Just about two years ago, I purchased a set of cream-colored, enamel-coated kitchen tools from the Nigella Lawson brand and they immediately inspired me to get cooking. While all six of the tools are still in constant use today, it's the ladles that I find the most helpful, due to their unusual shape. Read on for the details.
Ms. Lawson's ladles have an elongated oval bowl with a gentle narrowing on one side that make it super easy to swoop around the bottom edges of a pot and scoop up the last of the goodies. The more familiar round ladle is too clunky for such maneuvers and often leaves a scoop or so of food behind.
Much of the Ms. Lawson's cookware line is egg shaped, so I don't know if this extra bit of efficiency is by design or happenstance. I do know that even after two years, I still love these ladles and their companion pieces (two perforated spoons, a regular spoon and a pasta scoop.)
My set came with two ladles but a recent search is showing that the set available in the States has unfortunately shrunk in size by one ladle. Still, I think it's a worthy investment, and on that note, I have not had the problems with chipping that the Amazon commentators had, even with many of my pieces getting daily use for two years.
• $34.99 for a 5-piece (blue) set at Amazon.
• £38.50 for a 6-piece (cream) at Bliss Home in the UK.
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(Image: Nigella Lawson)