Murray Rhind at Vallum Bakery is a master in the kitchen and a true local food hero. One of the many things we love are these macadamia cookies, perfect for dunking.
Vallum Bakery, Vallum, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Newcastle NE18 0LL, www.vallumfarm.co.uk
The blackcurrant season is coming to a close, but you can still enjoy a taste of summer with these beautifully tart blackcurrants steeped in luxurious Cassis. Great with cheese or duck. Available online.
It looks like an instrument of torture, but the Spiralfix, £39.95, does different sized spirals from wide to very thin – great for beetroot, potato, onion, parsnip, courgette, etc.
Stangers Cookshop, Brentwood Ave, Newcastle, NE2 3DH, tel 0191 281 8563, www.stangerscookshop.co.uk
Here’s a French Absinthe globe glass and spoon, should the fancy take you. Just be careful!
RE, Bishops Yard, Main St, Corbridge NE45 5LA, tel 01434 634 567 and shop online at www.re-foundobjects.com
Ever fancied making your own cheese and butter? This Boska Holland maker kit has everything you need to get started, all you need to add is milk and buttermilk. It’s £17.95.
Push the boat out with this Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade teapot, a snip at £197!