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Thursday 21 April 2011

Get saucy with your pans

We've been doing a lot of recipe testing for the Domestic Sluttery book. There's been some delicious food stuffs produced but my poor saucepans - already a bit battered - have been tested to their limits. As I washed up their silvery sides for the umpteenth time, I wondered why you couldn't buy saucepans that weren't a bit more ... you know ... interesting. I've got a sneaky eye on my parents set of classic Cathrineholm pans though, as I don't think they'll pass them over any time soon, I turned to the internet with the aim of saucing up my kitchen a little...

The budget option is definitely Ikea's Kavaklad. Flowers! leaves! blue! and for just £4.99. This will give you something nice to look at while you're doing your dishes.

How do you know you're getting old? When you start swooning at something like these cast iron pans, maybe. Classic, hard-waring, these would see you through some serious cooking (I'm swooning). They come from the Cast Iron Pots and Pans Company. You pay for the quality though, as prices start at £51.78.

They don't make them like they used to: I know, writing this post means I've looked at a lot of saucepans. With the lack of too many interesting contemporary options out there, perhaps the best option is going vintage. And behold this enamel number from H is for Home for £28. Dating from the 60s/70s, it's cute and colourful. If the rest of your saucepans are silver, I'm definitely awarding this one the gold prize.

How pretty are your pans? Let us know in the comments.


  1. I LOVE my teal coloured Le Creuset pot. It's so pretty. I coveted it from afar for ages, before I was tempted in by a Blue Cross sale when I knew the time was right. We use it for casseroles and chilli but most of all it gets used to bake (slightly slutty) 'no knead' bread.

    I also have a penchant for small, cheap non-stick milk pans that are great for scrambled eggs, custard and white sauce. I just bin them when they get too scratched.

  2. I have a set of 3 of the retro orange flowery ones - bagged them at a car bootie for £5 a few years ago. They are amazing little things! Definitely make me smile in the mornings when I'm stiring my porridge

  3. I've got serious pan envy of the both of you! Great car boot find, anon. And seriously lusting after a lovely teal Le Creuset pot too.


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