There is something about the sentiment that the “Kitchen is the heart of a home” that rings so true to me. Many of my childhood memories are of times spent in the kitchen –not just eating, but doing homework, having a family discussion (ie- my getting grounded for something or other), laughing with my sisters, enjoying the banter of my parents…
Even more than the kitchen I associate food with certain memories. Memories of holidays, loved ones, special events and love. I think that is one of the reasons I feel it is so important for me to cook dinner for my own family as much as possible.
When we moved to Singapore, we left all of our furniture and our household items in storage. That meant that dishes, cutlery, cookware and everything else had to be repurchased her. For the most part we went cheap (after all, we already have our ideal pieces wrapped up in boxes waiting to be used once again), but there was one piece I wanted to invest in.
When Lukus and I were first married we received a 3 ½ quart round French Oven by Le Creuset in Caribbean blue. It quickly became a favorite kitchen tool, it is durable, versatile and beautiful. But as we began hosting family and friends for dinner parties and such, we began to wish it was bigger. So, after we arrived in Singapore, without a single pot, I saw it as the perfect time to invest (plus it was the Great Singapore Sale!).
This time we purchased the 5 ½ quart French Oven once again in Caribbean blue (that way once we are reunited with our things they will all match!). And it has become the absolute favorite cooking accessory in our home (and not because it is the only one that will last!). We prepare family recipes, favorites we’ve discovered over the past few years and new local dishes (not always successfully). Yes, it is giant and huge— much too big for 2 ½ people, but I don’t have to think twice before inviting friends for dinner.
Do you have a favorite kitchen tool /accessory/etc? Tell me about it in the comments below!