Thursday, 23 April 2009

The great pestle and mortar hunt

I've spent the last hour looking for a pretty pestle and mortar. Because I need one to mash, bash and muddle my limes, for that mojito recipe I gave you earlier. They're just all so horrid and dull. Just because they're for bashing stuff, doesn't mean they have to be boring and ugly! Can't someone throw a pretty pattern on one?

It's taken the last hour to track this pestle and mortar down, but it's stunning and is winging it's way to me as I type. It's £27 (down from £30) from House of Fraser. I'm going to have to start keeping an eye on them.


  1. It is lovely, but I'm always shocked at the prices of pestle & mortars. I found this black marble one at Ikea for a fraction of the price:

  2. I think because they're often made of marble, they're pricier than most kitchen utensils. They're often crafted from the same piece of stone (or, indeed, wood) so there's a lot of work gone into them.

    I'm just more shocked that you can't get unusual ones. Even ones stained a different colour, or painted. I'm left quite uninspired by most of them.

  3. Sally Mccubbin does some lovely ones!

  4. You can find some unusual ones on specialist kitchen websites (sorry - you've probably looked everywhere but I'm in awe of the unusual prettiness of this olive wood afair:

    But I agree with the lack of...well, quirky pestles. Shame :( I'd never really thought about them in that way. That's probably the fundamental problem!

  5. Function does tend to rule here which is a shame. There's nothing *wrong* with the majority they're a bit bland. And all very manly too, don't you think?

    Well, that was until I saw those ones from Sally McCubbin! Great find, C&P!

  6. Yes, they are gorgeous!! Good find. The other stuff on there is very cool too :) Loving the "book-shaped" liquor bottles!

  7. blandness is the flip side of functional...the more boring the better in my opinion
    heres some more


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