Compiled by Raphaella Frame Photographs Mark Williams, supplied THE FINEST EXTRACTS The unobtrusive pendant-light design of Best Italia’s retro-cool Vintage extractor unit (image 3) makes it especially practical in a small kitchen, and it’s operated by electronic soft-touch controls (R14 500); bestitalia.co.za. OPTIMAL EFFECTS Go cool and contemporary with a combination of natural woods in sleek finishes, and touches of glass and metal in your kitchen – the wood will keep things warm and inviting, while clean lines and smooth surfaces add a sophisticated edge (image 2). Optima Kitchens can help you achieve a similar look; optimakitchens.co.za. STIR IT UP Kenwood’s kMix HM791 hand mixer (image 1) comes with a compact stand that stores everything in one neat unit, from R675 (includes a set of dough hooks). For more of our picks to transform your kitchen this month and an exciting win, please turn to page 158 of our November 2011 issue! Want to know more about how to correctly season a pan? Read our handy Ask Us here with HL Food Editor Raphaella Frame.