Letter 15 Cutlery and more.

Cutlery and More Needed in a Kitchen

Dear Thinette,

In this letter we start at the beginning, pretending you know nothing from cutlery and more. 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 glass of wine that counts.

This letter tells you about cutlery and more needed for your new kitchen. 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.

Essentials an empty kitchen will need

To begin with:

  • Three good quality 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

  • 2 Non stick or cast iron saucepans one big and one smaller one.

  • Toaster

  • Kettle

  • Three Cooking Pots

  • Set of wooden spoons

  • Spoons for dishing up 3

  • 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

  • Vegetable rack

  • Steam iron and ironing board

  • Dishcloths, scouring sponges and scouring pad

  • Dustbin

Basic Food in the cupboard and fridge:

  • 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

  • Wahing liquid for dishes

  • Wasching soap for linnen

Spices and Herbs


  • Cumin

  • Turmeric

  • Ginger

  • Chicken spice

  • BBQ spice

  • Cinnamon

Dry Herbs:

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Italian mixed

Containers on the shelf.

  • Container for bread

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Sugar

  • Spice rack

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

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

How to plan your shopping list

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

Food Sources.

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.

You need 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

The secret is to have the rainbow in 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 balanced meal.

This is the basics to start your new kitchen with. It is the core of every household my love.

We have a joke about 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’s answer was, we baked!

Happy cooking and having fun 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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