6 Winter Essentials

With the winter months come all those delicious hearty dishes that warm you up from head to toe. Comfort foods like soups, stews, casseroles and the like become the order of the day. Now it's easy to churn out these family favourites with the wide selection of convenient cookware at our fingertips. We've selected six of our favourites that we'd love to put to use this winter... 1. Staub Mini Cocottes (R476 each) What could be easier than taking dishes straight from the oven to the dinner table? With these miniature enameled cast iron French ‘ovens’, you can prepare individual meal portions for your friends or family with no trouble at all. If you have kids to cook for, we bet they'll be over the moon if you serve them mac and cheese in these little dishes. 2. Kuchenprofi Fondue Set (R1 200) Introduce some Swiss dining into your home this season with a fun fondue set! It's the most sociable way to enjoy a meal with friends, and it makes for easy cooking. It comes with six long-stemmed dipping forks for the ultimate fuss-free eating. Cheese and bread has never tasted this good... 3. Zwilling Twin Pure Soup Ladle (R300) With their simple design and straightforward functionality, Twin Pure products were made with convenience in mind by designer and architect, Matteo Thun. This soup ladle with a round handle shape for easy gripping, is ideal for serving steaming soups on chilly days. 4. Le Creuset 32cm Stoneware Terrine (R517) The best thing about a stoneware terrine is its versatility - they're perfect for making home-made bread, meatloaf, desserts and more. You simply take them directly out of the fridge, freezer or oven and place them on the table for instant enjoyment. A handy addition is the press which lets you weigh down the contents of the terrine, keeping the ingredients neat and evenly contained. 5. Swiss Diamond Casserole Pot (R1 555) Cover casseroles and avoid any mess in the kitchen with this lovely casserole pot. The see-through glass lid means you can cook your dish on the stove initially and move it into the oven at a later stage. The patented non-stick surface is reinforced with diamond crystals and is guaranteed against peeling, blistering and cracking. 6. Kuchenprofi Raclette Grill Machine (R1 990) Want to serve up something different this winter? Then a raclette grill machine is for you. Another Swiss favourite, you simply melt slices of cheese in the individual trays, then dish the cheese onto your meal of choice, like potatoes or fresh bread. These must-have items prove that winter cooking doesn't have to be dull and predictable. Spice it up with some of these fun kitchen essentials that will make gourmet cooking a breeze... The Staub Mini Cocottes, Kuchenprofi Fondue Set, Zwilling Twin Pure Soup Ladle, Swiss Diamond Casserole Pot and Kuchenprofi Raclette Grill Machine are available at kitchenpassion.co.za and the Le Creuset Stoneware Terrine is available at lecreusetshop.co.za. Text: Kim Grové