Kitchen tools we like, a lot.


Kitchenware is the best kind of gift to give (or receive).

It just keeps on giving back!

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A gift isn’t just for a named day, it’s for anytime you feel like it. That’s how we live anyway. It has inspired us to share with you, the things we like, use and believe in, or would love to have. You don’t actually need an excuse – to cook better is enough !

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We´ll show you the tools we love to give or receive, the ones we love to use every day, and those still on our own wishlist!

Retro treasures authentic and upgraded
Necessary luxuries for the coffee lovers
Little essentials to make cooking easier
Smart chef organisers to store food better
Simple plating up tools for perfect presentation
Storage solutions that really make food last longer
So useful, but not at all necessary
Home bakers  would love these
Knives we love to use, both basic and brilliant
Clever microwave tools fast and easy cooking
The Professional tools we use most
We´d love  to own one of these !
Pretty and oh so useful ´cups´
Students and seniors will want these
Joseph Joesph – this is why we love them

Retro treasures for the nostalgic cook

nostalgic toastie maker

1949 recreated Toas-tite

We had one of these when I was little and I adored it. My first and best ever ham, cheese n tomato toasties (and the goodies didn’t leak out the sides like our first Breville sandwich maker.) Great for making sweet pies too. It comes with the original recipe book.

Makes for a fabulous campfire supper, but also works on gas, electric, and glass-top stoves, in the fireplace, on a fire pit or BBQ grill.

Do you remember this? If so, it’s probably time to get one for the grandchildren!

nostalgic toastie maker

Cook anything anywhere Marmite pot

Comes in different colours and sizes. This amazing casserole pot is based on the original French marmite pot design.
It’s made from heat-resistant clay that is oven safe up to 752 degrees F !!
You can use it to Prepare, simmer, bake & then beautifully present your meals in one vessel
Thanks to modern technology It has a zero crack glaze and an exceptional thermal shock resistance that allows for transfer from hot to cold temperature environments.

Necessary luxuries for the coffee lovers

coffee scale and timer

Coffee scales - with timer too.

The perfect combination to weigh your bean, or coffee grounds.

Time your pre-soak, measure the water quantity added, and time the final pour and wait.

All in one device for coffee connoisseurs to get it right every day… or to just play with precision when you get a new grind or coffee type.

Just like the ones they use in the roastery cafes !

squeezy squirt bottles for sauces and condiments

New Aeropress to go !

The most forgiving coffee maker around. I got this for my birthday this year and love love love it – at home or on the go. It suits me because I love both espresso (strong, dark and creamy) and a great filtered coffee (where I can actually taste the notes in the coffee well), because it allows me to really explore the coffee grounds in every way. After espresso I´d say the moka pot comes next as the strongest coffee I can get, then this Aeropress.

squeezy squirt bottles for sauces and condiments

Thermal espresso glasses

For the espresso lovers that have to have it hot ( of course ! )

These are the most popular tulip shaped ones from de Longhi.

A set of 2 x 60ml double walled, tempered glasses.

Just pop them in the dishwasher for an easy clean.
Keep your hands comfortable and your drink hot.

By the way, they also keep cold drinks cold !

squeezy squirt bottles for sauces and condiments

The ultimate kettle

The most popular Professional coffee maker´s kettle,  with the necessary gooseneck spout for a nice even and pour – and at the exact temperature you want.  Quick fill, without removing the lid. Soft protective handle and cold spots all over so you can touch it !

Finally, a kettle that works on all stoves including induction. 

Very well priced, but if you want a budget one go for the ´Bean Envy´branded one, or just get a gooseneck jug for pour over.

little essentials to make cooking easier

digital thermometer for meat and jam

Trusty digital thermometer

We use this a lot ( except when we use sous vide as it does it for us). Comes in many colours, so useful to know if your meat joint, or jam, chocolate, toffee… or even your coffee !  The link will take you to another top rated Lavatools version in the US and Canada. 

microplane micro grater

Microplane zester grater

I’ve decided, cooking is not so easy, or fun without this. So I bring it with me in my suitcase ! We use it for very finely grated lemon, lime, fluffy parmesan, minced garlic, nutmeg and ginger. Makes the parmesan so ‘fluffy’ and go so much further. Special !

high quality silicon baking mats

silicone baking mats

These are so useful, non-stick, and all chefs use them a lot !  (Yes we pack a few up for a trip away too ). No need for baking trays, parchment or foil to cook on.
These ones are the standard size, and great quality, but there are more options. Check what size you need for your own oven. 
silicone topped plastic Oxo meat basting tool, with measurements

Basting tool

We do love Oxo tools ! We’re always tempted by stainless steel and you can get steel basters, but we like to be able to see whats inside here, and the measurements are so useful. Also the little notch so you can set it down without it dribbling ! And of course the heat safe silicone bulb,  and the tip can be removed to wash them out easily.  

best cooking tongs ( made from polyamide) for light cooking, by gastromax

Cooking tongs

We use this so often every day ! Its a great length ( 29 x 6 x 2cm ), easy to use with the thumb hold and ridges at the top and the polyamide material make it feel strong, yet flexible. Super for turning and lifting things like bacon, sausage, herbs, pasta, fruit and veggies – probably not strong enough for big steaks etc. Dishwasher safe, and can withstand heats up to 260 ºc / 509°F.  Had forgotten how cheap they were too ! 

mini precision kitchen scales

Mini precision scales

For measuring very small quantities of things like bicarb of soda, concentrate essence… as well as big weighs ! Paul uses them for molecular cooking.

Some bigger essentials too

simple long lasting white chef board

Chef board

Simple, long lasting, essential as a first board.

colour coded chopping board

Chef boards set with stand

 Colour means everything. 

5 really useful tools for plating up

kitchen tweezers for plating up

Precision tweezers

A plating up tool for the foodie who likes a beautiful plate. These tweezers will be perfect for precise control to lift and delicately place food on the plate. 

squeezy squirt bottles for sauces and condiments

Squeezy squirty bottles

Great for presenting sauces, holding home made condiments. So easy to paint on a plate. We use these all the time, as do restaurants. 

plate art pen

Timbal moulds

Any dish looks better when it´s presented in these ! Starters, mains, or desserts. We never had these so posh… with the handy trays for underneath.

The small, cute Icing duster wand by OXO

Oxo dusting wand

Tiny yet so useful for sieving or sprinkling on a plate.

plate art pen

Plate Art tool

Make pretty plate presentations with sauces and purées with this pen. It even has an ink well… a sauce well I mean!  The  small pen for drawing thin lines, and a bigger one for tick lines and dots. I’m torn between this cheaper ( and it’s so cheap !) plastic handled one because it should be more non-slip – and the beautiful stainless steel chef style version. 

3 Smart metal organisers

magnetic knife strip holder

Magnetic knife strip

We kept this too but it’s still in an attic waiting… So handy to just pop the knives on the strip. Put it on the wall so it doesn’t take up counter space. It doesn’t have to be this one for you… choose the right look and size for your knives and wall.

Canned food organiser, also known as a can stacker

FIFO can stacker

FIFO stands for ‘First in First out’ . Sit this organiser on your shelf to make sure you can see all those cans, and use the oldest ones first. Genius !

Canned food organiser, also known as a can stacker

Tiered baskets

Keep your fruit and veggies separate and well aired, and they´ll last a lot longer. There´s a whole variety of styles of tiered baskets if you click through. We happen to like this simple net style one. 

Make your fresh food last longer

banana bag

Banana Bag

This really works ! Keeps bananas fresh for weeks in the fridge. We use it all the time, although now we’re in the Canaries, the  bananas are so delicious they get eaten fast anyway.

banana bag

Mesh Bags

A must have ! Multi-functional, clean, easy, organic… cotton & linen. Use them for everything – even for shopping. Love it. There´s another set called ´clever bags´that have both reusable plastic and mesh bags in a set. Check thme out here too.

tall pop-up cake cover

Beat the ethylene !

Pop one of these blue apples or the equivalent  top product in your country ) and eliminate that ethylene gas that causes your food to go off fast. We´ll take you to the best product in your country ‘ we got the green one for a few family members, and they love it. It really works 🙂

not necessary, but sooooo handy !

magnetic knife strip holder

Herb stripper

This is so useful, and popular with gadget lovers. So much so that the one we take you through to is out of stock. But if that´s the case for you, just look for the one in the picture – it´s even better with a cutting edge too !

fun drinks bracelet

Handy bracelet flask

A bit of fun, and a great stocking filler. Holds 100ml, so I guess okay for travelling by plane and hands free too.  Carries water too ! P.S. We don’t have one of these … yet.

cheese and meats serving board

Cheese and Charcuterie board

This board has a place for everything. No need to search for lots of crockery and cutlery to serve at the end of a meal – it’s already prepared for you. Great if, like us, you like to entertain others, or yourselves ! 

Pots and pans we´ve used for years !

magnetic knife strip holder

Anolon pan set

Every day pans from cook to chef ! We loved this set, and added the casserole  / wok style one to it. The little milk pan is so useful with it’s little lip.

We used both Circulon & Anolon as they are from the same manufacturer. The Circulon sets are a little cheaper and meant to be more a cooks pan, and the Anolon a chefs pan. We´ve had both and love them so check them out.

best frying pan for everything !

Frying pan

Perhaps the first and only pan you need ( see our inspired student cook interview. ). 

Anolon casserole pan

Casserole pan

This is so useful on the stove like a wok pan, or in the oven. There are actually two of these we like…. it depends on the dimensions  that suit you and your oven and cooking. The one here is a deeper pan and is an Anolon one. If you prefer a wider, less deep casserole, try the more shallow circulon model instead. Remember Anolon and Circulon are made by the same manufacturer. 

4 things perfect for the home baker

cookie or biscuit cutter and stamp set, with the stencil "100% home made"

cookie stamp

What a lovely way to finish off your home made biscuits. Great for presentation at home, or when giving as a gift. 

Makes them much more tempting to eat  – they’re better for you when they’re home-made, right !

silicon mini cake moulds for soap, muffins, chocolate and more

Silicone baking moulds

These are also so useful, and the shape makes your work look more professional !  Use them for mini cakes, muffins, bread, mousse, jelly, chocolate or even soap making ! Use your imagination. We use them also for storing making little blocks of leftovers in the freezer too. We’ll take you to a different supplier in America.
For healthy donut making, check out this amazing silicone donut tray for oven baked donut shaped buns with a hole in the middle !

tall pop-up cake cover

Extra tall cake cover

Perfect for the Christmas panettone. We got this in the UK. In the US and Canada we take you to a different, cool set of food covers instead. 

Bamix Baking set

Bamix Baking Set

This is real treat for some lucky baker ! It’s the luxury Bamix Superbox hand blender set with all the blades, accessories, and attachments including the big processor. Such a minimalist and high quality feel to this Swiss designed machine. It’s top notch, lasts a lifetime ( people say 40 yrs it’s so good), and even has a warranty of 10 years ! oh, and a recipe booklet is also included but you’ll see them demonstrating new recipes all the time on facebook and Instagram.

Basic and brilliant knives we use.

best chef knife

Big chef's knife

We have lots of knives but we couldn’t live without this one. It’s our favourite for chopping everything, also using the side to smash garlic, and the heel for chopping small stuff. If we only had two knives it would be a big chef knife like this, and a next serrated one. We can’t live without them and even took them in our suitcase to Mallorca and back again.

brilliant serrated bread knife

Wusthof breadknife

Wusthof is a top brand, from the famous knife-making part of Germany. Everyone needs a great serrated knife, and we don’t just use it for bread ! Pop over to our ‘How to spatchcock a chicken‘ post and see Paul using it there. 

practical chef's knives

Chefs knife set

Nicely balanced knives. People look so hard and spend so much on knives, but these have never failed us. So we brought them with us ! Apart from these, we add some little kitchen devils for completion. 

The 3 small professional grade tools we love using most

bamix swissline colorline hand blender

Our Bamix Swissline set

Our favourite professional level hand blender. We use it every day. It’s just BRILLIANT ! It lasts forever – people say 40 years and is so simple and strong. You can blend in a crystal glass or in a pan of boiling jam. The chopping bowl also grinds and pulverizes so you can get so creative. I use it ever day. The SliceSy accessory is on my own wishlist ;).

Chefsteps Joule white sous vide machine

Our Sous Vide tool

Smart cooking simplified. Use this for the perfect steak, eggs, pickles… almost anything ! Easy, scientific cooking, restaurant style. It just makes it better. We bought it, use it , love it !

bron stainless steel professional level kitchen mandoline

Our Bron Mandoline

This is the one we have. It’s a classic !  Stainless steel, and made in France ! It’s built for professionals but used at home by lots of keen cooks like ourselves. It can slice, julienne, chip, waffle, and ripple cut as thick or thin as you need. When you buy it, *** make sure you get the safety guard…or buy it separately !!!  and maybe some steel protection gloves if you’re a beginner.***

It’s the most expensive mandoline we recommend, but Paul has picked out a really good lower priced one (click here to see it on Amazon UK ) for you too !

3 things on own wishlist… would love these !

coravin fine needle corkscrew

Coravin Corkscrew

If you love fine wine, you’ll need one of these. We had the luxury of seeing how this works when we were treated to a vintage port tasting by a friend in Oporto, Portugal last year… very impressive !  Without that we wouldn’t have had such an amazing treat.

It leaves the cork in whilst a needle very finely extracts the wine, or port or whatever fine corked vintage you want to preserve. So you don’t need an excuse any more to open that bottle of wine !

ooni koda is on our wishlist !

Ooni Koda pizza oven

Oooh I so want one of these, but whilst we’re renting it’s not possible. Maybe when we settle a bit more and know exactly where we’ll be living for a while. Finnish brand Ooni make the best outdoor pizza ovens – if you’re interested – read our in depth review too.

cheese and meats serving board

A portable, smart cooking system like this

This is the Heston Cue one – a smart induction burner cooktop,  with an 11-Inch smart frying pan, and it comes with a recipe app for your phone / ipad ( Bluetooth-Enabled ) with recipes and step by step instructions ! So easy for perfect cooking, learning recipes and even learning more about the science of cooking.

It monitors and controls the cooking temperature precisely and evenly to ensure perfect results. So it can be used by children (supervised ) upwards ! recipes from quick & easy to chef’s video guided recipes. 

Both pretty and useful cups for blending in, drinking & eating , and storing !

triple walled vacuum , insulated stainless steel food jars

Triple walled vacuum, insulated stainless steel food jars by Mira

Apart from being gorgeous, we love these for the colours ,the smooth quality, and the fact that we could blend our soups or smoothies straight into the jar ! This is on our wish list !

commercial grade steel malt cups for smoothies

Malt cups !

These are so useful. You can use them to blend your smoothies, make cocktails etc. Drink straight from the cup – very ’50s. We found these when we discovered it was one of the most popular things people buy when they get a Bamix hand blender – the base is nice and wide to fit a blender end into. (3.8 ” base, 30 oz capacity). The button below takes you through to one cup, but if you want more, for better value, choose this set of six instead. 

wide mouth mason jars for hand blending in , sous vide cooking, canning, freezing etc

Ball Jars

These are so useful. 6 Wide Mouth Mason style Ball Jars (500ml / 16 oz ) with Airtight lids and Bands. Great for storing dried beans and spices. Perfect for sous vide,  canning, pickling, preserving and fermenting fruits & veggies for up to 18 mths. Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Has a lovely label line for writing dates & contents. We like the wide mouth ones so you can get your hand blender or big ladles in ! The lid has a special dull sound so you can test if it’s sealed fully. Also a gorgeous vintage decorative look so you can have them on an open shelf… as a wee flower vase, or for putting gifts in ! Use it for anything – your overnight oats, cocktails, smoothies, desserts, salads etc. 

Great for students, seniors, or starter cooks

Whether you’re starting out on your own, or wanting to simplify, these inexpensive tools will take you a long way in your cooking adventures. 

russell hobbs hand blender

Hand blender

the best starter hand blender to get, for blending soups mostly. Such a bargain price too – how can they even make it for that  !

cheapest slow cooker

Basic slow cooker

So cheap and couldn´t be simpler to get a good wholesome meal cooked once a day.


Griddle and oven and everything pan with lid

The Whatever Pan

The best griddle pan we’ve seen. It can go in the oven easily, has a lid, and is nice and deep. And don’t you love the name.

Don’t forget to also order the silicone handle covers as well,  because the handles can get really hot ! That’s the only downside. You’ll usually find the red handles in the ‘frequently bought together’ section.


Versatile Microwave cooking  !

microwave cooking tools

Fasta pasta cooker

What I love about this gadget is that the cooking vessel is also the storage container – all in one ! I like to cook my pasta in advance (Paul doesn´t, of course. ) I cook, then let it go cold, then reheat with the sauce. That way , it´s better for me ( less carbs). So I can leave my pasta in the fridge to cool and also use it for any leftover dinner.

cheap rice cooker for the microwave

Sistema rice cooker

No more burning the rice, and the pan ! Perfect for cooking fluffy rice or grains, and even for pasta and veggies. It works like a steamer in the microwave. One user even report cooking their fish with vegetables in it ! 

cool microwave popcorn maker

Microwave popcorn maker

Heat resistant silicone with a cute and handy folding lid. We love popcorn as a healthy snack, and you don’t need any oil or butter to cook these in a microwave with these. They’re also single serve size ( there’s a guide inside for 40 g / 1.5 Oz), so you won’t overdo the popcorn between meals !  

We just love Joseph Joseph

We love the design, that ideas they come up with, and the gorgeous soft matt finish, not to mention all the subtle and bright colourways. Click through below to find your favourite colours and products. We also love the cut and carve chopping board and the salt and pepper sets !

rice cooker for the microwave, can cook lots in it, grains, pasta, veg

Microwave rice cooker & more

Perfect for cooking fluffy rice or grains. Users even report cooking pasta and lots more in it ! Well designed. Prepare, cook and serve in one stylish dish.

nest of preparation bowls and cups

Food bowls & cups nest

Comes in different colourways, we got the 9 piece multicolour set as a gift from family and love it. So useful, it has a 4.5 Litre mixing bowl, 3 Litre colander, 1.65 Litre sieve, 0.5 Litre mixing bowl, and five measuring cups. Also a handy non slip base and carry handles. 


Clever Knife organiser

Again, such a clever solution. And so stylish too.


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