My serviced apartment comes with:
- A full set of plates, cutlery, and glassware
- Three saucepans (various sizes)
- One scratched and slightly rusty “non-stick” frypan
- One chopping board
- Three serrated “sharp” knives (various sizes)
- Basic utensils (wooden spoon, vegetable peeler, etc)
- Sachets of instant coffee, sugar, and UHT milk
I’ve slowly added to this.
- One 26cm Tefal frypan (deep enough to double as a wok when cooking for one)
- One sharp knife (nothing fancy, just a Wiltshire brand ‘Santoku’ blade, with a good fine edge)
- Plastic wrap
- Chopping boards (one is not enough, I like to keep raw meat and veges separate)
- Bag clips (for frozen veges, and keeping ants out of the sugar)
- Measuring cups (they were on sale. Probably not essential, but very handy)
- Latex gloves (for handling raw meat – easier than the full scrub-under-fingernails routine)
- Zip-lock bags for the freezer
Utensils. Back of drawer: standard-issue. Front of drawer: my ‘extras’.
Pretty chopping boards. The little red one is not essential, but I couldn’t resist – it has tiny little suckers on the bottom to stop it slipping (the other side is flat), and it was the last one, on sale.
My frypan. I also picked up a couple of face-cloths, which I use as hand-towels in the kitchen (I never use the tea towel to dry my hands, it’s unhygienic. I use these instead, and throw them in the wash every couple of days)