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Avocado slicer

Very decorative, but useless. One of those things you get for Christmas if you cook.

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Cake mixing spatula

Probably the cheapest and the best spatula in the world, for beating, folding and scraping cake mix.

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Cake wire cutter

A very nifty tool. Painlessly, and crumblessly, slices any cake in two or more layers.

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Cast iron pans

Cast iron makes the most fantastic pans, skillets and griddles. You need to look after it properly, that's true, but it will pay you back.

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Dehydrator

This is basically a blow dryer in the base and a couple of metal mesh trays above it - and it works a treat.

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Global knives

Basic fact: good knives are indispensable and worth paying a fair whack. Global Knives are light and sit in hand well, sharp as laser when new.

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Japanese mandoline slicer

Authentic Japanese mandoline slicer and shredder. Benriner Japanese mandoline slicer is a league above all the ordinary mandolines on the market.

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Kenwood Chef

What can I say? It's the wizard of whizzing. It does bread, cakes, gateaux, biscuits, with only a little help from me.

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Kenwood mini chopper

Incredible value for money. For mixing marinates, chopping herbs, making pesto, puréeing fruit, grinding nuts or almonds – the list is endless.

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La Cloche

Clay bread baking dome, performs the same function as Dutch oven creating the baking environment high in moisture and temperature, similar to authentic brich bread oven.

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Le Creuset casserole

Le Creuset range is worth the money. The beauty of a cast iron dish is that it lets you brown/sear stuff on the hob and then stick it in the oven.

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Meat thermometer probe

Silly bear - it's not THAT type of thermometer!

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Microplane graters

These tools are razor sharp and stay sharp - I've had them for years and no blunting discernible.

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Mini sauce whisk

Little whisk, excellent for beating eggs for an omelette, making salad dressings and sauces.

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Pastry brush

Excellent little thing, so much better than the ordinary hairy brush - infinitely easier to wash and can go in the dishwasher.

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Poultry scissors

Indispensible for what it says on the tin - cutting poultry.

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Proving baskets

Proving baskets are also called bannetons and as far as I can tell come commonly in two types - made of cane or compressed woodchips.

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Thermapen food temperature probe

Thermapen digital probe for measuring internal temperature of cooked food.

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Vegetable peeler

This is better than those swivel ones because it has two sides, one to peel and the other to finely julienne vegetables.

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