Rassa Christmas Gift Guide: Top 10 Gifts For The Homecook
With Christmas now fast approaching (I know - where did this year go?!) - the search for the perfect gift for the home cook in your life is on! But we’re going to try and save you a panic or three by giving you a couple of ideas on what to buy. From stylish kitchenware that will last a lifetime while bringing any kitchen to life - to a virtual test kitchen that will equip any home cook with the skills they need to explore cuisines from around the world - we’ve got you covered. And there are no points for the one that we’d pick (it’s the last one on the list). One thing is for sure though - we’re certain that any of the gifts below will impress just about any foodie or home cook this holiday season. You can thank us later!
A favorite amongst home cooks and professionals, the classic Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Casserole is perfect for cooking pot roasts, stews, soup, casseroles, baking, you name it. Available in eight sizes and 13 different colors, this is an ideal holiday gift for those looking for a reliable, long-lasting, and fun casserole suitable for any dining occasion. And…for the die hard Harry Potter fans, Le Creuset have an exclusive collection this year with Hogwarts Houses dessert plates and a he-who-must-not-be-named casserole dish.
Spirited: Cocktails from around the world is a great recipe book no matter your skill level, from the novice drink-maker to expert bartender, with a nice balance of photos and step-by-step instructions to help you craft your favorite drinks at home. The book also teaches you about a new spirit every month and offers suggested food pairings for each drink, so you can make cocktails based on your dinner choice. There’s a nice balance of the lesser-known regional specialties to the renowned classics and you’re introduced to the backstory and the inspiration behind them. After all, who doesn't like to wind down with a nice drink with their food?
Due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions, many of us were unable to eat at our favorite restaurants, but that inspired a range of at-home restaurant kits. The steak institution Hawksmoor has also recreated their restaurant experience for the comfort of your home. Self-described as heavily decadent in a Tudor banqueting hall sort of way - you’re in for a lot of meat and a lot of alcohol. In your box you’ll find sour cherry negronis, Rioja agrado wine, smoked salmon with cream cheese and soda bread, 35 day dry-aged fillet steak and a 35 day dry-aged porterhouse for sharing and all the delicious sides you could want *and…exhale*. Of course, no meal would be complete without dessert and they’ve got you covered on that front with sticky toffee pudding and clotted cream. The ideal alternative to the soggy takeaway!
A favourite of Rassa Chef Daniel Hannigan, the Miyabi 6000 MCT is comfortable to hold, making it the perfect partner to work with in the kitchen. Miyabi has its origins in Seki, otherwise known as Japan’s capital of sword and knife production. Each knife is made by skilled artisans crafted according to the rich tradition of Japanese samurai swords. Their knives are designed to be very sharp so they can handle delicate dishes like sashimi which require ultra fine slicing. The Miyabi is an ideal gift for someone looking to level up their kitchen skills from home cook to budding chef.
It's an "if you know, you know" case with Vitamix blenders, and if you ask anyone who has one, they'll tell you that it’s the best blender they'll ever own. Despite their steep price, their conveniently sized blender offers more than most other options. With its trademark motor power, you can blend creamy smoothies and purées, crush ice for frozen desserts, or even whip up some hummus and guacamole. Not only is it strong but it is durable, and cleans itself within a minute of blending water and dish soap!