Great gifts for the Christmas cook
By CECILY ROSS
Saturday, November 24, 2001
These pieces of fruit not only look too good to eat, they are. And this peach, pear, apple trio will remain edible for more than 20 years, say the people who made them at the firm of F.lli Freni Pasticceri Siciliana of Milan. These and many more (figs, cherries, cactus pears, even kumquats) are available for $39.99 a pound at Pusateri's Fine Foods, 1539 Avenue Rd. Toronto. 416-785-9100.
Colour me Le Creuset
Le Creuset has added a touch of whimsy to its line this year. The two-litre tomato-shaped casserole shown here is one of a series of veggie dishes that includes a pepper pot and a pumpkin pot. They are made of the same porcelain-enameled cast-iron as other Le Creuset wares. $149 at at Eaton's, The Bay and other fine kitchen stores across Canada. Call 514-332-1551 for store locations.
Creating a stir
Add even more colour to your kitchen with these silicon spatulas and slotted spoons, also from Le Creuset. Perfect for cooking on non-stick surfaces. They can withstand temperatures of up to 800 F and come in variety of colours. $17 at Eaton's, The Bay and other fine kitchen stores.
Quirky coffee cups
The giant tin can that holds five endearingly mismatched espresso cups and saucers is designed by Paolo Rossetti and Francesco Illy for Francis Francis. Instructions on the side say that the tin box can be used as a drum, as beauty case, a hat box, a vase, a tray, a toy carrier, a frisbee, a pizza oven, a bra holder or a snake cage. Childish? Perhaps, but kind of fun in quirky non-North American way. Available at Holt Renfrew across Canada for $185.
Beat the grind
Not only does this neat little grinder do a superb job of pulverizing the hard little nutmeg fruits, it stores the extras in a see-though container on top of the grinder. $40 at William Sonoma stores in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre (416-781-3770) and the Eaton's Centre. 416-260-1255. (www.william-sonoma.ca)
Brighten up someone's kitchen this holiday season with a pair of salt and pepper shakers that are certain to quack everyone up. $12 a pair at The Compleat Kitchen, 18 Hazelton Ave., Toronto. (416-920-6333).
No more burnt fingers with these sturdy red, suede oven mitts. They're made of genuine leather that is non-flammable, and they're machine washable. $74.95 a pair at The Compleat Kitchen and other fine kitchen shops across Canada.
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