Right, here goes.
In this first post i will be addressing one of the most important thing about cooking, the kit and prep.
Knifes: I use 2 knifes, a big one and a small one to put it simply. I use a Global G2 as my main chef's knife, but i think the best value for money is a Victorinox chef's knife. A good knife is essential not only for chopping but it will make your time in the kitchen much more enjoyable if you are not having to saw through an onion before you have even started.
Get a decent knife steel for sharpening - Top tip if the steel becomes dirty and starts to loose the grooves then soak it in vinegar, it will be as good as new.
Hand Blender: This is essential for making soups/sauces and are a cheap alternative to a blender.
Pans: Try and get some ovenproof frying pans but i realise this is a bit of luxury so a solid heavy bottomed pan.
These are the things i couldn't live without in the kitchen but to be honest, cooking is about you and enjoying it, so if you prefere to use a blunt knife a big blender, and plastic frying pans then go for it.
Obviously all the other things (chopping boards, graters etc) are no brainers.
Enjoy, this is going to be fun.