Bree May is a cook, a 2014 My Kitchen Rules champion, a proud South Australian, a bespoke caterer and a published writer and recipe developer. She shopped Harbour Town and picked out her favourite kitchen essentials.
THE KITCHEN ESSENTIALS
“These are my kitchen essentials. I have each of these pieces in my own kitchen and I couldn’t live without them.”
#1 A sturdy stock pot
#2 Good quality measuring jugs
#3 Pot holders
#4 Well-constructed knives
#5 I invested in a Chasseur French Oven several years ago and I still use it at least twice a week.
#6 A pressure cooker is something every time poor cook should own. They cut the cooking times down by a third.
#6 I think a non-stick oven proof sauté is the most functional. Perfect for midweek, one pot cooking and frying.
#7 A Bamix are the original stick blender, and still the best. Mine is a well-loved item in my kitchen arsenal.
#8 A good silicon spoon, a microplane and a palette knife are 3 essential items in my utensil drawer.
All Items available at General Trader
Chasseur 26cm cast iron pot $was $499 now $249, Pyrolux stockpot 15.3L was $239 now $99, Circulon sautee pan was $299 now $99.95, Microplane zester was $$47.95 now $39.95, Bamix was $239 now $139, Furi 5pc knife block was $399 now $199, Spoonula $14.95, Chefinox 15cm palette knife $9.95, Letterpress pot holder was $9.99 now $6.95, Pyrex 500ml $14.99, Pyrex 2L $26.99, Silit pressure cooker 6.5L was $399 now $279
THE INVESTMENT PIECE
“I absolutely love this decanter. It’s so stylish and modern, yet there’s something so timeless about a beautiful decanter set. An investment piece like this can sit proudly on its own or be added to a cluster of vintage decanter finds to really make a statement.”
Rotal Doulton Prism decanter set was $599 now $299.50
THE TABLE STYLING ESSENTIALS
“I adore this printed tablecloth. It’s so much fun. And I love the slight visual contrast between the printed napkins and the cloth. It makes things more interesting. These placemats and coasters are an absolute bargain! Food covers are a great way to add height and interest to the table, while also being functional. This is a table I’d like to eat at!”
All Available at Bed Bath & Table
Morgan & Finch print table cloth was $69.95 now $34.95, Morgan & Finch mimi napkin $19.95, Morgan & Finch napkin rings $3.95, Morgan & Finch tea towel $6.95 or 3 for $12. Morgan & Finch Cucina placemat was $19.95 now $6.50, Morgan & Finch Cucina coaster 6pk was $29.95 now $6.50, Morgan & Finch food cover was $9.95 now $5.55
House & Garden Glasshouse candle was $42.95 now $34.36
House & Garden Ecoya candle was $29.95 now $23.96
THE CENTRE PIECE
“This is definitely a luxe purchase however as far as faux plants go this is right up there. It’s a piece that won’t date and is so realistic your guests would never know it’s not real.”
House & Garden Orchid was $359 now $199
THE CREATIVE GIFT
I love giving creative gifts, and these practical pieces are perfect for unleashing your inner artist. At less than $10.00 each, they are also an absolute bargain.
House & Garden Maxwell & Williams mug painting was $14.95 now $9.95
House & Garden Maxwell & Williams plate painting was $14.95 now $9.95
THE SERVING ESSENTIALS
Grazing boards are so popular right now because it’s a fabulous way to feed a crowd and they are glorious to look at. Big is definitely better, and this oversized wooden board is a must have. I love the shape of these interesting cheese knives to go with it. This Mediterranean plate and jug set is just crying out for some Tapas and Sangria. Or you could be good and make tea in this cute bird print tea set instead. These Maxwell and Williams serving platters are an absolute steal at less than $10.00 for each piece. For something different, these cement Apples and Pears are so cool. In this contrasting Acacia bowl they make a statement. Tea towels need to be functional, but they should also be pretty to look at. This print will liven up any kitchen space.”
All available at House & Garden
S&P Arcadian serve ware was $79.95 now $59.95, S&P Fromage rectangle tray was $39.95 now $29.95, S&P Arcadian serving bowl was $29.95 now $23.95, Maxwell & Williams bowl was $49.95 now $19.95, Maxwell & Williams square platter was $49.95 now $9.95, Maxwell & Williams small square platter was $19.95 now $9.95, Maxwell & Williams jug was $39.95 now $15.98, Casa Regal teapot set was $34.95 now $21.95, Apple $3.50, Pear $3.95 each, S&P 3 cheese knifes $9.95
Bed Bath & Table Morgan & Finch mimi napkin $19.95
Bed Bath & Table Morgan & Finch tea towel $6.95 or 3 for $12
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