Yesterday was one of the longest days of my life. Only I would schedule a dentist’s appointment to help the day go by faster. Not to worry, nothing serious. Just got fitted for another new night guard. Life has been so stressful I have bitten right through the one I have and my teeth are starting to break.
The only benefit to going to the dentist is stopping by my thrift store on the way home. I could not believe it when I saw these copper pots and strainer waiting for me front row center as I walked through the door. I grabbed them. All of them!
How ironic, pots and pans. You see this last weekend I spent three glorious days inside my house with the windows closed (allergy season) being quiet as a mouse. I soon realized, being quiet and stationary are really not my natural states of being. By the end of the weekend I wanted to bang pots with wooden spoons just for the hell of it.
What did I do to keep sane? I read, journaled and pondered about my foodie existence, the future, what I wanted, what I wanted to let go of. Of course I did not know the future outcome of what Tuesday would bring but I let my mind wander. Reminisce.
I remember when Reg and I were poor living on a mountain suburb in BC and how I fell in love with the show Gilmore Girls. The character Sookie in particular. Her passion for food and her love of being in the kitchen. I remember her whipping egg whites by hand in a copper pot, amazed!
Since then I have been watching snipped of Julie & Julia on a regular basis for the last few years. Every time I have a moment to myself, I would watch a scene for inspiration. How amazing to see Julia Child (played by Ms. Streep of course) randomly and almost unconscious pick up copper pot after copper pot and put them in her basket after failing her exam at the Le Cordon Bleu.
And there they were, waiting for me. I finally have copper pots. All the more bittersweet when the heartbreak followed.
Seven years ago when Reg and I began a new journey for his career, he stopped me in the grocery store and said, “When this is all done, we will work to make your dream come true.”
I responded, “Thanks honey. And whenever I figure that out, I will let you know!”
Ironic it was at the Superstore that we had this meaningful moment. Dreams come and some get murdered. Yesterday I felt like we were victims of a metaphysical homicide.
I have been food blogging for three and it looks like in a year, all of this will have to change. Our lives are going to transform in a big scary way and not the way we intended.
In the meantime, I am feeling more devoted to food more than ever. These copper pots reminded me of my passion for food and it felt like the foodie gods were telling me not to give up.
I could not help but also pick up this retro Pyrex pot. Reg had one with a teflon bottom when we met. When he was calling me in Toronto from Ottawa once he burned water and sent massive poisonous fumes into the air, setting off smoke detectors and putting roommates and cats’ lives in jeopardy. There is a reason I learned to cook when we moved in together. Survival!
When I saw this pot, I had to buy it. Take us back to the beginning of our adventure together. Looks like challenges ahead are going to be intense and brutal but Reg and I have each other. I may be far from being a Sookie or Julia but I have the passion to learn and one last year to really throw myself into the life of a foodie before all hell breaks loose.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments and support from the other day. You helped so much.
Oh and if anyone knows an easy but effective way to clean copper pots, please let me know! 🙂
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
I am so jealous of your copper pots and those prices! I obviously did not pray as hard to the Copper Pot Gods as you did!
(But I’m glad a foodie got them.)
Great score on the copper pots and the Corning/Pyrex Visions Cookware takes me back to my newlywed days. We got a set as an engagement gift and I still have them. Watch those glass pots, they will heat up so fast and anything inside will abruptly boil (or burn ooops) very quickly, go slow and steady with the heat.
Not sure what’s up or what lies ahead for you and Reg, but sending much positive vibes your way for whatever journey you’re about to take.
Kay Johnson says
Um this may sound crazy but put on a layer of ketchup and allow to sit for a 30 minutes. Wash off the ketchup. The natural acids in the tomatoes along with the vinegar eats away the the copper oxidization. If they still need more cleaning, dip lemon halves in salt and scrub in a GENTLE circular motion.This takes a lot of elbow grease … but keep at it, they be shining like new!!
BTW, you may notice a new taste to your food when cooking with them. I friend bought hers, used them for 3 months and sold them because she didn’t like the added flavour.
Good luck! (and I’m glad everything is okay at your end ~ Huggs)
Beautiful pots! I received some copper-bottomed pots from my parents (they were on a major sale) as a Christmas gift this year, but I’m still really getting used to them. Unfortunately, I have no easy tips for cleaning them, since mine are stainless steel on the inside.
While I rarely comment, I’ve been following your foodie journeys for the last year & a half or so. Whatever’s coming up for you two, you’ll be in my thoughts & I look forward to following you journey as long as I can. 🙂
Janet Pole (PAZ) says
Ketchup works really well … As does CocaCola!
Debra She Who Seeks says
You will always be a foodie, Suzie! No matter what, you have to eat and food is the best way to create a bit of fun and joy. Don’t deprive yourself of it!
Suzie Ridler says
Thank you all so much! I appreciate all your support, advice and friendship. Not to mention the copper-cleaning tips! Ketchup seems to be the way to go! The pots are stainless steel inside so hopefully that will not affect the flavour of the food.
Debra, thank you especially, I will try and do my best to always be a foodie no matter what.
Robin | what-about-the-food says
Your ability to adapt will astound you dear Suzie. I am hoping the next stage is not as brutal as you expect and that the riches in life you have with Reg bolster your courage and resolve.
I too found a copper pot and I dearly would have loved to fill my basket with these treasures, alas only one was to be had. You see, you do have good luck and may it always surprise you in happy ways. – R