Archive for the ‘Kitchen accessories’ Category
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Fresh egg holder
Forget egg boxes, why not store your eggs in a helter skelter design egg holder instead?
Designed to be left out on a kitchen countertop, rather than stored in the fridge, the egg holder is made from powder coated steel and in finished in a pale grey colour.
As egg holders go, it’s a rather fun and different design. It’s £17.50 from Garden Trading.
Friday, March 15th, 2013
The offers section of Heal’s is currently bursting with plenty of great deals and up to 70% off some items, so is a definite must for fab Friday bargain hunters.
Here are some fab kitchen accessories for kitting out a fresh design kitchen.
As fan’s of MissPrint designs, it’s a brilliant bargain to find the green woodland design mug for just £2.10. Buy a set of four and still have change from a tenner.
We love the quirky design of the Bliss in the Woods acorn salt and pepper set, with the ceramic acorns pots sitting on an oak tree shaped leaf (made of oak wood, of course). The set is now half price at £17.50.
If you’re going to be baking or measuring cooking ingredients, then you need a reliable set of kitchen scales. These Typhoon electronic kitchen scales are sleek in design, yet lively in style. Choose from a multicoloured or black dot design, now half price at just £18.
And finally, it’s not for the kitchen, but we can’t resist mentioning this rug….
The purple flat weave wool rug was £230, but is now reduced to £69. Great for adding a splash of colour to your floor and an extra layer of warmth for your feet to step on.
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
It’s not the most exciting of kitchen purchases, but if you’re going to be washing up dishes, a dish rack drainer is a useful kitchen accessory to have. Plates, dishes and bowls can be safely propped up without falling over, allowing excess water to drain off and save your tea towel from getting to soggy when you dry up.
The majority of dish racks seem to be square or rectangular, with some made of uninspiring plastic or cheap chrome that doesn’t retain its colour or finish. So it’s nice to find a contemporary design that’s not only made of steel, but is also round in shape.
Designed by Pauline Deltour for Alessi, the a tempo dish drinking rack is made from polished steel and has a great aesthetic to it. It’s compact enough to work in small kitchen spaces, has enough room to stand plates and dishes, plus a cutlery draining pot too.
It’s worth shopping around for this dish rack, as prices vary considerably. Dotmaison sell it for £128 (gulp), whereas Made in Design have it available for £66. We’ve also found a new one for a little bit less on eBay (£63 and free P&P).
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
There are some fab design mugs around at the moment. Whether you need a mug for work, for your morning cup of coffee, or afternoon brew, here are 9 of our favourites, all costing £10 and less.
1. Pyrex pattern mug, £6.95 from Bread & Jam
2. Anorak kissing polar bears mug, £9.95 from Bloomsbury Store
3. Queens peacocks proud mug, £5 from John Lewis
4. Mr and Mrs Pigeon mugs, £9 each from Lovely Pigeon
5. Wild & Wolf Scrabble alphabet tile mug, £7.95 from Present Provider
6. Yes Deer mug, £9 from Heal’s
7. Pantone Universe violet 7672 mug, £7 from Occa-Home
8. Orla Kiely pear stripe mug, £8.50 from John Lewis
9. Rob Ryan maggie’s garden mug, £10.00 from Amazon
Monday, November 19th, 2012
Chop to perfection
If you’re a bit OCD about food preparation and like your vegetables to be cut to perfection, then this is the chopping board for you!
The precision chopping board does as its name suggests and helps you chop precisely and accurately.
The board is marked out with clear measurements so you can cut everything to the same length and, for serious chefs, there are guidelines for the measurements such as fine brunoise and allumette.
The naturally antibacterial precision chopping board is made from beechwood and available from Culture Vulture, where it’s priced at £19.99.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
Orla Kiely oven glove
We love Orla Kiely’s designs and here’s a favourite pattern on a kitchen accessory that’s super practical.
This double oven glove is essential for all your cooking and baking needs, as it will ensure your hands are fully protected when carrying hot dishes from the oven.
The oven gloves are adorned in Orla Kiely’s red and white Abacus flower design and they’re made from 100% cotton.
Not only is it a nicely designed item, but it’s also a bit of a bargain. The Abacus double red oven glove is currently reduced in the sale at Graham and Green, making it a must-have bargain buy!
Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Best of British tea towel
Here’s a tea towel that you’ll want to look at and read as much as use!
The screen printed tea towel has an outline image of the British isles on it and is packed full of Great British place names.
It celebrates the best of the quirky and unusual place names and they’re geographically arranged in the appropriate place on the map.
Naturally, the great place names tea towel is made in Britain and is available to buy from Lauren Moriarty & Co.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Design company Normann Copenhagen have turned their attention to the humble tin opener – and tin openers have got sexy.
When you see this designer tin opener, it’s not a surprise where it gets its name from, as the handle is designed in the shape of a butterfly wing.
The Butterfly tin opener is made from stainless steel with a plastic handle and it’s aimed at being both ergonomic and a handy size to keep in a kitchen drawer.
It was designed by Marianne Britt Jørgensen and Rikke Hagen for Normann Copenhagen and is a fresh design on an age-old kitchen essential.
Available in four colours (blue, green, purple and orange) and priced at only £4.88 from Bodie and Fou, you can’t go wrong with this kitchen buy.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
2 in 1 salt and pepper grinder
Why have a separate salt and pepper grinder when you can have two in one?
Ideal if you’re short on space, this compact and funky Trudeau Grinder provides all the seasoning you need in one swift move – just twist to the left for pepper and to the right for salt.
The grinder is easy to use and, in case you temporarily forget which way to turn for either seasoning, there’s a useful indicator on the top. The outer casing – which is available in red, lime green or black – feels smooth and tactile to the touch and makes it easy to hold and grip the grinder.
The grinders are made from ceramic and designed to prevent rust and wear, and the salt and pepper are housed in two separate areas within the outer casing. The acrylic window lets you easily see which is which, plus monitor the level of the contents so you can top them up when they’re running low. The grinder is re-filled from the top.
If you’re particularly averse to either salt or pepper, and can’t stand a stray grain reaching your plate, it is beneficial to ensure the last user has given the grinder a quick shake to release all loose grains before passing it on, as we did find when testing it out that stray grains could occur and you could unexpectedly discover pepper amongst your desired salt. But it’s a good space saving device, nicely designed and practical for dining needs.
The Trudeau 2-in-1 salt and pepper grinder retails for £21.50 and comes pre-filled with 10g of black peppercorns and 24g of coarse sea salt. It’s available to buy from various retailers, including Top Gourmet.
(Disclosure: Gilberts kindly sent us a Trudeau grinder to test).
Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Liven up your cooking and food preparation with this Animal House cheese grater.
Shaped like a mouse (how appropriate!), this nifty grater can be used for grating cheese or other foods, such as carrots or lemon zest.
When you’ve finished grating, the grater part can be removed and the mouse doubles up as a useful serving bowl.
The yellow mouse shaped cheese grater is only £7 from Habitat.