Okay… the hottest thing in my walnut kitchen is …… the Alessi ‘Bird’ Kettle  

It’s also one of the coolest things. You’ll notice in the photo on my home page, it’s front and centre on my stove.  

sapper kettle

Sapper Kettle

Graves Bird kettle 04

Bird Kettle

sapper kettle above shotHere’s the story – It was a toss up when it came to kettles – which kettle to get, Alessi’s first kettle, the Richard Sapper ‘Whistle’ kettle that came out in 1983, or Alessi’s Michael Graves ‘Bird’ kettle that was introduced 2 years later?  Both were instant classics for Alessi, the nearly one-hundred year old Italian kitchen company that specialized in high-end utensils and gadgets.


I have to admit that I preferred the rounded design of the Sapper kettle, and actually secretly still do, but the deciding factor was two fold, the ‘Bird’ kettle actually has a top you can pop off so it can be cleaned (the other does not).  And secondly, my brother Robert and sister-in-law Tomoko actually had the final say because they gave us a housewarming present and it happened to be the ‘Bird’ kettle.  So, obviously, it was the ‘Bird’ that was meant to be in my walnut kitchen.  And I’ve loved it ever since.


Graves Bird kettle 02First cool thing – the red bird actually sings when the water boils, though I have to say it’s not exactly the beautiful tweet of a red-crested sparrow – more like a high-pitch scream of a 3-year old.

SPOILER ALERT – the plastic bird did meet its maker – it melted over a hot gas stove, so be prepared to replace it (about a $15 part).

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  • Reply
    Jennifer Scott
    December 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Can’t wait to try to your Mom’s cumin carrots. Direct from Morocco no less!

    • Reply
      December 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Jen I personally like them cold as a carrot salad. Let me know how they turned out. For anyone else wondering about them, the carrot recipe is in one of my earlier posts just look under ‘Food’ or ‘Michelle’s Favourite Recipes’ in the category section.

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    Tanya Linton
    December 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    That bird kettle is amazing. I love the singing whistle. I might have to have one of those in my future.

    And your kitchen is stunning!

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