I had lots of plans for today. A whole list. I’m looking at it now, hardly anything ticked off, why? Well, one of the things on my list was to pop out to Duikelman’s kitchen equipment store. If you are already familiar with this store in Amsterdam, you’ve probably worked out why I didn’t get anything else done today. I got side tracked. I got distracted. Again. Even although I went there after giving myself a serious talking to – “Just in and out today, don’t hang around. Only buy the Japanese mandolin and the potato ricer, that’s it. THAT’S IT!” I was convinced I would be good, that I could resist temptation, and in a way I did. I mean, I only bought those two items, nothing else.
The only thing is, although I didn’t part with extra money, I did part with time, more than two hours to be exact. There’s just something about the place, it’s magical. I can feel my heart beating faster as I approach that tiny, unassuming front door. Then a turn of the handle and I’m inside, the whole place opening up before me. It’s like entering a magical kingdom, going through the looking glass, down the rabbit hole, through the wardrobe into Narnia. Sorry if I’m getting carried away, but, really, I love it! Duikelman’s is a breathtaking world of tools, equipment and gadgets for anyone who spends some time in the kitchen. I’m not even a kitchen gadget person, I tend to like to work with my hands rather than gadgets, but this is about serious equipment. The real deal.
As a shop in Amsterdam in one of the older parts of the city, it has that cosy feel. It’s like a never ending rabbit warren of goodies. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you turn a corner and there’s another aisle of knives, or graters, or copper pans, or, well sometimes I have to ask the assistant what the things are for. The thing is, maybe this is weird, but I never have the same feeling when I’m shopping for clothes, shoes or any of those other things that women are supposed to get excited about. And, it’s not even about the buying, not so much the purchase or the ‘having’, it’s about the being. Just being there surrounded by all these items that help make great food makes me happy. Now, where’s that list??