Events, eateries, edibles and kitchen essentials for keen home cooks
The centenary mix
Coveted by passionate home cooks for a century, Kitchenaid has introduced Misty Blue to its Artisan mixer collection in celebration of its 100th anniversary this year. With a hobnail bowl made from titanium-reinforced ceramic, and over 15 optional accessories for everything from slicing to spiralizing, the mixer, £699, will be top of Santa’s wish-list for many.
crafted in the wilds of caithness by family-run dunnet Bay distillery, rock rose Gin Winter edition, £37.50, is perfect to warm the cockles. using locally foraged botanicals, it features citrusy spruce tips, along with the signature floral Rhodiola rosea – apparently pillaged by vikings who believed it would help them live to 200. you won’t, but you’ll enjoy the gin.
elemental flavour a store cupboard essential, vinegar enhances many dishes, so encourage the chef of the house to make their own vintage with a vinegar pot. this one from vinegar Shed, £130, is handmade by artisans at one of france’s oldest surviving ceramic factories.
Simply poeticFor some sumptuous stocking fillers, try Devon-based Salcombe Dairy’s new The Bar chocolate range, named after Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poemCrossing the Bar. Available in seven flavours, £4.95 each.