Now this is not a kitchen essential, but like many people when I saw Nigella rocking the one she acquired quite elegantly in Nigella Bites, I knew I had to have one too. Well I actually have two now: a single blade and a double blade, but its the double blade one that i use often for chopping herbs finely and sometimes chocolate. I know this task can easily be acquire by the rocking of a good knife, but I do like my mezzaluna and cannot imagine my kitchen being without it now.
For those of you unfamiliar with this Italian gadget, I'd describe a mezzaluna is a rocking- chopping knife with handles that consists of either a single or double curved blade. You may already know this but mezzaluna translated in Italian means 'half moon', named so because of its crescent shape.
My mother had something similar when I was a child that she would use for chopping mustard leaves, spinach and other greens. It had a curved blade and only one handle. I asked her about it recently and she can't remember what happened to it.
Do you have a mezzaluna in your kitchen? Or are you content with just using your knives?