Call me quirky if you will, but the older I get, the more I love having mismatched blue crockery.
Once upon a time, I was ever-so proud of my pure white Australian Fine China dinner set. I would scour second-hand stores looking for pieces to go with the collection. When I found a large Pillivuyt soufflé dish, I thought I was the bee's knees. Another time, I thought I was in cook's heaven when I acquired a Mayfair & Jackson soup tureen with eared lion's head soup dishes to match (not that I ever actually used it!). I bought ramekins in every size imaginable, square bread and butter plates, tiny oval cake plates, and basin-shaped pudding bowls. All sparking white. I looked upon my white dinnerware as an investment, much as others might with their Mikasa or Wedgewood.
A couple of years ago something happened. I took a shine to blue... although I can't quite put my finger on why. Perhaps it's because our house has stuccoed exterior walls in deep-ocean-blue. There's a Bermuda blue feature wall in our living room, and my kitchen cupboards are a mixture of dusty blue-grey and taupe. Or maybe it's because, to me, food somehow looks more enticing when presented on a blue background, as opposed to plain old white.
Slowly, I'm phasing out all of my whites... donating several items to charity stores, and selling a few others. Meanwhile, if I happen to be browsing in a thrift store or op shop (which, incidentally, is among my favourite pastimes), and a piece of blue dinnerware charms me, I'll snap it up... on the proviso that it doesn't cost more than a dollar or two.
Here are a few of my most favourite pieces. Cheap and cheerful, and yet unique and rather lovely, each one has proved to be utilitarian in its own way.
At the top of this page is a measuring cup by Anna Gare, Australia. The others follow below:
The Good Things team will be travelling extensively over the coming months, so I have asked my friend in food, the lovely Sherry, from Sherry's Pickings, if she would be kind enough to take over hosting duties of IMK (thank you!). Please pop in and say hello from me. xx
Over to you now, dear readers. Tell me, are you a stickler for matching crockery, or do you enjoy having mis-matched pieces in your kitchen? And do you like blue as much as I do?
Hello. I'm Liz, a writer, cook and traveller based in Canberra, Australia.
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.