Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Old favourites

There are so many things in my life that are my old favourites. Worn knitting needles, an old sweater, my favourite scarf or bag, a well thumbed children's story book. I love to use these things, the comfort of the familiar.

This my favourite cooking pot. A wedding present all those year
s ago. It is scratched and discoloured, so very well used. It has cooked so many family meals, fed so many guests. It is not my smartest pot but certainly my best.

Today it is slowly braising sausages with apples and thyme.

Thyme, my favourite cooking herb.


Blogger nicole said...

I also love my well-worn things. A reminder that quality really is worth paying a little extra.

Cooking apples and sausages, what a perfectly yummy autumn meal. Perhaps I'll make that for diner tonight! With thyme of course, which happens to be my favourite cooking herb too.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 5:34:00 pm  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

I still use the mixing bowl that belonged to my great-greatmother. It is cracked but that seems to add to the pleasure of using it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 9:09:00 pm  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Ahhhh. She's a beauty! My mom has my Grandpa's favorite cooking pot (it's not nearly as handsome as yours) and I know the day will come when my sister and I will be fighting over it! Beautiful pictures!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 9:49:00 pm  
Blogger Jenny at Red House said...

I can't seem to grow thyme I don't know why! I've got a cumin seeds thing going at the moment! love your blog jennyx

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:53:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

Funny how attached one gets to one's kitchen equipment, isn't it? I have a very similar looking pot - well loved.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:08:00 pm  
Blogger Bee said...

That is a SPECTACULARLY well-loved pot alright. Thyme is my favourite herb, too, and isn't it nice that it manages to survive (more or less) the winter? Unlike basil -- that fickle, fragile sun-lover.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:10:00 pm  
Blogger alice c said...

I have a red one and a wooden spoon that is so worn down that it is flat but I love it so.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:47:00 pm  
Blogger dottycookie said...

I managed to kill my oval blue one but still have the round one. I didn't think you COULD kill heavy enamelled pots but apparently if you boil dry the fruits and sugar you've soaked for a Christmas cake, they don't recover ...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 8:58:00 am  
Blogger Magic Cochin said...

I'm with you there - thyme from my garden is my favourite flavouring. And old cooking pots - I married a man who owned a Le Creuset (love them both, they just get better).


Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:24:00 am  
Blogger mooncalf said...

mmn thyme. I recently discovered this Nigella recipe:

Delicious and take about 15 mins to prepare. I've been eating it all the time.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:54:00 am  
Anonymous Helen in Switzerland said...

Oh I'm just the same! However, if you want to get rid of the staining in your pot it couldn't be easier - try soaking it overnight in washing powder dissolved in water - it works a treat and the pot will look like new!

Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:07:00 pm  
Blogger Shelley in SC said...

A very comforting post to start my day. I just love the old, worn things too . . . especially those that I remember in the homes of my grandmas!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010 3:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Lucy said...

What could be more comforting than a kitchen utensil that is used innumerable times and always bring out the best in food? Lovely recipe. And lovely pot.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:18:00 pm  
Blogger Jane said...

I have a potato masher that I took from my grandmother's house after she died. I was hoping I could make potatoes as well as her, but they still aren't the same. But I think of her everytime I use it.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:54:00 pm  
Blogger silverpebble said...

What beautiful images. I love the worn look of your casserole pot. I can see why it's a favourite.

Friday, November 12, 2010 11:24:00 am  
Anonymous sweetmyrtle said...

lovely photos & favourites.
hope you are keeping warm

Thursday, November 25, 2010 11:27:00 am  

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