The RiotACT guide to singleton survival – Episode 1: Tools

johnboy 11 January 2007 35

With many of our younger readers heading off into the world to fend for themselves for the first time we thought this would be a good time to take you through the things you need to know if you’re going to stave off scurvy and impress people you’d like to sleep with, all with a minimum of cost and time spent cleaning.

First up you’re going to need tools in the kitchen. If you’re lucky your parents will give you a few hundred dollars for this purpose. You don’t need that much.

All you really need is:

1 decent sized knife
1 frypan
1 big pot (you can possibly get by with just the one wok in place of a frypan and a pot but it starts getting tricky if you want pasta or rice with your meal)
1 pair of tongs
1 stirring stick with a flat bottom
1 chopping board (not pictured)

There you go, anything else is wasteful frippery which will encumber you when moving and be a pain to clean.

Now take the money you saved, head down to the pub, and use it to buy a counter meal for yourself and free drinks for someone you’d like to have sex with.

More to follow…


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Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 12:24 pm 20 Dec 06

You’re assuming that the ex-chefs eat differently to you at home. We probably don’t. Anyway, most of us have some guilty pleasures that would never see the light of day in a restaurant in a million years.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 11:51 am 20 Dec 06

I have invented some awesome recipes, which I would like to send in and share with the world… but too be honest am afraid of attracting the ire of the chef/exchef’seses that hang out in these parts.

johnboy johnboy 11:26 am 20 Dec 06

If you’ve got something you’d like added for this series best to email it to johnboy@the-riotact.com

the better written and more complete the more likely to be published.

Indi Indi 11:19 am 20 Dec 06

Episode 6 – does living with my mum at 35 have an effect on my social life?

simto simto 11:03 am 20 Dec 06

Episode 5- What’s wrong with living alone anyway?

Indi Indi 11:01 am 20 Dec 06

Episodes 2,3,4 should be sub-headings with accompanying insight that provides the instruction necessary to deal with such ‘episodes’.

I foresee an RA guideline to house-sharing…

terubo terubo 5:20 pm 19 Dec 06

There speaks the voice of experience, AD?

Absent Diane Absent Diane 5:00 pm 19 Dec 06

Episode 4 – How to shag your flatmate and not ruin your living arrangements. This one is easy. Don’t do it.

terubo terubo 4:51 pm 19 Dec 06

Episode 3 – the highly vocal and sexually unrestrained flatmate…

Maelinar Maelinar 4:28 pm 19 Dec 06

Episode 2 – the phantom flatmate..

simto simto 4:25 pm 19 Dec 06

Having said that – does JB want to write them all? Or would he rather a couple of other enhusiastic site members have a go at their own? (yes, I know there aren’t a whole heap of other enthusiastic site members willing to write decent copy, but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway…)

simto simto 4:19 pm 19 Dec 06

That’ll presumably be episode 2 or 3.

Or possibly 50. You never know how long these periodic guides are going to go…

Indi Indi 4:14 pm 19 Dec 06

Can we consider a thread to compliment this one, along the lines of: ‘how to select a suitable flat mate?’

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 8:47 am 19 Dec 06

Mundials are made from the same steel as the more expensive German brands, but they just don’t have the immaculate finish of a Wusthof or a Henkels. Good knives for home, but in a professional environment their shortcomings would become more obvious.

A pro’s choice of knife is a fairly personal thing. My personal preference was Furi, which don’t hold an edge quite as well as a Wusthof, but are nice and light and easier to sharpen.

For use at home, putting a knife over a stone every week will just wear your knife out. Once a month is more than enough. A steel is essential, though.

BTW – if you say you’re trade, having some burn marks and cuts on your hands is usually proof enough.

Maelinar Maelinar 8:35 am 19 Dec 06

p.s. the benefit of using Mundial is if you ever chip the blade, take it to King of Knives and they will replace it – they have a lifetime guarantee on them.

p.p.s. Tell them you’re trade when you buy the knifes and they’ll give you a discount (no actual proof required)

Danman Danman 8:08 am 19 Dec 06

PS best knives in the world – Trident Wustorf – then Global then that asian single piece brand??

Danman Danman 8:06 am 19 Dec 06

Mundial is entry level commercial knives – so fine for household – I also reccomend a diamond stone ( a sharpening stone you use dry – made from industrial diamonds) – I can quit eliterally shave myself with my knives after using one of these.

By the way – tomatoes – use a serrated knife 🙂

andy andy 7:18 am 19 Dec 06

mm. cooking. I love cooking.

gurunik gurunik 11:51 pm 18 Dec 06

crabb, mundial is ok, and with a hit on a sharpening stone once a week & a whisk over a steel each time you want sharp will give good use.
i worked in a meatworks once, and there i found what a sharp knife was…and my dad made knives. his were blunt. butchers are the kings when it comes to sharp knives. a sharp knive falls through a whole rump. about 3 times, then its blunt(er).
for a domestic kitchen, a fine stone, at about 25-30 degrees to the blade will give sharpness. caress, dont grind. it is an elusive art to get the edge, but look at the edge in good light, and experiment. meat & veggies like different edges. fine for meat, coarser for veg. but a sharp fresh knife will make food prep fun.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 11:15 pm 18 Dec 06

Noice topic JB.

Look forward to the next one.

It’s bringing many a memory flooding back, of my poor ‘just moved out of home’ days!

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