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<b>1. Nigella Lawson Melamine Mixing Bowls</b>
You can get the same set in ceramic for £50, but these durable, hardwearing melamine ones are better for everyday use. Their iconic egg shape makes them perfect for cradling, as well as allowing for mess free pouring and the set, which comes in various colours, is easily stackable too.
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Lobster drop scones

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