Mom’s kitchen must-haves

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while the day itself is a chance to give Mom a bit of a break and get her out of the kitchen, she’ll soon be back in there. This year, why not think about making life in the kitchen easier for her with some of the following gifts and gadgets, available at Bon Vivant.

Breville Panini Duo Press – $89.95

The quick and easy way to make café-quality panini sandwiches right at home, without the need for butter or oil. This compact unit features a sleek, brushed stainless-steel exterior, flat and ridged nonstick grill plates, and an adjustable-height top plate.

The floating hinge allows you to grill sandwiches of different thicknesses at the same time. The durable nonstick finish allows the use of metal utensils and rubberised grip feet provide balance and stability on any type of counter top.

All Clad 9-pc Pot Set – $889.95

9-Piece Set with Bonus: 10” frypan, 2 qt. saucepan with lid, 3 qt. saucier with lid, 3 qt. casserole with lid, 8 qt. stockpot with lid, bonus lasagna set.

Make cooking a luxury, not a chore, by treating mom to the same cookware that’s found in many four-star kitchens. Professional-grade pans from All-Clad are made with an extra-thick, pure aluminium core that extends from the bottom all the way up the sides for superior heat conductivity and even heat distribution. Bonded to the aluminium core is a hand-polished 18/10 stainless interior that won’t react with food and a magnetic stainless exterior polished to a high shine. Long, polished stainless handles stay cool while cooking. Tight-fitting 18/10 stainless lids lock in heat and flavour. Perfect for everyday use with traditional electric or gas ranges, as well as induction cook tops.

Le Creuset 7.25qt French Oven $349.95

Cast iron enamelled cookware from Le Creuset not only looks great, but will last for generations. Le Creuset’s signature piece, the 5 1/2 qt. round French oven, is a kitchen classic. The generous size is indispensable in any working kitchen, easily accommodating classic recipes like chicken soup or beef bourguignon.

Le Creuset cookware enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. With ergonomic handles and advanced interior enamel that resists chipping and cleans easily, Le Creuset’s French ovens blend the best of the past with the latest innovations in comfort and functionality.

Breville Smart Oven – $215.95

The Breville Smart Oven is now available in compact form for smaller spaces. A high-powered oven that “thinks” with a unique Element IQ feature that delivers the right power at the right time, adjustable to your preferences. Features eight pre-set cooking programmes: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies and reheat. Comes outfitted with pull-out crumb tray, wire rack, 10 square enamel baking pan and 10 inch square broil rack.

Chef’n Stem Gem –$10.95

Adorable and simple to use, the Stem Gem strawberry-stem remover makes short work of prepping strawberries. It can also be used to core tomatoes and other soft fruits – simply insert, twist and remove.

Kaiser Snack Cutters – $12.95

Snack cutters from Kaiser Bakeware in animal, flower and geometric shapes add some fun to ordinary snacks and meals.

Cuisipro Herb Keeper – $25.95

Cuisipro Herb Keeper’s unique suspended tray system makes it easy to store and access herbs. The stems rest in water, making them last longer. It can also be used to store asparagus. Available in two sizes, it’s perfect when you wish to enjoy flavourful meals with the addition of fresh herbs.