Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Enamel Pan

The enamel pan came in useful for the draw for the giveaway book the other day. 

Of course I could actually use it for cooking in but I prefer to have it sat on the shelf, next to the rather large teapot which is now our 'sealed pot' for this year.  Having them out and in use, albeit not for the use they were intended, makes me smile every time I see them.

I have tried to gather all my sort of relevant books onto this shelf to make them easy to access and make me more likely to cook from them.  Last year this shelf held all my vegan cookery books so it's nice to have a change around.

In it's day to day life the enamel pan holds all the little odds and sods of pamphlets, leaflets and other wartime memorabilia ... including my Ration Book  ;-)

I got most of my ephemera from The Black Country Living Museum when I was there, but some of the items are available on Amazon.

I thought this pack was pretty good value for money, even if these are all replica items.  I absolutely love things like this and had a happy hour or so reading every bit of information on every single item.

I also got a Gardening one which I'll show you another day.

Keeping everything in the enamel pan means it's all neat and near to hand if I need it.  Some of my smaller recipe books are in there too, including my beloved Be-Ro book, sadly a modern version ... but I'll be keeping my eyes open for an old one at the car boot sales over the Summer.

Sue xx


  1. Such a lovely pan and interesting contents too.
    J x

  2. I love old fashioned enamel cookware, don't have any saucepans but have several baking dishes and casseroles. The teapot is lovely. Good to have them on display and in use.

  3. I love enamel cookware and all old vintage kichenalia, I found a few vintage leaflets at the charity shops a few weeks ago, I also have some more interesting books coming, so I will probably post about them sometime, you have a wonderful collection.

  4. You've made me think that I should display some of my grandma's handwritten (with an ink pen in her beautiful handwriting) wartime recipes. Someone mentioned on their blog the other day that because butter is now so expensive (£2 for 250g of organic butter in my shopping basket) they were seeking out butter-free cake recipes and I immediately thought of my grandma's fruit tea loaf. I made it yesterday and my husband has taken a slice to work. I expect he'll slather it in butter though, to power him on his 10-mile off-road cycle home! My husband is a meat eater and I'm vegetarian but like you I'm incorporating vegan cooking more and more into our daily lives. I really like Anna Jones' recipes and the Guardian printed a supplement of the 20 best vegan recipes the other week which I'm working my way through. Do you have a favourite go-to vegan recipe book you can recommend Sue?

  5. It seems that I like the same sort of things as you. One of my favourite things to look at is my copy of Pears Encyclopedia 1937, it is so informative and entertaining, it tells me things from who won the Derby in 1936 to treating brow wrinkles and recipes for things such as savoury beef toast and pigs head brawn ( yeuk ). I can waste many an hour browsing through.We have WW2 gas,mask somewhere in the loft, a bit smelly now. My selection of vegan cookbooks are now in the bedroom as having downsized I have little room in the kitchen but being the greedy little pig I am I like looking through them in bed , choosing some recipes and then forgetting which ones in the morning! Chrissie

  6. Hi Sue, i also love enamel cookware and have used the Marguerite Patton books quite a lot over the years. When my children were younger they loved going to Stockport war tunnel museum to have a look round and learn things about the 2nd world war. It helped that they had there aunt with them who lived through the war and she had donated her Anderson shelter to the Museum. I remember they always got very excited when it came to that exhibit
    Donna x.

  7. I wonder if kitchen equipment made today will be as long lasting. I think that if we have things that we really like, we should use them for any purpose we choose, and enjoy them.

  8. Going through my mother's things, I found her family's ration books. Very interesting.

  9. You have a very nice collection. I miss my Marguerite Patton books...they were put in a wrong box years ago and ended up going for library donation...

  10. A lovely pan and teapot - but how do you insert money into the teapot? Down the spout? Surely not?

    I have a collection of 1940-70 fundraising cookbook collections, mostly from Kindergartens. Some of the advertisements are priceless, as are a few of the recipes.... Oyster Soup - "take a quart of oysters" !!!! Oysters are $2.20 each here now (well over a pound!)


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