Letter 15 Cutlery and more.

Thinette with glasses

Dear Thinette,

Big dreams of your own little nest. How are you going to feather it and how are you going to live?  Thinking about your daily life, how you are going to cook the most scrumptious meal in the best pots, and baking the best cookies and cakes in the best tins. The smell will be divine!

We have lots of planning to do my love, lets get going with cutlery and more for your new home. In this letter we start at the beginning, pretending you know nothing about cutlery and more needed in your kitchen. We are going to set you up to develop your skills to have fun.

You can make cooking an exciting part of your life, it is a form of art, you can be creative and experiment with different recipes. I am sure you have inherited the love for cooking from Mom and will become an impromptu cook, it runs in the family.

Nobody expects you to cook exotic dishes, but they want to enjoy a simple tasty meal. It is the conversation, goodwill and togetherness over good food and a fine glass of wine that counts.

Where do we start and what will you need in a new kitchen? Without the proper equipment you will never managed and love the time you spend in the kitchen my dear. All that is needed for your new kitchen can be found online crockery, list of kitchen utensils and the rest.

Essentials for the Kitchen


To begin with:

Chefs knifeParing knifeBread knife

  • Three good quality sharp knives.

  •   A chef’s knife, a paring knife for vegetables and a serrated bread knife.

  • Two big bowls

  • Two smaller bowls

  • Cutting board for preparing vegetable and use the underside for cutting meat.

  • Sift

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Grater

  • Potato peeler

Cast iron pans

  • 2 Non stick or cast iron saucepans one big and one smaller one. Cast iron pots are also very durable and will last you a lifetime.

  • Toaster

  • Kettle

  •  Cooking Pots

  • Set of wooden spoons

  • Spoons for dishing up 3

Crockery, cutlery, utensils, mugs

  • Set of Utensils

  • Set of Cutlery for 6

  • Crockery for 6

  • Steak knives 6

  • Glasses 6 Wine and 6 other

  • Mugs 6

  • Sugar bowl

  • Tray

  • Place mats and napkins

  • Breadboard and knife

  • Food processor


Steam iron and ironing board

… but a better idea is to get a

Basic Food List

  • Coffee and tea for when I visit.

  • Sugar

  • Milk

  • Bread

  • Butter or Margarine

  • Jam

  • Breakfast cereal

  • Cheese

  • Vegetables, tomato, onion, lettuce, potato, carrots etc.

  • Fruit, banana, oranges in season, apples, grapes etc.

  • Olive oil or coconut oil, never Canola oil, rather use lard.

  • Eggs

  • Meat

  • Brown rice

  • Pasta

  • Packets of soup powder mostly to thicken gravy

  • Cake Flour

  • Vanilla essence

  • Baking soda or baking powder.

  • Spices and herbs

  • Juice

  • Mayonnaise

  • Vinegar

  • Bicarbonate of soda

  • Washing liquid for dishes

  • Washing soap for linen


Spices and Herbs


  • Cumin

  • Turmeric

  • Ginger

  • Chicken spice

  • BBQ spice

  • Cinnamon

Dry Herbs:

Herbs drying on a string

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Italian mixed

Containers on the shelf.

Now what are you going to do with all this stuff my dear?

Remember you have Mr. Google to help with all you need.

Healthy Food Sources

When buying food stock up on fresh and natural foods. Avoid processed foods in tins and packets.

Different categories

Protein: meats, fish, eggs, legumes.

Carbohydrates: cereal, potato, sweet potato, bread, pasta, sugar.

Fat: butter, lard, cheese, soft fat on meat

Fiber: wheat, fruits and vegetables

Vitamins: vegetables and fruits


Sodium, Chloride, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sulfur you need from the food you eat.

Water: chemical reaction in your cells takes place in water, body consists of 65% water, blood transports substances dissolved in water, cool you down.

Energy to keep going.

Growth and repair is needed to replace old or damaged cells.

Certain chemicals from the different categories of food are
needed for these reactions to achieve good health, and your body can only get it from the food you eat. Not all substances in a bottle is always effective.

Healthy Foods

Colourful fresh vegetables.

Balanced Diet is very Important

Eat as many different colours of fresh vegetables as you can. Select to have the rainbow on your plate.

A list of Healthy foods to choose from.


All green vegetables, green beans, lettuce, spinach, Kyle, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, green peas, etc.

Beetroot, eggplant

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots

Brown rice, barley, oats

Tomatoes, chili’s

Green, red and yellow peppers

Garlic and onions, leeks, spring onions.

Asparagus and mushrooms











Make use of this list when you plan your menus my love, and you will have a well balanced meal.

These are the basics to start planning and setting up your new kitchen with cutlery and more. Have a look and you will see a great selection online crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. It is the core of every household to have what you need my love.

Us women always have a joke about cooking and the curiosity of a little girl.

A young girl asked granny while she is busy in the kitchen, what did you do when you were young Gran?

Granny said, we cooked!

That was not the answer the little girl expected and ask gran again, I mean what did you do for fun?

Gran looked at her and said, we baked!

Strawberry cream cake.

Happy cooking and have fun baking my dear!

Love you lots

Gran Stella



2 Comments on “Letter 15 Cutlery and more.”

  1. Wow the and more was great!

    Thanks for all the info LOL I am terrible with home organization and my mate is a chef and I am an avid amateur cooker lol

    Having the right basic equipment is so important. It also is something that young people need to grow into. I know my ex-mother in law had every gadget and kitchen tool immediately when it came out because she could not because she needed them. lol Most of them ended up unused in the box at goodwill when she passed. Only saying that as the young uns need to watch their money lol

    Keep the advice coming
    onward n upward

    1. Very true Captain, the basic you have to have … it is the nice to haves that is the problem.
      It is so easy to get hooked and just want them all, best way is to get a pair of blinkers … lol
      Cooking is an interest you can develop if you want to, if not enjoy the fruit of someone else’s interest!
      Thanx for dropping by Dennis.

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