So before we get to more dessert recipes as promised, I wanted to show you some more cooking inspiration from our trip to Munich for Oktoberfest and our dear friend Nate’s 30th birthday. It’s something that I just adore… I can’t get enough of them even though I don’t actually own a single one… copper pots!
So copper is supposed to be the best material for pots because it is a great heat conductor, but that is true because it is also one of the softest metals, which means it is also a lot of work to maintain! A perfect shine requires that you polish it after every use. Just touching the pan (the oils in your hand) will leave dark stains. A lot of pros appreciate a nice patina on their copper and I do think the dark color can be quite beautiful. You can find a guide to how to polish copper here.
Although, I think it could be like polishing silver… something relaxing and therapeutic. I get a lot of immediate gratification from a freshly pressed stack of linen napkins! Sometimes everyday maintenance tasks can give you a very satisfying feeling of productivity. Or else, they just accumulate on your to do list.
Back to fantasy land for the minute… So, to be honest, in my dream, dream kitchen… i.e. the one that there is no way will ever come to be unless I come back as Cinderella, I think I would have a giant copper pot rack with lots of copper pots hanging on it. Then, I would have regular, everyday pans stored in the cupboards below.
Isn’t this a lovely dish washing area? You could heat up the copper bins and have one with soapy water and one with clean for rinsing. Very efficient! Would make feeding the multitudes even without electricity a piece of cake! I love the fish poachers above… yes, I’ll admit it. I have a secret love of totally absurd cookware. I realize that you don’t need a pan, a large pan at that, just for poaching fish, but yet I want one. This is the real, live princess within. But, seriously isn’t this beautiful?
Moving on to more absurdly large kitchen luxuries…
The one piece of copper I do own is a bowl for whipping egg whites–copper supposedly makes egg whites more stable.
When we do move home and I am reunited with my bowl, I will purchase one of these as I think it would make the bowl infinitely more practical. In fact, I don’t know why it doesn’t come with the bowl automatically.
To bring things full circle, a picture of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Hong Kong Disneyland.
Picture by David. Q. — we haven’t been, yet! Need some little peoples to come visit. us.
And some more pictures from Germany… check out that contrail.
Ahhhh… and the breathtaking countryside.