When spring arrives it can mean only one thing…spring cleaning is just around the corner. I actually look forward to spring cleaning. I love getting into the cupboards, emptying everything out and giving everything a good scrub. It is also a great chance to take a close look at what is in the cupboards. You know, old coffee mugs, chipped wine glasses and dishes that you haven’t used in years. Sometimes I can feel a little nostalgic about dishes…am I the only one? We have a small copper pan that was my husband’s fathers. He used it to make omlettes. While I have never made an omlette in it in my life, somehow I feel a connection to this silly old pan. On the other hand, my other pots and pans are a mish-mash of overused and underwhelming equipment. So, when Canadian Tire sent me a brand new Lagostina Collectzione Pro 12 piece set to try out, I quite literally squealed with excitement. Canadian Tire has included the Lagostina Colleczione Pro in their Destination Home Guide, which lists an impressive collection of must-haves for Spring. So, I say out with the old and in with the new.
(adapted from Canadian Living Buttery Birthday Cake)
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
To make the cake batter
2. Combine butter, milk, vanilla and eggs in a small bowl…add to dry ingredients.
3. Beat together until batter is light and fluffy…about 2 minutes.
To make the upside down cake
4. To serve…Scoop out and flip slices onto a plate to. The rhubarb will be on the top.
This method of baking resulted in a lovely fluffy and moist cake. The cake is easily removed from the Dutch oven thanks to its enamelled interior. We served this cake after a dinner of seared pork chops, pickled carrots and creamy pasta. I think we used almost every pot in the collection preparing the one single meal. Each pot worked amazingly well. The pasta water came to a boil quickly due to the tri-ply cladding, which results in the heat being evenly distributed.
All in all, we love our new pots, pans and Dutch oven. We have passed on our old pots and are happily embracing our new ones. Of course, we held onto my father-in-laws pan…the memories it holds are priceless. However, we are looking forward to making many new memories with our new pots and pans.