Keeping on the theme of useful kitchen gadgets, here's a Christmas gift that I've found very, very useful. My whole family are suckers for apple and cheese plates, so we go through a lot of apples. This little device lets you core and slice and apple into ten wedges in about five seconds. Just position it over the apple, press down, and, voila, core-free apple slices.
And, you just drop it in the dishwasher when you're done, so no big clean up.