Kitchen items should be useful and practical, should do the job they are meant for. It is so nice when you find something that goes that bit further, does a bit extra.
Yesterday I found this baking mould in the local antiques shop. It is for "Corn flour blanc-mange by Brown and Polson's".
Old fashioned, quirky, still useable and just pretty, I like it. I like the outside with it's old recipe where it instructs us to "stir well for 10 minutes (by the clock)" and "to re-heat gently, in mould, if desired, before the fire" – sounds like you have a stern but kind lady cook looking over your shoulder and telling you what do do. A big lady in an apron, she takes no nonsense but has a big booming laugh and a ready smile when she puts food on the table.
The inside of the mould is shaped beautifully, almost like a porcelaine snowflake, or flower set in milky white ice. I feel I could display it on it's side or upside down showing the text.
One day I shall follow the recipe and make the pudding. In the meantime I imagine it's past. Where did it usually sit, who used it in the past. Did it make a family favourite, or was it one of those puddings that produced groans all round?
I've put it on the dresser in the kitchen. Can you spot it amoungst all the knick knacks. Oh dear, one day I really ought to clear these shelves and reorganise a bit. It's always so easy just to chuck something up on those shelves just to put it out of the way but hopefully still within sight and reach. Problem is, things get there and don't move on. What was tossed there as "might need it again soon" is often times there forever and never used again because I can't find the damn thing.
Ah the joys of organisation, wish I had it.