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I am not one to be swayed by a celebrity chef's name being put on something just to make it seem more desirable (jamie's flavour shaker anyone?) but these Nigella bowls are a fantastic buy. We received them from amazon as part of our wedding list and they are constantly used in our kitchen.
***One size fits all**
The set contains four bowls of increasing size that fit neatly into one another. This means they take up comparatively little room in the kitchen. At first I was a bit surprised by the shape of the bowls - they are kind of egg shaped but come to a point. In fact the shape is really well designed as it means it is easy to pour from them.
***Stylish and colourful***
I chose the bowls in the bright red colour option but they come in a variety of different colours so you can match them to the rest of your kitchen items. I like the red as its really vivid and makes plain food such as couscous look interesting. The light blue option is also really pretty.
***Good as new***
The red has not faded at all after 3 years and it has been in the dishwasher a few times. They do live in a cupboard however so I can't say that they won't fade in direct sunlight. The surface has resisted any scratches or chips although we don't use metal cutlery on them as I suppose that might damage them.
The bowls are described as mixing bowls but we use them for all sorts of things. My husband uses the largest bowl for mixing dough and it easily holds a loaf's worth of mixture. The next biggest bowl I use for serving things like coucous and salad. The third bowl I use as a fruit bowl, it currently has a bunch of rather brown bananas in it! And the littlest bowl which is very cute you can use for some nuts or other nibbles.
***A great buy***
I find it hard to find any downsides to these bowls . They cost around 35 pounds on amazon so I suppose there are cheaper versions available but I have had mine for three years and they still look as good as new despite constant use.
I bought these bowls for two reasons really. I'm a huge Nigella Lawson fan, and I'd seen these on her programmes, and also the lovely cream colour matches all my new kitchen appliances.
Yes they are very expensive for a set of kitchen bowls, and I must admit that I was a little hesitant about the cost initially. However I'm so glad that I decided to splurge on them.
They have been in constant use virtually every day since I got them, the set of bowls contains 4 bowls in varying sizes, which stack neatly inside each other when stored away.
They are really lightweight and easy to use, the egg shape makes them really comfortable to hold in the crook of your arm. The peak of the egg shape makes the bowls easy enough to pour from. They are non slip on your kitchen counter for ease of use.
They look really classy when in use, I've evn used the bowls as serving bowls rather than mixing bowls sometimes, as they look lovely out on display.
Only couple of gripes apart from the price is that they are not dishwasher safe, nor are they suitable for use in the microwave.
When my mother broke her wrist eleven years ago, baking had to take a side step before we rallied around and tried to find appliances and accessories that would help her in the kitchen. Out went the heavy mixing bowls that she could no longer lift and in came accessories like lightweight plastic bowls to stainless steel bowls (the Kenwood Chef's own one came in handy) in different sizes and other accessories like the Nigella Lawson Living mixing set which my mother bought at the same time as the "toilet cistern" bread bin from the Lawson empire. My mum is a great fan of Nigella Lawson, having bought every book Ms Lawson has ever published, so at the time it made sense to fill the kitchen with the kinds of accessories by cooks and bakers she adores to entice her to prolong her baking habit. The set is now available in a whole host of colours now including a deep red, black and the original pastel blue alongside the cream, shown here on Dooyoo.
Although I purchased the bowls for her, I found myself using them compared to round and deeper, heavier mixing bowls. I don't understand however how previous buyers on Amazon have managed to use an electric whisk in the largest bowl however - it is about the same size as a small casserole dish where granted, an electric whisk could successfully be used because of the default round shape with uniform walls- however all of the bowls have a slanted ovoid egg edge whilst the walls of the bowls are not uniform, lending a oval shell like effect due to their design - so if you use an electric whisk you do have to be careful that the liquid or prep being mixed doesn't come flying out the sides instead of worrying about scratches. These bowls were never made to be used with an electric whisk though - you can tell that from the very design and the depth from the largest bowl. The set comprises of four bowls beginning with large, medium, small and mini sizes. The largest bowl measures 32cm by 26cm by 11cm, second largest at 26cm by 21 cm by 11cm, second smallest at 20cm by 16cm by 9cm whilst the smallest bowl measures 15cm by 12 cm by 6cm. The smallest bowl is fantastic for mixing up icing sugar with different colours or a handy food colouring bowl. But as we found out during the years we've endured these well made melamine bowls, there's a bit more to a mixing bowl licensed by Nigella Lawson!
Instead, the bowls are quite novel in the way they look; we use them as presenting bowls to hold sauces or tealight candles, or just anything in the home that needs to be presented when used all the time; medicines, pills, loose change - even crisps if there's a party or a small lunch gathering etc. Their pouring lip instantly lends a "pick and slide out" access design where you just grab what you want and can be easily accessed - my mother uses the smallest bowl for example for storing pins and sewing machine needles so that they lay flat as opposed to sticking up in a cushion. The instant downside is that the bowls can get scratched - but they are after all, mixing bowls - and I've always been brought up to believe that when a practical article like a mixing bowl gets scratched - it's a bit like a wok - the more it bears scars, the more it shows durability and its use. The price you pay isn't for the finish but rather the design, intended use and the fact that they are both microwave and dishwasher safe. Being made of both melamine and ceramic means however that the bowls aren't oven proof. If you use these in the microwave, they're only suitable for use at quick time programs, say around 5 minutes maximum.
When it comes to be using as mixing bowls for baking and food prep and probably, as Nigella Lawson intended, they work really well with liquids like egg, batter, chocolate sauces and really any kind of liquid you are trying to whip up in an instant. I've used forks and even small whisks to get what I need out of them and their curvy shape - as the marketing also states - lends a cuddle aspect where you can cradle the bowl close to you like a baby and get on with the job at hand. Whilst the interior is glossy smooth, the thick ceramic on the exterior has not been varnished, so remains a bit rougher but definately more tactile to lend grippiness - so handy if your hands at the time are covered in food prep or oil. The bases however do sit flat and can be stored with one inside each other "Russian Doll" style (and as shown here although the photo on here shows bowls that are plasticky looking, whilst additional photos on Amazon.co.uk show the bowls separated, which are more closer to what the bowls actually look like).
Are they worth the price of £42-00 (Amazon £46-84) however? Well it depends on your needs and courtesy of my mother's arthritic hands where a lighter substance in a robust bowl is needed, I'd say it is worth the money. Our price was around the £35 when they were purchased in 2004 and seven years on, apart from a few scratches on the base, the bowls still gleam and shine, having been through the dishwasher on high and medium temperature programs. They certainly aren't cheap but cheaper at other sellers like Next compared to Amazon, but I doubt they would have lasted this long without some advancement and what you pay for here is the quality and workmanship that has gone into the design, as well as being lightweight and versatile. Most definately an article which is unique yet has a great function - especially in light of the fact that you can now buy different pastel colours including black bowls and they are fairly thick with smoothed off rims. We just have the original cream/duck egg coloured bowls and they are always left out because they always get used. I'm considering buying black ones for myself. Thanks for reading. (C)Nar2 2011