Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Snack bowls?.....Or Casseroles?
Visualizing Vintage. I love the colour and retro pattern and that its called a 'snack set' - love it! It is also quite tough plastic and they stack too!
It got me thinking about the vintage china and kitchen stuff that I buy. I always aim to buy things that I will use- its not just for admiring in this house. And if it doesn't work for its keep its takes a trip back to the thrift shop! When I started buying vintage stuff I was taken up by all the great casserole dishes that you could find, until I realised that I just don't cook, eat and serve that way. In fact I don't think that many of us do now. I'm all about taking away the formality around mealtimes- those formal meals of the past where the woman serves out of a range of dishes, to the menfolk first- well I shiver thinking about it!
To make entertaining more relaxed I do a trick from Nigella- put the plates and cutlery out informally. I often wrap the cutlery in napkins and put it in a lovely Hornsea vase for people to help themselves. And food to share and pass round is much more me.
Two exceptions on the casserole front however are the Figgjo Flint wee casserole dish (third picture above) and the JG Meakin green one (fourth pic). The Figgjo Flint one is the perfect size for my homemade hummus or mackerel pate and the Meakin one was a present from my Aunt. Its good for rice or pasta salad in the summer.
Anyway I digress- snack sets like this one I can use. For dips, chips, kiddo parties, salad- I could go on but you get the idea. I think I could probably make room for some more too!
Do you mainly buy for use or for display? I would LOVE to know?
Oh and thanks fort all your recent comments it makes my day!