Tips & Prep

Pots and Pans

Here’s a run down of the kit I have I’m my kitchen. I pretty much use it all at least once a month.

Pots and Pans

I’ve had coffee machines, steamers and ice cream makers along the way, but they just never got used.

My essentials would be:
– Chefs knife
– Large wooden chopping board
– A pot
– A pan
– A wooden spoon

The rest makes cooking a bit easier.

I tried Analon pans and knives over ten years ago and for price and quality I haven’t looked back. Thirteen years on they are still going and I’ve only had to replace the chef’s knife, stock pan and frying pan, but I use them daily.


All my knives are either Sabatier or Analon. It’s worth paying extra for a good knife, it will last you for ages. And more importantly they are a joy to use.
– Chefs knife
– Bread knife
– Fillet knife
– Vegetable knife
– Peeler
– Sharpening steel

Pots and pans

The more pans the better, but I think these four are the essentials. All of the non stick and if the frying pan is oven proof even better.

I use my stock pot for most of my cooking.
– Stock pot
– Frying pan
– Large saucepan
– Small saucepan

My optional extras
– Pancake pan
– Griddle pan
– Waffle pan


  • Lots of wooden spoons
  • Fish slice
  • Balloon whisk (rubberised)
  • Potato masher


  • Two glass bowls
  • Large plastic bowl
  • Sieve

Baking trays

  • Large Roasting tray
  • 2 smaller square trays
  • Lasagna dish or casserole dish


  • Hand whisk
  • Scales
  • Mixer
  • Panini maker


  • Wooden block
  • Wooden board
  • Raw meat
  • Cooked meat

Other essentials

  • Aeropress – I must have coffee
  • Coffee grinder
  • Radio
  • Speaker – UE Boom
  • Pestle and mortar
  • heat proof mats
  • Apron
  • Oven gloves