Baking made easy

Following on from my Homesense visit last week, I dug a little deeper into their kitchen department and found myself in the baking section, not somewhere where I would ordinarily be. I happily make cakes for the children’s birthdays and deserts when we have people over, but I’m not someone who likes to bake for fun, unlike like my husband (thankfully).

Baking tasks were made easier by using our old food processor, until it broke. Since then, I have had the laborious task of mixing ingredients by hand and breaking out into a sweet when anything needed whisking. I have been, half heartedly, looking for a replacement and had convinced myself that I needed that brand of food mixer, but I couldn’t justify the cost. So, you can imagine my delight when I came across this food processor from Homesense for £149, a mere fraction of the cost of the other well-known brand.  I’m not saying this is going to revolutionise my life and get me hooked on baking but it does make me happier knowing that I can just chuck (!) everything in bowl and press start, my kind of baking.  As well as a stainless steel whisk for beating cream and egg whites and a beater for cake batters, it has a dough hook for bread and pizza doughs.

Moving on to the wooden recipe holder, a really essential kitchen item but something I have never owned. I have so many cook books that have been splashed and stained with food.

If I were to talk about the atheistic and functionality of the food processor then I would start with the rubber feet, these stop it slipping on the worktop but due to its weight, it doesn’t really move around. The mixing arm lifts up really easily with one push of the button and the mixing arms are simple to click in. The bowl has a spill guard to stop the contents splashing out and clips into position before the machine will start.  I think the biggest attraction was that it didn’t come with a million pieces that you didn’t need, taking up valuable space in the kitchen.  The design is pretty sleek with a black rubber finish which is also on the handle of the bowl, allowing a good grip.

Something that might surprise you with Homesense is that they have a great selection of good quality kitchen textiles, including aprons.  I always like to have 100% cotton and linen as they are the most absorbent materials. The aprons below were 100% cotton, one had a french ticking stripe and the other was a mid grey.  Both came down to the knee and had a handy pocket at the front. Maybe they’ll entice me to do more cooking ;)

Did I mention that I have a thing about small bowls?  I can’t seem to help it but I collect them everywhere I go and Homesense was no exception. It tends to be the pattern that I am drawn and the fact that they are so useful! Not only for nibbles but for satisfying my obsession with sorting and organising – like your ingredients when cooking :)

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to tea-towels (please don’t judge me) I almost treat them like sofa throws in the sense that I could never have a weird material, colour or pattern. A brightly coloured or themed tea towel would be a NIGHTMARE. Grey and white are fine and they have to be cotton or linen. I can justify the material obsession as it has to function as a tea-towel but then it has to match the style of the kitchen! Please take note friends, if you are ever tempted to buy me a tea-towel, don’t. Thankfully, Homesense didn’t let me down.


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