There are lots of cheap gadgets and silly bits of nonsense you can buy for the kitchen, but most of it is junk.
Save your money and invest in good quality items that are tried and tested and will last many years.
Here are our kitchen utenils that we particularly recommend.
A bodum glass cafetierre for regular use and a stovetop aluminium espresso pot for special ocassions. Anything else is just unnecessary… Having said that, I succumbed to a Gaggia electronic coffee machine a couple of years ago and it is definitely the most used gadget in our kitchen. With it I can make wicked espressos and smooth cappucinos to delight both us and our guests.
Hard anodised saucepans of at least two sizes (3 or 4 is better)
We have two pans, a tiny one for omlettes and a 1950s stainless steel pan. The handle was replaced in the 1970s but other than that it is still as good as the day my mother bought it.
Le crueset cassarole dish is really well made and will last a lifetime.
Ice cream maker
An ice cream maker only gets used for a few days each year, but what days they are.
Large mixing bowl
Essential for cakes, get a big bowl (12 inches in diameter or more) made of porcelain.
Silicone is definetely best.
Get a good german knife set. Zwilling is the make we love.
Electric balloon whisks are essential unless you have arms like Swarzenegger
A blessing for soup lovers.
A huge two handled frying pan for making paella. Not by any means a necessity, but if you like Spanish food (and you have a cupboard large enough, then it might be worth the investment.
Buy the best one you can afford from a respected manufacturer
A gadget rather than a necessity, but the breadmaker is one of the better gadgets