It’s fall again. The cold, dark days are on the horizon and the barbecue has to make room for a casserole. I can start working in the kitchen again! If you know me, you know that I am not really a star in the kitchen. That’s why my father always makes critical remarks whenever I cut the meat with the wrong kind of knife again. It is not that I hate cooking, it is just that I simply don’t have the time. However, now that I am a mom of two boys who love to eat A LOT, I thought it might be a good idea to start spending more time in the kitchen. It is, after all, important to serve healthy meals, right?
I decided to invite my dad to spend some time with me in my kitchen. I had to make one promise on forehand: I had to buy proper pans and knives. Sure dad! No sooner said than done. I started searching for the best pans on internet. I found out that there can be substances in the non-stick coating which can be dangerous for your health. I didn’t even know! Only now I understand that horrible smell I smelled when I accidentally heated the pan too much. Oops! I think I have been using the same pans for over six years and I think I can say they are too old as I read all this new information!
I also read on the internet that one of the most durable pans is made out of cast iron. It is impossible to break these pans. HA! Sounds like something for me! I went looking for a cast iron pan and found the Dutch brand named Combekk: ‘’A very unique set of pans made out of old train tracks’’ The pans are not only good quality, they also look fantastic thanks to their rugged, matte black look. Cast iron pans were originally often used for frying meat, but the pans can be used for virtually everything. You won’t find any problems stir frying or baking meat and fish for example. Therefore they are perfect for families like us! Because they are made out of enamelled cast iron, the pans retain heat and distribute this heat equally over the pan. There is a reason why the best chefs in the world (and me, myself and I, ha!) use these pans after all. Besides, it makes me feel good knowing that I use recycled pans and that my boys are not exposed to dangerous substances because of cheap/bad quality pans.
Dad has already come over to cook in my kitchen twice. The first time he learned me how to cook Goulash and the second time we made delicious meatballs in tomato sauce. Nomnomnom. I think the photos speak for themselves. It is actually really fun to be in the kitchen at Saturday afternoon, cooking together while drinking wine. I am already looking forward to the new recipes! I want to learn how to make a tasty stew. Does anyone have an easy and tasty recipe?
Besides from this pan, Combekk also sells the Dutch Ovens with thermometer, So that you can see how the pan reacts to the source of heat. With this oven smoking, steaming, poaching and frying becomes so much easier! There is also a frying pan with a wooden handle available. I have been saving up for this pan, as it is sooo beautiful (and high quality ;-)). But firstly I think I am going to learn how to cook in my own pan. But if I can do it, you all can do it as well…