However, being a successful cook doesn't depend on fancy or expensive equipment, so don't feel disadvantaged if you don't own all the mod cons. As a young mum and beginner cook I relied on elbow grease and old-fashioned (and sometimes unusual) cooking implements - like a large bottle for a rolling pin, a fork in lieu of a whisk and an old hand beater for whipping the cream.
I do recommend though investing in a few good electrical appliances if you are serious about cooking. I couldn't survive without some of these things now and I wonder how I ever did. You can read my confession of undying love for my bread maker here.
Note: Don't buy every ridiculous gadget on the market that will only clutter your cupboards. Just invest in a few good brands of devices that you will use again and again and again.
Here is the short list of my kitchen cookware.
You can download a printable version HERE.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
Close to Home
Tales from the front line of parenting. These were some of the happiest days of my life.
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.