Kitchen Appliances

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I had a pretty lame wok.  It was non-stick and was breaking down (the handle was falling off).  Not good, so I decided to get a new one. 

As always, I did research to determine what product I should get.  I found this story that was quite informative — and gave me the name of the store where I’d end up buying my wok.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to go back to the non-stick, or try carbon steel or cast iron. 

When I went to shop at The Wok Shop (located in San Francisco’s Chinatown) and saw they made their own wok, I knew I wanted it.  When I saw you had to season it yourself, it definitely made me hesitate.  But my friends, it shouldn’t have — seasoning is ridiculously easy.  More on that later.

Anyway, I ordered the hand-hammered wok ($14.95) as well as a bunch of accessories.  When the order came, I opened the box like a child would open her toys on Christmas morning. 

I pulled out all the newspapers and the wok was a beautiful silver color.  I forgot to take a picture of the before, but if you look at the handle on the photo below, you’ll see the color.  Then I got the instructions for seasoning.  After heating the oven, oiling the wok, and repeating three times — I accomplished the beautiful seasoned look below.  As they suggested, I then cut up an onion and garlic and cooked until they were black to continue the seasoning process.

Seasoned Wok

I am in love with this wok now.  I think it’s a combination of knowing that someone hand-hammered it and my seasoning that makes it special.  Yeah, you can tell it’s not hand-hammered.  But that’s OK.  The wok is still good in my eyes!

I cannot wait to use it!  Oh, and The Wok Shop put in a simple cookbook so it’s going to be fun to test out some of those recipes. 

Recently I decided to completely re-do my apartment. I got rid of almost everything in my apartment and bought all new furniture.

Side note: I gave all the old furniture to Salvation Army Goodwill (they were able to pick up quicker; otherwise, it would have been another month until Salvation Army could pick up) because they pick-up for free in DC.  This seems like something a lot of organizations would do, but you’d be surprised.  I found a lot of pick-up places in Virginia and Maryland, but DC was tough.  It does take a few weeks though for them to pick up so plan ahead!

Anyway, during this time, I decided I needed to get a new toaster oven because it was smoking every time I used it.  So I did a little research (I’m type-A) and found a little miracle called the DeLonghi Solo Convection Oven Rotisserie.

I bought a rotisserie for 2 reasons:

  1. I kept hearing from my foodie friend Jen how much she loved hers.
  2. And the #1 reason was because I didn’t like the store bought rotisserie chickens in the grocery store because they were too salty and over-seasoned.

I love it.  It is absolutely one of my favorite things.  The bad?  It’s not a toaster oven.  There’s no “toaster” option.  I got over that.  Instead, I use the oven and “toast” that way. 

What it does have is everything else.  When it’s hot in the summer, I didn’t mind turning this little oven on to bake a pizza, make a chicken, etc.  While it obviously created some heat, it was a lot less than my oven.

I’ve made chicken and pork tenderloin.  I did try to make a turkey, but it was too big for the rotisserie. 

Sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of the finished chicken, but at least here’s a photo of it when it started.  I tied some fresh rosemary and rubbed some seasonings, threw it in, and then watched a movie.  By the time the movie was done, so was the chicken. 

BTW, when you make a chicken, make sure to put aluminum foil on the bottom so it can catch the grease!

Rosemary Rotisserie Chicken