Kitchen essentials for the festive season {and the rest of the year for that matter!}

Well  it’s all beginning to look a lot like Christmas isn’t it! With a month to go, I’m still to have my first mince pie of the season but I have a feeling this will be rectified at the weekend thanks to a local cafe posting this on my news feed today….

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How yummy do these frangipani mince pies look? Via Village Coffee, Bar & Kitchen Facebook page

It’s around this time in the build-up to Christmas where I find myself pottering in the kitchen more than usual; flicking through recipe books and post-it noting yummy treats, making copious amounts of hot chocolate and day-dreaming about how to dress my Caisley Co shelves for the festive period. So, I thought I’d share with you my kitchen essentials which get me through the festivities…..

First up is a mixer…with a lid! I love a spot of Christmas baking but the clouds of icing sugar which seem to cover every surface when you’re making butter icing is just a nightmare! I’ve recently bought a stand mixer by Vonshef and the handy splash guard keeps that pesky icing sugar in check and banishes batter splatter too!

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£76.99 and is available in a variety of colours, via Tesco Direct

Next up is a Roberts Revival Radio. Whether I’m  preparing dinner, doing a spot of baking or cleaning I love to listen to music and my Roberts RD60 DAB radio gets a lot of use! They are beautifully crafted with a stylish gold grille and a gorgeous leather exterior. Originally designed in the 1950s, they’re still a British design icon. You can hook your Ipod up to them and I’m looking forward to making some Christmas playlists for when friends and family come to visit. They come in a stunning range of colours and designs to suit every taste. The Revival Radio in rich, festive colours of burgundy, forest green or navy blue would be the perfect addition to family get togethers this Christmas!

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Via Roberts

I keep mine on a dresser unit in the kitchen but with 120 hours battery life, its great to take it out into the garden in the summer time too.

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Next up is measuring cups. I’m always spotting amazing-looking recipes on Pinterest but a lot of the time, they’re American and use ‘cups’ rather than grams to weigh out dry ingredients. With a set of measuring cups, following these recipes is so much easier. They would make a perfect gift this Christmas for the keen baker! Just look at these cute hedgehog cups from Anthropologie…

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Via Anthropologie

And these colourful cups by Ashley Thomas for Debenhams…

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Via Debenhams

Next up, let it be known that I am completely in love with metallic cutlery at the moment. Just look at these gorgeous Christmas table settings where metallic cutlery takes centre stage….

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Via Coco Kelly
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Via Once Daily Chic
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Via Chouquette by Claire Chanelle

Gold, brass, copper or rose-gold – it all has the ability to completely transform a table setting into something truly memorable and extra special, perfect for Christmas!  So on my wish list this year, is this stunning rose gold set by Viners which I hope will add a touch of glamour to table settings here at No. 49 this Christmas. It’s also dishwasher safe so practical as well as stylish! (Come on Santa, I’ve been good all most of the year)

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Via Viners

Lastly, have you ever noticed how on TV dramas and in the films, the young and the beautiful always seem to be sipping out of rather large, rather expensive-looking wine glasses?

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Via Crate & Barrell

Well, I have, and I’m a little bit jealous. I want to drink wine looking all sophisticated like the celebrities too so I’m in the midst of replacing my cheap, heavy, thick-stemmed wine glasses for more elegant, sophisticated varieties. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but a new set of good quality wine glasses will be sure to impress guests this Christmas.  I can’t wait for cheese and wine evenings once the tree is up! eeeeek!

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Via Crate & Barrell

Try the Linea Madison range of White Wine Crystal Glasses set Of 4 priced at £18 or the J by Jasper Conran set of 4 crystalline ‘Belgravia’ red wine glasses priced at £24

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my kitchen essentials. What are your kitchen essentials to get you through the festivities? Share in a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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