Don't get me started on Thermomix.There is a craze in my office...
My two brothers in law r sous vide fiends - one is a chef & other a gadget freak. I have eaten sous vide stuff that is freakin unbelievably delicious and moist (eg chicken breast) in a way I don't know how you would get otherwise, but it still seems a palaver to me. Gadget freak b-in-law does mini catering for friends, school bbqs etc and uses the sous vide for that sstuff - like cooking steaks perfectly, ready for 1min searing on bbq then into a bun for steak sambo perfection. Great for 200 steak sangers but otherwise I can't see the joy. He is one of the Boy Performance Cooks who wants a new gadget every week.
I agree Helen aesthetics matter! Nothing like a lovely cast iron enamel pot and a nice knife. All other things are secondary.
I have to say, the "appliance" I use most is my little Tupperware herb chopper. I use it to make curry paste, mince garlic or onions, herbs for salad, salad dressing, dipping sauces. It's like a tiny blender, except it requires no electricity and you can stick the whole thing in the microwave. tupperware.ie
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