over and over again. With 48 stickers in the pack, there are enough to get organized in every room of the house. Maybe teach those plain ol’ traditional stickers some manners as well.
April 6, 2015 No Comments
Tea is (often) caffeinated. Owl are nocturnal. Coincidence? Clearly the Tovolo Owl Tea Infuser doesn’t think so.
The little guy is made of silicone and holds loose leaf tea and can be filled easily via its removable base. Other tea infusers in the set include a pig, a sheep, an anchor and a gingerbread man. Now what they have to do with drinking tea is anybody’s guess. Perhaps it is only the owl who knows.
March 25, 2015 No Comments
Do you have a kitchen? Does it have drawers in it? Of course it does. Do those drawers have hot dogs in them? Probably not. But they could.
The Smart Planet HDS1 Steam-O-Matic Red Hot Dog Steamer upgrades the contents of kitchen drawers from boring old utensils to exciting and delicious steamed hot dogs. The appliance lives on the kitchen counter and requires only a twist of the on/off dial to operate. Fill with water, wieners and buns and within five minutes you could be chowing down on a delicious hot dog.
Who ever said kitchen remodeling had to be a lengthy process? Five minutes is more like it!
March 17, 2015 No Comments
The kitchen counter is used for many things. Sure, cooking and prep work occurs there on a daily basis, but it also becomes a platform for other things. No, not various kitchen tasks like emptying out the junk drawer or putting things in jars (both noble pursuits). The kitchen counter happens to be a great place to put that delivery pizza box. Now, since the pizza box’s natural environment is the kitchen countertop, it only makes sense to make it a permanent home.
The CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven is a lidded pizza oven with a cooking platter that rotates. Designed for pizzas up to 12 inches, the simple to use countertop appliance features a timer and temperature control. It makes so much sense to find such an item at home on the kitchen countertop it may be tempting to buy two. However, try to resist the temptation; they probably don’t stack too well.
March 6, 2015 No Comments
February 24, 2015 No Comments