When we have a weedy garden to tend to, we turn to the stirrup hoe because in our mind, it is unparalleled in weeding speed and accuracy.
It wasn't always the case.
Before purchasing, we hummed and hawed, wondering whether it would be worth the extra price. Now we love it so much that we have it in 4 different sizes, including one that is a wheel hoe attachment.
Yes, we love a weeding tool. This tool has made us love weeding.
A good tool can make you fall in love with something you didn't used to enjoy. It is that powerful.
Truth be told, unlike Ryan, who already had amassed a few recipes when we started dating, I didn't start enjoying cooking until I moved to Montreal.
There was something about buying fresh produce from Le marché Jean-Talon that awoke a yearning to learn the culinary arts. This yearning further developed when we started working at Dalew Farms, and participated in a CSA share.
But my passion did not blossom until Ryan and I received our first good set of knives as a holiday gift from our ex-chef brother-in-law Kyle.
It is amazing how much more enjoyable cooking became. Recipes that I used to avoid because it instructed me to julienne have now been mastered to the point where I have trouble envisioning how I was able to cut carrots with a steak knife.
In a way, investing in the proper cooking equipment motivates us to cook more which then leads to eating healthy home-cooked meals.
While I am in no way an expert in kitchen tools (I'll leave that to Chef Alton Brown), here are some of the tools that have motivated me to become a better home cook: