Kitchen Essentials

Objects Of Design #31: French Glass Carafe

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Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series Finishing off the first series of 365 Objects of Design with a drink. Well the carafe at least, which can, of course, be used for water. This gorgeous carafe has been cleverly designed so that the glasses (design classics in their own right) will sit in the top meaning…

Objects Of Design #30: Pestle And Mortar

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series There are whole chatlines of debate on what is the best material for a pestle and mortar and of course, everyone has their favourites but there a consensus around granite so that is what I am featuring there. Wood is too soft, marble can be too smooth so the…

Objects of Design #29: Silcone Tipped Locking Tongs

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series I use mine every single day. Several times. Firstly the tips mean they don’t stick to the sausges, secondly, you can open them just by banging them on the worktop so it’s a one-handed job – saves you having to put down the hot pan to do it and…

Objects Of Design #28: Cath Kidston Small Bowls

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series You might think it’s all a bit too “TV chef” to put everything out into small bowls before you cook but it can be useful – especially in baking when it all needs measuring. They’re also great for nibbles and snacks or, if you decide to delegate the tea-making to…

Objects Of Design #27: Magnetic Timer

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series Being an old-fashioned kind of gal, I prefer a mechanical timer rather to a digital one. I like turning the dial and hearing it click round. There’s something reassuring about it. Like knowing that even if you have forgotten about the cake, it hasn’t. This one is magnetic so…

Objects Of Design #26: To Dry For Tea Towel

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series Every kitchen needs a tea towel. Even if you reckon you’re a dab hand at cramming everything into the dishwasher. Or even prefer to leave it all to drain. Sooner or later you will need to grab something to wipe your hands on. This site, run by husband and…

Objects Of Design #25: Eva Solo Drip Free Dressing Shaker

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series This Danish company makes too many beautiful things to mention but this simple glass bottle is one of the most useful. Salad dressing contains two of the stainiest, messiest and stickiest ingredients around – oil and vinegar. Yes, I  have made it in empty jam jars and mustard pots…

Objects Of Design #24: Jamie Oliver Tilt And Mix Bowls

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series You can say what you like about Jamie, and many do, but I’m a fan. I like his food and his recipes work. There was a bit of bother over those 30 minute meals, which took nearly an hour, and frankly his Flavour Shakers weren’t all that, but on…

Objects Of Design #23: Smiths 10 Second Knife Sharpener

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series In much the same way that we have been through several and various potato peelers over the years, our drawers have played host to a number of knife sharpeners. This has been, for us at least, the best. Although as Smith’s themselves would say: “The best sharpener is the…

Objects Of Design #22: Oxo Good Grips® Vegetable Peeler

Part of the Kitchen Essentials Series For many years I had the unfortunate habit of throwing the peeler away with the potato peelings. This means I have tested a number of them and this is absolutely, “definitively”, my favourite. I will issue one caveat here: I am left-handed, or as my mother would charmingly say…