Ahh, Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year: one filled with bells, whistles, feasts and of course, presents. I love this moment in the month, the build up to Christmas is hitting its peak: we can legitimately listen to Christmas music, wrap presents, watch festive films, plan menus and crack open that bottle of sloe gin. Food is always in abundance at this time and with the drop in temperature comes an array of warming, sumptuous and indulgent meals: think velvety Sticky Toffee Pudding, Roasts with a festive theme such as Clay Pot Chicken with Quinoa Stuffing, cosy suppers with Chestnut and Parsnip Loaf, party nibbles and starters like Hot Smoked Salmon Pate and homemade gift creations, Chocolate Nut Truffles spring to mind. As you can see, your celebration menu doesn’t have to be restricted at all, despite any food sensitivities that you may have. The same goes for your kitchen itself. Part of my love for cooking comes from a passion for creativity, and interiors are a feature of that. Having a kitchen full of beautiful, tactile, and of course, useful bits and pieces, is a pleasure and one that you can indulge in a little at Christmas. In honour of that, I’ve put together a little list of a few of my favourite things for the kitchen. All useful, all well made and all lovely. Merry Christmas.
This American Milk Glass Jug and matching Glasses are from an amazing company called RE, selling beautiful and hard-to-find items both online and in their shop. I love pretty much everything they sell and rarely see anything else like it around.
Opinel make brilliant and good value kitchen knives. With light wooden handles and quality blades, it's worth buying the whole set. I like to buy them from The Bertinet Kitchen, it has a rather lovely and select shop.
Vibrant, light and beautiful, these drinking glasses look great on a fully laid table and make a lovely addition to any drinks cupboard. You can find them online but I like to get them from John Lewis, that mecca for all things household.
Green Pans are my absolute favourite, favourite addition to the kitchen. With brilliant eco credentials and, more importantly, fabulous cooking results, I really wouldn't want to use anything else. If it's good enough for Michelle Roux Junior...
My latest online find is a brilliant company called Hush. Although mainly specialising in clothes, gorgeous and quality clothes I might add, they also do a few interior bits. These giant handmade heart mugs are perfect for the winter months, think hot chocolate or milky lattes shared with someone you love. All the better to enjoy this wonderful and celebratory time of year.