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Giving & receiving

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everal years ago, someone (naming no names) bought me the biggest Christmas present ever. It sat majestically under the Christmas tree, larger than any other gift, and I had absolutely no idea what it was. I was so very excited. I tried every means possible to work out what it was. I sniffed it. I felt every angle of it. I shook it. I still had no idea what it was. On Christmas Day, I left that great big present to the very end, like the most desirable sweetie in the bag. When the time came to finally unwrap my huge gift, excitement levels were at an all time high. Gently, I slowly peeled back the wrapping paper, savouring the anticipation. Then suddenly the contents were revealed. A great, big, almost industrial sized, electric food steamer. Yes. Never have I been so disappointed.

Thorndyke ‘Foodie On Tour’

A butter mill may not be for everyone but this vegetable spaghetti maker is brilliant. Just don’t buy one as a Valentine’s gift!

Butter mill

It wasn’t that I wasn’t grateful, it was a thoughtful(ish) gift - I do like to cook after all. It was just that small (or rather large, in this case) kitchen appliances are not gifts - they are simply kitchen appliances. Functional. What became of the giant steamer? I used it once, then it was packed up never to see light of day again. Having just read an article about a new butter mill that will magically “transform your cold block of butter into beautiful

spreadable ribbons” - can’t you just use a butter dish and not put it in the fridge?! - it got me thinking about all those other pointless kitchen gadgets that have probably made their way to the back of a cupboard already, now the Christmas decorations are all packed away. Here are a few of my favourites… Egg, banana or avocado slicers - really? You can’t use cutlery? Unless you’re eating them by the dozen, you probably don’t need a specific tool to slice them up. Fruit peelers - come on, you don’t even need cutlery for this, use your fingers! Twirling forks - love spaghetti? Too lazy to twirl your own fork? This gadget is definitely for you! Steamers - less of a pointless gadget, but if you are going to buy one, make sure the person actually wants one. Or at the very least make sure they won’t need to build an extension just to fit it in the house So with Valentine’s in mind,

Vale Life : Sept/Oct 2014

Jacqui Thorndyke

here’s a little tip - if you are wondering what to buy for the lady in your life, steer well clear of kitchen appliances, foodie or not. May I please direct you to the jewellery store further down the road. And no, not the cheap one either. ‘Steamers and cubic zirconia are a girl’s best friend’, said no one ever. l For local food and restaurant reviews and recommendations, visit www.foodieontour.co.uk, or follow Jacqui on Twitter @FoodieOnTour. To contact Jacqui directly, please email: foodieontour@yahoo.co.uk

Farm - Butchers - Pub - Restaurant 3 course valentines menu available

new head chef, Mini Patel, brings our award winning food to your valentines day. The Pointer is available for private hire & functions.

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