The gifts that keep on giving !
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Things we love to give, or receive…
just saying !
for birthdays, Christmas, sales days… any day !
A gift isn’t just for a named day, it’s for anytime you feel like it. That’s how we live anyway ! and it has inspired us to share with you, the things we like, use and believe in, or are on our own wishlist too !
It’s a good reminder page for us too, and lo and behold it works. I received a gift ( the Chefsteps Joule sous vide machine… off this page ) from Paul.
For our email members, we’ve started a secret shopper section at the bottom of this page. The idea is to help you out by finding the kind of product you’re after. Then make it easy for you to buy a gift for someone else – OR – you can make it easy for someone else to buy a gif for you. Effectively, you have your your very own wishlist here too!
So become an email member (click here) and then just send your request to [email protected] with a suitable product available on Amazon and we’ll give you a ‘gift giver number’ . Then give the number to the gift giver section ( we’ll use their name too if you like). They just have to click on the links, and easily buy the right gift for you. Simple !
Something for everyone
From fun foodie based gifts, to some serious equipment for the foodie cooks and chefs in your life ( including you ! ) Hopefully these will keep on giving back to you through delicious meals.
Our most favourite latest kitchen gadget is the Chefsteps Joules Sous Vide cooker…I’m really getting into smart cooking. Again, like the Bamix, it’s so tiny and powerful and easy.
There’s a lot still to cover. I’m so curious about the Instant pot ! Which do you prefer ? That, or a slow cooker ? And at the other end of the scale we ( Paul! ) will be sourcing the big ‘boys in the kitchen’ toys.
( p.s. if we see anything out of stock, we hide it from view for the moment so as not to disappoint you. )
Enough chat, let’s shop !
little essentials to make cooking easier
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.
Micro plane grater
We use it for very finely grated lemon, parmesan, and ginger. Makes the parmesan so ‘fluffy’ and go so much further. Special !
silicon baking mats
These are so useful, we use them a lot ! These ones are the standard size, and great quality, but there are more options. Check what size you need for your oven.
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.
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.
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 !
really useful tools for plating up
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 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.
Oxo dusting wand
So simple and easy to dust for presentation, or for surfaces when baking. I’ve even used it as a tea leaf holder !
not necessary, but sooooo useful
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.
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.
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 set of these food covers instead.
Perfect for the home baker
silicon 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.
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.
3 essential things we love to use in the kitchen
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,
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.
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. We love them. The Circulon sets are a little cheaper and meant to be more a cooks pan, and the Anolon a chefs pan.
The 3 small professional grade tools we love using most
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 ;).
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 !
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 !
Our own wishlist… wouldn’t mind one of these !
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 !
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 !
Hestan Cue portable, smart cooking system
It’s 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 resipes 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.
pretty and useful cups for hand blending in, drinking from, and storing !
Triple walled vacuum, insulated stainless steel food jars
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 !
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)
These are so useful. 6 Wide Mouth Mason 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.
the best starter hand blender to get, for blending soups mostly. Such a bargain price too – how can they even make it for that !
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 !
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 silicon 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.
We 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 !
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.
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.
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 for40 g / 1.5 Oz), so you won’t overdo the popcorn between meals !
Secret Shopper section
Do you want to give or receive like this?
Our email subscribers get to be secret givers and receivers
Just sign up here and whenever you’re ready…
Just let us know and we’ll do our best.
Gift giver no. 1
Fry & Casserole pan
Message to the buyer… buy either of these two pans below.
Just click on the picture to see it on Amazon – choose the country you are based in.
How to choose ?… Check the size is right, do you want it to be deep or wide ?
She’d love this little second gift once you have popped this into the shopping basket. The order of buying is important 😉
So, when you have bought your pan, and popped it in your Amazon shopping basket, put this code B07YSVMVXL into the Amazon search bar and buy her the box of Carluccio chocolate covered orange peel too. She’d just love this extra little treat !
Gift giver no. 2
Message to the buyer… don’t forget to get the silicon protection handles too, they don’t come included with the pan !
Just click on the picture to see it on Amazon – choose the country you are based in (Amazon UK), and add the Whatever Pan to your shopping basket.
Don’t forget to get the silicon handles – you’ll find them usually in the ‘frequently bought together’ line on Amazon. Or, when you have bought your pan, and popped it in your Amazon shopping basket, put this code B082N55Y17 into the Amazon search bar and buy the handles too !
Gift giver no. 3
Food processor with blender
Message to the buyer…
cheapest Option 1: click here
Here’s my thoughts.
Option 1 and 2 are good entry level models… similar prices but option 2 has a much better user rating.
Option 3 is just a little more expensive and a good rating – has always been on reviewers short list
Option 4 I hadn’t know too much about before but it is MY CURRENT favourite for high user rating and value for money
Option 5 has always been the bees knees, classic and amazing. Option 5a has been a winner for years, option 5b is the latest bigger version which is even better, but usually much more expensive. I’ve included this red version I found for you as the price is well reduced so check it out too.