What do you have cooking, and how lovely are your utensils and ingredients?
Not just any man in the kitchen – a magnificent moustachioed maharajah! This unique 100% cotton tea towel is designed by RE, printed and manufactured in the UK. From £7.50 at RE, Bishops Yard Main Street, Corbridge, NE45 5LA, tel 01434 634 567, www.re-foundobjects.com
YES, WE can!
Wine in a can? Well, yes, apparently so, and they know their grapes at Carruthers & Kent, thus our picnics now star these delicious tinnies, £6 each at Carruthers & Kent, Elmfield Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, NE3 4AY, tel 0191 213 1818, www.carruthersandkent.com
Remember when every kitchen had a selection of Mason Cash mixing bowls? They’re still the best, and the range is available in various sizes and colours at Corbridge Cookshop, Middle Street, Corbridge, NE45 5AT, tel 01434 632 582, www.corbridgecookshop.co.uk
After a long day in the garden, enjoy the fruits of your labour by serving up the day’s strawberry crop on this summery Emma Bridgewater tin tray, £40 at Bradley Gardens, Sled Lane, Wylam NE41 8JH, tel 01661 852 176, www.bradley-gardens.co.uk
Add a vintage touch to your kitchen with pieces from the original Cornishware maker TG Green. This rice jar is £18.50 and from the daily changing range at Vintage at the Tower Hill Street, Corbridge, tel 01434 632 186, www.facebook/VintageAtTheTower
Le Creuset mugs brighten up any shelf and at just £12 make great gifts too. Part of a range at La Cookshop, Milkhope Centre, Berwick HIll Road, Seaton Burn, Newcastle, NE13 6DA, tel 01670 789 142, www.lacookshop.co.uk
These delicious and healthy fermented foods from Belle & Herbs farm are produced by Sam of the legendary Belle & Herbs café in Heaton. This range is from the collection at Cook and Baker, Queensway Tynemouth, NE30 4NA, tel 0191 257 1707, www.facebook.com/cookandbakertynemouth
These Nkuku bamboo spoons are eco-conscious, beautiful and pleasingly chunky. Part of a gorgeous range at PureKnead, Park View
Whitley Bay, NE26 3RH, tel 07964 864 181, www.pure-knead.co.uk
Cheesy does it
Treat yourself (or send a gift box or hamper to a loved one) with a selection from Northumberland Cheese. This four pack contains Nettle, Kielder, Cheviot, Oak Smoked and is one of a range of packs and hampers at the website. Northumberland Cheese Company, The Cheese Farm
Green Lane, Newcastle, NE13 6BZ tel 01670 789 798, www.northumberlandcheese.co.uk