Having some days off proved useful for hunting kitchen cabinets and appliances. I also had time doing some floorplans and designing using a free online software. I don’t plan on changing ours but looking at IKEA’s and other kitchen design websites is simply inspiring. 😉 Especially since most of our stuff were bought from IKEA.

I can’t remember when was the last time I visited IKEA…not only do I enjoy it there, the kids are awed at the displays and we enjoy the food too! Especially their Köttbular with lingonberry and potatoes. I’d post the recipe of this dish soon, I wasn’t able to find the photo of my homemade version, though this can be bought from IKEA as well including the sauce.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the mixer that I want when we went. So off we went home and I resorted online. Browsing about led me to a widerange kitchen and dining products buying guide, shopwiki. Like it’s other pages, the guide is a treasureful of resources.

Advice on buying pots and pans per usage, care, which size to use are carefully detailed. From the featured photos, I identified some alike to mine. I’d be embarrased to admit though that I sometimes use the frying pan and sauté pan alternately. 😀

I’ve been wanting to buy a blender since but seeing this food processor makes me think. Blenders are often seen behind coffee shops or bars. They can be used to purée, blend, and grind. As for the foodprocessor, it excels at slicing, shredding, chopping, and pureeing fruits and vegetables, grating cheese,grinding stale bread into crumbs, cutting butter into pastry crust, and kneading bread dough. The shopwiki page additionally gave recipes for great blends you can do at home. I’m still choosing which is better to have though.

So if you are in search of kitchen gadgets for your own kitchen or for gifts, unleash the kitchen-ista in you and visit the shopwiki guide on toasters and ovens, kitchen appliances, slow cookers, dining sets, microwave and ovens and more. (I love their cookbooks too!)