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.