Christmas morning at The Spring Cottage could easily have been mistaken for a kitchen tea, except for all the snowman themed wrapping paper scattered about. I was thrilled that Santa stuck so faithfully to my wishlist, because in the past few years cooking has become one of my favourite creative outlets. I think what I love about cooking – besides the very obvious pleasurable comfort of eating nice food – is the practical sense of satisfaction that comes from making something decent to lay on the table. Plus hungry people are so appreciative, and who doesn’t love a little lauding now and then? A well equipped kitchen makes it all so much easier, and I wouldn’t want to contemplate life between the fridge and stove without my food processor, mezza luna, small coil wisk, oil bottle with slow-pour spout, and a set of simple kitchen scales to take all the guesswork and conversions out of baking. Which utensils couldn’t you do without?