October 29, 2020

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Chef Roberta Hall-McCarron’s five kitchen must-haves

“Another favourite of mine is a big wedge of crusty baguette, some salty butter and a few slices of good-quality ham. When it comes to a late-night snack after work, it’s the simple stuff that hits the spot.”

Kitchen kit

“At the start of lockdown, I brought two things back from the restaurant to use at home; the KitchenAid mixer and the Thermomix. Though I love both, it’s the KitchenAid that has really won my heart – I use it for so many different things. So when we reopened the restaurant, the Thermomix went back, but the KitchenAid is still sitting in my kitchen at home. Mine is cherry red.” £399, kitchenaid.co.uk.

Local hero

“It’s funny how the pandemic has changed the way suppliers work now, with so many bakers and butchers previously only supplying restaurants, now accessible to the public. I use a great game supplier called Castle Game [castlegame.co.uk], which started supplying the public during lockdown. Twelve Triangles [Brunswick St, Edinburgh, twelvetriangles.co.uk] is our go-to bakery – we buy their sourdough for the restaurant, and I love picking up the pastries for breakfast.”

Store cupboard staples

“For home cooking, having a good collection of spices is key to getting really great flavours in your food. I use cumin and paprika in particular. I also always have a packet of dried apricots for adding to things – they add a lovely deep sweetness to dishes.”

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