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How To Recreate Grandma's Cosy Kitchen

How To Recreate Grandma's Cosy Kitchen

Whenever you visited my Grandmothers home at lunchtime, smells of deliciousness would always be wafting from her kitchen. Although today has seen a surge in healthy options and food is available from all over the world, there was nothing as comforting and warming as knowing all that home-cooked goodness would soon be filling any longing you had for nurturing. We still believe the kitchen is the heart of the home and fundamental to well being, curiosity and cosy home comforts.
Enamel Roaster From Yester Home
In those days the kitchen was a simple place with homemade cupboards using whatever was available to store and stack garden-grown vegetables and homemade jams and pickles.
Wooden Shelves With Cast Iron Brackets
Open shelving was the norm and you could even find a bath under the kitchen counter that doubled up as a bathroom when the kitchen was not being used.
One of my Grandmothers favourite dishes was a homemade pie baked in an enamel pan.
Enamel Pie Dish
 
You could always find plenty of enamelware lining her pantry door. Home baking was the norm. Everyone knew where her pantry was, delighting in finding some new relish inside or discovering the garden Rhubarb was ready to dip into a cup of sugar to eat raw until scolded not to get a tummy ache.
Enamel Pantry Sign
The pantry always had a little sign on it so that no one would confuse it for the WC even though everyone already knew where it was.
Vintage Cast Pantry Door Sign
We now love to think that our products help create a little of that nostalgia for homes and relish finding new and exciting designs that make inviting interiors, cosy kitchens with authentic touches reminiscent of that genuine homeliness.

5 Autumn Dishes To Treat Your Taste Buds

Autumn is now in full swing and moving into colder days ahead as Winter approaches.

These late balmy Summer days are coming to an end with the evenings beginning to draw in. This is the the time of year when we begin thinking about warming dishes to come home to. What better way to cook up delicious Autumn morsels than in traditional iron cookware. Not only does it look great in your kitchen it delivers with superb results every time. So from Tarte Tartin to Beef Cobbler, get cooking in these wonderful kitchen cook ware pans and accessories.

Cast Iron Double Griddle

1. On this fantastic double griddle there are some mouth watering dishes that can be cooked this Autumn but our favourite is this recipe for meatballs with soy and ginger glaze.

Griddle Cooked Meat Balls With Ginger and Soy Sauce

 

Cooking meatballs on a larger surface like a griddle means you don’t have to cook in four batches to get perfectly crispy meatballs! And, using a leaner meat like the turkey in this recipe from Smitten Kitchen means you won’t have to worry about the oil runoff you’d get if you were using beef.

Meatballs With Soy and Ginger Glaze.

Ingredients:

Sauce

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce, preferably Japanese or reduced sodium
  • ½ cup mirin, a sweet rice wine, or ½ cup sake with ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup peeled, chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 whole black peppercorns

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 large or 6 small scallions, finely chopped
  • Half bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, preferably toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Directions: Start making the sauce first. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat to a medium-low and add soy sauce, mirin, ginger, coriander and peppercorns. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 30 minutes, though it may take you longer to really get a glaze that will stick to the meatballs. Once it has reduced, strain through a sieve.

To make the meatballs, mix turkey, scallions, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, and several grindings of black pepper in a bowl. Roll tablespoon-size knobs of the mixture into balls. To help keep the meat from sticking to your hands and deforming the balls, wet your hands first.

Heat your griddle to medium-high heat and brush with vegetable oil. Place meatballs on the griddle and cook, turning, until browned all over and cooked inside, about 8 minutes. Arrange on a platter, spoon a little sauce over each meatball, and serve with toothpicks.

cast iron skillet pan

2. The meatball recipe can also be cooked in this brilliant cast iron skillet pan, however this amazing fig tart recipe is so wonderful we just had to share it.

Fig Stilton And Rosemary Tart

Fig Tart With Caramelised Onions, Rosemary and Stilton

  • Ready In  1 h 5 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place butter in a large iron skillet and place in preheating oven until melted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir brown sugar into melted butter and place back in oven until bubbling, about 5 minutes.
  3. Gently lay 1 pie crust on top of butter-brown sugar mixture, without pressing crust down. Arrange apple slices on top of pie crust.
  4. Mix white sugar, cinnamon, and flour together in a bowl; sprinkle over apple slices. Place the remaining pie crust over apple slices, making slits in the top crust for ventilation. Seal the 2 crusts together.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until top crust is lightly browned, about 45 minutes.

 Square Cast Iron Griddle Pan

3. This square cast iron griddle pan is perfect to cook delicious grilled fish and vegetables. There are a few tips to help you get the most from your griddle pan when grilling fish and vegetables. Here are some we would recommend.

Grilled Vegetables

  • Gently apply the oil to the vegetables with a brush.(this will prevent them from sticking)
  • Heat the griddle pan and put the vegetables onto the griddle's surface.
  • Once the lines have appeared on the surface, turn the vegetables 90 degrees to create the criss-cross griddled appearance.
  • Turn the veg over once the griddled effect has appeared. Remember to brush lightly with oil. When the vegetables are cooked, remove and place on a serving plate.
  • Brush tuna steaks lightly with oil.
  • Place the fish onto the pre-heated griddle pan and allow to cook.
  • Leave long enough for the griddle pan to carbonise the steak to create the lined effect.
  • When they are ready, turn 90 degrees to create the criss-cross effect.
  • Brush other side of the fish with oil and turn over to sear.
  • Move the finished seared steaks to the serving dish.

enamel pie dish

 

4. This enamel pie dish is perfect for smaller pies, we especially love a home made shepherds pie and this recipe by Jamie Oliver is one of our favourites.

  • 2 kg shoulder of lamb, bone in
  • olive oil
  • 4 red onions
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 medium swede
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • FOR THE TOPPING, SIDES & BOTTOM:
  • 2.5 kg Maris Piper potatoes
  • 2 good knobs of unsalted butter
  • 100 g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 60 g fresh breadcrumbs

Method

  1. I believe this is the ultimate shepherd’s pie – a recipe designed to use up leftover roasted meat. Historically, you’ll find it had potato on the bottom, sides and top, so I was inspired to run with this, giving you a pie with crispy potato all the way round, gorgeous tender meat and veg in the middle, and the best gravy to pour over your portion. This is definitely next-level cooking. To be honest, it’s so damn good that I’ll usually roast a small lamb shoulder specially in order to make a big shepherd’s pie for eight to ten people, which also gives you enough filling to freeze for another day – always a bonus.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas 3. In a snug-fitting high-sided roasting tray, rub the lamb all over with a little oil and a good pinch of sea salt and pepper. Add a splash of water to the tray, then roast for 4 hours, or until the meat is tender and will fall away from the bone. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tray, then lift the lamb out onto a board, take all the meat and crispy skin off the bone and roughly chop it, reserving the bones. Skim away any fat from the tray and pop it into a clean jam jar. Add a splash of boiling water to the tray and stir around to pick up all the lovely sticky bits from the bottom. Keep it all to one side.
  3. For the filling, peel and roughly dice the onions, carrots, celery and swede, then put them into your biggest pan on a medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of reserved lamb fat. Strip in the rosemary leaves, then fry the veg for 20 minutes, or until lightly caramelised, stirring regularly. Stir in the flour, lamb, bones and tray juices, then pour in 1.5 litres of water. Bring to the boil, then put the lid on and reduce to a gentle simmer for 40 minutes, or until you’ve got a loose, stew-like consistency, stirring occasionally. To guarantee intense gravy and a tender but dense filling, remove and discard the bones, then place a large coarse sieve over a pan and, in batches, spoon the lamb stew into the sieve. Let the gravy drip through, and after a couple of minutes, when you get a dense pile of meat and veg in the sieve, transfer that to a bowl, leaving the gravy in the pan. Separately freeze half the cool meat and gravy for another day.
  4. For the topping, sides and bottom, peel and roughly chop the potatoes and cook in boiling salted water for 12 to 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain and leave to steam dry, then add the butter, grate in half the cheese, season to perfection with salt and pepper, mash well and cool completely. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Use a little reserved lamb fat to grease the inside of a large pie dish (25cm x 30cm), then pick and tear over the rosemary leaves and sprinkle with half the breadcrumbs – they’ll stick to the fat and add an incredible crunch. A handful at a time, press the cooled mash into the dish, covering the bottom and sides with a 1cm-thick layer. Spoon in the filling and a couple of spoonfuls of gravy, smooth out, then top with the remaining mash, pat it flat, scuff it up with a fork and pinch it at the edges. Grate over the rest of the cheese, scatter with the remaining breadcrumbs and drizzle lightly with oil. Importantly, bake on the bottom of the oven for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Warm your gravy through (reducing if desired), then serve the pie with loads of seasonal greens or peas and lots of condiments.

 

 5. And finally what could be better that a good old traditional roast. The ideal way to cook a roast is in one of these fabulous enamel roasters.

Enamel Oven Roasting Tin

We don't think we need to tell you how to roast a chicken in one of these great pots, just safe to say we like to add a few roast potatoes and a little stuffing around the outside of ours, place it in the roasting tin and add a little goose fat salt and pepper, with the chicken placed onto a medley of rosemary stalks, carrots and potatoes, which can then be used for gravy making later. We're sure this picture of the simple roast with no accompaniments is enough to make your mouth water. If you want to make cooking a roast easy for yourself then this is the ideal roasting tin to use.

Chicken in a roasting tin.